Immigration economics by George J. Borjas: A review essay
- Author(s): Card, D
- Peri, G
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1257/jel.20151248
© 2016 American Economic Association. All rights reserved. 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.