lec11 - ECONOMICS 175 Professor Ronald D. Lee 2/24/09...

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ECONOMICS 175 Professor Ronald D. Lee 2/24/09 Lecture 11 ASUC Lecture Notes Online is the only authorized note-taking service at UC Berkeley. Do not share, copy or illegally distribute (electronically or otherwise) these notes. Our student-run program depends on your individual subscription for its continued existence. These notes are copyrighted by the University of California and are for your personal use only. D O N O T C O P Y Sharing or copying these notes is illegal and could end note taking for this course. Announcements This week we have these special sections with the data librarian who was here last week. Problem set 2 will be available for pick up tomorrow in the front hall of the Demography building. Readings: NRC (National Research Council Book) pages 135-142 and 151-157 (pg. 298 – 314 in the reader). You should also do the readings on empirical evidence but I am not sure we will get that far in today’s lecture that you will need them for Thursday. Lecture Outline 1.) Demography 2.) Characteristics of Natives and Immigrants 3.) Assimilation of Immigrants in Labor Market Q1: What is your view of the statement: “Immigration is too high and should be reduced.” A. Agree B. Disagree C. The main problem is with undocumented immigration and that should be stopped. D. Abstain 26 say A, 95 say B, 105 say C and 25 say D. Immigration in the US: Changing Laws There is a long history of laws regarding immigration; I won’t go into it here. But one important thing to know is that in 1965 an old quota system was abolished. A new system was introduced that put more weight on family reunification. It allowed a higher number of immigrants from Latin America and Asia subsequently. In the 1980s there was the IRCA (Immigration Reform and Control Act) that provided amnesty for undocumented immigrants currently in the country. Between 1989 and 1992 there was a large spike in the recorded legal immigration as people took advantage of this. Intro to Immigration Measurements We can measure the inflow of immigrants. It is a rate since it is measured per unit time. Another measure is stock . The stock is the number of immigrants of foreign birth living in the US; this is the accumulation of people who have come in the past but reduced by emigrants and deaths of immigrants. It is not affected by births, as those born in the US are citizens, not immigrants. Then there is
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