The Economics of Immigration by Benjamin Powell
Market-Based Approaches, Social Science, and Public Policy

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The Economics of Immigration summarizes the best social science studying the actual impact of immigration, which is found to be at odds with popular fears. Greater flows of immigration have the potential to substantially increase world income and reduce extreme poverty. Existing evidence indicates that immigration slightly enhances the wealth of natives born in destination countries while doing little to harm the job prospects or reduce the wages of most of the native-born population. Similarly, although a matter of debate, most credible scholarly estimates of the net fiscal impact of current migration find only small positive or negative impacts. Importantly, current generations of immigrants do not appear to be assimilating more slowly than prior waves.
Although the range of debate on the consequences of immigration is much narrower in scholarly circles than in the general public, that does not mean that all social scientists agree on what a desirable immigration policy embodies. The second half of this book contains three chapters, each by a social scientist who is knowledgeable of the scholarship summarized in the first half of the book, which argue for very different policy immigration policies. One proposes to significantly cut current levels of immigration. Another suggests an auction market for immigration permits. The third proposes open borders. The final chapter surveys the policy opinions of other immigration experts and explores the factors that lead reasonable social scientists to disagree on matters of immigration policy.
 

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Benjamin Powell is the Director of the Free Market Institute and Professor of Economics in the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University. He is a past President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and a senior fellow with the Independent Institute. He has published several books and more than 50 scholarly articles, writes frequently in the popular press, and is interviewed regularly on television. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.
 
Published August 24, 2015 by Oxford University Press. 272 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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So when this country decides to close borders, it’s not the country saying, “We’re not going to let some people in because we just don’t want to deal with them,” it’s some people in that country saying, “We’re going to forbid our friends and neighbors and fellow citizens from having economic inte...

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