The Economic Impact of Immigrants on American Universities
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
This research agenda involves panel analysis, measuring the difference in tuition increases, economic output, natives’ wages, tax revenue, and other relevant variables across different institutions and geographies over time, controlling for standard variables such as population, initial income level, region fixed effects, and so on.
Previous studies have measured the effect of in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants on college enrollment, tuition costs, student financial aid, and indebtedness, as well as the effect on educational outcomes of the immigrants. To our knowledge, no study exists that measures the effect on larger economic and fiscal variables, nor the larger question of how immigrants affect natives’ educational and labor market outcomes in the long run. Our research fills these important needs.