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Charging Admission into the U.S.

Gary Becker and Edward Lazear, two distinguished economists, recently published an article advocating that the U.S. begin charging an admission price to immigrants into the U.S. Upon reading their piece, I couldn’t help but be amused by imagining how many non-economists would respond to such a proposal. I can just see the reaction.  How absurd to charge admission! But what do you expect. This is the same crowd that thinks we should charge for human organs!

Before you think their idea to be crazy, I urge everyone to read the article. It is natural for economists to think of a market-based solution to a policy problem. Consider the benefits to the program that they list but also ask yourself this question. Would their program be worse than anything dreamed up by the government?

Categories: Immigration Policy
  1. March 4, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    A reasonable solution. Of course, if one cannot afford the admitance fee, will we revert to Indentured Servitude for up to 7 years? That system enabled many immigrants to enter and get established in the American colonies during the early 1700s.

  2. GBhatta
    March 5, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    There is already an admission fee that is visa application and processing fee. A student has to pay almost 500 dollars while entering to the US.

  1. March 10, 2013 at 10:56 AM

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