Skilled immigration is good. The U.S. economy depends on it. But the nation’s system for admitting educated workers needs major improvements.
That is the central message of “The Gift of Global Talent: How Migration Shapes Business, Economy & Society,” a new book by Harvard Business School professor William Kerr. In this terse but readable volume, Kerr — who has spent much of his career researching skilled immigration and the technology industry — methodically explains all the benefits that the U.S. reaps by bringing in smart, talented foreigners, and counters almost all the objections. As the U.S. immigration debate heats up, and President Donald Trump takes actions to deter skilled workers from coming, Kerr’s book should be a must-read for every policy maker.