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Issues in the Economics of Immigration

by George J. Borjas University of Chicago Press
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The United States is now admitting nearly one million legal immigrants per year, while the flow of illegal aliens into the country continues to increase steadily. The debate over immigration policy has typically focused on three fundamental questions: How do immigrants perform economically relative to others? What effects do immigrants have on the employment opportunities of other workers? What kind of immigration policy is most beneficial to the host country? This authoritative volume represents a move beyond purely descriptive assessments of labor market consequences toward a more fully developed analysis of economic impacts across the social spectrum. Exploring the broader repercussions of immigration on education, welfare, Social Security, and crime, as well as the labor market, these papers assess dimensions not yet taken into account by traditional cost-benefit calculations.This collection offers new insights into the kinds of economic opportunities and outcomes that immigrant populations might expect for themselves and future generations.

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. The Economic Progress of Immigrants2. The Educational Attainment of Immigrants: Trends and Implications3. Diversity and Immigration4. Convergence in Employment Rates of Immigrants5. The Changing Skill of New Immigrants to the United States: Recent Trends and Their Determinants6. The More Things Change: Immigrants and the Children of Immigrants in the 1940s, the 1970s, and the 1990s7. Do Children of Immigrants Make Differential Use of Public Health Insurance?8. Social Security Benefits of Immigrants and U.S. Born9. The Role of Deportation in the Incarceration of ImmigrantsContributorsAuthor IndexSubject Index

George J. Borjas is professor of economics at the University of California at San Diego. Richard B. Freeman is professor of economics at Harvard University and director of the Labor Studies Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research.