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Alex Nowrasteh is an 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 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

Cato Studies

The Deep Roots of Economic Development in the U.S. States

Working Paper No. 44. May 19, 2017.

Criminal Immigrants: Their Numbers, Demographics, and Countries of Origin

Immigration Research and Policy Brief No. 1. March 15, 2017.

Immigrants Assimilate into the Political Mainstream

Economic Development Bulletin No. 27. January 19, 2017.


The Case for More Immigration

Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. No. 42. Fall 2016.

Does Immigration Impact Institutions?

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


Policy Priorities for the 114th Congress. 2015.

Cato Reviews & Journals

The Immigrant War by Vittorio Longhi

Cato Journal. Fall 2013.


Cato Institute 40th Anniversary Celebration

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

State-Based Visas: A Federalism Approach to the Immigration Impasse

May 3, 2017. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Populism and Nationalism in the Trump Era

January 25, 2017. Policy Forum.