SUP-311: The Economic Impact of Immigration

Semester: Fall

Credit: 4.0

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Faculty: George Borjas


Day Time Location
Term Start Date 8/30
Meet Day M/W 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Littauer Bldg 332 (HKS)


Investigates the impact of immigration on the U.S. economy. Describes the history of immigration policy and analyzes the various economic issues that dominate the current debate over immigration policy: the changing contribution of immigrants to the country's skill endowment; the rate of economic assimilation experienced by immigrants; the impact of immigrants on the employment opportunities of native-born workers; the extent to which immigrants "pay their way" in the welfare state; and the source and magnitude of the economic benefits generated by immigration. Also contrasts the economic impact of current immigration to that of the immigrants who arrived in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century and examines the extent to which the effects of immigration persists across generations. Concludes by providing a comparative study of immigration policies across immigrant-receiving countries and of the global impact of pursuing a policy of open borders.

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