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Goldilocks Globalizations: Soft Solutions to a Hard Problem. This paper, written together with Gonzalo Fanjul, is a draft that has been submitted to the new Journal of Global Policy. (This version updated June 2010).
The Cliff at the Border (February 2009). This paper was written based on a presentation for a conference about "Globalization and Equity" sponsored as part of the Growth Commission led by Michael Spence. The paper focuses the equity and justice issues around the constraints on labor mobility, in particular the question of why some many other aspects of globalization whose total human well-being consequences are trivial compared to labor mobility get so much more attention.
The Place Premium: Wage Differences for Identical Workers across the US Border. This is a revised version (January 2009) that is now available as both a Center for Global Development and a Kennedy School of Government working paper.
Income per natural: Measuring development as if people mattered more than places. (with Michael Clemens) This paper estimates instead of the income of people in Jamaica or Albania or Nepal the income per Jamaican or Albanian or Nepali--no matter where they are in the world. We combine data about the pattern of out-migration to OECD countries with an estimate of the income of naturals who are living in those countries. We find that income per natural is often substantially higher than national income per capita. This is another version of the same paper that has been revised for submission to the Population and Development Review that is less technical (details in a technical appendix) and focuses more on the policy implications.
Is Migration Good for Development? How Could You Even Ask? This is a presentation given February 13th 2009 to the CUPID (Columbia University Partnership for International Development) conference on "Is Migration Good for Development?"
Immigration is a Development Tool. (May 26th 2009). Presenstation at the conference "Beyond the Fence" jointly sponsored by Center for International Development (CID) and the Center for Global Development (CGD).
Also, see the YouTube teaser for a documentary "The Borders Question".
Is Migration Good for Development? How Could You Even Ask? (April 30th). This is a presentation given at Wellesley College.
The Cliff at the Border (February 2009).
The Place Premium: Wage Differences for Identical Workers across the US Border. (With Michael Clemens and Claudio Montenegro). (January 2009). Available as both a Center for Global Development and a Kennedy School of Government working paper.
Income per natural: Measuring development as if people mattered more than places. (with Michael Clemens) This is another version of the same paper that is in the Population and Development Review that is less technical (details in a technical appendix).
Boom Towns and Ghost Countries: Geography, Agglomeration, and Population Mobility. (2006).
From Nationals to Naturals: It's a Natural Way to Think. Presented at Principia College, April 11, 2008.
Globalization with Labor: Is the Future Robots or Rosalie. Presentation at Brown University, March 6, 2008. Updated version of similar presentation given at Williams College, Center Development Economics, November 2, 2007.
The Place Premium has been presented in a variety of settings. Faculty seminar at the HKS.
Is more that the POS, EBL Possible? Presentationa at the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy's Ambassador John Price and Marcia Price World Affairs Lecture Series, Westminster College, March 24, 2008.
Migration and Development and Migration as Development. Presentation given at the Conference on International Migration and Development, International Orgamization for Migration, January 18, 2008.