George J. Borjas

Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy
Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy
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George J. Borjas is the Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy. He received his PhD in economics from Columbia. His teaching and research interests focus on the impact of government regulations on labor markets, with an emphasis on the economic impact of immigration. He is the author of Wage Policy in the Federal Bureaucracy; Friends or Strangers: The Impact of Immigrants on the U.S. Economy; Heaven’s Door: Immigration Policy and the American Economy; and the textbook Labor Economics. He also edited Immigration and the Work Force; Issues in the Economics of Immigration; and Poverty, International Migration and Asylum. Prior to coming to the Kennedy School, Borjas was a Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego. He has been a consultant to various government agencies.



  • SUP-311 The Economic Impact of Immigration

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Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Borjas, George. "Does Welfare Reduce Poverty?" Research in Economics 70.1 (March 2016): 143-157.
    • Borjas, George. "Immigration and Globalization: A Review Essay." Journal of Economic Literature 53.4 (December 2015): 961-974.
    • Borjas, George J., and Kirk B. Doran. "Which Peers Matter? The Relative Impacts of Collaborators, Colleagues, and Competitors." Review of Economics and Statistics 97.5 (December 2015): 1104-1117.
    • Borjas, George J. "The Slowdown in the Economic Assimilation of Immigrants: Aging and Cohort Effects Revisited Again." Journal of Human Capital 9.4 (Winter 2015): 483-517.
    • Borjas, George J., and Kirk B. Doran. "Cognitive Mobility: Labor Market Responses to Supply Shocks in the Space of Ideas." Journal of Labor Economics 33.S1 (July 2015): S109-S145.
    • Borjas, George J., and Kirk B. Doran. "Prizes and Productivity: How Winning the Fields Medal Affects Scientific Output." Journal of Human Resources 50.3 (July 1, 2015): 728-758.
  • Book Chapters
    • Borjas, George. "Low-Skill Immigration." The US Labor Market: Questions and Challenges for Public Policy. Ed. Strain, Michael R. AEI Press, 2016.
  • Books
    • Borjas, George. We Wanted Workers: Unraveling the Immigration Narrative. W.W. Norton & Company, 2016.
  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • Borjas, George. "The Labor Supply of Undocumented Immigrants." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP16-012, March 2016.

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