Productivity

Should Immigrants be Admitted to the United States Based on Merit?

By ·June 28, 2017
Rutgers University

The Issue:

President Trump has praised the immigration systems of Australia and Canada, which prioritize skilled immigrants through a system of points, referring to them as “merit”-based systems. According to President Trump, replacing the American system with a points system would increase wages of natives ...
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The Productivity Slowdown is Even More Puzzling than You Think …

By ·May 17, 2017
Wellesley College

The Issue:

Labor productivity — the amount of output produced from an hour of work — is a key economic metric that characterizes how efficiently an economy is operating.  In addition, over long spans of time, increases in productivity have provided the means for pushing living standards today well above those ...
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Immigration and Economic Growth in the U.S., 2000-2015

By ·March 16, 2017
University of California, Davis

The Issue:

Many of the concerns regarding immigration during last year's presidential election revolved around undocumented immigrants entering through the U.S.-Mexico border. Issues such as crime and competition for low-wage jobs between immigrants and native workers took prominent roles. However, the focus on ...
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Can the U.S. Economy Sustain 3½ to 4 Percent Economic Growth?

By ·January 25, 2017
Wellesley College

The Issue:

President Trump has stated that his economic policies would boost average U.S. economic growth to at least 3½ percent per year, with the potential to reach 4 percent. Some of Trump's policy proposals, such as tax cuts and infrastructure spending, indeed could boost growth over the next couple of years. ...
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