This book offers a balanced and pragmatic view of the problems associated with international migration. It assembles contributions from two teams of leading scholars in the field. Part One presents the contribution of the first team which is focused on Europe. Part Two is devoted to the contribution of the second team which draws entirely on the US experience. The two parts of the volume are self-contained and complementary in that they take a different theoretical and empirical perspective. For instance, Part One delves more deeply into the consequences of allowing migrants to have free access to the generous welfare state of European countries, whilst Part Two has more to say on policies repressing illegal migration as there is much more evidence of this in the US than in Europe. Much can be learned by comparing the findings of the two parts and in trying to interpret the asymmetries between Europe and the US in migration policies and perceptions of public opinion on this phemen. The comments on the two parts by Giuseppe Bertola, George Borjas, Michael Burda, and Riccardo Faini, as well as the final remarks by Olivier Blanchard, Dani Rodrik and Giovanni Sartori, offer additional insights in this respect.
Tito Boeri is Professor of Economics at Bocconi University, Milan, and is affiliated with the Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research (IGIER). He is Director of the Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti operating in the field of labour market and social policy reforms in Europe. He is a research fellow at CEPR and at the University of Michigan Business School. Gordon H. Hanson is Professor of Economics in the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He is also a research associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research and on the Board of Editors for the American Economic Review and the Journal of International Economics. Barry McCormick has been Professor of Economics at the University of Southampton since 1991. His research is in labour economics, including labour markets in less developed countries. He is a part-time consultant for the UK Treasury on Regional Policy.