Global Migration and the World Economy Two Centuries of Policy and Performance

ISBN-10: 0262582775

ISBN-13: 9780262582773

Edition: 2008

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Description: World mass migration began in the early nineteenth century, when advances in transportation technology and industrial revolutions at home enabled increasing numbers of people to set off for other parts of the globe in search of a better life. Two centuries later, there is no distant African, Asian, or Latin American village that is not within reach of some high-wage OECD labor market. This book is the first comprehensive economic assessment of world mass migration taking a long-run historical perspective, including north-north, south-south, and south-north migrations. Timothy Hatton and Jeffrey Williamson, both economists and economic historians, consider two centuries of global mobility, assessing its impact on the migrants themselves as well as on the sending and receiving countries. Global Migration and the World Economycovers two great migration waves: the first, from the 1820s to the beginning of World War I, when immigration was largely unrestricted; the second, beginning in 1950, when mass migration continued to grow despite policy restrictions. The book also explores the period between these two global centuries when world migration shrank sharply because of two world wars, immigration quotas, and the Great Depression. The authors assess the economic performance of these world migrations, the policy reactions to deal with them, and the political economy that connected one with the other. The last third of Global Migration and the World Economyfocuses on modern experience and shows how contemporary debates about migration performance and policy can be informed by a comprehensive historical perspective.

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List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 1/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 488
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Timothy J. Hatton is Professor of Economics at the Australian National University and the University of Essex.

Will Steffen is Director of the Center for Resource and Environmental Studies and Director of the ANU Institute of Environment at the Australian National University and Chief Scientist at the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, Stockholm.Jeffrey G. Williamson is Laird Bell Professor of Economics Emeritus at Harvard and Honorary Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of Wisconsin--Madison. He is the coauthor (with Kevin O'Rourke) of Globalization and History: The Evolution of a Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Economy and (with Timothy J. Hatton) of Global Migration and the World Economy: Two Centuries of Policy and Performance, both published by the MIT Press.

Acknowledgments
Goals and Guidelines
The Rise of World Mass Migration
Evolving World Migrations since Columbus
The Transition to Mass Migration: How It All Began
What Drove European Mass Emigration?
Emigrant Origins and Immigrant Outcomes
The Impact of Mass Migration on Convergence and Inequality
Mass Migration in the Poor Periphery
The Fall of World Mass Migration
Political Debate and Policy Backlash
The Demise of Mass Migration and Its Impact
The Rise (Again) of World Mass Migration
Resurrection: World Migration since World War II
World Migration under Policy Constraints
Where Are All the Africans?
The Rise (and Fall?) of Asylum Seeking
The Labor Market and Fiscal Impact of Immigration
Migrant Selection, Immigrant Assimilation, and Emigrant Brain Drain
The Future of World Mass Migration
Policy and Prejudice
Policy and Performance
World Mass Migration: Past, Present, and Future
Notes
References
Index
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