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Economics of immigration topic of Mendoza lecture

by Carol Elliott, Director of Newswriting

March 6, 2008


George J. Borjas, a Harvard University professor and renowned expert on immigration, will discuss the economics of immigration and immigration policy March 14 (Friday) as part of the Ten Years Hence speaker series at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

The talk will take place from 10:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. in the Jordan Auditorium in Mendoza and is free and open to the public.

A signature series of the Mendoza College, Ten Years Hence is sponsored by the O'Brien-Smith Leadership Program endowment. Series speakers explore issues, ideas and trends likely to affect business and society during the next decade, such as globalization, global security, energy and the environment.

Borjas’ research on the economic impact of immigration is perceived widely as playing a central role in the debate over immigration policy in the United States and abroad. Articles in BusinessWeek and The Wall Street Journal have called him “America’s leading immigration economist.”

He is the author of hundreds of academic papers and several books, including “Wage Policy in the Federal Bureaucracy, Friends or Strangers: The Impact of Immigrants on the U.S. Economy” and “Heaven’s Door: Immigration Policy and the American Economy.”

Immigration has been a focal point on campus this academic year and was the topic of the Notre Dame Forum, an annual event that enhances Notre Dame’s mission as a Catholic university. The forum brings together world leaders, scholars and students to discuss some of the world’s most challenging issues from a number of perspectives, and continues the conversation with speakers and campus events held throughout the year.

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