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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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A provocative new analysis of immigration's long-term effects on a nation's economy and culture.
Over the last two decades, as economists began using big datasets and modern computing power to reveal the sources of national prosperity, their statistical results kept pointing toward the power of culture to drive the wealth of nations. In The Culture Transplant, Garett Jones documents the cultural foundations of cross-country income differences, showing that immigrants import cultural attitudes from their homelands―toward saving, toward trust, and toward the role of government―that persist for decades, and likely for centuries, in their new national homes. Full assimilation in a generation or two, Jones reports, is a myth. And the cultural traits migrants bring to their new homes have enduring effects upon a nation's economic potential.
Built upon mainstream, well-reviewed academic research that hasn't pierced the public consciousness, this book offers a compelling refutation of an unspoken consensus that a nation's economic and political institutions won't be changed by immigration. Jones refutes the common view that we can discuss migration policy without considering whether migration can, over a few generations, substantially transform the economic and political institutions of a nation. And since most of the world's technological innovations come from just a handful of nations, Jones concludes, the entire world has a stake in whether migration policy will help or hurt the quality of government and thus the quality of scientific breakthroughs in those rare innovation powerhouses.
"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
About the Author
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #61,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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