The Abolition of Immigration Restrictions and the Performance of Firms and Workers: Evidence from Switzerland

  title={The Abolition of Immigration Restrictions and the Performance of Firms and Workers: Evidence from Switzerland},
  author={Andreas Beerli and Jan Ruffner and Michael Siegenthaler and Giovanni Peri},
  journal={Kauffman: Conferences \& Seminars (Topic)},
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 cross-border 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, and innovation performance of skill-intensive… 

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