U.S. Immigration Policy at a Crossroads

49 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2013

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Harriet Orcutt Duleep

College of William & Mary - Policy School


Two issues have taken center stage in the recent debates about U.S. immigration policy: one, illegal immigration and more generally the entrance of poorly educated individuals into the U.S. economy and two, whether the U.S. should continue its family-based admissions system or move towards a skills-based system. This paper analyzes these issues culling evidence from the history of U.S. immigration policy, the experiences of different types of U.S. immigrants, and cross-national comparisons.

Keywords: immigration, illegal immigration, effect on poorly educated natives, entrepreneurship, human capital investment, skill transferability, opportunity cost, learning transferability, family-based admissions, permanence

JEL Classification: J15, J24, J39, J61, L26

Suggested Citation

Duleep, Harriet Orcutt, U.S. Immigration Policy at a Crossroads. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7136, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2203326

Harriet Orcutt Duleep (Contact Author)

College of William & Mary - Policy School ( email )

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Williamsburg, VA 23185
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