Assaf Razin, Efraim Sadka, Benjarong Suwankiri, Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 00:00
Joakim Ruist, Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 00:00
The lifting of transitional access restrictions for Romanian and Bulgarian workers is a hotly debated topic in the EU with big implications for public finances in destination countries. This column presents analysis of immigrants in Sweden, which never imposed access restrictions when these two countries joined the EU. Romanian and Bulgarian migrants to Sweden under this unrestricted regime make a sizeable positive contribution to Swedish public finances. Contributions can be expected to be even larger in the UK and Ireland.
Katerina Lisenkova, Friday, January 10, 2014 - 00:00
Efforts to limit immigration are being implemented in many rich nations. Restricting immigration to these advanced ageing economies could be an economic boon or bane. This column presents recent work examining the labour market and fiscal impacts of restricting immigration, taking the UK government’s stated goal as an example. The results suggest that a significant reduction in net migration would have strong negative effects on the UK economy.
Christian Dustmann, Tommaso Frattini, Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 00:00
Christian Dustmann, Tommaso Frattini, Caroline Halls, Saturday, August 8, 2009 - 00:00
Are new immigrants a fiscal burden on incumbent residents? This column looks at Eastern European immigrants in the UK and shows that they are net contributors to public finances because they have a higher labour force participation rate, are likely to pay more in indirect taxes like VAT, and make much lower use of benefits and public services.