Handbook of the Economics of International Migration - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444537645, 9780444537652

Handbook of the Economics of International Migration, Volume 1A

1st Edition

The Immigrants

Editors: Barry Chiswick Paul Miller
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444537645
eBook ISBN: 9780444537652
Imprint: North Holland
Published Date: 8th December 2014
Page Count: 810
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Table of Contents

  • Introduction to the Series
  • Dedication
  • Reviewers
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • In memoriam
  • Part I. The Determinants of International Migration

    • Chapter 1: Migration Theory

      • Abstract
      • 1 Overview
      • 2 From Adam Smith to the New Millennium
      • 3 Recent Theoretical Analyses of Why People Migrate
      • 4 Conclusions and Implications for Further Research
    • Chapter 2: Two Centuries of International Migration

      • Abstract
      • 1 Migration and Globalization to 1950
      • 2 International Migration Since 1950
      • 3 International Migration and Policy in the Future
    • Cameo 1. World Migration in Historical Perspective: Four Big Issues

      • 1 Emigration Life Cycles, Industrial Revolutions, and Demographic Transitions
      • 2 Brain Drain, Brain Gain, Skill Premia, and Endogenous Schooling Responses
      • 3 Migration, Remittances, Financial Development, and Convergence
      • 4 Migration Timing, the Ten Percent Rule, and Political Backlash
      • Acknowledgments
  • Part II. The Adjustment of Immigrants

    • Chapter 3: The Adjustment of Immigrants in the Labor Market

      • Abstract
      • 1 Immigrant Labor Market Outcomes—Theoretical and Methodological Considerations
      • 2 Individual Attributes and Motives for Migrating
      • 3 Beyond the Individual—Economic and Social Contexts Affecting Labor Market Outcomes
      • 4 Labor Market Outcomes for Immigrant Women
      • 5 Immigrant Economic Adjustment: Evidence from Countries Other than the United States
      • 6 Summary and Directions for Further Research
      • Acknowledgments
    • Chapter 4: The Human Capital (Schooling) of Immigrants in America

      • Abstract
      • 1 Introduction
      • 2 Schooling of Migrants and the Native-Born
      • 3 The Changing Education Gap of Immigrants
      • 4 The Ed


The economic literature on international migration interests policymakers as well as academics throughout the social sciences. These volumes, the first of a new subseries in the Handbooks in Economics, describe and analyze scholarship created since the inception of serious attention began in the late 1970s. This literature appears in the general economics journals, in various field journals in economics (especially, but not exclusively, those covering labor market and human resource issues), in interdisciplinary immigration journals, and in papers by economists published in journals associated with history, sociology, political science, demography, and linguistics, among others.

Key Features

  • Covers a range of topics from labor market outcomes and fiscal consequences to the effects of international migration on the level and distribution of income – and everything in between.
  • Encompasses a wide range of topics related to migration and is multidisciplinary in some aspects, which is crucial on the topic of migration
  • Appeals to a large community of scholars interested in this topic and for whom no overviews or summaries exist


Graduate students and professors worldwide working in all subdisciplines of economics and finance as well as those working in population studies, demography, governmental policy, sociology, and related fields.


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"At last, a thorough, comprehensive, and illuminating survey of this important field. These two volumes will be the essential reference on the economics of international migration for students, teachers, and researchers for years to come."   --Xavier de Vanssay, York University

"The new volumes of the Handbook of the Economics of International Migration are a unique source in the field of international migration, including detailed analyses of a wide range of issues from the fundamentals of migration theory to current pressing issues as well as emerging new topics in the field. These volumes will be a valuable source of reference not only for experienced scholars but also for students at bachelors, masters, and doctoral level studies in economics, demography, sociology, political science, and law."  --Aycan Celikaksoy, Stockholm University

About the Editors

Barry Chiswick Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA

Paul Miller Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Curtin University, Australia