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Santiago Perez and Katherine Eriksson's Research on Immigrant Families' Success Featured in Davis Enterprise

November 12, 2019
Since taking office, President Donald Trump has made it a priority to restrict legal immigration to the United States. To bolster its anti-immigration policies, the Trump administration has pushed the narrative that poor immigrants are a drain on government resources. New research by UC Davis professor Santiago Pérez sheds light on the economic mobility of immigrants and suggests the government’s view may be shortsighted.

Santiago Perez's Research on Economic Mobility of Second-Generation Americans Featured in Vox, Irish Central, and Rio Grande Guardian

November 01, 2019
The adult children of immigrants, almost universally, show more upward economic mobility than their peers whose parents were born in the United States. Indeed, a new working paper co-authored by Santiago Pérez finds that this is especially true for the lowest-income immigrants and remains true for the most recent cohorts for which data is available.

Santiago Perez's Research on Immigrant Assimilation Featured in The New York Times

October 28, 2019
“The short-term perspective on immigrant assimilation that politicians tend to take might underestimate the long-run success of immigrants,” said Ran Abramitzky, a professor at Stanford and one of the paper’s authors, along with Leah Platt Boustan, Elisa Jácome and Santiago Pérez. “By the second generation, they are doing quite well.”

Philip Martin's Commentary on Legal Status of Farmworkers Featured in Stateline Article

October 24, 2019
Congressional Democrats hope to broker a deal with Republicans that would grant legal status to farmworkers currently in the country illegally but would require employers to verify the immigration status of all future hires. There have been numerous attempts since then to balance the needs of farmers, who depend on the labor, and those who want to discourage unauthorized immigration, said Professor Emeritus Philip Martin.

Giovanni Peri's Research on Immigration and Wages Featured in Propmodo News

October 22, 2019
The impact of immigration on the property business appears to actually be positive. As researchers Gianmarco Ottaviano and Giovanni Peri put it while discussing their efforts in a 2006 paper, “we have showed that higher wages and higher rents for US natives are significantly correlated with higher diversity.”

Giovanni Peri's Research on H-1B Visas Featured in Bloomberg Opinion

October 22, 2019
H-1Bs help native-born workers. Studies by economists Giovanni Peri, Kevin Shih and Chad Sparber, comparing across cities, have found that allowing in more H-1B workers raises wages for native-born high-skilled U.S. workers, and doesn’t hurt their employment levels. 

Giovanni Peri's Research on H-1B Visas Featured in Marketplace News

October 15, 2019
Industries that rely on high-skilled talent, like technology, have said for more than a decade that the cap of 85,000 H-1B visas per year is too strict, said Professor Giovanni Peri. In 2004, the government reduced the number of visas awarded through a lottery system.