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I am a labor economist specializing in immigration issues. I teach at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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Email: gborjas@harvard.edu
Phone: 617-495-1393



About

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George J. Borjas is the Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He was awarded the IZA Prize in Labor Economics in 2011. Professor Borjas is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Research Fellow at IZA. Professor Borjas is the author of several books, including Immigration Economics (Harvard University Press, 2014), Heaven's Door: Immigration Policy and the American Economy (Princeton University Press, 1999), and the widely used textbook Labor Economics (McGraw-Hill, 2013), now in its sixth edition. He has published around 150 articles in books and scholarly journals. His professional honors include citations in Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in America. Professor Borjas was elected a fellow of the Econometric Society in 1998 and a fellow of the Society of Labor Economists in 2004. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University in 1975.



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Biography

George J. Borjas is the Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He was awarded the IZA Prize in Labor Economics in 2011.

Professor Borjas is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Research Fellow at IZA. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University in 1975. Prior to moving to Harvard in 1995, he was a Professor of Economics at the University of California at San Diego.

Professor Borjas has written extensively on labor market issues. He is the author of several books, including Wage Policy in the Federal Bureaucracy (American Enterprise Institute, 1980), Friends or Strangers: The Impact of Immigrants on the U.S. Economy (Basic Books, 1990), Heaven's Door: Immigration Policy and the American Economy (Princeton University Press, 1999), Immigration Economics (Harvard University Press, 2014), and the widely used textbook Labor Economics (McGraw-Hill, 2013), now in its sixth edition. He has published around 150 articles in books and scholarly journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. His work has also appeared in major magazines and newspapers, including articles in The Atlantic Monthly and National Review, as well as editorials in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Le Monde.

His professional honors include citations in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Finance and Industry, Who's Who in Economics, and research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Smith-Richardson Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. Professor Borjas was elected a fellow of the Econometric Society in 1998 and a fellow of the Society of Labor Economists in 2004. Professor Borjas was an editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics, and has been on the editorial boards of the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the International Migration Review. He was a member of the Council of Economic Advisors for the Governor of California (1993-1998), of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on the Demographic and Economic Impact of Immigration (1995-97), of a second National Academy of Sciences Panel on the Economic Impact of Immigration (2014-2015), and chaired the National Science Foundation's Committee of Visitors for the Economics Program (1996). Professor Borjas has also been a consultant to the Office of the Attorney General of the State of California, to the World Bank, and to law firms engaged in litigation involving employment and wage-setting in labor markets.

Professor Borjas's research on the economic impact of immigration is widely perceived as playing a central role in the debate over immigration policy in the United States and abroad. Business Week and The Wall Street Journal, in a front-page feature article, have called him "America's leading immigration economist". A cover story in The New York Times Magazine focused on his work, and called him "the pre-eminent scholar in his field." He has appeared on CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight, the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, the nightly news shows of CBS and NBC, the Fox News Network's O'Reilly Factor and Fox and Friends, and Ben Wattenberg's Think Tank. He has also testified before several congressional committees.



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Publications

Journal Articles

"Prizes and Productivity: How Winning the Fields Medal Affects Scientific Output" (with Kirk B. Doran), Journal of Human Resources, forthcoming 2015.

"The Slowdown in the Economic Assimilation of Immigrants: Aging and Cohort Effects Revisited Again," Journal of Human Capital, forthcoming 2015. Programs.

"Which Peers Matter? The Relative Impacts of Collaborators, Colleagues, and Competitors" (with Kirk B. Doran), Review of Economics and Statistics, forthcoming 2015.

"Cognitive Mobility: Labor Market Responses to Supply Shocks in the Space of Ideas" (with Kirk B. Doran), Journal of Labor Economics, forthcoming 2014.

"How High-Skill Immigration Affects Science: Evidence from the Collapse of the USSR" (with Kirk B. Doran), Innovation Policy and the Economy, forthcoming 2014.

"The Analytics of the Wage Effect of Immigration," IZA Journal of Migration, 2013.

"The Collapse of the Soviet Union and the Productivity of American Mathematicians" (with Kirk B. Doran), Quarterly Journal of Economics, August 2012.

"On Estimating Elasticities of Substitution" (with Jeffrey Grogger and Gordon H. Hanson), Journal of the European Economic Association, February 2012. Programs.

"Social Security Eligibility and the Labor Supply of Older Immigrants," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, April 2011.

"Poverty and Program Participation Among Immigrant Children," The Future of Children, Spring 2011.

"Attenuation Bias in Measuring the Wage Impact of Immigration" (with Abdurrahman Aydemir), Journal of Labor Economics, January 2011.

"Immigration and the Economic Status of African-American Men" (with Jeffrey Grogger and Gordon H. Hanson), Economica, April 2010.

"Immigration in High-Skill Labor Markets: The Impact of Foreign Students on the Earnings of Doctorates," in Science and Engineering Careers in the United States, edited by Richard B. Freeman and Daniel L. Goroff, University of Chicago Press, 2009.

"Labor Outflows and Labor Inflows in Puerto Rico," Journal of Human Capital, Spring 2008.

"Do Foreign Students Crowd Out Native Students from Graduate Programs," in Science and the University, edited by Ronald G. Ehrenberg and Paula E. Stephan, University of Wisconsin Press, 2007.

"Cross-Country Variation in the Impact of International Migration: Canada, Mexico, and the United States" (with Abdurrahman Aydemir), Journal of the European Economic Association, June 2007.

"The Evolution of the Mexican-Born Workforce in the United States" (with Lawrence F. Katz), in Mexican Immigration to the United States, edited by George J. Borjas, University of Chicago Press, 2007.

"Native Internal Migration and the Labor Market Impact of Immigration," Journal of Human Resources, Spring 2006.

"Making it in America: Social Mobility in the Immigrant Population," The Future of Children, 2006.

"The Labor Market Impact of High Skill Immigration," American Economic Review, May 2005.

"Food Insecurity and Public Assistance," Journal of Public Economics, July 2004.

"The Labor Demand Curve is Downward Sloping: Reexamining the Impact of Immigration on the Labor Market," Quarterly Journal of Economics, November 2003.

"Welfare Reform, Labor Supply, and Health Insurance in the Immigrant Population," Journal of Health Economics, November 2003.

"The Wage Structure and the Sorting of Workers into the Public Sector," in For the People: Can We Fix Public Service?, edited by John D. Donahue and Joseph S. Nye, Brookings Institution Press, 2003.

"Homeownership in the Immigrant Population," Journal of Urban Economics, November 2002.

"Welfare Reform and Immigrant Participation in Welfare Programs," International Migration Review, Winter 2002.

"Long-Run Convergence of Ethnic Skill Differentials, Revisited" Demography, August 2001.

"Does Immigration Grease the Wheels of the Labor Market?" Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 2001.

"Dollarization and the Mexican Labor Market" (with Eric O'N. Fisher), Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, May 2001.

"Foreign-Born Teaching Assistants and the Academic Performance of Undergraduates," American Economic Review, May 2000. (Survey Instrument).

"The Economic Progress of Immigrants," in Issues in the Economics of Immigration, edited by George J. Borjas, University of Chicago Press, 2000.

"The Economic Analysis of Immigration," in Handbook of Labor Economics, Volume 3A, edited by Orley Ashenfelter and David Card, North-Holland, 1999.

"Immigration and Welfare Magnets," Journal of Labor Economics, October 1999.

"To Ghetto or Not to Ghetto? Ethnicity and Residential Segregation," Journal of Urban Economics, September 1998.

"How Much Do Immigration and Trade Affect Labor Market Outcomes?" (with Richard B. Freeman and Lawrence F. Katz), Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 1997.

"Searching for the Effect of Immigration on the Labor Market" (with Richard B. Freeman and Lawrence F. Katz), American Economic Review, May 1996.

"Who Leaves? The Outmigration of the Foreign-Born," (with Bernt Bratsberg), Review of Economics and Statistics, February 1996.

"Foreign Competition, Market Power, and Wage Inequality" (with Valerie A. Ramey), Quarterly Journal of Economics, November 1995.

"Ethnicity, Neighborhoods, and Human-Capital Externalities," American Economic Review, June 1995.

"The Economic Benefits from Immigration," Journal of Economic Perspectives, Spring 1995.

"Assimilation and Changes in Cohort Quality Revisited: What Happened to Immigration Earnings in the 1980s?" Journal of Labor Economics, April 1995.

"The Internationalization of the U.S. Labor Market," Federal Reserve Bank of New York Economic Policy Review, January 1995.

"The Economics of Immigration," Journal of Economic Literature, December 1994.

"A Two-Stage Estimator for Probit Models with Structural Group Effects" (with Glenn T. Sueyoshi), Journal of Econometrics, September/October 1994.

"Long-Run Convergence of Ethnic Skill Differentials: The Children and Grandchildren of the Great Migration," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, July 1994. Click here for updated results..

"Time-Series Evidence on the Sources of Trends in Wage Inequality" (with Valerie A. Ramey), American Economic Review, May 1994.

"Immigration Policy, National Origin, and Immigrant Skills: A Comparison of Canada and the United States," in Small Differences that Matter: Labor Markets and Income Maintenance in Canada and the United States, edited by David Card and Richard B. Freeman, University of Chicago Press, 1993.

"National Origin and Immigrant Welfare Recipiency," Journal of Public Economics, March 1993.

"The Intergenerational Mobility of Immigrants," Journal of Labor Economics, January 1993.

"Self-Selection and Internal Migration in the United States" (with Stephen G. Bronars and Stephen J. Trejo), Journal of Urban Economics, September 1992.

"Assimilation and the Earnings of Young Internal Migrants," (with Stephen G. Bronars and Stephen J. Trejo), Review of Economics and Statistics, February 1992.

"Ethnic Capital and Intergenerational Mobility," Quarterly Journal of Economics, February 1992.

"Immigration and Self-Selection" in Immigration, Trade, and the Labor Market, edited by John M. Abowed and Richard B. Freeman, University of Chicago Press, 1991.

"Immigration and the Family" (with Stephen G. Bronars), Journal of Labor Economics, April 1991.

"Immigrant Participation in the Welfare System" (with Stephen J. Trejo), Industrial and Labor Relations Review, January 1991.

"Consumer Discrimination and Self-Employment" (with Stephen G. Bronars), Journal of Political Economy, June 1989.

"Immigrant and Emigrant Earnings: A Longitudinal Study," Economic Inquiry, January 1989.

"Self-Selection and the Earnings of Immigrants," American Economic Review, September 1987.

"Immigrants, Minorities, and Labor Market Competition," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, April 1987.

"The Earnings of State Government Employees in the United States," Journal of Urban Economics, March 1986.

"The Sensitivity of Labor Demand Functions to Choice of Dependent Variable," Review of Economics and Statistics, February 1986.

"Assimilation, Changes in Cohort Quality, and the Earnings of Immigrants," Journal of Labor Economics, October 1985.

"The Measurement of Race and Gender Wage Differentials: Evidence from the Federal Sector," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, October 1983.

"On Regressing Regression Coefficients," Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference, December 1982.

"Labor Turnover in the U.S. Federal Bureaucracy," Journal of Public Economics, November 1982.

"The Politics of Employment Discrimination in the Federal Bureaucracy," Journal of Law and Economics, October 1982.

"The Earnings of Male Hispanic Immigrants in the United States," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, April 1982.

"Job Mobility and Earnings over the Life Cycle,"Industrial and Labor Relations Review, April 1981.

"Wage Determination in the Federal Government: The Role of Constituents and Bureaucrats," Journal of Political Economy, December 1980.

"The Relationship between Wages and Weekly Hours of Work: The Role of Division Bias," Journal of Human Resources, Summer 1980.

"Job Satisfaction, Wages, and Unions," Journal of Human Resources, Winter 1979.

"Biased Screening and Discrimination in the Labor Market" (with Matthew S. Goldberg), American Economic Review, December 1978.

"Discrimination in HEW: Is the Doctor Sick or Are the Patients Healthy?" Journal of Law and Economics, April 1978.

Working Papers

"The Specialization of Scientists" (with Kirk B. Doran), September 2012.

"Recent Trends in the Earnings of Immigrants to the United States" (with Rachel Friedberg), October 2009.

"Imperfect Substitution between Immigrants and Natives: A Reappraisal" (with Jeffrey Grogger and Gordon H. Hanson), NBER Working Paper No. 13887, March 2008. Programs.

Books

Immigration Economics (Harvard Univ. Press, 2014)



Labor Economics,
6th Edition
(McGraw-Hill, 2013)



Heaven's Door (Princeton University Press, 1999)




Other Books

Teaching

API-101:
Markets and Market Failure


Fall 2014.



This course applies microeconomic reasoning to public issues, policies and programs. It considers economic incentives and organizations; models of economic behavior; the operation of markets; the price system and how it works; the consequences of market failure and interventions in markets; and policy objectives and instruments.



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Ec-980u:
Immigration Economics


Fall 2014.



There has been a surge in large-scale international migration in the past few decades. This course explores the economic determinants and consequences of these population flows. Specific topics include the study of how immigrants are non-randomly selected from the population of the countries of origin, the measurement and implications of economic assimilation in the receiving country, the impact of the flows on the labor markets of both receiving and sending countries, and the calculation of the economic benefits from immigration both for a receiving country and for the global economy.



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