Let Their People Come: Breaking the Gridlock on International Labor Mobility

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Center for Global Development, 2006 - Business & Economics - 151 pages
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In Let Their People Come, Lant Pritchett discusses five "irresistible forces" of global labor migration, and the "immovable ideas" that form a political backlash against it. Increasing wage gaps, different demographic futures, "everything but labor" globalization, and the continued employment growth in low skilled, labor intensive industries all contribute to the forces compelling labor to migrate across national borders. Pritchett analyzes the fifth irresistible force of "ghosts and zombies," or the rapid and massive shifts in desired populations of countries, and says that this aspect has been neglected in the discussion of global labor mobility. Let Their People Come provides six policy recommendations for unskilled immigration policy that seek to reconcile the irresistible force of migration with the immovable ideas in rich countries that keep this force in check. In clear, accessible prose, this volume explores ways to regulate migration flows so that they are a benefit to both the global North and global South.

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User Review  - Lelo Nxumalo - Goodreads

I read this after listening to Lant teach about the virtues of open borders at the Kennedy School. As a migrant and an aspiring economist I can say this is perhaps one of the most important works ever written on the subject. Read full review

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User Review  - Daniel Babiak - Goodreads

This really crystallized my thinking on migration. It's not a perfect 5/5 for execution, but extremely well done, and sufficiently important and original to make up for it. Read full review


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Lant Pritchett is a nonresident fellow at the Center for Global Development and is a lead socioeconomist with the World Bank, based in New Delhi, India. From 2000 to 2004 he was lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has published over fifty journal articles and papers on a range of topics including labor mobility, education, economic growth, poverty, health, safety net programs, population issues, and international trade.

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