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Conference on High-Skilled Immigration and the Global Competition for Talent

The Academies' Keck Center
Room 100
Washington, DC

September 22-23, 2014


Monday, September 22, 2014

1:00PM        Welcome: Stephen Merrill, STEP Program

                      Introduction: Jennifer Hunt, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Microeconomic Analysis, Department of Treasury; and 
                                                     Professor of Economics, Rutgers University

1:15PM        Skilled Migration in a World of Global Collaborations & Exchanges 

                      Keynote speaker: Richard Freeman, Professor of Economics, Harvard University; and 
                      Director, Science and Engineering Workforce Project, National Bureau of Economic Research 
                      Migration of High-Skilled Immigrants and Ideas in a World of Global Education and Research Collaborations

1:45PM        Audience Q&A

2:15PM        Panel 1: Skilled Migration Trends & Policy Evolution: A Multilateral Overview 

                      Chair Jennifer Hunt, Department of Treasury; Rutgers University
                      Presentation:  Jean-Christophe Dumont, Head of International Migration Division, Directorate for Employment, 
                                                Labor and Social Affairs, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
                                                Recent Trends and Future Challenges in the Global Competition for Skills 

                      Discussants:  Mark Giralt, Minister-Counsellor for Immigration, Embassy of Canada; 
                                                Miranda Lauman, Acting Director, Americas, Embassy of Australia

3:15PM        Audience Q&A

3:25PM        Break

3:40PM        Panel 2A:
Comparative System Design & Effects: Canada and Europe 

                      Chair: Subhash Singhal, Battelle Fellow Emeritus, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 

                      Presentations: Charles Beach, Emeritus Professor, Queens University 
                                                  Policy Brief on Trade-Offs Within a Skilled Immigration Policy: Lessons from Canada 
          PowerPoint presentation 
                                                  Madeline Zavodny, Professor of Economics, Agnes Scott College 
                                                  Paper on Comparison of the U.S. and Canadian Immigration Systems (co-authored with Pia Orrenius)
          PowerPoint presentation
                                                  Jonathan Wadsworth, Professor, Royal Holloway, University of London 
                                                  Paper on the UK Experience of Immigration Policy
          PowerPoint presentation

                      Discussant:      Francis Cissna, Director of Immigration Policy, Department of Homeland Security
4:50PM        Audience Q&A

5:30             Reception
, Keck Center, 2nd floor prefunction area

Tuesday,  September 23, 2014
8:30AM      Panel 2B:  Comparative System Design & Effects:  Australia, Middle East & Asia

                    Chair:  Jennifer Hunt, US Department of Treasury

    Presentations:  Graeme Hugo, ARC Australian Professorial Fellow, Professor of Geography, 
                                 Director of the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre, University of Adelaide
                                 Paper on High-Skilled Migration to Asian Nations
         PowerPoint presentation
         Lesleyanne Hawthorne, Professor, International Workforce, University of Melbourne, Victoria
Paper Comparing Skilled Migration Policy in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
PowerPoint presentation
                            Discussant: Ana Maria Mayda, Associate Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
9:30AM        Audience Q&A
10:00AM     Break
10:15AM     Panel 3: Flows of Students, Computer Workers & Entrepreneurs

Chair:  Paula Stephan, Professor of Economics, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University
     Presentations: Lesleyanne Hawthorne, University of Melbourne, Victoria
                                 Paper on Global Demand for International Students as Skilled Migrants
         PowerPoint presentation
         Jean-Christophe Dumont, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
 Investor Visas in OECD Countries
        Lindsay Lowell, Director of Policy Studies, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University
Paper on Flows of Students, Computer Works, and Entrepreneurs
PowerPoint presentation
11:25PM      Audience Q&A
12:00PM      Lunch
1:15PM        Panel 4: Immigration Effects on Innovation & Labor Markets

Chair:  Ellen R. Dulberger, Managing Partner, Ellen Dulberger Enterprises, LLC
      Presentations: Daniele Paserman, Professor of Economics, Boston University
                                                  Statement on the Effects of High-Skill Immigration on Productivity and Labor Markets: The Case of Israel
        PowerPoint presentation
                                  Herbert Brücker, Professor of Economics, University of Bamberg 
                                                  Head, Department for International Comparisons and European  Integration, 
                                                  Institute for Employment Research (Nuremberg)
                     Paper on High-Skilled Immigration and Imperfect Labor Markets: Theory and Cross-Country Evidence
                                     PowerPoint presentation
                   William Kerr, Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
           Paper on International Migration and U.S. Innovation
PowerPoint presentation

Discussant: William Lincoln, Assistant Professor of International Economics, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
                        PowerPoint presentation on Global High-Skilled Immimgration Policy  
2:30PM         Audience Q&A
3:00PM         Break
3:15PM         Panel 5: Policy Implications: A Panel Discussion

                       Chair: Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
        Felicia Escobar, Special Assistant to the President on Immigration, White House
William Kamela, Senior Federal Policy Lead, Workforce Readiness and Immigration, Microsoft Corporation
Pia Orrenius, Vice President and Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
        Madeleine Sumption, Director of International Research, Migration Policy Institute
Michael Teitelbaum, Senior Research Associate, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard University
4:30PM          Audience Q &A
5:00PM          Adjourn

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