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Alex Nowrasteh is a senior 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, 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


Trump’s Wall Will Not Stop Terrorism

New York Daily News. December 18, 2018.

Trump Should Not Restrict Asylum

The Hill (Online). November 15, 2018.

Birthright Citizenship Isn’t Just the Law, It’s Crucial to Assimilation in the U.S

Los Angeles Times. November 1, 2018.

Cato Studies

Do Immigrants Import Terrorism?

Working Paper No. 56. January 15, 2019.

The Case for an Immigration Tariff: How to Create a Price-Based Visa Category

Policy Analysis No. 861. January 8, 2019.

Singapore’s Immigration System: Past, Present, and Future

Working Paper No. 53. October 23, 2018.

Cato Reviews & Journals


Cato Journal. Fall 2017.

13. Immigration

Cato Handbook for Policymakers. Cato Handbook for Policymakers, 8th Edition (2017).

The Immigrant War by Vittorio Longhi

Cato Journal. Fall 2013.


Cato Institute Policy Perspectives 2018

November 9, 2018. City Seminar.

Legal Immigration Reforms for the 21st Century

March 19, 2018. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Cato Institute 40th Anniversary Celebration

May 5, 2017 to May 7, 2017. Special Event.