Mexican bank official to discuss migration policy, trade

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Photo of Daniel Chiquiar.


KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A high-ranking official at Mexico's central bank will take a close look at migration policy and trade when he speaks Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Western Michigan University as part of the Sichel Lecture Series.

Dr. Daniel Chiquiar, general director of economic research at Banco de México, will speak at noon in 2028 Brown Hall. His talk, titled "Understanding Migration Policy with International Trade Theoretical Tools," is free and open to the public. A light lunch reception will be available after the lecture.

Daniel Chiquiar

Chiquiar earned a doctoral degree in economics at the University of California, San Diego, and his undergraduate degree at Instituto Technologico Autonomo de México.

During his career, he has worked on economic research concerning the Mexican economy. He has held positions both in the private and public sectors, including as director of economic policy at the Finance Ministry of Mexico from 1997 to 1999.

Chiquiar has taught at several Mexican universities at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has published in top economics academic journals. He has made an important contribution with regard to measuring migrants' remittances and with assessing from which area of the Mexican skill distribution Mexican immigrants in the U.S. originate.

His work has been featured in the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of International Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Comercio Exterior, Applied Economics, and North American Journal of Economics and Finance.

About the Sichel Lecture Series

The theme for this year's Sichel Lecture Series is "Immigration Policy Today." The series is organized by the WMU Department of Economics and named in honor of Werner Sichel, a longtime WMU economics professor and former department chair, who retired in 2004. The series is cosponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. The lectures are open to the public and formatted with the general public in mind.

This year's series is being organized by Dr. Susan Pozo, WMU professor of economics.

For more information, contact Pozo at (269) 387-5553 or or visit

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