The Fiscal Impact of Immigration: Labor Displacement, Wages, and the Allocation of Public Spending*

We reexamine the effect of immigration on public finances by accounting for second-order effects. We exploit exogenous variation in immigration across Colombian metropolitan areas between 2013 and 2018, resulting from the large increase in Venezuelan immigrants, and instrument immigrants’ residential location using preexisting settlement patterns and the distance between origin-destination flows. Our findings indicate that […]