Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Case for More Open Borders: Improving the Lives of Native Workers by Allowing More Immigration?


The Economist reports on a new study by Giovanni Peri of the University of California, Davis, and Michele Battisti, Gabriel Felbermayr and Panu Poutvaara, all of the Ifo Institute:

"These economists sought to measure the effect of immigration on the native-born in 20 rich countries, taking into account differences in skills between immigrants and natives, imperfect labour markets and the size of the welfare state in each country. Their results offer ammunition for fans of more open borders. In 19 out of 20 countries, the authors calculated that shutting the doors entirely to foreign workers would make the native-born worse off. (Never mind what it would do to the immigrants themselves, who benefit far more than anyone else from being allowed to cross borders to find work.) The study also suggests that most countries could handle more immigration than they currently allow."


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