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Borderless Economics: Chinese Sea Turtles, Indian Fridges and the New Fruits of Global Capitalism

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A century ago, migrants often crossed an ocean and never saw their homelands again. Today, they call—or Skype—home the moment their flight has landed, and that's just the beginning. Thanks to cheap travel and easy communication, immigrants everywhere stay in intimate contact with their native countries, creating powerful cross-border networks. In Borderless Economics, Robe ...more
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Published February 26th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published November 8th 2011)
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Aug 08, 2012 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely readable book by an Economist editor. Basically what all good Economist readers already know about the magazine: pro-free market, pro-free trade, pro-free movement of people. Perhaps most interesting is the reminder that this book provides that the American right and left are not really so far apart. This guy supports lots of stuff the right likes: freer markets and trade, and he supports lots of stuff the left likes: free movement of people and government support to help make the free ...more
Chris Roy
A solid overview on the intellectual and economic benefits of freer migration of skilled and unskilled laborers between nations, the importance of leveraging diaspora networks for foreign direct investment and technological innovation, and the reforms nations, both rich and poor, can implement to reap the long term benefits of immigration policies that are based on logic and basic economics. Conversational in tone and decently written, this book pairs hard statistics with anecdotes that drive ho ...more
Margaret Sankey
Brain Drain! Remmmittttances! Relentlessly optimistic economic anecdotes about the successful harnessing of global diaspora networks to build India's biometric ID system, make $75 refrigerators, Skype to grandparents in Ethiopia and underwrite public projects in Mexico, although counting on people to be rational and not xenophobic and crazy does run again most of human history, even when it costs them money.
Optimistic survey of the positive effects of globalization, be they economic or social or political. Closing you borders and foolish dreams of mercantilism or autarky will only hurt a nation and people in the long run. Freedom of information flow, combined with good government policy, will be a definite boon to any nations future. Compare Botswana and zimbabwe.

May be optimistic and almost cliched for some, but worth looking at nonetheless.
Nov 19, 2011 Phil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Migration is awesome, chinese and indian immigrants are quality people, and america is great because anyone can be one of us. It's a pleasure to hear nice things about America from a Brit. As a Silicon Valley kid who read the book in an airport and is looking forward to eating Mexican food with people named Chen and Chari, I felt an urge to say "Duh." Worth giving to a xenophobic relative, but if you're my friend, you probably already believe that immigration is good.
Dec 31, 2011 Justin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great introduction to the issue of immigration and the world economy. I believe the author views the issue through rose colored glasses, but the information was very well presented and enjoyable. I would not describe the ideas of this book as left or right on the political spectrum but instead pro world view. Highly recommended.
Jun 26, 2013 Samuela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent book. Well researched, it is not overloaded with figures but every statement is backed up with the source. Very easy to read, the language is plain but elegant.

I would recommend it to all emigrants, all immigrants, all those who whinge about immigration, and those who welcome it. A great book.
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Dec 02, 2014 Marc Ballon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful, engaging read about the benefits of liberal immigration policies and open borders. Guest, the Economist's business editor, peppers his observations with fascinating anecdotes. His writing sparkles. This is the best political-economy book I've read in a long while.
Jan 24, 2012 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The author does not offer an objective discussion about immigration but the anecdotes and insights about international economics are interesting.
Jul 28, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book about how immigration and migration have a positive, global effect. The book is full of a lot of stories from the author's travels and interviews.
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