Book Description

Jacob Funk Kirkegaard explores the increasingly dysfunctional state of present US high-skilled immigration laws and recommends a coherent set of immediate reforms, which should aim to facilitate continuously high and increasingly economically necessary levels of high-skilled immigration to the United States. In recent decades American skill levels have stagnated and struggled to make the global top 10. As baby boomers retire, the United States risks losing these skills altogether. In response, the United States should address high-skilled immigration in its broader foreign economic policies in an attempt to remain a global leader in the face of accelerating global economic integration.

Book price: 

Editorial Reviews

If you are interested in the prospects for American competitiveness and continued economic leadership, Jacob's study is mandatory reading.

Clive Crook, The Atlantic


Chapters are provided for preview only.




1. High-Skilled Workers: Stagnating in the United States, Rising Fast in Other Countries?

2. Current US High-Skilled Immigration System

3. Welfare Trade-Off, US Software Workers, and Immigration Quotas

4. A Reform Package

Statistical Appendix



Customer Service

PIIE Press is distributed by Columbia University Press. All prices, titles, and availability dates are subject to change without notice.

Customer Service
Please visit the Columbia University Press website for detailed information on ordering.

PIIE Special Sales

Reprints and Permissions

Examination Copies