"The Culture Transplant is enviably well-written.... This book is the most intellectually serious critique of the libertarian open borders position."
—Bryan Caplan, Reason Magazine
Preface and Introduction Wall Street Journal Review
My Interview with L'Express (in French)
WSJ's Dhume applies The Culture Transplant to the UK
YouTube Short: Open Borders for Iceland
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The Culture Transplant:
How Migrants Make the Economies They Move to a Lot Like the Ones They Left
Savings rates, views on government regulation, attitudes toward trust: Migrants appear to transplant all three from their home countries, partly passing them on to the second generation in their new homes.
On average, and in the long run, the pattern is clear: knowing where your nation's ancestors came from in the past can help you predict your nation's economic future.
"Immigrants change the countries they move to. The Culture Transplant is the very best book on this phenomenon, reflecting the continuing rise of Garett Jones as a thinker and writer of real import."
—Tyler Cowen, blogger, Marginal Revolution
"Synthesizing decades of new work in development economics, Garett Jones re-examines and rejects some of the core assumptions within the modern immigration debate. Defenders of open borders—utilitarians in particular—will have to seriously grapple with this novel and groundbreaking book."
—Hrishikesh Joshi, Bowling Green State University
"A unique and authoritative treatment of the deep persistence of cultural attributes that permeates across generations, and through migration, shapes institutions and contemporary outcomes. By focusing on people rather than places, Garett Jones provides a unique perspective on how we should think about the role of migration and diversity in understanding modern successes and failures. Jones's treatment of the literature is a master class in distilling rigorous research and presenting it in a breezy fashion that is hard to put down once you get started."
—Areendam Chanda, Louisiana State University
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