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Thu, Jan 13, 2011
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Does Low-Skilled Immigration Hurt the US Economy? Assessing the Evidence

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

9:00 to 10:30 am


First Floor Conference Room
1400 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036


Harry Holzer, Professor, Georgetown Public Policy Institute

Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow and Director of MPI’s US Immigration Policy Program

Demetrios G. Papademetriou, President, Migration Policy Institute

Darrell M. West, Vice President and Director of Governance Studies, and Founding Director, Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution

Moderator: Michael Fix, Senior Vice President and Director of Studies, Migration Policy Institute

There is little debate over the contribution of highly skilled immigration to US economic innovation and national competitiveness. However, there is far less consensus on the effects – positive and negative – of less-skilled immigration on the US economy and American workers.  Who are the winners and losers? Are the chief beneficiaries only the employers who utilize this labor?  Do other Americans, particularly the economically disadvantaged, suffer?  Do these immigrants take American jobs or contribute net benefits and expand the US economy?  How strong are our answers to these questions and what are the implications for policymakers who get imperfect information? In the newest report by the Migration Policy Institute’s Labor Markets Initiative, noted economist and Georgetown University Public Policy Institute Professor Harry J. Holzer (who was chief economist at the US Department of Labor) examines the economic reasoning and research on these questions and looks at the policy options that shape the impact of less-skilled immigration on the economy. 

MPI invites you to a briefing on the report and discussion on what policy reform would best serve native-born American workers, consumers, and employers, as well as the overall US economy. Copies of the report will be available at the event.

If you have any questions about the event or experience any difficulties while using our registration system, please contact Lisa Dixon via email at events@migrationpolicy.org or by phone at (202) 266-1929.

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