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George J. Borjas, PhD Biography

Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy at Harvard University
Con to the question "Should the US Federal Government Provide a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“President Bush and some members of Congress have proposed legalizing illegal aliens and substantially increasing legal immigration. Economic theory predicts that increasing the supply of labor in this way will reduce earnings for natives in competition with immigrants… Statistical analysis shows that when immigration increases the supply of workers in a skill category, the earnings of native-born workers in that same category fall. The negative effect will occur regardless of whether the immigrant workers are legal or illegal, temporary or permanent. Any sizable increase in the number of immigrants will inevitably lower wages for some American workers. Conversely, reducing the supply of labor by strict immigration enforcement and reduced legal immigration would increase the earnings of native workers.”

“Increasing the Supply of Labor Through Immigration Measuring the Impact on Native-born Workers,” May 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy at Harvard University, 2002-present
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, 1983-present
  • Fellow, Society of Labor Economists, 2004
  • Pforzheimer Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University, 1995-2002
  • Estrada Fellowship in Immigration Studies, 2000
  • Fellow, Econometric Society, 1998
  • Member, State of California, Governor Council of Economic Advisors, 1993-1998
  • Professor of Economics, University of California, San Diego, 1990-1995
  • Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, 1988-1989
  • Professor,Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1982-1990
  • Associate Professor, Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1980-1982
  • Assistant Professor, Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1978-1980
  • Senior Research Analyst, National Bureau of Economic Research, 1972-1978
  • Assistant Professor, Economics, Queens College of the City University
    of New York, 1975-1977
  • Outstanding Young Men of America
  • University of California Faculty Development Fellowship, Summer 1979
  • National Institute of Mental Health Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, University of Chicago, 1977-1978
  • Editor, Review of Economics and Statistics
  • PhD, Economics, Columbia University, 1975
  • MPhil, Economics, Columbia University, 1975
  • MA, Economics, Columbia University, 1974
  • BA, Mathematics-Economics, St. Peter’s College, 1971
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Quoted in:
  1. Does Illegal Immigration Disadvantage American Workers?