Modelling the effects of immigration on regional economic performance and wage distribution: a Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) analysis of three European Union regions

Konstantinos Pouliakas, Deborah Roberts, Eudokia Balamou, Dimitris Psaltopoulos

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The paper uses a regional Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model to analyse the effects of immigration on three small remote EU regions located within Scotland, Greece and Latvia. Two migration scenarios are assessed. In the first, total labour supply is affected. In the second, the importance of migratory flows by differential labour skill types is investigated. The results indicate significant differences in the extent to which regional economies are affected by immigration. They also suggest that remote regions are highly vulnerable to the out-migration of skilled workers (‘brain-drain’) while the in-migration of unskilled workers leads to widening wage inequality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)318-338
Number of pages21
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number2
Early online date28 Feb 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2014



  • immigration
  • computable general equilibrium (CGE)
  • wage inequality
  • brain-drain
  • regional economies

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