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Douglas S. Massey, PhD Biography

Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“The migrants got wise and simply went around built-up sectors and crossed through empty deserts, sparsely populated ranch land, and wild sections of the Rio Grande… The financial costs of border-crossing were nonetheless driven upward… the average cost of hiring a coyote or border smuggler tripled… Unfortunately, however, Mexicans did not respond to the new costs and risks of border crossing by deciding not to migrate… the probability that a Mexican male or female would decide to undertake a first undocumented trip to the U.S. changed little from 1980 to the present. For men the probability has fluctuated between 1% and 2% while for females it has never exceeded a fraction of 1%. Rather than responding to the increased costs and risks of border crossing by staying home, Mexicans without documents instead hunkered down and stayed once they had successfully achieved entry. …they postponed their return to remain longer in the United States and as they did so rates of return migration steadily fell… U.S. census data [shows] how the rate of Mexican population growth in the United States accelerated during the 1990s compared with the 1980s and earlier. The ultimate effect of restrictive border policies was to double the net rate of undocumented population growth, making Hispanics the nation’s largest minority years before Census Bureau demographers had projected—not because more Mexicans were coming but because fewer were going home.”

“When Less is More: Border Enforcement and Undocumented Migration,” Congressional Hearing, Mar. 20, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President, American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2006-present
  • Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University, 2005-present
  • Member, American Philosophical Society, 2004-present
  • Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, Princeton University, 2003-2005
  • Otis Dudley Duncan Award, 2004
  • Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor, Department of Sociology, Graduate Group in Demography, and Lauder Program in International Studies, 1994-2003
  • Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago, 1987-1994
  • Professor, Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago, 1990-1994
  • Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Graduate Group in Demography, University of Pennsylvania, 1985-1987
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Graduate Group in Demography, University of Pennsylvania, 1979-1985
  • NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Graduate Group in Demography, University of California at Berkeley, 1979-1980
  • Lecturer, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, 1979
  • Research Associate, Office of Population Research, Princeton University, 1978-1979
  • Senior Prize, Vereinigung der Freunde des Deutschen Instituts für
  • Wirtschaftsforschung (Association of Friends of the German Institute for Social Research–Berlin)
  • PhD, Sociology, Princeton University, 1978
  • MA, Sociology, Princeton University, 1977
  • BA, Anthropology, Psychology, Spanish, Western Washington University, 1974
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