Migration on the Rise, a Paradigm in Decline: The Last Half-Century of Global Mobility
AbstractThe past several decades have witnessed a rebirth of global labor mobility. Workers are moving between countries at rates not seen since before World War I. During the same period, economists' study of international migration has been framed by a particular textbook model of location choice. This paper reviews the evidence on the economic causes and effects of global migration during the past half century. That evidence falsifies most of the core predictions of the old model. The economics of migration will regain vitality and relevance by discarding and replacing its outworn paradigm.
CitationClemens, Michael A. 2022. "Migration on the Rise, a Paradigm in Decline: The Last Half-Century of Global Mobility." AEA Papers and Proceedings, 112: 257-61. DOI: 10.1257/pandp.20221050
- F22 International Migration
- J15 Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
- J61 Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers