Migration Policy, African Population Growth and Global Inequality

Andrew Mountford, Hillel Rapoport

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According to recent UN projections, more than 50 per cent of the growth in world population over the next half century will be due to population growth in Africa. Given this, any policy that influences African demography will have a significant impact on the world distribution of income. In this study, we discuss the potential for migration policies to affect fertility and education decisions, and hence, population growth in Africa. We present the results from different scenarios for more or less restrictive/selective migration policies and derive their implications for the evolution of world inequality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-556
Number of pages14
JournalWorld Economy
Issue number4
Early online date9 Mar 2015
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016

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