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Project Citation: 

Beerli, Andreas, Ruffner, Jan, Peri, Giovanni, and Siegenthaler, Michael. Data and Code for: The abolition of immigration restrictions and the performance of firms and workers: Evidence from Switzerland. Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2021. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2021-02-19. https://doi.org/10.3886/E122523V1

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary We study a reform that granted European cross-border workers free access to the Swiss
labor market and had a stronger effect on regions close to the border. The greater availability of cross-border workers increased foreign employment substantially. Although many crossborder workers were highly educated, wages of highly educated natives increased. The reason is a simultaneous increase in labor demand: the reform increased the size, productivity, andinnovation performance of skill-intensive incumbent firms and attracted new firms, creating opportunities for natives to pursue managerial jobs. These effects are mainly driven by firms that reported skill shortages before the reform.

Scope of Project

Subject Terms:  View help for Subject Terms cross-border workers; free movement of persons; immigration policy; labor mobility; skilled immigration
JEL Classification:  View help for JEL Classification
      F22 International Migration
      J22 Time Allocation and Labor Supply
      J24 Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
      J61 Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
Geographic Coverage:  View help for Geographic Coverage Switzerland
Time Period(s):  View help for Time Period(s) 1991 – 2014
Data Type(s):  View help for Data Type(s) program source code


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