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Federico Guerrero
Department of Economics, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557
United States
Elliott Parker
Department of Economics, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557
United States
Vol. 11 No. 1 (2022), Articles, pages 7-30
Submitted: Jul 8, 2021 Accepted: Apr 26, 2022 Published: Jun 28, 2022
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This study considers the impact of immigration and ethnic diversity on government spending in 31 OECD countries over 25 years and compares the marginal effects for expenditures and revenues to approximate the fiscal burden. Results suggest that ethnic fractionalization, not immigration itself, has a negative impact on spending in the OECD. On the whole, immigrants tend to contribute more in taxes than they cause in expenditures, at least relative to the averages for the population as a whole, but this effect is reversed for immigrants from poorer countries.

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