Case for Immigration
By David Henderson
In this month’s Feature Article, Suffolk University economist Ben Powell makes an economic case for immigration. He takes on the following myths: (1) that immigrants are a drag on the economy, (2) that immigrants “take our jobs,” and (3) that immigrants systematically depress the wages of the native-born. One striking point Ben makes is the following:
The native-born population makes up around one third of adults in the United States without a high school diploma. A large portion of new Ph.D.s is awarded to foreign-born people.
Ben also challenges Milton Friedman’s view that the welfare state is enough of a reason to restrict immigration and points out that immigration restrictions violate the freedom of association of Americans.
Update: Thank you to commenter Richard A. for your skepticism. If you look above, you’ll see that a correction has been made.