Lifting restrictions on high-skilled immigration would reduce the federal deficit, according to a new study by TPI senior fellow Arlene Holen. The new study will be discussed at a March 10 TPI conference at the National Press Club from 12-3. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) will deliver a keynote address. The conference agenda and registration information can be found here on our website.
March 10th Event: High-Skilled Immigration: Budgetary and Economic Effects, Zoe Lofgren Keynote Speaker
Immigration is a contentious issue, particularly in an economic downturn. But even now, employers in critical sectors ranging from information technology to finance are seeking highly skilled immigrants. These workers are in limited supply because foreign applicants face stringent caps on green cards and temporary work visas. Legislators and other policy makers need to make decisions on this issue on the basis of the overall effects of high-skilled immigrants on economic growth and innovation, the wages and employment of domestic workers, and the effects on government budgets, which are less well understood.
TPI senior fellow and Emory University professor Paul Rubin writes in the Wall Street Journal that, while the Internet has greatly increased the efficiency of markets, it may also have facilitated the formation of bubbles. He suggests that “regulators have a difficult task: It will be very hard for them to eliminate the downside of the Internet and other improvements in financial markets without simultaneously eliminating the benefits.”
The Technology Policy Institute has posted three new Publications of Note by outside authors on subjects of interest to our audience:
- Tim Brennan, ‘Night of the Living Dead’ or ‘Back to the Future’? Electric Utility Decoupling, Reviving Rate-of-Return Regulation, and Energy Efficiency
- Bronwyn Howell, The End or the Means? The Pursuit of Competition in Regulated Telecommunications Markets
- Andrea Renda, I own the pipes, you call the tune: The net neutrality debate and its (ir)relevance for Europe
The Technology Policy Institute announced today a new research project that will delineate the budget and economic benefits provided by highly skilled immigrants working in the United States. TPI’s research will be underwritten by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest private-sector funding source for economic research in the United States.
October 17th Event: Technology Policy Institute to Hold Discussion of Privacy and Data Security Issues Facing the Next Administration
Expert Panel Will Include Policy Advisers to Presidential Candidates Obama and McCain
Washington, D.C.-Regional transmission organizations have not produced lower wholesale prices for electricity and the states in these RTOs have higher average prices than regulated states, according to a study released today by the Technology Policy Institute, a Washington-based think tank.
Scott Wallsten will be a guest on the Kojo Nnamdi Show WAMU 88.5 FM on Tuesday, September 16 from noon – 1pm to discuss net neutrality and network management in the U.S.
The Technology Policy Institute is hosting a conference to discuss this country’s energy future, highlighted by a preview of the next Administration’s policy options from Douglas Holtz-Eakin representing the McCain campaign and Jason Grumet representing the Obama campaign.