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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: AEI Press (August 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844743321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844743325
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,028,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cutting through the usual hyperbole that surrounds the immigration debate, Orrenius and Zavodny have produced a lucid and an insightful discussion of U.S. policy options that should be required reading for anyone interested in how the nation could design more effective mechanisms to manage our borders. (Gordon H. Hanson, director, Center on Pacific Economies, and professor of economics, University of California, San Diego)

What if, instead of 'What's politically possible?,' policymakers asked, 'What's best for the country?' They rarely do, on immigration or any other issue. But if they did, Pia M. Orrenius and Madeline Zavodny's thoughtful and thought-provoking immigration reform proposal would be a good place to start. The authors' case-that U.S. immigration policy should serve U.S. economic interests, and that market mechanisms, not politics as usual, are the best means to determine those interests-is hard to argue with. A smart, timely book that should be the food for much discussion on Capitol Hill. (Tamar Jacoby, president, ImmigrationWorks USA)

Orrenius and Zavodny address some of the toughest policy and political issues that surround immigration reform with remarkable poise and clarity. Their intelligent and thoughtful analysis shows that they are among the few analysts who have a sufficient understanding of the topic and command of the facts to make a compelling case for their recommendations. Moreover, they are unburdened by the ideological straightjackets that weaken far too many policy prescriptions. Their passion for making immigration policy do much more to support economic growth and competitiveness comes out loud and clear. (Demetrios G. Papademetriou, president, Migration Policy Institute)

The book sweeps quickly through the U.S. history of unregulated and regulated immigration. Orrenius and her co-author, Madeline Zavodny...take the bull by the horns by addressing mass deportation. They are against it. (The Dallas Morning News)

About the Author

Pia M. Orrenius is senior economist and research officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Madeline Zavodny is professor of economics at Agnes Scott College.

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Format: Hardcover
Pia M. Orrenius & Madeline Zavodny

Beside the Golden Door:
U.S. Immigration Reform in a New Era of Globalization

(Washington, DC: AEI Press, 2010) 157 pages
(ISBN: 978-0-8447-4332-5; hardcover)
(ISBN: 978-0-8447-4351-6; paperback)
(Library of Congress call number: JV6483.O77 2010)

Instead of allowing immigration on the basis of family connections,
immigration reform should shift to work-based authorization.
This book proposes that employers purchase from the U.S. government
permits (about $10,000 each for five years) to import workers for specific jobs.
The number of permits auctioned each year for specific kinds of workers
would be set by a government commission,
thereby allowing the numbers to be adjusted for economic conditions.
Also, permits already owned by an employer could be sold to another employer.
This would give market forces some impact on new immigration.

Foreign workers already living in the USA would be allowed to stay
without the purchase of permits for them.
And they would eventually all be registered with the U.S. government.

The problem of continued unauthorized immigration is slightly discussed.
And the authors hope that their permit system
would solve at least some of the problems of do-it-yourself immigration.
Instead of the high-costs associated with immigration without permission,
which is usually paid by the immigrants themselves,
employers would pay extra for the right to import the workers they need.

This book is better grounded in the actual facts of immigration than most others.
Useful numbers are provided for almost anything one might like to know
about past immigration into the USA.
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Great book on what the future of market based immigration reform may look like. Bloomberg endorsed. It's coming... read up!
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