The New Economic Case for Migration Restrictions: An Assessment

  title={The New Economic Case for Migration Restrictions: An Assessment},
  author={Michael A. Clemens and Lant Pritchett},
  journal={AARN: Migration (Topic)},
For decades, migration economics has stressed the effects of migration restrictions on income distribution in the host country. Recently the literature has taken a new direction by estimating the costs of migration restrictions to global economic efficiency. In contrast, a new strand of research posits that migration restrictions could be not only desirably redistributive, but in fact globally efficient. This is the new economic case for migration restrictions. The case rests on the possibility… 
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