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Refugee immigration and public sector finances: Evidence from Sweden
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Economics and Statistics. (Linnaeus University Centre for Discrimination and Integration Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0702-5564
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Economics and Statistics. (Linnaeus University Centre for Discrimination and Integration Studies)
2019 (English)In: Finanzarchiv, ISSN 0015-2218, E-ISSN 1614-0974Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

We present an analysis of how refugee immigration affects public-sector finances duringthe refugees’ first years of stay in Sweden. Two different measures are presented. First,public-sector revenues are related to public-sector costs under the assumption that pub-lic costs increase in proportion to refugee immigration. Second, public-sector revenuesare related to public-sector costs when, in the short run, costs for public administration,infrastructure, and national defense are assumed to be fixed as refugee immigration in-creases. We find that refugee immigration implies a net cost for public-sector financesfor several years and that this cost to a large extent is dependent on the refugees’ labormarket assimilation.

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Mohr Siebeck, 2019.
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immigration, refugees, employment, public sector
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Economics
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Economy, Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-79321DOI: 10.1628/fa-2019-0006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-79321DiVA, id: diva2:1273944
Available from: 2018-12-26 Created: 2018-12-26 Last updated: 2019-05-17

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Aldén, LinaHammarstedt, Mats

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