This is part of a series of weekly posts with the most interesting content from the Open Borders Action Group on Facebook. Do join the group to weigh in on existing discussions or start your own (you might want to read this post before joining).
Posts related to Nathan Smith’s draft paper on the global economic impact of open borders
For prior literature on the topic, see the double world GDP page on this website. For an earlier blog post by Smith that lays out an early version of his model (that he expands on in the draft paper), see The Global Economic Impact of Open Borders: My Take, published February 8, 2014.
Here are Smith’s OBAG posts this week about his draft paper:
- Post by Nathan Smith, August 6, 2014, uploading the file to the Facebook group. The file can be alternatively accessed via Google Drive here. The post received 7 likes and 66 comments.
- Smith has also uploaded to the Facebook group his raw data and the files with the STATA code he used for his analysis. You can access all his files under the Files section of OBAG.
- Post by Nathan Smith, August 7, 2014, about the high correlation he found between his measure of human capital (inferred using a production function) and HDI. 1 like, 30 comments.
- Post by Nathan Smith, August 7, 2014, asking for suggestions for places to present his paper and possible venues for publication of his paper (after he completes it). 2 likes, 9 comments.
- Post by Nathan Smith, August 7, 2014, noting that according to his draft paper, open borders leads to a major reinforcement of the dominance of the West. 4 likes, 4 comments.
- Post by Nathan Smith noting that in Scenario 2 in his paper, unskilled workers worldwide would see their wages converge to 44% of the current US level. 7 comments.
General points related to migration and public opinion on migration
- Post by Milo King, August 10, 2014, linking to Immigration and the Zero Lower Bound: A Twist on the “Alien Invasion” Metaphor by himself, August 10, 2014.
- Post by Grieve Chelwa, August 9, 2014, linking to a special issue of the Migration Studies journal titled “Attitudes to Immigrants in Turbulent Times” (July 2014 issue). 1 like.
- What sort of impact would announcing open borders have on the financial industry? by Vipul Naik, August 7, 2014. 11 comments.
- Post by John T. Kennedy, August 6, 2014, on the relationship between a basic income guarantee (BIG) and open borders/migration policy. The post links to the August 2014 issue of Cato Unbound (featuring Matt Zwolinski, Michael Huemer, Jim Manzi, and Robert H. Frank) that is devoted to a discussion of the moral permissibility and desirability of a basic income guarantee, with a focus on a libertarian perspective. 1 like, 13 comments.
- Post by Drew Stonebraker, August 5, 2014, on how to address the argument that we already have open borders for anybody who wishes to legally migrate and is willing to comply with the law. 2 likes, 10 comments.
- Post by Vipul Naik, August 4, 2014, linking to The false choice between equality and globalization by Matthew Yglesias, August 4, 2014. 3 likes, 6 comments.
- Post by Drew Stonebraker on how many of the most vocal opponents of illegal immigration that he’s aware of are legal immigrants themselves. 2 comments.
- Post by John Lee linking to the paper The Labor Market Effects of Reducing Undocumented Immigrants (PDF, 64 pages) by Andri Chassamboulli and Giovanni Peri. 2 likes, 5 comments.
Opinions of others about migration: specific observations (including links to papers, videos, debates)
- Post by John Lee, August 7, 2014, linking to Border Patrol: Meet me in the MIDDLE by Hillary Walker, August 6, 2014. 5 comments.
- Post by Michelangelo Landgrave, August 5, 2014, linking to DREAMers Erika Andiola & Cesar Vargas confront Steve King in Okoboji, Iowa for trying to end DACA (YouTube video, published AUgust 4, 2014). 1 like, 1 comment.
Specific current and historical situations
- Post by Grieve Chelwa, August 9, 2014, linking to European immigrants assimilated successfully, economist says by Clifton B. Parker, Phys.org, August 8, 2014. 4 likes. The study is A Nation of Immigrants: Assimilation and Economic Outcomes in the Age of Mass Migration by Ran Abramitzky, Leah Platt Boustan, and Katherine Eriksson Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 122, No. 3 (Jun 2014), pp. 467-506.
- Post by Carl Shulman, August 8, 2014, linking to List of bordering countries with greatest relative differences in GDP (PPP) per capita (English Wikipedia). 15 likes, 5 comments.
- Post by John Lee, August 8, 2014, linking to a Reddit discussion Need Advice ASAP about Voluntary Departure and Deportation and asking for information about good resources to recommend for legal advice on immigration. 2 likes, 17 comments.
- Post by John Lee, August 5, 2014, linking to Episode 557: Doing Business Like a Refugee, NPR, July 30, 2014. Lee’s post also links to Asylum in the United States: Work permit and permanent residence status. 3 likes.
- Post by Christopher Ryan with a video of a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint. 2 likes, 5 comments.