Restriction or Legalization? Measuring the Economic Benefits of Immigration Reform

Capitol Hill Briefing
August 14, 2009 12:00PM
B-339 Rayburn House Office Building
Featuring Peter Dixon, Principal Researcher, Centre of Policy Studies, Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University (Australia); and Daniel Griswold, Director, Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
As Congress prepares to tackle immigration reform, a new study from the Cato Institute estimates that the difference in the impact on U.S. households between the most and least restrictive policies would be about a quarter of a trillion dollars. Using a model of the U.S. economy developed for the Department of Homeland Security and other U.S. agencies, economists Peter Dixon and Maureen Rimmer conclude that increased restriction of illegal immigration would cost U.S. households $80 billion a year, while legalization through a temporary visa program would raise incomes by $180 billion. Professor Dixon will explain the findings and answer questions about the methodology of the study, and Cato scholar Daniel Griswold will share the results of his new study on immigration and the underclass.