Discussion paper

DP11244 How Migration Can Change Income Inequality?

Motivated by the unique experience of Israel of a supply-side shock of skilled migration, and the concurrent rise in disposable income inequality, this paper develops a model which can explain the mechanism through which a supply-side shock of skilled migration can reshape the political-economy balance and the redistributive policies. First, it depresses the incentives for unskilled migrants to flow in, though they are still free to do so. Second, tax-transfer system becomes less progressive. Nonetheless, the unskilled native-born may well become better-off, even though they lose their political clout. 


Razin, A and E Sadka (2016), ‘DP11244 How Migration Can Change Income Inequality?‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 11244. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp11244