10.27510.Immigration

10.27510.Immigration - 10. Immigration and its Economic...

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Ron Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 1 10. Immigration and its Economic Consequences Econ/Demog 27510 Ronald Lee March 31, 2010
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Ron Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 2 Readings for next week Orn B. Bodvarsson and Hendrik Van den Berg (2009) The Economics of Immigration: Theory and Policy Springer. Chapter 7, section 3 “Does Immigration change Industry Structure?” and section 4, “Measuring the Demand Effects of Immigration”, pp.166-173. Chapter 8, “Economic Growth and Immigration”, pp.221-253.
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Ron Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 3 Reports David Card “Is the New Immigration Really So Bad?” Economic Journal 115 (November 2005). bSpace THE EFFECT OF IMMIGRATION ON PRODUCTIVITY: EVIDENCE FROM US STATES, Giovanni Peri, NBER Working Paper 15507 (Nov 2009). Twenty pages of text plus tables etc. Some equations etc., but basically empirical. bSpace.
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Ron Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 4 Paper Some of you have not sent me an update on your progress, preliminary results etc. Please do this as soon as you can.
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Ron Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 5 Special office hours this Friday if you want to discuss paper Friday 1:00-3:00, 4:30-5:00 On-line sign up for 15 min slots at http://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/dbzgs?forc Please let me know if this sign-up is not working. If no one has signed up for slots I won’t plan on showing up at that time.
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Ron Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 6 I sent you a note summarizing the material on age distribution and transfers Make sure to read it. Any questions or comments on that material?
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Ron Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 7 Plan for today Background How is Q abt Immig diff than Q abt pop gr and economic development? Background. Policy issues and immigration Description of immigration to US Assimilation of immigrants in labor market: how are they doing? Macro theory: see Chapter 5 of Economics of Immigration impact of immigration on output, distribution of income, and wages: theory. Reports: Emmanuel on effect on sending country (Mexico) Sarah M on fertility, Human Capital and labor supply of immigrants. Estimated labor market impacts of immigration: See Ch 6 of Econ of Immig Local labor market approach Skill Cell approach Production function approach Fiscal impact (Lee and Miller: Chapter 7 in New Americans)
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Ron Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 8 Policy Background: current policy issues Most generally, should we increase, hold constant, or reduce the inflow of immigrants to the US? Should policy be focused on preventing undocumented immigration? Should immigration policy be designed to admit mainly higher skilled workers, contrary to current policy?
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Ron Lee, UC Berkeley, 2010 9 Arguments for increasing (not necessarily correct) We face costly population aging in the US, and more so in other industrial nations. Immigrants make the population younger
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