Category Archives: US

Legalisation of migrants increases income of native workers

Economists Andri Chassamboulli and Giovanni Peri have found that: “increasing deportation rates and tightening border control weakens low-skilled labor markets, increasing unemployment of native low-skilled workers. Legalization, instead, decreases the unemployment rate of low-skilled natives and increases income per native.” … Continue reading

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Migration, Mexico, and the US

It’s always worth remembering that many parts of what now is the US were part of Mexico in the past. As I mentioned in a previous post, before 1965 immigration law was based on ‘racial/national’ discrimination. Based on immigration flows from … Continue reading

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The difficulty of migrating to the US legally

How difficult is it to migrate to the US?

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Maps of migration to the US

Here you can find 37 beautiful maps explaining migration to the US. A few points: The US have the highest absolute number of migrants than any other country at 19.8%, according to a UN Report based on 2005 data. In … Continue reading

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Economic Benefits of Open Borders

Here is a must-read article by Philippe Legrain on the New York Times. A few key points: When borders are open, migration is circular rather than permanent, as shown by the relatively low levels of migration from Eastern Europe when … Continue reading

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Migrants benefit the US start-up economy

(From an article on Business Insider) “Immigrants secure patents at double the native rate, and more than half of startups in Silicon Valley were founded by foreign-born entrepreneurs, according to entrepreneur and academic Vivek Wadhwa and the Kauffman Foundation. “These data imply … Continue reading

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A Question of Citizenship: Civil and Human Rights of Pregnant Women in the US

The debate in the US about abortion often obfuscates fundamental issues of human and civil rights. To consider a fetus a person means endowing the fetus with rights and protections that can and will clash with other people’s rights. By conflating … Continue reading

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