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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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The Evils of Immigration

The evils of immigration: if they are to be called evils, are not temporary. The direct descendants of the people who fought for and founded the Republic, and gave us a rich heritage of democratic institutions, are being displaced by … Not Asian people. Not Latin American people. But … Slavic, Balkan and Mediterranean peoples. […]

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That was up near Massena, NY.

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Professor Borjas, not exactly a fan of immigration, has often found in his research that there are negligible adverse wage impacts of new immigrants on native Americans. This is not a surprising result. Of course, in a new paper, he claims that those previous findings were due to measurement error.  It could be. We can’t […]

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I’ve not wanted to weigh in on the new Arizona immigration law. But the law got me thinking in general about labor market discrimination. Some low-wage Americans bring suit against their employer on the grounds that discrimination by the employer is keeping their wages below what they otherwise “should” be. Two points – one unrelated […]

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Recent Trends in Immigrant Earnings

It seems that the relative performance of new immigrants to the U.S. has been improving for a decade and a half. Here are Borjas and Friedberg: This paper studies long-term trends in the labor market performance of immigrants in the United States, using the 1960-2000 PUMS and 1994-2009 CPS. While there was a continuous decline […]

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New institutions like private stock markets emerge. It will be entertaining to watch the dogs in DC chasing their tails after they institute their new financial institution regulatory overhaul, and when they try to regulate hedge funds, derivatives, money funds and more. A key point from the article: Besides the economy, startup investors say the […]

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On the Economics of Immigration

Three economic questions frame nearly every debate on the immigration issue.  First, can America absorb the latest wave of immigrants?  Second, what is the impact of immigrants on the labor market prospects for low- and high-skilled natives?  Third, do immigrants represent a strain on public services?  In answering these questions it is important to appreciate […]

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Question for the Immigrant Bashers

Whose job did this guy take away? And should it matter if he did?   Congratulations Bernard!

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