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Immigration Policy and Self-Selecting Migrants


  • Milo Bianchi, Université Paris Dauphine, Place de Lattre de Tassigny, 75016 Paris, France (

  • Thanks to two anonymous referees and to Abhijit Banerjee, Jess Benhabib, Guido Friebel, Sergei Izmalkov Anna Maria Mayda, Sten Nyberg, Elena Paltseva, and Jörgen Weibull for helpful comments. Thanks to Région Ile-de-France for financial support.


I build a simple model of self-selection into migration and immigration policy determination. I first show that the effect of any immigration policy can be decomposed into a size and a composition effect. I then explore how the optimal policy may change once the latter effect is considered.