New research by Andreas Beerli and Giovanni Peri shows, using the experience of Switzerland, no adverse effect of opening the border on labor market outcomes of native workers

In a new working paper of the National Bureau of Economics Research, released on July 7th 2015, Andreas Beerli (University of Zurich) and Giovanni Peri use the progressive opening of the Swiss labor market to citizens of the European Union, between 1999 and 2007, to analyze the impact on native employment and wages. The study finds that the progressive opening of labor markets up to the free access for European Union citizens (granted in 2007) increased EU workers in Switzerland by 4 percent of employment and did not have significant effect on average wages and employment of Swiss workers.