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Can migrant workers help overcome Dutch Disease?

Geoff Riley

14th December 2015

The negative effects of a regional resource boom on the local manufacturing sector – a phenomenon that economists call ‘Dutch disease’ – can be partly mitigated by the arrival of temporary foreign workers and migrant labour from elsewhere in the country. That is the central finding of research by Michel Beine, Serge Coulombe and Wessel Vermeulen, published in the December 2015 issue of the Economic Journal.

Geoff Riley

Geoff Riley FRSA has been teaching Economics for over thirty years. He has over twenty years experience as Head of Economics at leading schools. He writes extensively and is a contributor and presenter on CPD conferences in the UK and overseas.

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