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Alex Nowrasteh is the immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. His popular publications have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Washington Post, the Houston Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, and elsewhere. His academic publications have appeared in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, the Fletcher Security Review, and Public Choice. Alex has appeared on Fox News, Bloomberg, and numerous television and radio stations across the United States. He is the coauthor, with Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies, of the booklet Open Immigration: Yea & Nay (Encounter Broadsides, 2014).

He is a native of Southern California and received a BA in economics from George Mason University and a BS in economic history from the London School of Economics.

More from Alex Nowrasteh


Birthright Citizenship Encourages Assimilation

Real Clear Policy. August 27, 2015.

One Solution to the Immigration Debate

Washington Examiner. August 20, 2015.

Donald Trump’s Immigration Myths August 19, 2015.

Cato Studies

Checking E-Verify: The Costs and Consequences of a National Worker Screening Mandate

Policy Analysis No. 775. July 7, 2015.

The Political Assimilation of Immigrants and Their Descendants

Economic Development Bulletin No. 23. February 24, 2015.

The Fiscal Impact of Immigration

Working Paper No. 21. July 23, 2014.


Does Immigration Impact Institutions?

Public Choice. Vol. 163. No. 1. April 2015.


Policy Priorities for the 114th Congress. 2015.

Privateers! Their History and Future

Fletcher Security Review. Vol. 2. No. 1. January 28, 2015.

Cato Reviews & Journals

The Immigrant War by Vittorio Longhi

Cato Journal. Fall 2013.