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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, USA Today, the Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, the Boston Globe, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and elsewhere. Alex has appeared on Fox News, Bloomberg, and numerous television and radio stations across the United States. He is the coauthor of Open Immigration: Yea & Nay (Encounter Broadsides, 2014).

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

More from Alex Nowrasteh


E-Verify Does Little to Halt Illegal Immigration

The Press Enterprise. February 13, 2015.

Kintner Bill Makes Situation Worse

Journal Star. February 11, 2015.

The Smart Way to Stop Illegal Immigration

Washington Examiner. January 29, 2015.

Cato Studies

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 Economic Freedom?

Working Paper No. 19. May 6, 2014.



Policy Priorities for the 114th Congress. 2015.

Privateers! Their History and Future

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

Was Privateering Plunder Efficient?

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

Cato Reviews & Journals

The Immigrant War

Cato Journal. Fall 2013.