Data and Code for: The abolition of immigration restrictions and the performance of firms and workers: Evidence from Switzerland

Resource Type
Dataset : program source code
  • Beerli, Andreas (ETH Zurich)
  • Ruffner, Jan (Independent Researcher)
  • Peri, Giovanni (University of California-Davis)
  • Siegenthaler, Michael (ETH Zurich)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
cross-border workers; free movement of persons; immigration policy; labor mobility; skilled immigration
  • Abstract

    We study a reform that granted European cross-border workers free access to the Swiss
    labor market and had a stronger effect on regions close to the border. The greater availability of cross-border workers increased foreign employment substantially. Although many crossborder workers were highly educated, wages of highly educated natives increased. The reason is a simultaneous increase in labor demand: the reform increased the size, productivity, andinnovation performance of skill-intensive incumbent firms and attracted new firms, creating opportunities for natives to pursue managerial jobs. These effects are mainly driven by firms that reported skill shortages before the reform.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1991-01-01 / 2014-12-31
    Time Period: Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1991--Wed Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2014
Geographic Coverage
  • Switzerland
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
  • Is version of
    DOI: 10.3886/E122523
  • “The Abolition of Immigration Restrictions and the Performance of Firms and Workers: Evidence from Switzerland.” American Economic Review, n.d.

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