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Trading BarriersImmigration and the Remaking of Globalization$
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Margaret E. Peters

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691174488

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691174488.001.0001

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Immigration and the Shape of Globalization

Immigration and the Shape of Globalization

(p.1) Chapter 1 Immigration and the Shape of Globalization
Trading Barriers

Margaret E. Peters

Princeton University Press

This book explores two questions about immigration and globalization: why immigration, especially for those with fewer skills (low-skill immigration), is much more restricted today than it was in the nineteenth century or even in the immediate post-World War II period, and why politicians today are willing to let their constituents compete with foreign labor overseas but not at home. Restrictions on low-skill immigration are even more puzzling when compared to policies governing trade and foreign direct investment. The same wealthy countries that have put immigration restrictions in place have significantly lowered trade barriers, including those on low-skill-labor-intensive goods such as clothing, toys, and electronics. The book considers how trade and firm mobility affect the number of firms that use low-skill labor, and thus affect the level of support for low-skill immigration.

Keywords:   immigration, globalization, low-skill immigration, foreign direct investment, trade barriers, trade, firm mobility, low-skill labor, immigration restrictions

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