Issues in Immigration Policy
This seminar helps students develop the economic tools needed to examine the impact of immigration and immigration policies over the past century. We will begin by surveying the history of immigration policy in the United States and then conduct in-depth analyses of the various economic issues that dominate the current debate over immigration policy. Throughout the semester we will focus on three aspects of immigration policy: border enforcement, amnesty, and employer sanctions. We will discuss the causes of immigration, the characteristics of the immigrants, the rate of economic assimilation, the extent of economic benefits generated by immigrants, and the impact on native US workers. The course will include a comparative study of immigration policies in a number of immigrant-receiving countries and will consider the implications of these research findings for designing immigration reform in the US.