The Economics of Immigration Reform

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Keynote & 2017 Christie Lecture • 7:00 PM • Lehr Dining Room

Dr. Howard F. Chang, University of Pennslyvania

Drawing upon economic theory and recent empirical work on the economic and fiscal effects of immigration into the United States, Prof. Chang will compare and evaluate two recent proposals for immigration reform in terms of their effects on national economic welfare. First, he considers the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, a bill that would cut immigration to half of its current level. President Donald Trump endorsed the RAISE Act in August 2017. Second, he compares this proposal to the comprehensive immigration reform bill passed by the Senate with bipartisan support in 2013, which would have liberalized admissions to the United States.

Howard F. Chang is the Earle Hepburn Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University, and his A.B. in government from Harvard College. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and on the Board of Directors of the American Law and Economics Association. He teaches and writes on a wide variety of subjects, including immigration law and policy. His work includes a book, Law and Economics of Immigration, published by Edward Elgar, as well as publications in the Yale Law Journal, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the American Economic Review, and the RAND Journal of Economics.

Sponsored by Robert A. Christie Lectureship Endowment

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