May 9, 2017

The Economics of Immigration (II): Empirical Evidence

In a previous article, I analyzed the economics of immigration from a theoretical perspective. I concluded that economic theory clearly supports immigration-friendly policies since they overall benefit all parties involved. In this article, I aim to examine the empirical evidence on the effects of immigration on host countries and immigrants themselves. Effects on Employment, Wages and Public Finances High immigration rates are often associated with rises in unemployment. The logic behind this (flawed) reasoning is straightforward: if an economy can only absorb a fixed number of jobs and the labor force increases, the unemployment rate will inevitably rise. What’s wrong about this statement? Simple: the economy is not a zero-sum game. In other words, the number of jobs available increases as the economy grows. After […]
May 5, 2017

The Economics of Immigration (I): What Does Economic Theory Tell Us?

In his now-classic work The Myth of the Rational Voter, Bryan Caplan identifies four systematic biases about economics held by the average citizen: make-work bias (an inclination to overestimate the disadvantages of temporary job destruction due to productivity increases), anti-market bias (a tendency to overlook the benefits of the market as a coordination mechanism), pessimistic bias (an inclination to underestimate the present and future performance of the economy), and anti-foreign bias (a tendency to underestimate the economic benefits of interaction with foreigners). Widespread biases on economics are far from being harmless. Wrong ideas held by voters usually lead to catastrophic policies due to the inherent nature of the democratic process. In other words, in most cases, politicians undertake those policies that they deem popular among voters […]
February 14, 2017

Statement on Support of Immigrant Students

Tell your school to support immigrant rights!                     Students For Liberty North America is proud to offer this statement of support for immigrant students across the United States and Canada. Please use this letter as a resource to encourage your college or university to adopt a few simple policies that will help protect the rights of your classmates whose immigration status is now at risk thanks to the restrictive policies of the Trump administration. Here’s how to use this document: Fill out the quick form below to download the document as a .pdf. Print off one or more copies or re-save as an editable document for dissemination to other student groups. Collect as many signatures as […]
February 3, 2017

SFL In The Media – January 2017 Highlights

Students For Liberty and our network of activists are regularly featured in national and international media outlets on a wide variety of topics. Below are some examples of SFL’s media presence during January 2017.   SFL Media Relations Associate Daniel Pryor was published in Spiked Online discussing the need for right-wing individuals to consistently defend free speech. He also appeared on Al-Jazeera’s “The Stream” advocating for internet freedom and sex worker rights in the context of government attacks on Estudantes pela Liberdade (Students for Liberty’s Brazilian affiliate) was described as “the largest student association in the country by far” in an article at the Foundation for Economic Education, The article also appeared on the PanAm post. Following an SFL press release, covered the […]
March 10, 2016

Syrian Refugees & Terrorism: A Warped Perception of a Real Crisis

If my mother had not left Thailand during the Vietnam War and sought refuge in Canada, she would be living a very different life right now. Without the opportunity to build a much better life for herself, which was made possible by the private sponsorship of the Christian Reformed Church of Niagara Falls, my mother could not have become a business owner while taking care of a family. Her story and the many like it offer an important lesson about entrepreneurship, the pursuit of self-interest, and the path to a flourishing economy. Her story reminds me of the current, harrowing situation faced by many from Syria and the surrounding area. While it is an issue drenched in complexity, stories like my mother’s help bring a few […]
March 16, 2015

Happy Open Borders Day!

March 16th marks Open Borders Day, which George Mason University law professor Ilya Somin describes as “an international event created to celebrate the ideal of freedom of movement across international boundaries.” Naturally, this radical support for freedom of movement follows from applying libertarian principles. If an employer wants to hire a willing worker, governments shouldn’t stop that voluntary transaction simply because of where the worker was born. If a landlord wants to rent an apartment to a tenant, governments should not stop that voluntary transaction simply because of where the tenant was born. Today’s immigration restrictions prevent these and many other voluntary interactions. Under the status quo, the presumption is that, if you’re from Haiti, you are not permitted to move to the United States, and […]
December 11, 2012

Canadian Compassion Towards Refugees: A Case for Open Borders

David Clement is a Campus Coordinator at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Over the past decade, Canada has seen itself rise on the  Frasier Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World index. In fact, Canada recently surpassed the United States. But, unfortunately, as the nation inches towards a free society, there are some aspects of political governance that have done harm to this positive growth. Canada has historically been seen as an international beacon for refugee assistance and acceptance. This global viewpoint towards Canadian refugee policy, although historically founded, is one that is fading over time, especially since the end of the Cold War. This article will show that although Canada was admitting dramatic flows of refugees in the aftermath of World War II, such acceptance […]