Category: Economics

Why Your Economic Argument Against Immigration Is Probably Wrong

By threatening to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, President Trump has again elevated immigration to the national forefront. The debate has quickly reverted to familiar territory: crime; taxes; the safety net; national identity; and, of course,…
Investors Go Where Trump Won’t: To Immigrant Entrepreneurs

A new crop of venture capitalists is specifically backing companies that have international founders. These are tense times for foreigners who want to live and work in the U.S., due to President Trump’s aggressive remarks and stringent policies about immigration.…
Aging Japan Wants Automation, Not Immigration

A labor shortage could fuel the nation’s next innovation boom. Japan’s next boom may be at hand, driven by the very thing that is supposed to be bad for its economy. Japan’s aging and shrinking population has been partly blamed…
Machines, Not Americans, Could Replace Immigrant Workers

Jim Bogart sees a growing trend in his patch of America: Farmers are turning more and more to machines because they can’t find enough workers to harvest fruits and vegetables. It’s an issue costing California farmers millions of dollars and,…
A New Way Forward on Trade and Immigration

President Donald Trump’s policy agenda may seem somewhat incoherent, but his underlying approach — developed, in large part, by now-departed chief strategist Steve Bannon — can be best summarized in one word: nationalism. This covers a range of issues from…
Immigration: Moral and Economic Perspectives

To the Editor: Ross Douthat’s column “An Elusive Immigration Compromise” (Aug. 6) and your editorial “A Senseless Immigration Proposal” (Aug. 7) disagree about the merits of the immigration reform bill introduced by Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue…
How Trump Is Stifling Entrepreneurship

President Donald Trump’s immigration policies would dramatically diminish American entrepreneurship at a time when our country needs more people to start companies and organizations. Trump has taken a hazardous scalpel to America’s startup ecosystem by announcing that his administration would…