Macroeconomic impacts of Canadian immigration: Results from a macro model

Peter Dungan, Tao Fang, Morley K Gunderson

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We use a macro-econometric forecasting model to simulate the impact on the Canadian economy of a hypothetical increase in immigration. Our simulations generally yield positive impacts on such factors as real gross domestic product (GDP) and GDP per capita, aggregate demand, investment, productivity, and government expenditures, taxes and especially net government balances, with essentially no impact on unemployment. This is generally buttressed by conclusions reached in the existing literature. Our analysis suggests that concern should be with respect to immigrants themselves, as they are having an increasingly difficult time assimilating into the Canadian labour market, and new immigrants are increasingly falling into poverty.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174 - 195
Number of pages22
JournalBritish Journal of Industrial Relations
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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