Primary Resources, Secondary Labor: Natural Resources and Immigration Policy

  title={Primary Resources, Secondary Labor: Natural Resources and Immigration Policy},
  author={Adrian J. Shin},
  journal={International Studies Quarterly},
  • Adrian J. Shin
  • Published 2019
  • Political Science
  • International Studies Quarterly
This article argues that substantial natural resource wealth leads to more restrictive low-skill immigration policy in advanced democracies. High-value natural resource production often crowds out labor-intensive firms that produce tradable goods. When these proimmigration business interests disappear due to deindustrialization, also known as the Dutch Disease, the proimmigration coalition weakens in domestic politics. Without strong business pressure for increased immigration, policy-makers… Expand
Exchange rates and immigration policy
What explains cross-national and temporal variations in migrant rights? This article argues that policymakers implement more exclusionary or inclusive policies toward migrants in response toExpand
Forced Displacement and Asylum Policy in the Developing World
Little theoretical or empirical work examines migration policy in the developing world. We develop and test a two-stage theory that distinguishes the drivers of policy reform and factors influencingExpand
Migration and the Bretton Woods Institutions
Historical accounts of the Bretton Woods system and institutions highlight inter-state cooperation in constructing a global order in international monetary and financial relations. In this paper, weExpand
Unions and the rights of migrants in the long run
We use historical data on union density and new historical data on policies toward migrants to study the long-run relationship between the strength of trade unions and the social and economic rightsExpand


Toward an Alternative Explanation for the Resource Curse: Natural Resources, Immigration, and Democratization
Why do many resource-rich countries maintain autocratic political regimes? The authors’ proposed answer focuses on the causal effect of labor imports, or immigration. Using the logic offered byExpand
Trade, Foreign Direct Investment, and Immigration Policy Making in the United States
  • M. Peters
  • Economics
  • International Organization
  • 2014
Abstract This article argues that immigration policy formation in the United States after 1950 can only be understood in the context of the increasing integration of world markets. Increasing tradeExpand
Migration and the Welfare State: Political-Economy Policy Formation
Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman once noted that free immigration cannot coexist with a welfare state. A welfare state with open borders might turn into a haven for poor immigrants, whichExpand
Tyrants and Migrants
This article examines the determinants of immigration policy toward low-skilled workers across 13 relatively wealthy autocracies after World War II. I argue that authoritarian immigration policy is aExpand
International Labor Mobility and the Variety of Democratic Political Institutions
Abstract Using a new measure of immigration policy and examining thirty-six advanced industrial countries between 1996 and 2012, we seek to explain systematically the variation in external laborExpand
Open Trade, Closed Borders: Immigration in the Era of Globalization
This article argues that trade and immigration policy cannot be studied as separate policies but that instead scholars must take an integrated view of them. Trade and immigration policy areExpand
The Politics of Immigration: Dictatorship, Development, and Defense
Contemporary immigration policy choices are puzzling. Although people prefer living in a democracy, there is large-scale migration into rich dictatorships. We live in an age of globalization, butExpand
Immigration policy prior to the 1930s: labor markets policy interactions and globalization backlash.
Entry to the New World was gradually closed to immigrants after the 1870s just as restrictions were also imposed upon international trade. With the end of the First World War the world economyExpand
No vacancy: the political geography of immigration control in advanced industrial countries.
  • J. Money
  • Economics, Medicine
  • International organization
  • 1997
A unique framework for analyzing the politics of immigration control in developed countries and reviews related political theories is presented, based on native-immigrant competition over scarce resources, variable business support depending upon the flexibility of local markets and potential for capital mobility, and the dynamics of party competition as influenced by underlying structural conditions. Expand
Attitudes toward Highly Skilled and Low-skilled Immigration: Evidence from a Survey Experiment
Past research has emphasized two critical economic concerns that appear to generate anti-immigrant sentiment among native citizens: concerns about labor market competition and concerns about theExpand