Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Discussing my research in class

In class today I'm discussing a paper I wrote with my favorite co-author/father. Below is the abstract. Here is a link to the full paper.

Coming to Homerica: The Economics of Immigration
by Seth R. Gitter and Robert J. Gitter

Abstract: Like many people throughout history Apu Nahasapeemapetilon’s decision to migrate from a poorer place (India) to a richer one (Springfield) has been in part an economic one. We use him as a case study from the episode “Much Apu about Nothing” to demonstrate how economists study migration. As the standard models suggest, Apu receives benefits and pays costs as a result of migrating. We also analyze the impact of a large migration on an economy using the great wave of Ogdenvillians who came to Springfield in “Coming to Homerica.” We look at the effect of immigration on wages, taxes, and government spending. For readers like Lisa Simpson we conclude with some suggestions for further reading and pose policy questions. For readers like Bart Simpson we write in a style that can best be described as “eat my shorts.”

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