A literature review investigating current academic literature regarding the effects of immigration on economic growth, productivity, innovation, and trade.
Claudio Fassio, Researcher at Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship recently published a working paper for Tillväxtanalys on the effect of skilled immigration on innovation and trade, together with the co-author Olof Ejermo, Associate professor at Lund University. Fassio and Ejermo were invited by Tillväxtanalys to present the paper at the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation in Stockholm on the 13th of April.
The effects of immigration on economic growth – a literature study
Immigration has positive effects on productivity and economic growth. However, highly educated immigrants tend to contribute more to these effects. The literature suggests that immigrants boost Sweden’s performance in international trade but that Sweden may lose out on some of the positive effects of immigration on innovation. In order for Sweden to remain attractive to foreign experts it might be necessary to reassess the Swedish tax relief for this group.
Tillväxtanalys is the Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis.