America’s leading immigration economist to speak on campus

BLOOMSBURG— Dr. George J. Borjas, the Robert W. Scrivner professor of economics and social policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, will speak at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on Thursday, Oct. 26, at  12:30 p.m. in Carver Hall’s Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium.

Borjas holds a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University and is a fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) where he received the IZA prize in labor economics in 2011. The IZA prize is a biennial prize awarded for outstanding academic achievement in the field of labor economics. It is meant to stimulate research that tries to find answers to the important labor market policy questions of our time.

The professor has published over 150 articles in books and scholarly journals and authored several books including Labor Economics, McGraw-Hill a textbook widely used by economics professors. Most recently, he is best known for the book We Wanted Workers: Unraveling the Immigration Narrative published in fall 2016.

Borjas’ research focuses on the economic impact of immigration and plays a central role in the debate over immigration policy in the United States. As an immigrant who came from Havana, Cuba to the United States in 1962, he ties in both sides of the political immigration argument with statistics and logic to educate his audiences about the immigration narrative in America. He has assisted the Office of the Attorney General of the State of California, the World Bank, and several law firms in litigation related to immigration issues in labor markets.

“I am an immigrant,” says Borjas in his book We Wanted Workers: Unraveling the Immigration Narrative, “and yet I do not buy into the notion that immigration is universally beneficial. But I still feel that it is a good thing to give some of the poor and huddled masses, people who face so many hardships, a chance to experience the incredible opportunities that our exceptional country has to offer.”

Borjas has been featured on the front page of Business Week and The Wall Street Journal being called “America’s leading immigration economist.” The New York Times magazine referred to him as “the pre-eminent scholar in his field” in 2006, while in 2016, Politico recognized Borjas as one of the top 50 “thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American Politics.” Borjas has appeared multiple times on the C-SPAN television network speaking on immigration matters.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.