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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on National Statistics
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Economic and Fiscal Impact of Immigration
Project Scope

An ad hoc committee consisting of the leading demographic, economic and fiscal experts in the United States will conduct a study and prepare a report on the economic and fiscal impact of immigration.  In its report, the committee will (1) summarize existing knowledge about the economic and fiscal impacts of immigration; (2) project immigration and related economic and fiscal trends to the year 2050, or present an analysis of projection scenarios representing best research on the topic; (3) discuss implications of the panel's findings for economic and fiscal policy, particularly with regard to expenditure and tax programs; and (4) identify gaps in our existing knowledge and in the data infrastructure. The goal of the project is to lay the basis for a more informed and fact-based discussion of the issues surrounding current immigration into the United States among a wide range of audiences from policymakers to the general public.  In carrying out its charge, the committee will address a list of questions about the impacts of immigration that may include: --overall living standards and the macro economy --wages and income of U.S. natives and immigrants --the labor market broadly (e.g., to what extent does immigrant labor complement, and substitute for native employment) --budgets and fiscal health at the federal, state and local levels; and --inter-governmental fiscal dynamics (e.g., the distribution of the budget impact across federal, state and local entities) The project is sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The approximate start date for the project is 12/6/2013. A report will be issued at the end of the project in approximately 24 months.

Dr. Francine D. Blau (Chair) - Cornell University
Dr. Michael Ben-Gad - City University London
Dr. George J. Borjas - Harvard University
Dr. Christian Dustmann - University College London
Dr. Barry J. Edmonston - University of Victoria
Dr. Ryan D. Edwards - Queens College of the City University of New York
Dr. Isaac Ehrlich - State University of New York at Buffalo
Dr. Gordon Hanson - University of California, San Diego
Dr. Charles Hirschman - University of Washington
Dr. Jennifer Hunt - U.S. Department of Labor
Dr. Dowell Myers - University of Southern California
Dr. Pia M. Orrenius - Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Dr. Jeffrey S. Passel - Pew Research Center
Dr. Kim Rueben - The Urban Institute
Dr. Marta Tienda - Princeton University
Dr. Yu Xie - University of Michigan
For more information, see the complete record at the National Academies' Current Project site

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