Gabriel Felbermayr

Ifo Institute
Poschingerstra├če 5
81679 Munich

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Institutional Affiliations: Ifo Center for International Economics and University of Munich

NBER Working Papers and Publications

July 2018Quantifying the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement
with Fukunari Kimura, Toshihiro Okubo, Marina Steininger
in Globalization and Welfare Impacts of International Trade, Shin-ichi Fukuda, Takeo Hoshi, and Fukunari Kimura, organizers
This paper provides a quantitative analysis of the new EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the biggest bilateral deal that both the EU and Japan have concluded so far. It employs a generalized variant of the EatonÔÇôKortum (2002) model, featuring multiple sectors, input-output linkages, services trade, and non-tariff barriers (NTBs). It uses the results of an econometric ex post analysis of a related existing FTA, the one between the EU and Korea, to approximate the expected reductions in the costs of NTBs. This approach yields long-run welfare effects for Japan of about 18 bn USD per year (0.31% of GDP) and of about 15 bn USD (0.10%) for the EU. On average, the agreement does not appear to harm third countries. 14% of the welfare gains inside the EPA stem from tariffs, the remain...
May 2014Immigration, Search, and Redistribution: A Quantitative Assessment of Native Welfare
with Michele Battisti, Giovanni Peri, Panu Poutvaara: w20131
We study the effects of immigration on native welfare in a general equilibrium model featuring two skill types, search frictions, wage bargaining, and a redistributive welfare state. Our quantitative analysis suggests that, in all 20 countries studied, immigration attenuates the effects of search frictions. These gains tend to outweigh the welfare costs of redistribution. Immigration has increased native welfare in almost all countries. Both high-skilled and low-skilled natives benefit in two thirds of countries, contrary to what models without search frictions predict. Median total gains from migration are 1.19% and 1.00% for high and low skilled natives, respectively.

Published: Michele Battisti & Gabriel Felbermayr & Giovanni Peri & Panu Poutvaara, 2018. "Immigration, Search and Redistribution: A Quantitative Assessment of Native Welfare," Journal of the European Economic Association, vol 16(4), pages 1137-1188. citation courtesy of

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