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Do Low-Skilled Immigrants Improve Productivity and Worsen Local Amenities? Learning from Native Mobility Response in South Korea
In this webinar, Jongkwan Lee of Ewha Womans University presents the effect of a significant increase in low skilled immigration in Korean municipalities during 2010-2015, on internal mobility of natives. By separating natives' moving for work-related and those moving for non-work related reasons, Lee and coauthors find that location experiencing large low skilled immigration attracted natives who moved for working purposes, but they experienced outflow of natives who moved for other reasons.
Additional analysis of mechanisms reveals that immigration attracted those natives who value labor income over local amenities but pushed out those valuing more local amenities. Immigration while generating little net native migration, changed the selection of people in Korean municipalities.

Speakers:
Jongkwan Lee, Assistant Professor of Economics, Ewha Womans University
Jungmin Lee, Professor of Economics, Seoul National University (Moderator)

Jongkwan Lee is an Assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Ewha Womans University. His research interests lie in the intersection of labor and urban economics and is actively working on the issues in immigration and the local labor market. Previously, he was NBER Pre-doctoral fellow in high-skill immigration and an Associate fellow at Korea Development Institute.

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Korea-Pacific Program Webinar Series:
This webinar series is designed to showcase new research as well as a forum for discussion of major policy issues. This series has received generous support from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2020S1A3A2A02104190).

Nov 7, 2022 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Jongkwan (Kwan) Lee
Assistant Professor @Ewha Womans University
Jongkwan Lee is an Assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Ewha Womans University. His research interests lie in the intersection of labor and urban economics, and is actively working on the issues in immigration and the local labor market. Previously, he was NBER Pre-doctoral fellow in high-skill immigration and an Associate fellow at Korea Development Institute.