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A Political Economy of International Migration, 1815-1914

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The present world economy has been strongly influenced by the comparative freedom of international migration in the nineteenth century. A simple model is advanced to explain the salient historical factors of immigration policy. It is based upon maximization of factor incomes, national distributions of income, factor endowments, and constitutions. The open door policy of the largest destination of European immigrants, the United States, emerges as an apparent anomaly. The explanation is the continuing identification of immigrants with their countries of origin and their easy enfranchisement that made them an electoral force to be reckoned with. Copyright 1992 by Blackwell Publishers Ltd and The Victoria University of Manchester

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  • Foreman-Peck, James, 1992. "A Political Economy of International Migration, 1815-1914," The Manchester School of Economic & Social Studies, University of Manchester, vol. 60(4), pages 359-376, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:manch2:v:60:y:1992:i:4:p:359-76
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    1. Timothy J. Hatton, 2010. "The Cliometrics Of International Migration: A Survey," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 24(5), pages 941-969, December.
    2. Gordon Hanson, 2010. "The Governance of Migration Policy," Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(2), pages 185-207.
    3. Douglas S. MASSEY, 2012. "Towards an integrated model of international migration," Eastern Journal of European Studies, Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, vol. 3, pages 9-35, December.
    4. Gordon H. Hanson, 2006. "Illegal Migration from Mexico to the United States," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 44(4), pages 869-924, December.
    5. Fabrice Murtin & Martina Viarengo, 2010. "American education in the age of mass migrations 1870–1930," Cliometrica, Journal of Historical Economics and Econometric History, Association Française de Cliométrie (AFC), vol. 4(2), pages 113-139, June.
    6. James Foreman-Peck & Peng Zhou, 2013. "The strength and persistence of entrepreneurial cultures," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 23(1), pages 163-187, January.
    7. Hanson, Gordon H., 2010. "International Migration and the Developing World," Handbook of Development Economics, Elsevier.
    8. Sebastian Galiani & Gustavo Torrens, 2015. "The Political Economy of Trade and International Labor Mobility," NBER Working Papers 21274, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    9. Timothy J Hatton & Zachary Ward, 2018. "International Migration in the Atlantic Economy 1850 - 1940," CEH Discussion Papers 02, Centre for Economic History, Research School of Economics, Australian National University.

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