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The Culture Transplant: How Migrants Make the Economies They Move To a Lot Like the Ones They Left 1st Edition

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"Immigrants change the countries they move to. The Culture Transplant is the very best book on this phenomenon, reflecting the continuing rise of Garett Jones as a thinker and writer of real import."―Tyler Cowen, blogger, Marginal Revolution

"Synthesizing decades of new work in development economics, Garett Jones re-examines and rejects some of the core assumptions within the modern immigration debate. Defenders of open borders―utilitarians in particular―will have to seriously grapple with this novel and groundbreaking book."―Hrishikesh Joshi, Bowling Green State University

"A unique and authoritative treatment of the deep persistence of cultural attributes that permeates across generations, and through migration, shapes institutions and contemporary outcomes. By focusing on people rather than places, Garett Jones provides a unique perspective on how we should think about the role of migration and diversity in understanding modern successes and failures. Jones's treatment of the literature is a master class in distilling rigorous research and presenting it in a breezy fashion that is hard to put down once you get started."―Areendam Chanda, Louisiana State University

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Garett Jones is Associate Professor of Economics at the Center for Study of Public Choice, George Mason University. He is the author of 10% Less Democracy: Why You Should Trust Elites a Little More and the Masses a Little Less (Stanford, 2020) and Hive Mind: How Your Nation's IQ Matters So Much More Than Your Own (Stanford, 2015).

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Stanford Business Books; 1st edition (November 15, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 228 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1503632946
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1503632943
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.05 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
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I'm an economics professor at George Mason University and author of The Culture Transplant, which explains how migrants tend to make the economies they move to a lot like the economies they came from. I am the author of three books--my Singapore Trilogy--with Stanford University Press. The other two are Hive Mind, on why being around smart people is more important than being smart yourself, and 10% Less Democracy, on why democracy is excellent but that doesn't mean you can't have too much of a good thing.

In the past, I've worked as an economic adviser in the United States Senate, both for Senator Orrin Hatch and (for a summer) on the Joint Economic Committee. As an undergraduate at Brigham Young University, I studied history and sociology; I later studied public administration at Cornell and earned an MA in political science at Berkeley. In 2000 I received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego, where I had studied macroeconomics and applied time series econometrics.

I've also passed the introductory sommelier examination through the Court of Master Sommeliers.

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