The immigration-unemployment nexus: Do education and Protestantism matter?

Jakob Brochner Madsen, Stojanka Andric

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Using annual data from 1850 to 2010 for Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, New Zealand, and the USA, this paper examines the impact of immigration and the immigrants’educational and cultural background on unemployment. Instruments for 27 emigrating countries are used to deal with the feedback effects from unemployment to immigration. The results show that educated immigrants, in particular, and immigrants from Protestant countries significantly reduce unemployment, while poorly educated and non-Protestant immigrants enhance unemployment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-188
Number of pages24
JournalOxford Economic Papers
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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