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Chapter Three: What's the Matter with Workers Today?


Published September 19, 2019

The labor force is still in recovery mode from the Great Recession and the long-term trend toward fewer Americans participating in the labor force. One way to increase the labor force is to increase legal, employment-based immigration. Making it easier for immigrants from countries that don’t send many immigrants is one policy that could boost entrepreneurship and job growth in the United States. 

Video Recorded: August 20, 2018

Discussion Questions

  1. What are the effects of immigration on the United States economy?
  2. What is the current U.S. deficit and debt? How are they different?

Additional Resources

  • Read “How Trump Can Hit 3% Growth – Maybe” by Edward Lazear. Available here.
  • Read “The Surprising Factor for Immigrant Success” by Edward Lazear. Available here.
  • Read “Bad and Good Inequality” by Gary Becker. Available here.
  • Read “A New Immigration Game Plan for the New Congress,” by Edward Lazear in the Wall Street Journal, available here.
  • Read “Send Us Your Young, Your Educated” by Edward Lazear in the Wall Street Journal, available here
  • In “Examining America’s Exceptional Economy,” Edward Lazear explores what has made America's economy successful, what sets it apart from other nations, and what needs to be done to sustain its prominence in the global economy. Available here.