The Economics of Immigration, by IZA Research Fellows Cynthia Bansak (St. Lawrence University), Nicole B. Simpson (Colgate University) and Madeline Zavodny (Agnes Scott College), was just published by Routledge.
Since this topic is high on the IZA agenda, we wanted to know more and asked the authors:
Who should read your book?
Our textbook is geared towards undergraduate students who have taken an introductory economics course. This is the first textbook to comprehensively cover the economics of immigration at the undergraduate level, and it is suitable both for economics students and for students studying migration in other disciplines, such as sociology and politics. The book is international in scope, with examples from all around the globe.
You obviously put a lot of work into it. What was your motivation?
We wanted to provide students with the tools needed to examine the economic impact of immigration and immigration policies. Our goal is to help students develop an understanding of why and how people migrate across borders, and to show them how to analyze the economic causes and effects of immigration. To this end, students need to understand the decision to migrate, the impact of immigration on markets and government budgets, and the consequences of immigration policies in a global context.
Tell us more about the topics covered…
Key topics include the effect of immigration on labor markets, housing markets, international trade, tax revenues, human capital accumulation, and government fiscal balances. But the book also considers the impact of immigration on what firms choose to produce, and even on the ethnic diversity of restaurants and on financial markets, as well as the theory and evidence on immigrants’ economic assimilation.
We have included a comparative study of immigration policies in a number of immigrant-receiving and sending countries. Finally, the book explores immigration topics that directly affect developing countries, such as remittances, brain drain, human trafficking, and rural-urban internal migration. The idea is to equip students with the tools needed to understand and contribute to policy debates on this controversial topic.
Did you also draw on IZA research?
Absolutely. In fact, we cite more than 30 IZA articles and working papers in the textbook. There has been an explosion of research on the topic of immigration in the last two decades, much of which has been facilitated by IZA, and we have made a concerted effort to place recent findings at the center of our discussions in the book.
Through its Migration Program Area, IZA focuses research on the many dimensions of international and internal migration. In books, chapters, journal articles and discussion papers, IZA researchers examine adjustment among the migrants and their descendants in the destination country, the effects of immigration on both origin and destination countries, and public policies that affect migration. This book discusses the work of many IZA researchers on this topic and makes their findings accessible and relevant to undergraduates.
Do you provide any online material?
Yes, having timely online resources is an important aspect of our textbook as we recognize how much immigration patterns and policies are topics of heated debate and appear regularly in the news. The textbook is accompanied with a companion website with resources for students and instructors and a blog that connects students and instructors to recent events and debates related to immigration.
For more information on the book go to the Routledge page.