Madeline Zavodny is a professor of economics at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, and a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn. She was formerly an associate professor of economics at Occidental College and a research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Her research on the economics of immigration has been published in the Journal of Labor Economics, the Journal of Development Economics, Demography, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Research in Labor Economics, and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.
Ph.D. in Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996 B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, Claremont McKenna College, 1992
After months of leaks and posturing, the Gang of Eight has released its immigration reform bill. Critics will charge that the bill is amnesty for illegal immigrants, but this bill may be as good as immigration reform can get.
Arizona's immigration law and Congress's border security bill consider the inability to keep people from entering the country illegally the only problem and fail to broach other failings of the immigration system.
A selective immigration policy focused on high-skilled, high-demand workers will allow the United States to compete in an increasingly global economy while protecting the interests of American citizens and benefitting taxpayers.