Archive for the ‘Immigration’ Category

How Much Does Immigration Increase Poverty? Less than Robert Samuelson Thinks it Does

November 17th, 2014

It is a common mistake to overestimate the contribution of immigration to the increase in poverty. Today’s purveyor of this erroneous association is the WaPo’s Robert Samuelson, who writes in the context of a discussion about immigration reform: The influx of unskilled Hispanics has sharply boosted U.S. poverty. From 1990 to 2013, Hispanics accounted for… Read more

What’s Holding Back Immigration Reform?

May 23rd, 2014

I participated in a National Journal forum on immigration reform yesterday, led by the great Steve Clemons. Given the discussion, I’d guess that anyone who didn’t know the issue and happened to stumble into the event would be vigorously scratching their head to figure out why comprehensive reform wasn’t the law of the land.  R’s… Read more

Immigration and Poverty

January 22nd, 2014

In recent posts, I’ve been examining some of the factors driving—and not driving—poverty in the US, focusing so far on growth, inequality, single parenthood, slack labor markets, and more.  In this post, I wanted to say a bit about immigration. Not unlike the analysis of single parents and poverty, too much analysis of this question… Read more