The immigration–unemployment nexus

Using annual data from 1850 to 2010 for Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, New Zealand, and the USA, this paper examines the impact of immigration and the immigrants’ educational and cultural background on unemployment. Instruments for 27 emigrating countries are used to deal with the feedback effects from unemployment to immigration. The results show that educated immigrants, in particular, and immigrants from Protestant countries significantly reduce unemployment, while poorly educated and non-Protestant immigrants enhance unemployment.

http://oep.oxfordjournals.org/content/69/1/165

It’s not really a secret.

It’s not like Spain sleeps all afternoon or France is always on strike.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2011/oct/31/economics-religion-research

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protestant_work_ethic

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Protestant_Ethic_and_the_Spirit_of_Capitalism

You could read some 50 year old books and publish a modern version of them.

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