Immigration as an Economic Engine (Audio)

Speakers: Edward Alden, Alejandro Mayorkas, and Vivek Wadhwa
Introductory Speaker: Richard N. Haass
Presider: Matthew Winkler

Edward Alden, Alejandro Mayorkas, and Vivek Wadhwa address the benefits of immigration reform for the economic future of the United States. The session focuses on the many important contributions immigrants make creating jobs in the country and addressed what can be done fix the system currently in place.

This session was part of the symposium, The Future of U.S. Immigration Policy: Next Steps. This event was made possible through the generous support from the Ford Foundation.

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Other Report Authors: A. Michael Spence and Sandile Hlatshwayo

Many low-paying jobs have moved from the United States to rapidly growing markets abroad, and higher-paying jobs may soon follow. While Americans benefit from cheaper goods, employment opportunities have diminished. Policymakers should address this trade-off as a first step toward tackling questions of inequality and economic distribution.

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Interview Mehrdad Payandeh interviewed by Roya Wolverson

As European leaders gather to discuss eurozone reforms, German labor union expert Mehrdad Payandeh discusses the benefits of more European integration, but warns austerity policies could tip Germany and the continent back into recession.

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Renewing America

Renewing America

Making Disability Work

Author: Peter R. Orszag
New York Times

Peter Orszag discusses ways to reform the disability insurance program.

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Must Read Authors: Samantha Constant and Mary Kraetsch

In an effort to shed light on the challenges that youth continue to face in the Middle East, The Brookings Institution's Samantha Constant and Mary Kraetsch have created an interactive map and corresponding fact sheets that provide key statistics associated with youth unemployment in the region.

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