Employer Sanctions, and the Welfare of Native Workers

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URI: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:21-opus-62741
http://hdl.handle.net/10900/47949
Dokumentart: ResearchPaper
Date: 2012
Source: University of Tübingen Working Papers in Economics and Finance ; 38
Language: English
Faculty: 6 Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Department: Wirtschaftswissenschaften
DDC Classifikation: 330 - Economics
Keywords: Illegale Einwanderung
Other Keywords:
Employer sanctions , Illegal migrant workers , Natives’ welfare , The formation of public policy
License: Publishing license excluding print on demand
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Abstract:

We investigate the impact of the imposition of sanctions for employing illegal migrants on the welfare of native workers. Our analysis is based on the premise that in response to such sanctions, managers in a firm may be reassigned from supervision of production to verification of the legality of the firm’s workforce. When there is full employment in the host country, a profit-maximizing firm will assign managers to verification if the sanctions are steep enough. This reassignment impedes production efficiency and, consequently, leads to a reduction in the wages of both illegal migrants and native workers, inevitably hurting the latter, who are the intended beneficiaries of the sanctions.

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