We Wanted Workers by George J. Borjas
Unraveling the Immigration Narrative

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While Borjas will go as far as to say that immigration will create winners and losers, the book informs without offering particularly satisfying conclusions.
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From America’s leading immigration economist, a refreshingly level-headed exploration of the effects of immigration on migrant and nonmigrant workers.

The economic impact of immigration is often viewed through a narrow lens. To many economists, immigrants are a collection of much-needed workers who can fill predetermined slots along the proverbial assembly line, always a boon to the host country. But immigrants are more than just workers; like the rest of us, they have lives outside the factory gates and are affected by the social environment in which they live. They make choices with unintended consequences. And those who migrate might not fit the ideal the receiving country has in mind. While George J. Borjas reveals that immigration has not affected the average American all that much, it has also created many winners and losers. Somebody’s lower wage is somebody else’s higher profit, and those who employ or use immigrants benefit handsomely. In the end, Borjas argues, immigration is mainly just another government redistribution program―though often disguised by the volatile political debate it stirs.
 

About George J. Borjas

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George J. Borjas is the Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is the recipient of the 2011 IZA Prize in Labor Economics. Martha Stewart
 
Published October 11, 2016 by W. W. Norton & Company. 240 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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on Apr 23 2017

While Borjas will go as far as to say that immigration will create winners and losers, the book informs without offering particularly satisfying conclusions.

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