Economics of Immigration Course to Cast Light on Consequences of Current Policies | NewsCenter | SDSU – SDSU Newscenter

by | Aug 23, 2022 | Financial

With its proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border, San Diego is no stranger to border and immigration policies and the impact on communities in the region.In fall, Thiago de Lucena, an assistant professor of economics at San Diego State University, will help students examine U.S. immigration policy to learn about the intended and unintended consequences. “Given how passionate people are about migration-related discussions, it is hard to find a place where these discussions happen in a positive analytical manner,” de Lucena said. “In this course we will not be pointing fingers and saying ‘Immigration is good’ or ‘Immigration is bad’.”The debate about the consequences of immigration for American workers is relevant. De Lucena hopes to engage students in thinking about why people migrate, what effects immigrants have on labor markets, and how first- and second-generation immigrants assimilate. Course readings will include works by scholar Giovanni Peri, University of California, Davis economics professor and co-author of “Immigration and the Economy of Cities and Regions,” and a number of other publications on economics of international migration. Others include the writings of Harvard economics and immigration expert George Borjas, who wrote “Immigration Economics,” and “Heaven’s Door: Immigration Policy and the American Economy”.Class discussions will include national viewpoints and studies on immigration. A recent paper published by the Nationa …

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