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Christopher Parsons

Abstract: This paper presents the first judicious assessment of the effectiveness of migration policies aimed at attracting high skilled workers. We combine a unique new data set of annual bilateral high-skilled immigration labour flows for 10 OECD destinations between 2000 and 2012, with new databases comprising both unilateral and bilateral policy instruments to examine which types of policies are most effective in attracting and selecting high skilled workers. Points-based systems prove effective in attracting and selecting high-skilled migrants in comparison with requiring a job offer, labour market tests or working in shortage-listed occupations. Higher skilled wages increase the number and skill selectivity of labour flows, whereas higher levels of unemployment exert the opposite effects.

Biography: Chris is a development economist specialising in international migration. His current research interests include the determinants of international migration, the role of migration policies and the links between international migration and development. Chris has a PhD in Economics from the University of Nottingham during which time he held a Royal Economic Society Junior Fellowship. Prior to joining UWA, Chris worked as a Research Officer at the International Migration Institute at the University of Oxford, where he also held a William Golding Fellowship at Brasenose College.

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