Illegal migrants, tourism and welfare : a trade theoretic approach

Chesney, Marc and Hazari, Bharat R. 2003, Illegal migrants, tourism and welfare : a trade theoretic approach, Pacific economic review, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 259-268.

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Title Illegal migrants, tourism and welfare : a trade theoretic approach
Author(s) Chesney, Marc
Hazari, Bharat R.
Journal name Pacific economic review
Volume number 8
Issue number 3
Start page 259
End page 268
Total pages 10 p.
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1361-374X
Summary Many countries receive illegal migrants but are reluctant to accept them due to possible negative externalities. We provide a rationale for not policing illegal migration by linking it to the tourism industry. By paying illegal migrants less than local workers, the relative price of the non-traded goods is shown to be lower than it would be in the absence of such workers. An expansion in tourist trade, under certain intensity conditions, necessarily raises resident welfare and employment. This tourist boom necessarily lowers the welfare of the illegal migrants. It is established that an increase in tourism increases the supply of illegal migrants.
Language eng
Field of Research 140210 International Economics and International Finance
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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