International migration has long been a topic of debate. In the West, questions concerning its causes and consequences have always influenced policy. As a result much has been written on the historical role of immigration although this has largely focused on social rather than economic history. Migration and the International Labour Market 1850-1939 redresses this imbalance and puts the emphasis firmly on economic issues. This volume concentrates on the two central aspects of international migration - the forces which cause it and its economic effect. While the stress is placed firmly on examining the economic forces in migration with quantitative evidence. The contributors are drawn from a wide range of countries representing both the Old and the New Worlds. Each of them examines and tests the validity of migration theories in the historical setting. In some cases migration is viewed from a comparative perspective - an approach which is facilitated by new data on internationally comparable real wages. The authors also look at the responsiveness of migration from different countries to international wage differentials and the degree of international labour market integration.
A number of chapters go on to examine the impact of migration on real wage growth and economic convergence between original and destination countries. These issues remain at the heart of debates over international migration policy. This analysis, therefore, not only sheds light on historical experience but helps inform the current debate. Dudley Baines The London School of Economics, Gorge R. Boyer Cornell University, USA, Timothy J. Hatton University of Essex, Kevin O'Rourke University College, Dublin, Ricc
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September 22nd, 1994
Edited by Jeffrey G. Williamson
Edited by Timothy J. Hatton
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