A new book by Princeton’s Leah Boustan and Stanford’s Ran Abramitzky provides data and insight on how decades of immigration policy have shaped the United States over time. On this episode of the Capitalisn’t podcast, hosts Luigi Zingales and Bethany McLean talk with Boustan to unpack gender, country of origin, culture, and other cross-sectional variations in this data. How do immigrants and their succeeding generations impact jobs, wages, and housing prices for the native-born? Conversely, who is left to make a change if all motivated people leave a country? Can data sway the immigration debate beyond the border crisis?

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