Head-Content or Headcount? Temporary Labour Movements as a Source of Growth

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IZA Seminar

Place: Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 9, 53113 Bonn

Date: 13.09.2005, 12:15 - 13:30


Presentation by 

Massimiliano Tani (University of New South Wales)


This paper studies the growth effects of short-term international labour movements. In particular, it suggests that temporary migration affects not only a nationís endowment of factors but also contributes to the knowledge used for producing and innovating. The theoretical model extends the neoclassical framework of Solow and Swan. The empirical application is based on US, British and Australian data on international business visits (one of the larger and better documented forms of short-term work-related movements). Temporary labour movements emerge as having a small but not insignificant positive effect on growth.

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