Archive for the ‘Immigration’ Category

A Few Thoughts on Immigration Reform

April 18th, 2013

Here are a few observations on the new immigration reform proposal, with an emphasis on a part that I think is particularly important and largely overlooked given the emphasis on citizenship: the consideration of labor market impacts and the introduction of mechanisms to control them. Before getting into some policy analysis, let’s consider why the reform… Read more

A Natural Experiment, Anyone?

March 16th, 2013

I hope some enterprising Ph.D. candidate takes advantage of what sounds like an opportunity to study the economic impact on jobs, wages, and prices as a natural experiment on the Arizona border.  According to the NYT: Officers who guard the line say the [AZ] border is more secure in most places than they have ever known… Read more

No Shortage of STEMs

February 8th, 2013

A few posts back, on immigration economics, I wrote this: Watch for members of Congress to try to expand guest worker programs throughout this round of reform, particularly in STEM and computer related guest visas, like H-1B’s. There is simply no credible economic argument I’ve seen based on wage or employment trends that would support… Read more