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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 Policy and Two Eras of Globalization

Immigration Policy and Two Eras of Globalization

(p.41) Chapter 3 Immigration Policy and Two Eras of Globalization
Trading Barriers

Margaret E. Peters

Princeton University Press

This chapter tests the argument that 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, by analyzing immigration policy across nineteen countries over 200 years. Focusing on the political dilemma that policymakers face with greater globalization, the chapter examines two of the implications of the argument. The first implication is that the increasing ability to trade should lead to greater immigration restrictions. Second, the increased ability of firms to move production overseas should also lead to increased restrictions on low-skill immigration. The chapter also shows how immigration policy has changed and compares it to the evolution of trade openness and firm mobility across two centuries.

Keywords:   trade, firm mobility, firms, low-skill labor, low-skill immigration, immigration policy, policymakers, globalization, trade openness, immigration restrictions

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