The Economics of U.S. Immigration Reform

24 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2014

See all articles by Pia M. Orrenius

Pia M. Orrenius

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Madeline Zavodny

University of North Florida; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Agnes Scott College

Melissa LoPalo

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Date Written: November 12, 2014

Abstract

The United States receives more immigrants than any other country. Most of those immigrants are admitted under policies that were created decades ago, although a sizable share enters illegally. This article provides an overview of trends in immigration to the United States. It summarizes the literature on the economic effects of immigration in the United States and discusses how policy can be reformed to increase immigration’s economic contribution. The article argues that the country should increase the number of visas awarded to workers and adopt an auction-based system for admitting those workers.

Comments on this paper can be found at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2523519.

Suggested Citation

Orrenius, Pia M. and Zavodny, Madeline and LoPalo, Melissa, The Economics of U.S. Immigration Reform (November 12, 2014). Capitalism and Society, Vol. 9, No. 2, Article 3, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2523494

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