New work on undocumented immigrants and the American labor force

Source: Flikr Creative Commons Donald Trump calls for deporting all 11 million undocumented immigrants.  What effects would this have on the US economy? To answer this question, we first need to have a sense of the labor supply behavior of undocumented immigrants.  That is, we need to know information such as their employment rate and their sensitivity to changes in US wages (i.e. their labor … [Read more...]

“Liberal Arts and the Wealth of Nations” at Senior College in Alexandria

Source: Flikr Creative Commons Today I'll be giving a talk at the Senior College of West Central Minnesota.  According to their website, "Senior College is a lecture series for adults in West Central Minnesota. A variety of quality, college level lectures with scholars from across the state stimulate learning and fuel curiosities in a congenial setting at the Alexandria Technical & Community … [Read more...]

It’s the economy, stupid

Last week I had the pleasure of hosting Liz Fedor for a 3-day residency at the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement.  Liz is currently the Trending Editor at Twin Cities Business; previously, she was the editorial page editor at the Grand Forks Herald and an editor and reporter on business (especially the airline industry) at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. During the … [Read more...]