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Alex Nowrasteh is the director of immigration studies 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, and most other major publications in the United States. His peer-reviewed academic publications have appeared in The World Bank Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Economic Affairs, the Fletcher Security Review, the Journal of Bioeconomics, and Public Choice. Alex regularly appears on Fox News, MSNBC, Bloomberg, NPR, and numerous television and radio stations across the United States. He is a coauthor of the booklet Open Immigration: Yea and Nay (Encounter Broadsides, 2014).

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

More from Alex Nowrasteh


Offer More Visas to People Coming Across the Southern Border

New York Daily News. August 20, 2019.

The Case for an Immigration Tariff

The Hill (Online). January 15, 2019.

Trump’s Wall Will Not Stop Terrorism

New York Daily News. December 18, 2018.

Cato Studies

Do Immigrants Import Terrorism?

Working Paper No. 56. July 31, 2019.

Terrorists by Immigration Status and Nationality: A Risk Analysis, 1975–2017

Policy Analysis No. 866. May 7, 2019.

Three New Ways for Congress to Legalize Illegal Immigrants

Immigration Research and Policy Brief No. 12. April 10, 2019.


Do Immigrants Import Terrorism?

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. August 8, 2019.

How Mass Immigration Affects Countries with Weak Economic Institutions: A Natural Experiment in Jordan

The World Bank Economic Review. July 27, 2019.

US Immigration Levels, Urban Housing Values, and their Implications for Capital Share

Economic Affairs. Vol. 37. No. 3. October 2017.

Cato Reviews & Journals


Legal Immigration: Problems and Solutions

June 18, 2019. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Cato Institute Policy Perspectives 2018

November 9, 2018. City Seminar.

Legal Immigration Reforms for the 21st Century

March 19, 2018. Capitol Hill Briefing.