Immigration Economics by George J. Borjas: A Review Essay
Journal of Economic Literature
no. 4, December 2016
We review Immigration Economics by George J. Borjas, published in 2014 by Harvard University Press. The book is written as a graduate-level textbook, and summarizes and updates many of Borjas's important contributions to the field over the past thirty years. A key message of the book is that immigration poses significant costs to many members of the host-country labor market. Though the theoretical and econometric approaches presented in the book will be very useful for students and specialists in the field, we argue that the book presents a one-sided view of immigration, with little or no attention to the growing body of work that offers a more nuanced picture of how immigrants fit into the host-country market and affect native workers.
Card, David, and Giovanni Peri.
"Immigration Economics by George J. Borjas: A Review Essay."
Journal of Economic Literature,
Economic Education and Teaching of Economics: Undergraduate
Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts
Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics: Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population; Neighborhood Characteristics