Lecture #1 - 9/25/08 Lecture #2 Introduction America: An...

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9/25/08 Lecture #2 Introduction America: An Immigration Nation? Our History of Immigration o Our Open-Door Policy towards immigration How is immigration going to affect the economy o Changing patterns in the 20 th Century o Immigration: The next cultural war?? Challenges How to balance different perspectives? How to capture complexity of immigration impact. 3 Ideas about immigration Does immigration hurt our economy? o Argument 1: Immigrants drive up unemployment rates. o Argument 2: Immigrations drain resources of social safety net. They can go to school, emergency room Recent Studies by Economists Immigration leads to a positive economic growth o Wages and Employment increase with immigrants Key Mechanisms o High Labor Force participation rate of immigrants o Immigrants induct capital flow from over seas o High immigration savings rate o Increase in population-sensitive investment (More Asian food markets, More Mexican food markets.) Impacts varies by group
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