"Immigration: Economics, Attitudes, and Policies"

World-renowned economist visiting ILR March 14-18
World-renowned economist visiting ILR March 14-18
Thursday, February 24, 2011

Economist David Card -- known around the world for his work on unemployment, immigration impact on wages, education, job training and inequality – will visit ILR and Cornell March 14-18.

The visit is sponsored by Cornell's Institute for the Advancement of Economics and hosted by ILR’s Department of Labor Economics.

Events include a March 15 lecture -- "Immigration: Economics, Attitudes, and Policies" -- that is free and open to the public. The 4:30 to 6 p.m. event will be held in 305 Ives Hall at ILR.

"I am thrilled to welcome an economist of David Card's caliber to address the extremely important and controversial issue of immigration. Card is a leading expert on this topic and an individual who is revered for his clear thinking and penetrating analysis of social issues," said Francine D. Blau '66, the Frances Perkins Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Labor Economics.

Michael Waldman, director of the Institute for the Advancement of Economics and the Charles H. Dyson Professor of Management and Professor of Economics, Johnson School of Management, said David Card is one of the preeminent economists of his generation."

According to Waldman, Card has made fundamental contributions to economics on the effects of the minimum wage on unemployment, the impact of immigration on labor market wages, as well as important contributions concerning education, job training and inequality.  

Card is the Class of 1950 Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also director of the Labor Studies Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

He was a co-recipient of the IZA Prize in Labor Economics in 2006 and was awarded the Frisch Medal by the Econometric Society in 2007.  

In 1995, Card received the American Economic Association's John Bates Clark Prize, which is awarded every other year to the economist under 40 whose work is judged to have made the most

significant contribution to the field.

More about Card can be seen at http://www.econ.berkeley.edu/econ/faculty/card_d.shtml.

Card's visit includes a research seminar with Cornell faculty and meetings with graduate students and university faculty members. More information is available by contacting Shelly Hall at srh25@cornell.edu.