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Borjas, George J.

Works: 196 works in 1,068 publications in 4 languages and 20,827 library holdings
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Most widely held works by George J Borjas
Heaven's door : immigration policy and the American economy by George J Borjas( Book )

32 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Borjas presents the most comprehensive, accessible, and up-to-date account yet of the economic impact of recent immigration on America. He reveals that the benefits of immigration have been greatly exaggerated and that, if we allow immigration to continue unabated and unmodified, we are supporting an astonishing transfer of wealth from the poorest people in the country, who are disproportionately minorities, to the richest." "In the course of the book, Borjas carefully analyzes immigrants' skills, national origins, welfare use, economic mobility, and impact on the labor market, and he makes use of new data to trace current trends in ethnic segregation. He also evaluates the implications of the evidence for the type of immigration policy that the U.S. should pursue."--Jacket
Labor economics by George J Borjas( Book )

125 editions published between 1462 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George J. Borjas provides a modern introduction to labour economics, emphasizing both theory and empirical evidence. The book uses many examples drawn from state-of-the-art studies in labour economics literature
Friends or strangers : the impact of immigrants on the U.S. economy by George J Borjas( Book )

14 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 1,112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From back: "Who should come to America? Do immigrants take away jobs? Do they lower wages? Are we losing the race fo rthe most skilled immigratns? One of our leading authorities on immigration caut through the cloud of emotion and ideology that surrounds this topic to provide a convincing argumetn that America must become more competative in teh 'immigration market' in order ot attrack more skilled foreigners to our country."
We wanted workers : unraveling the immigration narrative by George J Borjas( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"We are a nation of immigrants, and we have always been concerned about immigration. As early as 1645, the Massachusetts Bay Colony began to prohibit the entry of "paupers." Today, however, the notion that immigration is universally beneficial has become pervasive. To many modern economists, immigrants are a trove of much-needed workers who can fill predetermined slots along the proverbial assembly line. But this view of immigration's impact is overly simplified, explains George J. Borjas, a Cuban-American, Harvard labor economist. Immigrants are more than just workers -- they're people who have lives outside of the factory gates and who may or may not fit the ideal of the country to which they've come to live and work. Like the rest of us, they're protected by social insurance programs, and the choices they make are affected by their social environments. In We Wanted Workers, Borjas pulls back the curtain of political bluster to show that, in the grand scheme, immigration has not affected the average American all that much. But it has created winners and losers. The losers tend to be nonmigrant workers who compete for the same jobs as immigrants. And somebody's lower wage is somebody else's higher profit, so those who employ immigrants benefit handsomely. In the end, immigration is mainly just another government redistribution program. "I am an immigrant," writes Borjas, "and yet I do not buy into the notion that immigration is universally beneficial ... But I still feel that it is a good thing to give some of the poor and huddled masses, people who face so many hardships, a chance to experience the incredible opportunities that our exceptional country has to offer.""--Jacket flap
Hispanics in the U.S. economy by George J Borjas( Book )

5 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Immigration and the work force : economic consequences for the United States and source areas by George J Borjas( Book )

17 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the 1970s, the striking increase in immigration to the United States has been accompanied by a marked change in the composition of the immigrant community, with a much higher percentage of foreign-born workers coming from Latin America and Asia and a dramatically lower percentage from Europe. This timely study is unique in presenting new data sets on the labor force, wage rates, and demographic conditions of both the U.S. and source-area economies through the 1980s. The contributors analyze the economic effects of immigration on the United States and selected source areas, with a focus on Puerto Rico and El Salvador. They examine the education and job performance of foreign-born workers; assimilation, fertility, and wage rates; and the impact of remittances by immigrants to family members on the overall gross domestic product of source areas. A revealing and original examination of a topic of growing importance, this book will stand as a guide for further research on immigration
Issues in the economics of immigration by George J Borjas( Book )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 peform 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 labour 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 labour market, these papers assess dimensions not yet taken into account by traditional cost-benefit calculations
Immigration economics by George J Borjas( Book )

17 editions published in 2014 in 3 languages and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Millions of people--nearly 3 percent of the world's population--no longer live in the country where they were born. Every day, migrants enter not only the United States but also developed countries without much of a history of immigration. Some of these nations have switched in a short span of time from being the source of immigrants to being a destination for them. International migration is today a central subject of research in modern labor economics, which seeks to put into perspective and explain this historic demographic transformation. Immigration Economics synthesizes the theories, models, and econometric methods used to identify the causes and consequences of international labor flows. Economist George Borjas lays out with clarity and rigor a full spectrum of topics, including migrant worker selection and assimilation, the impact of immigration on labor markets and worker wages, and the economic benefits and losses that result from immigration. Two important themes emerge: First, immigration has distributional consequences: some people gain, but some people lose. Second, immigrants are rational economic agents who attempt to do the best they can with the resources they have, and the same holds true for native workers of the countries that receive migrants. This straightforward behavioral proposition, Borjas argues, has crucial implications for how economists and policymakers should frame contemporary debates over immigration
International differences in the labor market performance of immigrants by George J Borjas( Book )

10 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study examined international differences in how immigrants perform in the labor market of their chosen country of residence. The empirical analysis used five census data sets from the three host countries to document the labor market performance of foreign-born persons in Australia, Canada, and the United States. Among the major empirical findings were the following: (1) prior to the mid-1960s, the United States and Canada attracted migrants who performed quite well in the labor market, whereas Australia attracted migrants who were not relatively successful in the Australian labor market; (2) these rankings were reversed during the 1970s, with migrants to Australia performing very well, whereas those choosing the United States had very low earnings; (3) changes in immigration policy initiated by the 1965 Amendments to the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act induced a structural decline in the quality of immigrant cohorts who chose the United States as their destination; (4) U.S. citizens who emigrated to Canada had very low earnings despite their relatively high education level. The study concluded that economic theory suggests that much more can be learned about the selection process if immigrants are compared to persons from the same country of origin who chose not to migrate and if immigrants in any given host country are compared to migrants who chose other host countries as their destination. (The document includes a 43-item bibliography, 23 tables, 5 figures, and an index.) (Cml)
Mexican immigration to the United States( Book )

14 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume contains the studies presented at the fourth NBER conference, held in 2005"--Page 2
Wage policy in the Federal bureaucracy by George J Borjas( Book )

5 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poverty, international migration, and asylum by Christina Boswell( Book )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book examines the economic consequences of immigration and asylum migration. It focuses on the economic consequences of legal and illegal immigration as well as placing the study of immigration in a global context."--BOOK JACKET
Economic research on the determinants of immigration : lessons for the European Union by George J Borjas( Book )

22 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Annotation World Bank Technical Paper No. 438. This publication summarizes some of the key research findings from current literature and applies the lessons from it to the potential migration problem faced by countries in the EU. Its main objective is to present a review of existing economic theory and empirical evidence to evaluate the likelihood of migration flows from acceding or neighboring countries toward the current EU member states. This publication is a Technical Paper sponsored by the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network of the World Bank's Europe and Central Asia Division. It is part of a comprehensive series regarding the many important factors that influence European Union (EU) accession in the Central and East European countries (CEEC). The topics in the series cover both the social and economic aspects of accession across a broad range of sectors. The series also provides background information for specific acceding countries. These publications will be of interest to EU member and candidate countries, their ministries, and any one studying the accession issue
Self-selection and internal migration in the United States by George J Borjas( Book )

11 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Within the conceptual framework of the Roy model, this paper provides an empirical analysis of internal migration flows using data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth. The theoretical approach highlights regional differences in the returns to skills: regions that pay higher returns to skills attract more skilled workers than regions that pay lower returns. Our empirical results suggest that interstate differences in the returns to skills are a major determinant of both the size and skill composition of internal migration flows. Persons whose skills are most mismatched with the reward structure offered by their current state of residence are the persons most likely to leave that state. and these persons tend to relocate in states which offer higher rewards for their particular skills
Immigration and welfare magnets by George J Borjas( Book )

13 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abstract: This paper investigates if the location choices made by immigrants when they arrive in the United States are influenced by the interstate dispersion in welfare benefits. Income-maximizing behavior implies that foreign-born welfare recipients unlike their native-born counterparts, may be clustered in the states that offer the highest benefits. The empirical analysis indicates that immigrant welfare recipients are indeed more heavily clustered in high-benefit states than the immigrants who do not receive welfare, or than natives. As a result, the welfare participation rate of immigrants is much more sensitive to changes in welfare benefits than that of natives
Immigration and welfare, 1970-1990 by George J Borjas( Book )

12 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper uses the 1970, 1980, and 1990 Public Use Samples of the U.S. Census to trace the evolution of immigrant participation in welfare programs during the past two decades. The data indicate that immigrant participation in welfare programs is on the rise, and that the dollar costs associated with this trend are rising even faster. By 1990, immigrant households received a disproportionately high share of the cash benefits distributed in the United States. Even though only 8.4 percent of the households are foreign-born, these households accounted for 10.1 percent of all households that received public assistance, and for 13.1 percent of the total cash assistance distributed
Ethnicity and the intergenerational transmission of welfare dependency by George J Borjas( Book )

12 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There exist sizeable differences in the incidence and duration of welfare spells across ethnic groups, and these differences tend to persist across generations. Using the National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth, we find that children raised in welfare households are themselves more likely to become welfare recipients for longer durations. We also show that growing up in an ethnic environment characterized by welfare dependency has a significant effect on both the incidence and duration of welfare spells. About 80 percent of the difference in welfare participation rates between two ethnic groups in the parental generation is transmitted to the children
Searching for the effect of immigration on the labor market by George J Borjas( Book )

14 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abstract: We compare two approaches to analyzing the effects of immigration on the labor market and find that the estimated effect of immigration on U.S. native labor outcomes depends critically on the empirical experiment used. Area analyses contrast the level or change in immigration by area with the level or change in the outcomes of non- immigrant workers. Factor proportions analyses treat immigrants as a source of increased national supply of workers of the relevant skill. Cross-section comparisons of wages and immigration in the 1980 and 1990 Censuses yield unstable results casting doubt on the validity of these calculations. Analyses of changes over time for various education groups within regions give negative estimated immigration effects, which increase in magnitude the wider the area covered. Factor proportions calculations show that immigration was somewhat important in reducing the relative pay of U.S. high school dropouts during the 1980s, while immigration and trade contributed much more modestly to the falling pay of high school equivalent workers. The different effects of immigration on native outcomes in the area and factor proportions methodologies appear to result from the diluting effect of native migration flows across regions and failure to take adequate account of other regional labor market conditions in area comparisons
The economic benefits from immigration by George J Borjas( Book )

13 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Natives benefit from immigration mainly because of production complementarities between immigrant workers and other factors of production, and these benefits are larger when immigrants are sufficiently different' from the stock of native productive inputs. The available evidence suggests that the economic benefits from immigration for the United States are small, on the order of $6 billion and almost certainly less than $20 billion annually. These gains, however, could be increased considerably if the United States pursued an immigration policy which attracted a more skilled immigrant flow
Immigration and the effects on the U.S. labor market (1960-2000) by George J Borjas( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper responds to the resurgence of immigration in the United States, its impact on the labor market, and the implications for native workers. To establish the history of immigration in the U.S., the paper makes extensive use of the microdata provided by the decennial censuses between 1960 and 2000, and provides a summary of U.S. immigration policy. Considerable detail is given to the labor and immigration trends, and evolving demographics of immigrant workers in the United States. This report presents an empirical analysis of the labor market consequences of these trends in the number, geographic distribution, and skills of immigrants
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Heaven's door : immigration policy and the American economy
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Borjas, G. J. 1950-

Borjas, George 1950-

Borjas, George Jesus 1950-

Borjas, Jorge Jesus, 1950-

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Labor economicsImmigration and the work force : economic consequences for the United States and source areasIssues in the economics of immigrationMexican immigration to the United StatesPoverty, international migration, and asylumEconomic research on the determinants of immigration : lessons for the European Union