Last updated on: 9/24/2013 | Author:

Adam Looney, PhD Biography

Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“There are many different approaches to comprehensive immigration reform, including several fresh ideas being proposed by the President and congressional leaders. One innovative approach that could provide important principles for lawmakers can be found in a Hamilton Project discussion paper, ‘Rationalizing U.S. Immigration Policy: Reforms for Simplicity, Fairness, and Economic Growth,’ by economist Giovanni Peri of UC Davis. In his proposal, Peri offers an incremental, market-based approach to comprehensive reform. Peri proposes starting with market-based changes to employment-based visas to better link visas with labor-market demand.

The proposed system uses market-based auctions to allocate employment-based permits to employers and visas to immigrants that have the greatest propensity to contribute to economic activity and thus to generate the largest benefits for the U.S. economy. These auctions would also generate revenue for the federal government. Policymakers, in turn, could use that revenue for a host of purposes—to tackle the federal deficit, compensate local communities that deliver social services to immigrants, or to invest in the skills of American workers.”

Co-written with Michael Greenstone, “The Economics of Immigration Reform,”, Jan. 29, 2013

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, 2010-present
  • Policy Director, Hamilton Project, 2010-present
  • Senior Economist, Council of Economic Advisors, Executive Office of the President, July 2009-July 2010
  • Economist, Federal Reserve Board, 2004-2010
  • Investment Specialist, Office of Financial Stability, US Treasury, Mar. 2009-June 2009
  • Visiting Faculty, Department of Economics, University of California at Berkeley, 2008
  • PhD, Economics, Harvard University, 2004
  • MA, Economics, Harvard University, 2001
  • BA, Economics, Dartmouth College, 1999
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  1. Do Undocumented Immigrants Pay Their "Fair Share" of Taxes?