Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

Source: Bet On It
by Bryan Caplan

“Is the country of your dreams denying you permission to immigrate? Even the most anti-immigration country will normally give you a green light if you marry one of its citizens. … Which raises a big question: If you’re a citizen of a desirable country, why would you ever marry a fellow citizen? … Every single adult American effectively possesses an immigration permit worth at least $100,000. Yes, there’s a catch: You can only sell it to someone you’re willing to marry. But the catch has a massive loophole: The world is packed with extraordinarily marriageable foreigners! So every single adult American is effectively choosing between the best domestic spouse they can win on their merits alone, or the best foreign spouse they can win with a six-figure subsidy.” (03/25/24)