Quantifying the Impact of Immigration on the Spanish Welfare State

Collado, M.; Iturbe-Ormaetxe, Iñigo; Valera, Guadalupe
May 2004
International Tax & Public Finance;May2004, Vol. 11 Issue 3, p335
Academic Journal
The Spanish population will experience significant aging in coming years. This demographic change will impose a heavy burden on the national budget. In particular, expenditure on pensions and health are expected to rise significantly. The inflow of immigrants could help to alleviate the fiscal burden that future generations will have to bear. In this paper we try to quantify the impact of immigration on the Spanish Welfare State, using the methodology of Generational Accounting. Our results suggest that the impact of immigration will be positive and significant.


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