Dallas Fed official to discuss fiscal impacts of immigration

contact: Mark Schwerin
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Photo of Dr. Pia M. Orrenius.


KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A high-ranking Federal Reserve official in Dallas will take a close look at the fiscal impacts of immigration when she speaks later this month at Western Michigan University as part of the Werner Sichel Lecture Series.

Dr. Pia M. Orrenius, vice president and senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and an adjunct professor at the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University, will speak at noon Wednesday, Nov. 30, in 2028 Brown Hall. Her talk is titled "The Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Immigration: Implications for Policy" and is free and open to the public. A light lunch reception will be available after the lecture.

Pia Orrenius

Orrenius holds a doctoral degree in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles. She is also a research fellow at the Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University and at the IZA Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany, as well as adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. At the Dallas Fed, Orrenius manages the regional economy group focusing on economic growth and demographic change. Her academic research focuses on the labor market impacts of immigration, unauthorized immigration and U.S. immigration policy.

Her work has been published in several academic journals, including the Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Development Economies and Labour Economics, among others. She is coauthor of the book "Beside the Golden Door: U.S. Immigration Reform in a New Era of Globalization." Orrenius also was a senior economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisers from 2004 to 2005.

About the Sichel Lecture Series

The theme for this year's Werner 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 susan.pozo@wmich.edu or visit wmich.edu/economics/events.

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