Theme: How place-centrism obscures the economic development benefits of migration.
Subject Article: "The zero-sum trade in people."
Other Links: 1. "Skill Flow: A Fundamental Reconsideration of Skilled-Worker Mobility and Development."
2. "Income per Natural: Measuring Development as if People Mattered More Than Places."
3. "The Problem With Placemaking."
4. "The Heart of Demographic Doom."
5. "Taveras proposes $114M streetcar system for Providence."
6. "Nickerson: Why Providence needs a streetcar system."
7. "RESEARCH REVEALS NEW POSITIVE INSIGHT INTO GIRLS’ MIGRATION."
8. "Girls on the Move: Adolescent Girls & Migration in the Developing World."
9. "Field Of Dreams Portland."
10. "Pittsburgh, let's wake up and play."
Postscript: The subject article isn't obvious in the post. But consider my writing to be a rejoinder to this paragraph:
We assume that importing countries are attracting labour that they need, and exporting countries are shedding labour that they don't need. Migration of labour from low-wage to high-wage areas is an essential part of the internal devaluation process. For any given job, a worker will wish to receive a high wage, while an employer will wish to pay a low wage. The market-clearing price is somewhere between the two depending on their relative power: where there is a shortage of labour the price will be nearer to the worker's demand, while a glut of labour will enable employers to control the price. (Yes, I know this is a bit simplistic!) Clearly, therefore, the low-wage country has more labour than it needs, and the high-wage country does't have enough. If workers can move from low-wage to high-wage countries, therefore, the supply of labour increases in the high-wage country, putting downwards pressure on labour costs, and decreases in the low-wage country, putting upwards pressure on labour costs. And concurrently, when the cost of moving is lower than the benefit to be gained by relocating in a low-wage country, firms will move into that country. As the demand for labour falls in the high-wage country due to firms relocating, wages fall, and conversely as more firms relocate in low-wage country, wages rise. Eventually the two countries reach equilibrium, wages stabilise, labour stops migrating and firms stop relocating.
We assume that place matters more than people. Place (i.e. "countries") has agency. A place needs labor. Quite to the contrary, places don't need labor or talent. People need jobs.