Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Exodus by Paul Collier

This book’s full title is Exodus; How Migration is Changing Our World. As always, this is another interesting book by Paul Collier. He talks about how migration affects no only the migrant, but the society that the migrants go to and the society the migrant leaves behind. This book was released with the title of Exodus: Immigration and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century in the UK.

No matter what you think of Paul’s thesis, we do have a problem that there seems to be little rational arguments about immigration. The field is left wide open to demagogues. If Europe had allowed some rational discussions on the subject would there be so many anti-immigrant parties there now?

This review is interesting in that Michael Clemens and Justin Sandefur at Foreign Affairs completely pan Paul Collier’s book. They especially do not like Paul Collier’s thinking that immigrants came from socially dysfunctional societies. Balance this with the review from the Economist below. Ian Birrell at the guardian finds the book interesting and a valuable addition to the discussion on immigration.

The Economist review includes an interview with Paul Collier. They call Paul Collier is one of the world’s most thoughtful economists. Paul Collier gives a short talk in this video. The last video is a long one of 90 minutes by Paul Collier at the London School of Economics. Paul starts talking about 3 minutes into the video. His speech ends after just over an hour and then there is Q and A.

On my website is how to find this book on Amazon if you care to purchase it. See Collier. Also, this book review and other books I have reviewed are on my website at Book Reviews.