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Migration and International Trade

The US Experience Since 1945
Roger White, Associate Professor of Economics, Whittier College, US
This unique book synthesizes and extends the immigrant–trade literature and provides comprehensive coverage of this timely and important topic. In that vein, the author contributes to the understanding of the relationship between immigration and trade and sheds light on a noteworthy aspect of globalization that both confronts policymakers with challenges and offers the potential to overcome them.
Extent: 232 pp
Hardback Price: £78.00 Online: £70.20
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 978 1 84844 696 0
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This unique book synthesizes and extends the immigrant–trade literature and provides comprehensive coverage of this timely and important topic. In that vein, the author contributes to the understanding of the relationship between immigration and trade and sheds light on a noteworthy aspect of globalization that both confronts policymakers with challenges and offers the potential to overcome them.

Roger White documents the pro-trade influences that immigrants have on US imports from, and exports to, their respective home countries. Variations in the immigrant–trade link are addressed, as are the underlying factors that may determine the existence and operability of that link. The findings have direct implications for US immigration policy, suggesting that too few immigrants are currently admitted to the country and that a more liberal immigration policy may enhance social welfare.

This book contains valuable economic analyses for undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers, educated laypersons and practitioners who are interested in public policy, international trade and economics, migration studies, international relations and globalization.
Contents: Part I: What is the Immigrant–Trade Link and Why it Matters 1. An Overview of the Immigrant–Trade Relationship 2. What are the Channels through Which Immigrants Affect Trade? 3. Lessons from Prior Studies of the Immigrant–Trade Link Part II: What Factors May Underline the US Immigrant–Trade Link 4. A Brief Review of US Immigration History 5. Primacy, Recency and the US Immigrant–Trade Relationship 6. The Importance of Trade-facilitating Infrastructure 7. Cultural Distance between the US and Immigrants’ Home Countries Part III: Examining the US Immigrant–Trade Link 8. Empirical Specification, Variable Construction and Data Sources 9. Verification of the Immigrant–Trade Link 10. Variation in the Immigrant–Trade Link Part IV: Implications and Opportunities 11. Lessons for US Immigration Policy 12. Summing-up: Concluding Thoughts and (Yet) Unanswered Questions References Index