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High-Skilled Immigration in a Globalized Labor Market

High-Skilled Immigration in a Globalized Labor Market

Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 23, 2009, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wohlstetter Conference Center, Twelfth Floor, AEI
1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036

As the current economic crisis reshapes the global economy, the ability of each country to rebound will ride in part on the competitiveness and creativity of its workforce. Skills in science, technology, and innovation will be an essential determinant of economic growth in the coming decades. Despite this, current U.S. immigration laws are not built around the skills of potential applicants for immigration, but are instead built on family ties to U.S. citizens and resident aliens.

Does our current policy put the United States at a competitive disadvantage? What can we learn from the skill-based policies of other Western democracies? What effect does high-skilled immigration actually have on economic efficiency and labor market performance? Have our current high-skill immigrants put their skills to good use? 

At this two-day conference, scholars from across the country and around the world will debate these questions, exploring the value of high-skilled immigration in a globalized labor market. The conference will include the presentation of nine original research papers, a keynote lecture by Laurence Iannaccone, and a panel discussion of U.S. policy toward high-skilled immigrants.

Wednesday, April 22

9:00 a.m.
Breakfast and Registration

9:30
Introduction
Henry Olsen, AEI
Barry R. Chiswick, University of Illinois at Chicago

Session I - Historical Perspective

9:45
Panel I: A Historical Perspective on High-Skilled Immigrants to the United States, 1820-1920

Presenter

Joseph Ferrie, Northwestern University

Discussant
Carmel U. Chiswick, University of Illinois at Chicago

Moderator
Ira Gang, Rutgers University

11:00
Panel II: The Political Economy of Immigration: The United States as an Emerging "Migration State"

Presenter
James Hollifield, Southern Methodist University

Discussant
Örn Bodvarsson, St. Cloud State University

Moderator
Ira Gang, Rutgers University

12:00 p.m.
Luncheon and Keynote Address: "Religion and High-Skilled Immigrants"

Speaker
Laurence Iannaccone, George Mason University

Session II - From Temporary to Permanent Status

1:30
Panel III: The Global Migration of International Students: Competitive Effects

Presenters
B. Lindsay Lowell, Georgetown University
Pramod Khadka, Georgetown University 

Discussant
Cordelia Reimers, Hunter College, CUNY

Moderator
James Hollifield, Southern Methodist University

2:45
Panel IV: Characteristics and Transitions of High-Skilled Workers with
Temporary Work Visas

Presenter
Mark C. Regets, National Science Foundation and Institute for the Study of Labor

Discussant
Ahn Tram Le, University of Western Australia

Moderator
James Hollifield, Southern Methodist University

Session III - The Adjustment of High-Skilled Immigrants

4:00
Panel V: 
Education Mismatch: Are High-Skilled Immigrants Really Working at High-Skilled Jobs, and the Price They Pay If They Aren't?

Presenters
Barry R. Chiswick, University of Illinois at Chicago
Paul W. Miller, University of Western Australia

Discussant
Charles Beach, Queen's University

Moderator
James Ted McDonald, University of New Brunswick

5:00
Adjournment


Thursday, April 23

8:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Registration

9:00
Opening Remarks
Barry R. Chiswick, University of Illinois at Chicago

9:15
Panel VI: Earnings, Occupation, and Schooling Decisions of Immigrants with Medical Degrees: Evidence for Canada and the United States

Presenters
James Ted McDonald, University of New Brunswick
Casey Warman, Queen's University
Christopher Worswick, Carleton University

Discussant
Linda Lesky, George Washington University

Moderator
Örn Bodvarsson, St. Cloud State University

Session IV - High-Skilled Immigrants: Impact and Policy

10:15
Panel VII: High-Skilled Migration and Publicly Financed Investments: Theory and Evidence

Presenters
Volker Grossman, University of Fribourg 
David Stadelmann, University of Fribourg

Discussant
Ira Gang, Rutgers University

Moderator
Örn Bodvarsson, St. Cloud State University

11:30
Panel VIII: The Impact of High-Skilled Russian Immigrants on the Israeli Labor Market 

Presenters
Sarit Cohen-Goldner, Bar-Ilan University
Yoram Weiss, Tel Aviv University

Discussant
Barry R. Chiswick, University of Illinois at Chicago

Moderator
Cordelia Reimers, Hunter College, CUNY

12:30 p.m.
Luncheon

1:00
Panel IX: High-Skilled Immigration Policy in Europe

Presenters
Martin Kahanec, Institute for the Study of Labor
Klaus Zimmermann, Institute for the Study of Labor, DIW Berlin, Bonn University, and Free University of Berlin

Discussant
Eskil Wadensjö, Stockholm University

Moderator
Cordelia Reimers, Hunter College, CUNY

Session V - Policy Panel

2:15
Panel X: Policy Implications

Panelists
Stuart Anderson, National Foundation for American Policy
Steven A. Camarota, Center for Immigration Studies
Barry R. Chiswick, University of Illinois at Chicago
Demetrios Papademetriou, Migration Policy Institute

Moderator
David Frum, AEI

4:00
Adjournment
 
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