DP1394 Capital Export, Unemployment, and Illegal Immigration

Author(s): Gunther G Schulze
Publication Date: May 1996
Keyword(s): Capital Controls, Capital Export, Illegal Immigration, International Political Economy
JEL(s): D33, D72, F2, F21, F22
Programme Areas: Human Resources
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This paper analyses capital export controls under majority voting. It is shown that individuals vote according to their factor endowment ratio. An individual?s optimal restriction is tighter, the lower their capital-labour ratio and the larger the country; it is also tighter if unemployment prevails. If there is illegal immigration, however, results are dramatically reversed: the conflict of interests collapses and all individuals favour unrestricted capital export until immigration is eliminated ? regardless of their relative factor endowment.