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Recent Research by Santiago Perez on Economic Success of Second Generation Immigrants

October 30, 2019

In a new working paper, joint with Ran Abramitzky, Leah Boustan and Elisa Jacome, Center Affiliate Santiago Perez analyzes millions of father-son pairs spanning more than 100 years of U.S. history to show that children of poor immigrants from nearly every sending country have had greater success climbing the economic ladder than children of similarly poor fathers born in the United States. Moreover, the analysis documents that immigrants today are no slower to move into the middle class than immigrants from 100 years ago.

Santiago Perez's Research on Immigrant Assimilation Featured in The New York Times

October 29, 2019
“The short-term perspective on immigrant assimilation that politicians tend to take might underestimate the long-run success of immigrants,” said Ran Abramitzky, a professor at Stanford and one of the paper’s authors, along with Leah Platt Boustan, Elisa Jácome and Santiago Pérez. “By the second generation, they are doing quite well.”

Working Paper "The Labor Market Effects of Mexican Repatriations: Longitudinal Evidence from the 1930s" Co-authored by Giovanni Peri Posted on NBER

October 29, 2019
This paper examines the labor market consequences of an extensive campaign repatriating around 400,000 Mexicans in 1929-34. Using a repeated cross section of county level data, it finds attenuated and non-significant employment effects and amplified wage downgrading. It shows that this is due to selective in- and out-migration of natives.

Philip Martin's Commentary on Legal Status of Farmworkers Featured in Stateline Article

October 24, 2019
Congressional Democrats hope to broker a deal with Republicans that would grant legal status to farmworkers currently in the country illegally but would require employers to verify the immigration status of all future hires. There have been numerous attempts since then to balance the needs of farmers, who depend on the labor, and those who want to discourage unauthorized immigration, said Professor Emeritus Philip Martin.

Giovanni Peri's Research on Immigration and Wages Featured in Propmodo News

October 22, 2019
The impact of immigration on the property business appears to actually be positive. As researchers Gianmarco Ottaviano and Giovanni Peri put it while discussing their efforts in a 2006 paper, “we have showed that higher wages and higher rents for US natives are significantly correlated with higher diversity.”

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. 

Dean Kevin R. Johnson helps Shepherd Supreme Court DACA Brief on Behalf of 124 Scholars

October 15, 2019
Dean Kevin R. Johnson, Penn State Law School Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia and University of Houston Law Center Professor Michael Olivas led an effort resulting in the filing of a Supreme Court amici curiae brief on behalf of 124 immigration law scholars in defense of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP assisted with the brief.

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.

UC Davis IMPACT Program Invests in the Launch of the Global Migration Center

September 12, 2019
It is with much excitement that we announce the upcoming launch of the new Global Migration Center! Our proposal was selected to be one of four new IMPACT Centers on campus. The newly established IMPACT (Inter & Multidisciplinary Program to Accelerate Convergence & Translation) program was designed by the Office of Research to help support the “launch and operations of multidisciplinary centers with innovative research in topical areas expected to remain vibrant for 10 years or more.” We commend this initiative to bring to UC Davis visionary ideas to tackle important and pressing societal challenges.