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Foundations of Migration Economics

George J. Borjas, Barry R. Chiswick, and Benjamin Elsner

Abstract

Migration these days is as topical as ever. A substantial and even increasing percentage of the world population live outside their country of birth. Climate change, conflicts, but also better education in developing countries will lead to more international migration, and will present new challenges to the societies in the sending and receiving countries. This volume offers insights into core topics of migration economics that have been pioneered by 2011 IZA Prize Laureates George Borjas and Barry Chiswick. The book shows migration economics at its best and underscores its high relevance for ... More

Keywords: migration, migration economics, immigration policies, labor markets, integration, assimilation, human capital, language acquisition, ethnic capital

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198788072
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198788072.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George J. Borjas, author
Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University

Barry R. Chiswick, author
Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Department of Economics and Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

Benjamin Elsner, editor
University College Dublin, Ireland

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Contents

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Part I Introduction by the Editor

Part II Assimilation

3 Is the New Immigration Less Skilled Than the Old?

George J. Borjas, and Barry R. Chiswick

4 Self-Selection and the Earnings of Immigrants

George J. Borjas, and Barry R. Chiswick

6 Are Immigrants Favorably Self-Selected? An Economic Analysis

George J. Borjas, and Barry R. Chiswick

7 The “Negative” Assimilation of Immigrants: A Special Case

George J. Borjas, and Barry R. Chiswick

Part III Ethnic Networks and Neighborhoods

8 The Self-Employment Experience of Immigrants

George J. Borjas, and Barry R. Chiswick

10 Ethnic Capital and Intergenerational Mobility

George J. Borjas, and Barry R. Chiswick

11 Ethnicity, Neighborhoods, and Human-Capital Externalities

George J. Borjas, and Barry R. Chiswick

12 Ethnic Networks and Language Proficiency Among Immigrants

George J. Borjas, and Barry R. Chiswick

13 Do Enclaves Matter in Immigrant Adjustment?

George J. Borjas, and Barry R. Chiswick

Part IV Language and Human Capital

14 Speaking, Reading, and Earnings among Low-skilled Immigrants

George J. Borjas, and Barry R. Chiswick

Part V Impact on the Economy

16 The Economic Benefits from Immigration

George J. Borjas, and Barry R. Chiswick

18 Does Immigration Grease the Wheels of the Labor Market?

George J. Borjas, and Barry R. Chiswick

Part VI Our Views on Migration