Borderless Economics by Robert Guest
Chinese Sea Turtles, Indian Fridges and the New Fruits of Global Capitalism

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Acentury ago, migrants often crossed an ocean and never saw their homelands again. Today, they call - or Skype - home the moment their flight has landed, and that's just the beginning. Thanks to cheap travel and easy communication, immigrants everywhere stay in intimate contact with their native countries, creating powerful cross-border networks.

In Borderless Economics, Robert Guest, The Economist's Business Editor, travels through dozens of countries and 44 American states, observing how these networks create wealth, spread ideas and foster innovation. He shows how:
* Brainy Indians in America collaborate with brainy Indians in India to build $70 fridges and $300 houses
* Young Chinese study in the West and then return home (where they're known as "sea turtles"), infecting China with ideas that will eventually turn it democratic
* The so-called "brain drain" - the flow of educated migrants from poorcountries to rich ones - actually reduces global poverty
*America's unique ability to attract and absorb migrants lets it tap into the energy of all the world's diaspora networks. So despite its current woes, if the United States keeps its borders open, it will remain the world's most powerful nation indefinitely.
With on-the-ground reporting from Asia, Africa, Europe and even Idaho, this book examines how migration, for the all the disruption it causes, makes the world wealthier and happier.


 

About Robert Guest

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Robert Guest is currently the Global Business Editor at The Economist. Before joining The Economist, he was the Tokyo correspondent for The Daily Telegraph. The winner of numerous awards, Guest is a regular on both the BBC and CNN. He is the author of The Shackled Continent.
 
Published November 8, 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 257 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Guest shows how technological pioneers like Jack Ma, the founder of China's Internet search company Alibaba, and Pramod Bhasin of the Indian health-service provider Genpact, are not only making a lot of money for themselves but transforming their countries and the global economy.

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'As a tool for spreading wealth, open borders make foreign aid look like a child's lemonade stand," writes Robert Guest, business editor of the Economist, in "Borderless Economics," a rapid-fire case for the free movement of labor from one country to another.

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But things didn’t work out, and Clark chronicles the whole thing – the strife, secrets and flirtations of a film set – very fetchingly in this book now reissued as a movie tie-in.

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London School of Economics

Guest finds that it is the Chinese diaspora that drives their homeland’s economic growth, and believes the diaspora “promises to turn the worlds last great dictatorship in to a democracy.” Guest fills a chapter with interesting, detailed anecdotes about migrants who fled China and made money by e...

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London School of Economics

Robert Guest, Business Editor of The Economist, travels the world to make the case for the positive effects of migration and international connections, in a readable, wide-ranging new book on globalisation.

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