by Enrico Moretti

Reviewer Rating:
4

Review

    I have always been curious about the impact of educated immigrants on the US economy and that is one of the topics Dr. Moratti explores in this book. As an immigrant himself he is adamant that something needs to be done to repair the via system since almost every year the H1B visas run out on the day that they are offered, such is the demand for them. His main thesis though is that there are three Americas: those cities that are booming (such as Denver), those cities that are in decline (Detroit for example) and those cities that can go either way. Moratti mentions various tech companies that were headquartered overseas that have now moved all or part of the team here to the US due to the advantages of Silicon Valley. Another takeaway from this book is that the US investments in K-12 education is one of the reasons that we were able to compete with European countries. For anyone curious about why people flock to certain cities (Denver for example continues to attract large numbers of transplants, including yours truly) this book is definitely worth a read.

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