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So we relaxed restrictions on what Cuban baseball players have to do in order to play baseball in America. The argument goes that Cubans placed themselves in harm’s way to make the dangerous journey here, and that they are really productive at their jobs once in America, and that we wish for them to be […]

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Immigrant Assimilation

There is a well known literature on how well (very) the children and grandchildren assimilate into the American economy and culture. What is less well-known are how other aspects of America end up rubbing off on the progeny of immigrants? In this study on the heritability of health characteristics, the authors find that even factors […]

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Borjas strikes back in the next round of paper(s) on the impact of the Mariel Boatlift on American wages.  You would not be shocked to find that he finds that the immigrants were harmful to Floridians: This fundamental error in data construction (wintercow: in the Round Three paper) contaminates the analysis and helps hide the […]

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Of course, I will not share my thoughts at Thanksgiving … but here goes (start at 1:14 if you don’t like stories. One reason I love folk music is the stories): Please do NOT interpret this to suggest that I think this is an open and shut issue, or that there are not legitimate questions […]

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About the only useful contribution I can make to the immigration question, at this point is to lament one thing about the current proceedings. While this is all great political controversy and surely educational for those folks who worry about precedent and the limits of constitutional authority and what the original intent was and what […]

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This paper hit my inbox this morning. It asks what impact immigration has on the ability of natives to complete high school in the United States between 1940 and 2010. Two possible channels are examined. First, the conventional view is that immigrants who go to high school take resources that would otherwise be dedicated to […]

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No, I am not reporting on the fact that net Mexican immigration to the United States is now zero. I am among the minority who find this unfortunate, though happy that the economy in Mexico is vibrant enough to attract folks back home or keep them from leaving. I’d like to point out another under-reported […]

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One of my excellent students sent me a link to this Stossel video last week and he asked my thoughts on what Jeff Miron had to say at about the 3:54 mark. It’s only about 30 seconds long after that, so do check it out. What I’d like to point out here are two things: […]

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I heard a new point made the other day from someone who was arguing with someone else about whether immigrants should be allowed in America. I first heard the argument that immigrants pay less in taxes than they use in social programs and therefore are a net drain on the US. I won’t address that […]

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Rotten, Just Stinking Rotten

Alex T. has been on fire lately, but I really have to repost this entire thing. I will reserve additional comment. The fruits of immigration by Alex Tabarrok on July 12, 2011 at 7:31 am in Current Affairs, Economics | Permalink A tough new law cracking down on illegal immigrants and those who hire or “harbor” them has created a […]

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