ISBN-10:
0691088969
ISBN-13:
2900691088968
Pub. Date:
04/15/2001
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Heaven's Door: Immigration Policy and the American Economy / Edition 1

Heaven's Door: Immigration Policy and the American Economy / Edition 1

by George J. Borjas
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ISBN-13: 2900691088968
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 04/15/2001
Edition description: With a New preface by the author
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author


George J. Borjas is the Pforzheimer Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is the author of several books, including Wage Policy in the Federal Bureaucracy, Friends or Strangers: The Impact of Immigrants on the U.S. Economy, and Labor Economics, and of over one hundred articles in books and scholarly journals.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Editionxi
Prefacexix
Acknowledgmentsxxiii
Chapter 1Reframing the Immigration Debate3
Chapter 2The Skills of Immigrants19
Chapter 3National Origin39
Chapter 4The Labor Market Impact of Immigration62
Chapter 5The Economic Benefits from Immigration87
Chapter 6Immigration and the Welfare State105
Chapter 7Social Mobility across Generations127
Chapter 8Ethnic Capital146
Chapter 9Ethnic Ghettos161
Chapter 10The Goals of Immigration Policy174
Chapter 11A Proposal for an Immigration Policy189
Chapter 12Conclusion211
Notes213
Index257

What People are Saying About This

Heckman

George Borjas has written a well-reasoned and well-documented book on the costs and benefits of immigration for the American economy. He offers imaginative proposals for reforms in immigration policies that deserve serious attention.
James J. Heckman, University of Chicago

William Julius Wilson

This provocative and carefully researched book will create a lot of waves. In well written and engaging prose, George Borjas addresses some difficult questions and bravely provides some difficult answers to issues that America as a nation must confront. Heaven's Door will be controversial, but it will be by far the best and most important source document for the coming national debate on the Second Great Migration.
William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University

Lamar Smith

A new book by George Borjas always provides original and honest insights that help us better understand immigration's impact on our country.Heaven's Door breaks important new ground on the social mobility of immigrants and their children and on the causes of the recent decline of immigrants' skills relative to those of natives. At the same time, it updates Borjas's work of the past decade on the costs and benefits of immigration. No one interested in the consequences of American immigration policy, present or proposed, should be without a well-worn copy.

James J. Heckman

George Borjas has written a well-reasoned and well-documented book on the costs and benefits of immigration for the American economy. He offers imaginative proposals for reforms in immigration policies that deserve serious attention.

John Isbister

Borjas is the leading American economist today writing about immigration policy. I do not share all of his views, but they have to be taken seriously by everyone in the field, and indeed his research has shaped the field more than that of any other writer.
John Isbister, University of California, Santa Cruz

Alan Simpson

The steady, thoughtful work of George Borjas has had a profound impact on the always emotional debate over immigration policy in the United States. The present nature of the national immigration debate would be different indeed were it not for Borjas's work. This book may well be controversial, but its clarity, sincerity, and relevance for anyone fascinated with immigration issues is rock solid.
Alan Simpson, U.S. Senator (Wyo.), Retired

Orley Ashenfelter

George Borjas has nearly single-handedly turned the economic study of immigration into a respectable and heavily researched topic. Like all his other work on the subject, this book is important reading and maybe even more valuable because it is accessible to anyone with a serious interest in the subject.
Orley Ashenfelter, Joseph Douglas Green 1895 Professor of Economics, Princeton University

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