Carl Shulman

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Carl Shulman (blog) is an effective altruist and a Research Associate at the Future of Humanity Institute.

Shulman has carried out investigations related to migration liberalization as a potentially promising strategic cause for philanthropists. Shulman is on friendly terms with some of the Open Borders people and an active participant at Open Borders Action Group, but is not formally affiliated with Open Borders: The Case.

A post titled A Long-run perspective on strategic cause selection and philanthropy co-written by Shulman with Nick Beckstead, November 5, 2013 identified migration liberalization as one of five strategic causes worth investigating (the list was not intended to be comprehensive):

Immigration reform

What it is: By “immigration reform,” we mean loosening immigration restrictions in rich countries with stronger political institutions, especially for people who are migrating from poor countries with weaker political institutions. We include both efforts to allow more high-skill immigration and efforts to allow more immigration in general. Some people to talk to in this area include Michael Clemens, Lant Pritchett, and others at the Center for Global Development. and the Krieble Foundation are two examples of organizations working in this area.

Why we think it is promising: Many individual workers in poor countries could produce much more economic value and better realize their potential in other ways if they lived in rich countries, meaning that much of the world’s human capital is being severely underutilized. This claim is unusually well supported by basic economic theory and the views of a large majority of economists. Many concerns have been raised, but we think the most plausible ones involve political feasibility and political and cultural consequences of migration.

Shulman has made a number of blog posts about migration in the course of his investigation of migration liberalization.

Shulman also participated in a conversation with Howard Adelman, academic and activist on issues related to refugees in Canada. The other participant in the conversation was Nick Beckstead. The conversation is listed on Nick Beckstead’s conversations page.

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