Seven Utah economists say immigration strengthens American economy in letter signed by nearly 1500 top economists to White House, Congress

As Congress and the Administration debate our immigration laws, 1,470 economists signed a letter to President Trump and Congressional Leadership affirming that immigration is good for the American economy.

Organized byNew American Economy and Douglas Holtz-Eakin of theAmerican Action Forum, local signatories include:

  • Amir Kia, Utah Valley University
  • Arthur J. Caplan, Utah State University
  • Arthur T. Denzau, Utah State University
  • Brigham Frandsen, Brigham Young University
  • Larry T. Wimmer, Brigham Young University
  • Mark H. Showalter, Brigham Young University
  • Thomas Maloney, University of Utah

The signatories joined nearly 1,500 other economists across the country to sign the letter that includes the support of six Nobel Laureates and members of the Reagan, GHW Bush, Clinton, GW Bush, and Obama Administrations, as well as leading economists from across the country, including:

  • Vernon Smith, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, 2002; Chapman U.
  • Oliver Hart, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, 2016; Harvard University
  • Alvin E. Roth, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, 2012; Stanford University
  • Angus Deaton, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, 2015; Princeton University
  • Lars Peter Hansen, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, 2013; University of Chicago
  • Roger Myerson, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, 2007; University of Chicago

Other signers include:

  • Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Former Director of the Congressional Budget Office, Council of Economic Advisers for President George H.W. Bush; American Action Forum
  • Alice Rivlin, Former OMB Director for President Clinton; Brookings Institution
  • Austan Goolsbee, Former Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers for President Obama; University of Chicago
  • George P. Shultz, Former Secretary of State for President Reagan; Hoover Institution; Stanford University
  • Glenn Hubbard, Former Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers for President George W. Bush; Columbia University
  • Jason Furman, Former Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers for President Obama; Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • James C. Miller III, Former OMB Director for President Reagan

“The undersigned economists represent a broad swath of political and economic views,” the letter reads. “Among us are Republicans and Democrats alike. Some of us favor free markets while others have championed for a larger role for government in the economy. But on some issues there is near universal agreement. One such issue concerns the broad economic benefit that immigrants to this country bring.”

The letter goes on to state that:

  • Immigration brings entrepreneurs who start new businesses that hire American workers.
  • Immigration brings young workers who help offset the large-scale retirement of baby boomers.
  • Immigration brings diverse skill sets that keep our workforce flexible, help companies grow, and increase the productivity of American workers.
  • Immigrants are far more likely to work in innovative, job-creating fields such as science, technology, engineering, and math that create life-improving products

“Careful, rigorous economic research shows that immigrants have positive impacts on our economy, on net. The opportunity to migrate also obviously has benefits for the migrants themselves, and we should care about that too,” said Thomas Maloney, Chair, Department of Economics at the University of Utah. “The best way for Utah and the rest of the nation to make the most of these benefits is by becoming informed about these issues and by crafting legal institutions that will help immigrants and their families contribute to our community and better their own lives without unnecessary or counterproductive roadblocks.”

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President of the American Action Forumemphasizes: “this letter is a reminder that support for sound economic policy bridges partisan divides, and that well-crafted immigration policy can support the goals of more rapid productivity growth, economic growth, and middle-class prosperity.”

“Immigration is a shot in the arm for the U.S. economy,” said John Feinblatt, Chairman of New American Economy. “The data shows it, and nearly 1,500 economists know it – immigration means more talent, more jobs, and broad economic benefits for American workers and companies alike.”

Read the letter and see a list of the signatories here.