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Presentation Title

The Push to Immigrate: How the U.S. and Mexican Economies Affect Migration

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Jonathan Ramirez '14, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Young 111

Abstract

Immigration is an important human issue whose causes have been the subject of economic and econometric studies. This senior thesis approaches immigration through macroeconomics. Rather than look for the characteristics of people that immigrate, this study collects data from the GDP per capita, life expectancy at birth, education expenditure, and unemployment of each country. Using regression analysis, my hypothesis is that these factors do indeed have a significant effect on the number of immigrants arriving in the U.S. each year. Therefore, instead of focusing on heightened security and monitoring of the border, policy directed towards these factors may prove to be more effective and cost efficient in the long run.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-8-2014 10:40 AM

End Date

4-8-2014 12:00 PM

Panel

Panel: Latino Migration and Its Impact on Identity, Values and Income

Field of Study for Presentation

Economics, Latin American Studies

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Apr 8th, 10:40 AM Apr 8th, 12:00 PM

The Push to Immigrate: How the U.S. and Mexican Economies Affect Migration

Young 111

Immigration is an important human issue whose causes have been the subject of economic and econometric studies. This senior thesis approaches immigration through macroeconomics. Rather than look for the characteristics of people that immigrate, this study collects data from the GDP per capita, life expectancy at birth, education expenditure, and unemployment of each country. Using regression analysis, my hypothesis is that these factors do indeed have a significant effect on the number of immigrants arriving in the U.S. each year. Therefore, instead of focusing on heightened security and monitoring of the border, policy directed towards these factors may prove to be more effective and cost efficient in the long run.