Part 2) Income Inequality: Knowledge of the Experts vs. the Oppressed; Can the Oppressed be Correct if Experts don't Agree? "The rich richer, the poor poorer"
Part 4) Let's Discuss Immigrants: Reliable Data on U.S. Immigrants & Their Economic Impact from Brookings, Dept. of Homeland Security, & The Fed Bank of San Fran.
Part 3) Let's Discuss Immigrants: What Data Should We Use in Discussing & Why? What do Immigrants Mean to Every U.S. Person?
Part 1.) Let's Discuss Immigrants: Are Immigrants Good, Bad, or Neither? and Should There Be More or Less?
My Professor prompted our class to write a response on the economics of immigrant labor, with the criteria that all points made in the response be based on or supported by legitimate and long-term economic facts.
I plan to post my response on this blog, but I wanted to give readers a chance to participate along in the discussion, because we can discuss on a massive scale, being that we are only limited by the size of the internet.
Here is the assignment prompt the Professor wrote to the class. I will cite my Professor's name after I finish this semester.
Discussion Prompt by Prof.
There has been much talk in the popular press about immigration thanks to Donald Trump. There are a group of Americans that want to stop immigration in America while another group of Americans understand that the U.S. is a country of immigrants that pooled their talents in order to make life better.
As you may remember from Econ 101, the four economic resources are land, capital, labor, and entrepreneurial ability. This discussion topic will deal with labor.
Course: Econ 113 U.S. Economic History
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Prof. Jonathan Gruber
Dr. Jonathan Gruber is the Ford Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught since 1992. He is also the Director of the Health Care Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he is a Research Associate, and President Elect of the American Society of Health Economists... He has published more than 150 research articles, has edited six research volumes, and is the author of Public Finance and Public Policy, a leading undergraduate text, and Health Care Reform, a graphic novel. In 2006 he received the American Society of Health Economists Inaugural Medal for the best health economist in the nation aged 40 and under.His
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Donald Trump made, to most, offensive claims that Mexican illegal immigrants have a negative impact on the U.S.A socially and economically. As a Latino I take issue with this, but more importantly I wish to weigh Trump’s remarks in Economic terms. Why put aside Trump’s social offense? I do so because Economic data (money) is the first language of the U.S.A. In order to have an impact on real issues, and to have a voice that will be seriously considered by U.S. residents of all ethnicities, I currently am of the opinion that Latinos need to present inequalities in the language that the majority society of the country we live in speaks.
Also, if we analyze the facts and can present an alternative narrative based on facts, rather than unsubstantiated claims like Mr. Trump has made, I believe the majority of U.S. citizens, who are fair-minded people, will draw fair conclusions about immigrants, and even illegal immigrants, if people are presented with the reality of what illegal immigrants contribute to the U.S.A. economically.
As such, I am seeking to research economic data on these subjects to compile a scholarly research paper that will present a whole picture of the historical, current, and future reality of the Mexican illegal immigrant economy in U.S.A., and how it impacts the country.
To begin this journey I submitted a request via e-mail to my Macroeconomics Professor, for his aide. What follows is the letter I just e-mailed to him:
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