Immigration and prices: quasi-experimental evidence from Syrian refugees in Turkey

@article{Balkan2016ImmigrationAP,
  title={Immigration and prices: quasi-experimental evidence from Syrian refugees in Turkey},
  author={Binnur Balkan and Semih Tumen},
  journal={Journal of Population Economics},
  year={2016},
  volume={29},
  pages={657-686}
}
We exploit the regional variation in the unexpected (or forced) inflow of Syrian refugees as a natural experiment to estimate the impact of immigration on consumer prices in Turkey. Using a difference-in-differences strategy and a comprehensive data set on the regional prices of CPI items, we find that general level of consumer prices has declined by approximately 2.5 % due to immigration. Prices of goods and services have declined in similar magnitudes. We highlight that the channel through… Expand

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