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Friday Night Video: Shikha Dalmia on Unskilled Immigrants

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With permission from ReasonTV, this is Shikha Dalmia on five reasons that unskilled immigrants are good for America. If you go to this link, you can find a fairly faithful transcript.


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Regarding her third point, that immigration is good for women, there's a literature on a possible externalities argument that argues against migration (well, at least it poses a cost). The argument is that children of female migrants who go work in the "reproductive division of labor" tend to suffer from productivity setbacks, because the social conditions they're raised in are worse than what they otherwise would be. I write a little bit on it here, but I include a link to one (less academic) paper that talks about the issue: http://www.economicthought.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Globalized-Social-Reproduction-Maher.pdf

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