Immigration policy in the United States to be addressed Oct. 3

The special presentation “What is the best immigration policy?” will be presented Oct. 3 at Ripon College. The talk by Dr. Jennifer Hunt, James Cullen Chair in economics and professor of economics at Rutgers University, will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Bear Auditorium, Farr Hall of Science.

Hunt says, “The ideal design of immigration policy is currently a central political issue in the United States. What can economics and the experience of other countries tell us about the benefits of policies such as merit-based selection of immigrants, and what are the limits to economic analysis?”

The event is sponsored by the Center for Politics and People and the Department of Economics.

From 2013-2015, Hunt served as the first chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor, then as deputy assistant secretary for microeconomic analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Prior to joining Rutgers in 2011, she held positions at McGill University, the University of Montreal and Yale University.

She is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London. Her current research focuses on immigration and wage inequality, while past research also has encompassed unemployment, the science and engineering workforce, the transition from communism, crime and corruption.

Hunt has been an associate editor of the Journal of Labor Economics and an editor of the Journal of Comparative Economics since 2012.

She received her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard and her Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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