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Mustn't grumble: immigration, health and health service use in the UK and Germany

Wadsworth, Jonathan (2013) Mustn't grumble: immigration, health and health service use in the UK and Germany. Fiscal Studies, 34 (1). pp. 55-82. ISSN 0143-5671

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1475-5890.2013.00177.x

Abstract

A rise in population caused by increased immigration is sometimes accompanied by concerns that the increase in population puts additional or differential pressure on welfare services, which might affect the net fiscal contribution of immigrants. The UK and Germany have experienced significant increases in immigration in recent years and this study uses longitudinal data from both countries to examine whether immigrants differ in their use of health services from native-born individuals on arrival and over time. While immigrants to Germany, but not the UK, are more likely to self-report poor health than the native-born population, the samples of immigrants use hospital and GP services at broadly the same rate as the native-born populations in both countries. Controls for observed and unobserved differences between immigrants and native-born sample populations make little difference to these broad findings.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28...
Additional Information: © 2013 The Author, Fiscal Studies, Institute for Fiscal Studies
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
JEL classification: H - Public Economics > H0 - General > H00 - General
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J0 - General > J00 - General
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2014 14:34
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2019 01:51
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/59309

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