Unanimous agreement is rare among economists, but you’d be hard-pressed to find an economist who didn’t advocate increasing high-skill immigration. About low-skill immigration, however, there is more debate. Our guest this episode, economist Aparna Mathur, takes a clear stand: “It’s time to give low-skill immigrants their due.”

We discuss the impact of immigration on the US labor market, how immigrants of various skill levels affect the wages of native-born workers, what policymakers can do to help non-working Americans get back into the workforce, and much more.

Aparna Mathur is a resident scholar in economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, where she researches income inequality and mobility, tax policy, labor markets, and small businesses. She also directs the AEI-Brookings Project on Paid Family and Medical Leave, for which she was recognized in the 2017 Politico 50 list.

 

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