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Law and Economics of Immigration

Edited by Howard F. Chang, Earle Hepburn Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, US
This volume compiles influential and diverse readings on the timely subject of immigration. This collection includes work published by leading economists, as well as a number of important contributions made by influential legal scholars, with a focus on economic issues that are salient in debates over immigration policy. Professor Chang’s introduction not only explains the contribution that each reading makes to our understanding of immigration, but also surveys the literature more broadly, putting the selected readings in context.
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Publication Date: 2015
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This volume compiles influential and diverse readings on the timely subject of immigration. This collection includes work published by leading economists, as well as a number of important contributions made by influential legal scholars, with a focus on economic issues that are salient in debates over immigration policy. Professor Chang’s introduction not only explains the contribution that each reading makes to our understanding of immigration, but also surveys the literature more broadly, putting the selected readings in context.
‘It is almost impossible to underestimate the influence of economics upon immigration theory in today’s interconnected and globalized world. Howard F. Chang is one of the preeminent actors in this hybrid field of study, and has assembled a broad and deep cast in this volume, which usefully pulls together many studies and views. This will become an indispensable resource in the subject, as well as a detailed map of this important and growing academic area.’
– Michael A. Olivas, University of Houston Law Center, US
24 articles, dating from 1982 to 2013
Contributors include: G. Borjas, A. Bradford, D. Card, A. Cox, G. Hanson, G. Ottaviano, G. Peri, E. Posner, A. Sykes, M. Trebilcock
Contents;

Acknowledgements


Introduction Howard F. Chang


PART I THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF LABOUR MIGRATION
1. Jonathon W. Moses and Bjørn Letnes (2004), ‘The Economic Costs to International Labor Restrictions: Revisiting the Empirical Discussion’, World Development, 32 (10), October, 1609–26

2. Michael A. Clemens (2011), ‘Economics and Emigration: Trillion-Dollar Bills on the Sidewalk?’, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 25 (3), Summer, 83–106

3. George J. Borjas (1995), ‘The Economic Benefits from Immigration’, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 9 (2), Spring, 3–22

PART II THE IMPACT OF IMMIGRATION IN THE LABOUR MARKET
A Inferences from Cross-Section Data on Local Labour Markets

4. Jean Baldwin Grossman (1982), ‘The Substitutability of Natives and Immigrants in Production’, Review of Economics and Statistics, 64 (4), November, 596–603

5. George J. Borjas (1994), ‘The Economics of Immigration’, Journal of Economic Literature, XXXII (4), December, 1667–717

6. Rachel M. Friedberg and Jennifer Hunt (1995), ‘The Impact of Immigrants on Host Country Wages, Employment and Growth’, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 9 (2), Spring, 23–44

7. David Card (1990), ‘The Impact of the Mariel Boatlift on the Miami Labor Market’, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 43 (2), January, 245–57

8. David Card (2001), ‘Immigrant Inflows, Native Outflows, and the Local Labor Market Impacts of Higher Immigration’, Journal of Labor Economics, 19 (1), January, 22–64

B Models of the National Labour Market

9. George J. Borjas (2003), ‘The Labor Demand Curve is Downward Sloping: Reexamining the Impact of Immigration on the Labor Market’, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 118 (4), November, 1335–74

10. David Card (2009), ‘Immigration and Inequality’, American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings, 99 (2), May, 1–21

11. Gianmarco I.P. Ottaviano and Giovanni Peri (2012), ‘Rethinking the Effect of Immigration on Wages’, Journal of the European Economic Association, 10 (1), February, 152–97

12. George J. Borjas, Jeffrey Grogger and Gordon H. Hanson (2012), ‘Comment: On Estimating Elasticities of Substitution’, Journal of the European Economic Association, 10 (1), February, 198–210

C Imperfect Substitution between Immigrants and Natives

13. Patricia Cortes (2008), ‘The Effect of Low-Skilled Immigration on U.S. Prices: Evidence from CPI Data’, Journal of Political Economy, 116 (3), June, 381–422

14. Giovanni Peri and Chad Sparber (2009), ‘Task Specialization, Immigration, and Wages’, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 1 (3), July, 135–69

D Female Labour Supply and the Excess Burden of Protectionism

15. Howard F. Chang (2009), ‘Immigration Restriction as Redistributive Taxation: Working Women and the Costs of Protectionism in the Labor Market’, Journal of Law, Economics and Policy, 5 (1), Spring, 1–29

16. Patricia Cortés and José Tessada (2011), ‘Low-Skilled Immigration and the Labor Supply of Highly Skilled Women’, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 3 (3), July, 88–123

PART III THE FISCAL IMPACT OF IMMIGRATION
17. Panel on the Demographic and Economic Impacts of Immigration, National Research Council (1997), ‘The Future Fiscal Impacts of Current Immigrants’, in James P. Smith and Barry Edmonston (eds), The New Americans: Economic, Demographic, and Fiscal Effects of Immigration, Chapter 7, Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 297–362

PART VI IMMIGRATION LAW AND REFORM

A Analysing the Effects of Immigration Laws and Proposing Reforms

18. Sherrie A. Kossoudji and Deborah A. Cobb-Clark (2002), ‘Coming out of the Shadows: Learning about Legal Status and Wages from the Legalized Population’, Journal of Labor Economics, 20 (3), July, 598–628

19. Howard F. Chang (1998), ‘Migration as International Trade: The Economic Gains from the Liberalized Movement of Labor’, UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs, 3, 371–414

20. Michael J. Trebilock (2003), ‘The Law and Economics of Immigration Policy’, American Law and Economics Review, 5 (2), August, 271–317

21. Anu Bradford (2013), ‘Sharing the Risks and Rewards of Economic Migration’, University of Chicago Law Review, 80 (1), Winter, 29–56

22. Howard F. Chang (2007), ‘Cultural Communities in a Global Labor Market: Immigration Restrictions as Residential Segregation’, University of Chicago Legal Forum, 2007, 93–130

B Economic Accounts of Immigration Laws and Institutions

23. Adam B. Cox and Eric A. Posner (2009), ‘The Rights of Migrants: An Optimal Contract Framework’, New York University Law Review, 84 (6), December, 1403–63

24. Alan O. Sykes (2013), ‘International Cooperation on Migration: Theory and Practice’, University of Chicago Law Review, 80 (1), Winter, 315–39