Dominik Sachs // University of Munich (LMU)To the profile
The Indirect Fiscal Benefits of Low-Skilled ImmigrationResearch Seminars
Low-skilled immigrants indirectly affect public finances through their effect on native wages & labor supply. The paper presented in this Research Seminar operationalize this general-equilibrium effect in the workhorse labor market model with heterogeneous workers and intensive and extensive labor supply margins. The authors derive a closed-form expression for this effect in terms of estimable statistics. They extend the analysis to various alternative specifications of the labor market and production that have been phasized in the immigration literature. Empirical quantifications for the U.S. reveal that the indirect fiscal benefit of one low-skilled immigrant lies between $770 and $2,100 annually. The indirect fiscal benefit may outweigh the negative direct fiscal effect that has previously been documented. This challenges the perception of low-skilled immigration as a fiscal burden.