The Impact of Worker Effort on Public Sentiment toward Temporary Migrants
Title: The Impact of Worker Effort on Public Sentiment toward Temporary Migrants
Citation: Research in Labor Economics, 2011, 33, 239–262
ISBN: 9781780523323; 9781780523330
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.
Subject: Migration; exertion of effort; contracted temporary migration; J23; J61
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