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The Economics of Immigration

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The Economics of Immigration

Selected Papers of Barry R. Chiswick

9781843764588 Edward Elgar Publishing
Barry R. Chiswick, Professor and Department Chair, Department of Economics, George Washington University, US and IZA – Institute for the Study of Labor, Bonn, Germany
Publication Date: 2005 ISBN: 978 1 84376 458 8 Extent: 424 pp
Immigration has become a significant public policy issue, as well as an important area of study for academic researchers. Barry R. Chiswick has been a pioneer in research on the economics of immigration and has published numerous seminal studies on the labor market and linguistic adjustment of immigrants and the impact of immigrants on the host economy. He has also written extensively on various aspects of immigration policy. Now his most influential and widely-cited papers, published over a span of 25 years in a variety of journals and conference volumes, are available in a single volume. The author has written an original essay introducing this valuable collection.

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Immigration has become a significant public policy issue in all of the developed countries, as well as an important area of study for academic researchers. Barry R. Chiswick has been a pioneer in research on the economics of immigration and has published numerous seminal studies on the labor market, the educational and linguistic adjustment of immigrants, and the impact of immigrants on the host economy. He has also written extensively on various aspects of immigration policy. Now his most influential and widely-cited papers, published over a span of 25 years in a variety of journals and conference volumes, are available in a single volume. The author has written an original essay introducing this valuable collection.

Scholars of economics, public policy, sociology, anthropology and immigration will find this book an essential addition to their libraries.
Critical Acclaim
‘The author presents the findings of a selected number of path-breaking studies regarding the economics of migration. . . this book contributes a series of valid findings on migrants and their pervasive role in the economies of receiving countries. This is achieved by the author's clear and innovative approach to various topics, grounded in solid theory and the detailed observation of a variety of factors contributing to the complex processes of migration . . . Overall, this book is an enlightening account on immigration and its economic effects, which all those joining the migration debate should acknowledge. On a technical level, some readers might be put off by the fact that certain arguments are repeated in different chapters – representing reproducions of original articles published elsewhere. This being so, selected chapters from each part of the volume might be a choice to consider for those more interested in the broader migration topics under discussion. Those with specialist interest in the details of migration, however, should find the sometimes marginal contributions of different chapters useful, as they are synthesised out of a vast literature, spanning three decades of specialised research.’
– Liliana Hiris, Economic Issues

‘The Economics of Immigration is a valuable omnibus of Chiswick’s representative works. By assembling the time-stretched, topic-wide, scattered pieces together, not only does this book offer a convenient reference resource on the subject, but it allows readers to gain retrospective and perhaps prospective insights into the issues examined and to rethink about these issues. . . This excellent book will be an asset for scholars of immigration research, in either economics or other disciplines, and policy-makers and analysts interested in immigration issues.’
– Philip Q. Yang, Ethnic and Racial Studies

‘Barry Chiswick was a brilliant pioneer on the economics of migration long before it caught the attention of mainstream economists. This collection of his best papers illustrates clearly why he has that favored reputation.’
– Jeffrey G. Williamson, Harvard University, US

‘A fine collection of outstanding articles documenting Barry Chiswick’s role as the Jacob Mincer of migration economics. His contributions have marked the pace of research on migration for over two decades, provoking the right questions and guiding the field.’
– Klaus Zimmermann, IZA-Institute for the Study of Labor (Bonn), University of Bonn and Journal of Population Economics

‘International migration is an abiding and growing subject of interest. Its economic analysis grew in part as a result of the human capital model which transformed labor economics. The pioneering work of Barry Chiswick provides a great deal of understanding of the economics of immigration. The reader will be fascinated by the mixture of analysis and evocative text.’
– Jacob Mincer, Columbia University, US

‘The pre-eminent scholar of the economics of immigration, Barry Chiswick is a master of analytically sound and empirically grounded research. Moreover, his work is accessible to social scientists in all fields.’
– June E. O’Neill, CUNY and Former Director of the Congressional Budget Office, US

‘Barry R. Chiswick pioneered the study of immigration through labor economics. No serious scholar of American immigration can overlook his many and varied contributions to this field. This volume collects many of the papers that have challenged social scientist to regard immigration as a serious policy issue.’
– Teresa Sullivan, University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas System, US

‘Barry Chiswick is a pioneer among economists in examining the economics of immigration. Beginning in the late 1970s he has produced a number of important studies of immigration and economics. But these pieces are by no means limited in value to economics. Historians (and social scientists generally) of recent immigration have welcomed his many insightful essays in helping them to understand immigration of the last three decades. This collection brings together many essays that should be read by scholars.’
– David Reimers, New York University, US
Contributors
Co-authors of particular articles: C.U. Chiswick, M. Hurst, G. Karras, P.W. Miller
Contents
Contents:
Foreword by Gary S. Becker
Preface
Introduction
Part I: Earnings and Employment
1. The Effect of Americanization on the Earnings of Foreign-born Men
2. The Economic Progress of Immigrants: Some Apparently Universal Patterns
3. Immigrant Earnings: Language Skills, Linguistic Concentrations and the Business Cycle
4. The Employment, Unemployment and Unemployment Compensation Benefits of Immigrants
Part II: The Selectivity of Immigrants
5. Are Immigrants Favorably Self-Selected? An Economic Analysis
6. Human Capital and the Labor Market Adjustment of Immigrants: Testing Alternative Hypotheses
7. Is the New Immigration Less Skilled than the Old?
Part III: Immigrant Impacts
8. The Impact of Immigration on the Level and Distribution of Economic Well-being
9. The Impact of Immigrants on the Macroeconomy
10. Mass Migration and Income Inequality in Israel
Part IV: Illegal Immigrants
11. The Economics of Illegal Migration for the Host Economy
12. Illegal Immigration and Immigration Control
13. Speaking, Reading, and Earnings Among Low-Skilled Immigrants
Part V: Immigration Policy
14. Guidelines for the Reform of Immigration Policy
15. An Alternative Approach to Immigration Policy: Rationing by Skill
16. Policy Analysis of Foreign Student Visas
Appendix: Bibliography of Immigration Research
Index
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