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Chapter 7 The Impact of Worker Effort on Public Sentiment Toward Temporary Migrants

Research in Labor Economics

ISBN: 978-1-78052-332-3, eISBN: 978-1-78052-333-0

Publication date: 26 September 2011


Temporary and circular migration programs have been devised by many destination countries and supported by the European Commission as a policy to reduce welfare and social costs of immigration in destination countries. In this chapter, we present an additional reason for proposing temporary migration policies based on the characteristics of the foreign labor-effort supply. The level of effort exerted by migrants, which decreases over their duration in the host country, positively affects production, real wages, and capital owners' profits. We show that the acceptance of job offers by migrants results in the displacement in employment of national workers. However, it increases the workers' exertion, decreases prices, and thus can counter anti-immigrant voter sentiment. Therefore, the favorable sentiment of the capital owners and the local population toward migrants may rise when temporary migration policies are adopted.



Epstein, G.S. and Venturini, A. (2011), "Chapter 7 The Impact of Worker Effort on Public Sentiment Toward Temporary Migrants", Polachek, S.W. and Tatsiramos, K. (Ed.) Research in Labor Economics (Research in Labor Economics, Vol. 33), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 239-261.



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