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The Economics of ImmigrationMarket-Based Approaches, Social Science, and Public Policy$
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Benjamin Powell

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190258788

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190258788.001.0001

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Immigration Reform

Immigration Reform

A Modest Proposal

Chapter:
(p.145) Chapter 6 Immigration Reform
Source:
The Economics of Immigration
Author(s):

Richard K. Vedder

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190258788.003.0006

This chapter proposes reforming immigration policy to increase the number of permits allowed and to use an auction mechanism to allocate the permits–similar to a proposal made by Gary Becker. Potential migrants, their resident family members, nonprofits, or US businesses could bid for the permits. This chapter argues that this would be a more efficient method of allocating permits than the current system or other “points-based” systems.

Keywords:   auction, market mechanism, Gary Becker

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