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The Economics of Immigration – Market-Based Approaches, Social Science, and Public Policy - Oxford Scholarship Online
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The Economics of Immigration: Market-Based Approaches, Social Science, and Public Policy

Benjamin Powell


This book summarizes the best social science studying the impact of immigration and finds that much of it is 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 the native 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 o ... More

Keywords: immigration, immigration policy, poverty, economics, open borders, migration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190258788
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190258788.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Powell, editor
Professor of Economics and Director, Free Market Institute, Texas Tech University

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