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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 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 Border Wall Won’t Normalize Immigration

The Hill (Online). November 28, 2016.

Why the Left and the Right Should Oppose Government Registries

Washington Examiner. November 18, 2016.

Filling the Gaps

U.S. News & World Report (Online). November 2, 2016.


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.


Refugees, Immigrants, and National Security

October 3, 2016. Policy Forum.

Immigration Economics

September 2, 2016. Conference.

Cato Institute Policy Perspectives 2016

March 9, 2016. City Seminar.