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Alex Nowrasteh is the immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. Previously he was the immigration policy analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Houston Chronicle, the Boston Globe, the San Jose Mercury, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Huffington Post, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and elsewhere. Alex has appeared on Fox News and numerous television and radio stations across the United States.

He received his BA in economics from George Mason University and MSc in economic history from the London School of Economics.

More from Alex Nowrasteh


The Smart Way to Stop Illegal Immigration

Washington Examiner. January 29, 2015.

Allow Highly Skilled Immigration and Boost the Economy

The Hill (Online). January 21, 2015.

Repeal and Replace the Immigration and Nationality Act

Washington Examiner. December 3, 2014.

Cato Studies

The Fiscal Impact of Immigration

Working Paper No. 21. July 23, 2014.

Does Immigration Impact Economic Freedom?

Working Paper No. 19. May 6, 2014.

The Political Externalities of Immigration: Evidence from the United States

Working Paper No. 14. January 15, 2014.


Was Privateering Plunder Efficient?

Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. Vol. 79. No. 3. August 2011.

Somalia after State Collapse: Chaos or Improvement?

Journal for Economic Behavior and Organization. Vol. 67. No. 3. September 2008.

Cato Reviews & Journals

The Immigrant War

Cato Journal. Fall 2013.