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Skilled Immigration Today: Prospects, Problems, and Policies

Jagdish Bhagwati and Gordon Hanson


Skilled immigration into rich countries and competition for talent and professional skills are of major concern among nations today. Comprehensive immigration reform addressed to illegal immigration predictably foundered in Congress last year. This revived the question of skilled immigration and was hastily added to the proposed reform agenda in the hope that it would bring more pro-immigration troops into battle. Immigration reform still failed but it will not die. The specific issue of skilled immigration, and how to redesign it, will remain one of the central issues before the world communi ... More

Keywords: skilled immigration, rich countries, reform, illegal, pro-immigration, policies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195382433
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382433.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jagdish Bhagwati, editor
Columbia University

Gordon Hanson, editor
University of California, San Diego

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1 Overview of Issues

Jagdish Bhagwati

I Underlying Trends and Policy Changes in Receiving Countries

Labor Markets and Demographics

2 Supply of and Demand for Skilled Labor in the United States

Lynn A. Karoly, and Constantijn W. A. Panis

Changing Policies and Selection Criteria

8 Individual Preferences over High-Skilled Immigration in the United States

Gordon Hanson, Kenneth Scheve, and Matthew J. Slaughter

II Effects on Source Countries


9 Skilled Immigration: The Perspective of Developing Countries

Frédéric Docquier, and Hillel Rapoport

African Template: The Return of the Brain Drain

11 Is the Brain Drain Good for Africa?

William Easterly, and Yaw Nyarko

Indian Template: Taxation

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