Assessing the Need for Immigrants: Impacts on the Workforce and Implications for Taxpayers

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 12:15pm to 1:30pm

Lewis Hall (RGL), 101
650 Childs Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Urban Growth Seminar


Dowell Myers is professor of policy, planning, and demography in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He has been an advisor to the Census Bureau and served on the National Academy of Sciences panel that reported in 2016 on the economic and fiscal consequences of immigration. Myers is the recent winner of the Dale Prize for scholarship in urban planning and also received the Haynes Award for Research Impact. Dr. Myers is the author of Immigrants and Boomers: Forging a New Social Contract for the Future of America (Russell Sage 2008). He has a B.A. in anthropology from Columbia University, an M.C.P. in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Dowell Myers is a member of the National Academy of Sciences study panel on the economic and fiscal consequences of immigration, whose fall 2016 report is being widely referenced, including by President Trump in his speech before the joint session of Congress. The 500-page report contains a wealth of data, reflecting alternative scenarios, from which selected findings can be cherry picked without revealing any rationale. Professor Myers will first summarize major background trends useful for evaluating the role of immigration. He will then highlight key findings from the NAS report that bear on the costs and benefits of immigration. Unlike other renditions of the report findings, Myers emphasizes how greatly the need for immigrants has changed after 2010, compared to conditions of the 1990s so often emphasized by scholars, immigration critics, and the President himself.

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Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus





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