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Title:
The economic consequences of immigration
Author:
Simon, Julian Lincoln, 1932-1998.
Publication Information:
Oxford, UK ; New York, NY, USA : B. Blackwell, 1988.
Physical Description:
402 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780631155270
Format :
Book

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Simon (University of Maryland) urges the US to take more immigrants because they have desirable economic traits; they do not cause native unemployment; they are typically well educated and skilled; they have fallen as a percentage of the US population; they do not increase environmental damage; they assimilate quickly; they are economically mobile; and they help support the native elderly. He coins at least one new economic term (human capital externalities) and he shows that standard trade theory is not relevant to immigration. Simon suggests that US immigration be increased in substantial steps (say, one million per year) until unexpected problems arise. One can argue against excessively rapid increases in immigration, or too many immigrants flowing into a small country, but these arguments do not apply to proposals for phased increases in immigration into a large, diverse country like the US. Simon's presentation is technical and sophisticated yet surprisingly easy to read. Public and academic collections, upper-division and graduate.