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“How Immigration Can Hurt a Country”

I’ve written an informal paper called, “How Immigration Can Hurt a Country”. Thoughtful comments are welcomed. I don’t welcome comments that just give your opinion on immigration; if you wish to comment, please make it a constructive or destructive comment on the paper.

“Can immigration (or capital inflow) hurt the welfare of a country? Yes, if there are decreasing returns to the factor, as this little paper will explain. The idea is important, and probably is new— at least, I couldn’t find it by a google search— but an economics journal would say it is obvious, I think, so I probably will not try to publish it in a journal. I will post it on the web instead. I do hope it gets into the academic literature and the policy debates. If it is received favorably, I will tidy it up and put it into journal style, adding cites and superfluous generality, and checking my arithmetic. My target audience is trained economists even now, however. Please let me know if someone has already made the external diseconomy argument. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone had done so back in the 1920’s….”

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  1. June 21st, 2013 at 15:06 | #1

    Thanks- I’ll look into it.

  2. Ghost of Xmas Past
    June 21st, 2013 at 14:03 | #2

    You have a typo at about line 21 of page 4, where you start to suppose something but then don’t finish the thought.

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