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Daniel Costa Coauthors Op-Ed, Gets Featured in an Article by the Newsweek

March 02, 2021

The opinion-editorial is related to the recent minimum wage proposal by Senators Tom Cotton (R_Ark.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah). The proposal calls for the federal minimum wage to be raised to $10 per hour by 2025. Though it seems like a substantial increase from the current $7.25 per hour  , Costa shows that this minimum wage in real terms does not even surpass the minimum wage of the 1960s. Costa discusses how this would affect wage workers in the United States and how it relates to the economic outlook for immigrants.

Research by Santiago Pérez Published in The Economic Journal

March 02, 2021

In his recent publication, Santiago Pérez contrasts the lives of Italian immigrants who moved to Argentina versus the United States during the Age of Mass Migration. He finds that Italians assimilated much faster when migrating to Argentina than they did the United States. The Italians' higher human capital relative to the Argentinians and the similarities in the languages of Italian and Spanish are the main reasons for ease of assimilation.

Research Coauthored by Giovanni Peri Published in the American Economics Review Journal

March 02, 2021

The study examined the consequences of Swiss legislation that granted European cross-broder workers free access to the Swiss labor market. As expected, they found that foreign employment increased substantially. Also, the increase in this labor supply was accompanied by an increase in labor demand, which led to higher wages for highly educated Swiss workers. 

To learn more about the findings, read the full publication here.

Kevin Johnson Publishes Op-Ed and Gets Featured in Sacramento Bee

February 28, 2021

Kevin Johnson got his op-ed featured on the website "The Conversation" last week. His editorial focuses on the the change in rhetoric regarding immigrants under the Biden administration. He argues that exchanging the word "alien" for "noncitizen" could dramatically influence Americans' views on the rights of noncitizens. This one-word shift, Johnson claims, could lead to huge changes in laws regarding immigration and civil rights. 

The Work of Juan Antonio del Monte and Robert McKee Irwin Published in Two Journals

February 28, 2021

Juan Antonio del Monte and Robert McKee Irwin recently had their paper "Migrant autonomy and wilfulness amidst the onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic at the Tijuana border" published in two journals. The research focuses on the impact of Covid-19 on the lives of immigrants who desire to cross the US-Mexico border. 

Daniel Costa featured in Politico

February 25, 2021

Daniel Costa, director of Immigration Law and Policy Research at the Economic Policy Institute and a UC Davis Global Migration Center affiliate, was featured in a Politico article discussing the recently proposed US Citizenship Act of 2021. Costa was cited discussing the current climate for immigrant farm laborers, pointing out that their lack of legal status leads to their mistreatment in the work force.

Daniel Costa Featured in the Wall Street Journal

February 24, 2021

In a recent article by the Wall Street Journal, Costa was able to express his sentiments on the current situation of job vacancies created by restrictions on new foreign labor. An observable phenomenon during the pandemic is that unemployed Americans are largely disinterested in filling vacant job positions caused by a previous United States ban on new foreign workers. 

Ashish Shenoy Featured in WAMU Article

February 24, 2021

The study "Falling living standards during the COVID-19 crisis: Quantitative evidence from nine developing countries", co-authored by Ashish Shenoy, was the topic of discussion in a recent WAMU article about day-to-day life during the pandemic for countries across the globe. The study gathered data from 9 countries and 30,000 individuals. Its findings are key to understanding the impact of COVID-19 on developing countries.

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Natalia-Deeb Sossa Featured in the Davis Enterprise

February 24, 2021

Natalia-Deeb Sossa's research on immigrant farmworkers in the local county was featured heavily in an article on the Davis Enterprise. The testimonies she received from immigrant farm laborers paints a daunting image of the fear that these essential workers are facing during the pandemic. 

Giovanni Peri, Kevin Shih and Chad Sparber featured in Forbes

February 08, 2021

Research by GMC Director Giovanni Peri, former Graduate Student Affiliate Kevin Shih, and External Affiliate Chad Sparber that shows foreign stem workers as responsible for 30 to 50 percent of the aggregate productivity growth in the US over a 20 year period was featured in a Forbes piece detailing the Trump administration's attempt at imposing restrictions on H1-B visas. 

Read the piece here

Giovanni Peri featured on Immigration Chats with Tejas and Kalpana

February 08, 2021

GMC Director Giovanni Peri was featured on the latest episode of Immigration Chats with Tejas and Kalpana, where he cites his research to provide a framework for the labor market impacts of immigration and dispels misconceptions related to the topic. 

Listen to the podcast here.

Op-Ed by Justin Wiltshire and Derek Rury featured in the Orlando Sentinel

February 08, 2021

A new op-ed by GMC Graduate Student Affiliates Justin Wiltshire and Derek Rury was featured in the Orlando Sentinel. They cite their paper on the economic effects of Puerto Rican migration after Hurricane Maria to outline how better immigration policy by the Biden Administration can be used to bolster the post-pandemic economic recovery. 

New Publication co-authored by Santiago Perez featured by the American Economic Association

February 02, 2021

The paper "Intergenerational Mobility of Immigrants in the United States over Two Centuries", co-authored by Santiago Perez, which finds that the children of immigrants have much higher rates of upward mobility than their U.S.-born counterparts was published in the American Economic Review. The paper was also featured by the American Economic Association in their most recent Chart of the Week series. 

Giovanni Peri featured in The New York Times

February 01, 2021

Director Giovanni Peri's commentary on the economic impacts of immigrants was featured by the New York Times in an article detailing the feasibility of the Biden Administration's plan to open pathways to citizenship for more than 11 million undocumented migrants in the United States.

Read the article here.