George J. Borjas – USA

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George J. Borjas is the Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Professor Borjas received his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University in 1975. Prior to moving to Harvard in 1995, he was a Professor of Economics at the University of California at San Diego. (full text).

He says: ”Any ‘reform’ that gives amnesty to 12 million illegal immigrants without taking care of the underlying illegal -immigration problem is a lemon. After all, what guarantees that the current batch of 12 million illegal immigrants will not be replaced by another 12 million in just a few years? What guarantees that guest workers will not stay illegally in the United States after their visa expires? What guarantees that border enforcement will be taken seriously by the Bush administration in the next two years or by the Democratic administration after that?” (full text, May 17, 2007).

Look at: The Borjas’ Blog, George Borjas’s thoughts on immigration, labor markets, and random stuff.

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George J. Borjas – USA

Contact information.

Listen to his Google video: George J. Borjas, Costs of Immigration, 54 min, 5 Jun 2006. Harvard economist George Borjas details the hidden costs of current American immigration policies.

His CV.

He writes: “It has been a year since Heaven’s Door was published. And it has been an interesting year, both in terms of the reactions to my book and in terms of how the debate over immigration policy has evolved”. (full text).

Professor Borjas’s research on the economic impact of immigration is widely perceived as playing a central role in the debate over immigration policy in the United States and abroad. Business Week and The Wall Street Journal, in a front-page feature article, have called him “America’s leading immigration economist”. A cover story in The New York Times Magazine focused on his work, and called him “the pre-eminent scholar in his field.” He has appeared on CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight, the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, the nightly news shows of CBS and NBC, the Fox News Network’s O’Reilly Factor and Fox and Friends, and Ben Wattenberg’s Think Tank. He has also testified before several congressional committees. Professor Borjas was born in Havana, Cuba in 1950, and migrated to the United States in October 1962. He is married and has three children. (full text).

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Beyond the Safety Net, July 12, 2007 – A criminal record makes it even more difficult to be hired. Further reducing the job prospects of low-skilled blacks is the competition they now face from Hispanic immigrants.[17] … … :

  • 17. See, generally, George J. Borjas, Jeffrey Grogger, and Gordon H. Hanson, “Immigration and African American Employment Opportunities: The Response of Wages, Employment, and Incarceration to Labor Supply Shocks” (working paper 12518, National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA, 2006), available at (accessed November 30, 2006);
  • George J. Borjas, “Native Internal Migration and the Labor Market Impact of Immigration,” Journal of Human Resources 41 (Spring 2006): 221–258; and George J. Borjas, “Increasing the Supply of Labor through Immigration,” Center for Immigration Studies Backgrounder (May 2004), available at (accessed November 30, 2006), estimating that immigration between 1980 and 2000 lowered the wages of high school dropouts by 7.4 percent, of college graduates by 3.6 percent, and of high school graduates and workers with some college by around 2 percent;
  • and estimating that immigration lowered the wages of native-born whites by 3.5 percent, of native-born blacks by 4.5 percent, and of native-born Hispanics by 5 percent. (full text).

His profile at Harvard.


Getting Immigration Facts Straight;

Issues in the Economics of Immigration – Edited by George J. Borjas; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000: download pages 144-146 of The Social Science Journals, Volume 39, Number 1, 2002;

Borjas Studies in Immigration Reality, October 26th, 2006;

Greg Mankiw’s Blog, Immigration and African-Americans;

Heaven’s Door, Immigration Policy and the American Economy.

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