John H. Beck is Professor of Economics, Gonzaga University.
Henry George and Immigration
Article first published online: 26 SEP 2012
© 2012 American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Inc.
American Journal of Economics and Sociology
Volume 71, Issue 4, pages 966–987, October 2012
How to Cite
BECK, J. H. (2012), Henry George and Immigration. American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 71: 966–987. doi: 10.1111/j.1536-7150.2012.00853.x
- Issue published online: 26 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 26 SEP 2012
Henry George's opposition to free immigration may be surprising in light of his positions on other aspects of economic theory and policy. This essay reviews George's statements on immigration policy, discusses inconsistencies of these statements with his positions on free trade and Malthusian population theory, compares George's views with the neoclassical economic perspective on immigration, and suggests that implementation of George's policy of taxing land values would share the gains from immigration in a manner that might reduce opposition to open borders.