News Mentions/Interviews

Giovanni Peri's Research on H-1B Visas Featured in Bloomberg Opinion

October 22, 2019
H-1Bs help native-born workers. Studies by economists Giovanni Peri, Kevin Shih and Chad Sparber, comparing across cities, have found that allowing in more H-1B workers raises wages for native-born high-skilled U.S. workers, and doesn’t hurt their employment levels. 

Giovanni Peri's Research on H-1B Visas Featured in Marketplace News

October 15, 2019
Industries that rely on high-skilled talent, like technology, have said for more than a decade that the cap of 85,000 H-1B visas per year is too strict, said Professor Giovanni Peri. In 2004, the government reduced the number of visas awarded through a lottery system.

Giovanni Peri's Research on H-1B Visas and Employment Rates featured in Forbes

October 02, 2019
Important new research concludes immigration restrictions that prevent companies from hiring high-skilled foreign nationals in the U.S. represent bad economic policy and are counterproductive. “When we aggregate at the national level, inflows of foreign STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] workers explain between 30% and 50% of the aggregate productivity growth that took place in the United States between 1990 and 2010,” according to economists Giovanni Peri (UC, Davis), Kevin Shih (RPI) and Chad Sparber (Colgate University).

PolitiFact Asks Dean Johnson Whether California is 'Winning' in Court

September 30, 2019
PolitiFact California consulted Dean Kevin R. Johnson for a report on whether California is “winning” in court against the Trump administration, as Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Gov. Gavin Newsom have asserted. Dean Johnson told PolitiFact that although California generally has been successful in these efforts so far, “Some of these cases are far from completion.”

Giovanni Peri's Research on Correlation between Deportation and Crime Featured in the New York Times, The Marshall Project, The Cato Institute, and The Crime Report

September 23, 2019
In one of Donald J. Trump’s earliest moves as president, days after his inauguration, he revived the deportation program known as Secure Communities. A new study by Professor Giovanni Peri from the University of California, Davis, has cast doubt on the ability of Secure Communities to do either.

Katherine Eriksson's Research on Wealth Shock Featured in CityLab Article

September 03, 2019
It will end up costing the U.S. economy as much as $1 trillion between now and 2028 for the nation to maintain its longstanding black-white racial wealth gap, according to a report released this month from the global consultancy firm McKinsey & Company.  Professor Katherine Eriksson's reasearch found that “The Intergenerational Effects of a Large Wealth Shock: White Southerners After the Civil War,” that white resilience to economic catastrophe has been almost impenetrable.

Robyn Rodriguez's Commentary on California Ethnic Studies Curriculum Bill Featured in The Sacramento Bee and Breitbart News

August 23, 2019
As debates over which communities should be represented in California’s first ethnic studies curriculum intensify, a bill that would require that the curriculum be taught in high schools is being delayed. Professor Robyn Rodriguez said it appears that many groups criticizing the draft curriculum, such as Jewish, Hellenic, and Armenian groups, misunderstand the academic field by “thinking of ethnic studies as being about ethnicity.”

Giovanni Peri's Commentary on the Employment Rate of Foreign-Born Residents Featured in KSL News

August 19, 2019
Foreign-born residents had higher rates of full-time employment than those born in the United States last year, and naturalized immigrants were more likely to have advanced degrees than the native-born. "Usually immigrants start off in the U.S. lagging behind a bit in terms of income, as they need to find the right job, learn local skills and so on and then catch up," said Professor Giovanni Peri.