Skilled immigrants' contribution to productive efficiency

Deahoon Nahm*, Massimiliano Tani

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper studies whether skilled migrants contribute to the host country's ‘productive efficiency’ (Farrell 1957) using input–output and immigration sectoral data for 7 industries in 12 countries during the period 1999–2001. We find that skilled migrants contribute positively to a country's productive efficiency with the exception of the finance sector. The results broadly support the adoption of skill-biased migration policies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)594-612
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of the Asia Pacific Economy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2015


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