Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/125305
Authors: 
Kennan, John
Year of Publication: 
2014
Citation: 
[Journal:] IZA World of Labor [ISSN:] 2054-9571 [Year:] 2014 [Issue:] 86
Abstract: 
Most developed countries have foreign aid programs that aim to alleviate poverty and foster economic growth in less developed countries, but with very limited success. A large body of evidence indicates that the root of the economic development problem is cross-country differences in the productivity of labor. If workers are much more productive in one country than in another, the obvious way to help people in less developed countries is to allow them to help themselves by moving to places where they can be more productive. Yet immigration laws severely constrain such movement.
Subjects: 
migration
open borders
movement of workers
poverty
JEL: 
F22
F63
I3
J3
J61
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Article

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