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As the Obama Administration begins to consider the key issues of U.S. immigration reform this summer, the Center for Global Development (CGD) and the Center for International Development at Harvard University convened a research conference, "Beyond the Fence: Research Lessons on How Immigration and Remittances Shape Global Development," on May 26, 2009 with thought leaders from Harvard University, CGD, the University of Chicago, and the World Bank, among others, to offer groundbreaking insights into the links between migration, remittances and prosperity. They were joined by leading voices from the policy community who offered new perspectives on the politics and possibilities of comprehensive immigration reform in the United States.
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Welcome LAWRENCE MACDONALD, Vice President for Communications and Policy Outreach, Center for Global Development Transcript RICARDO HAUSMANN, Director, Center for International Development at Harvard University Transcript
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM Leveraging Remittances and Migration for Development DILIP RATHA, World Bank Development Prospects Group Paper (pdf, 173K) Transcript
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM Immigration is a Development Tool LANT PRITCHETT, Harvard University Paper (pdf, 531K) Transcript
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pursuing Prosperity: Effects of Migration on Migrants and Families in Developing Economies
Moderator: MICHAEL KREMER, Harvard University SENDHIL MULLAINATHAN, Harvard University Financial innovations and savings from remittances Transcript DEAN YANG, University of Michigan Effects of greater migrant control over remittances Paper (pdf, 203K) Transcript LANT PRITCHETT, Harvard University The wage gains from immigrating to the United States Paper (pdf, 558K) Transcript DAVID MCKENZIE, World Bank Development Research Group Development effects of guest worker programs Paper (pdf, 285K) Transcript
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch Speakers: Immigration Reform and the Obama Administration ALI NOORANI, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum Transcript ROBERT HILDRETH, CEO, International Bank Services and Founder and Executive Director, Foundation for An Open America Transcript
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM The Big Picture: Macroeconomic Effects of Migration and Remittances in Developing Economies
Moderator: LANT PRITCHETT, Harvard University JEFF FRANKEL, Harvard University Remittances and currency integration in Southern Africa Paper (pdf, 305K) Transcript ANTONIO SPILIMBERGO, International Monetary Fund Research Department How foreign students in the U.S. spread democracy abroad Paper (pdf, 301K) Transcript MICHAEL CLEMENS, Center for Global Development Effects of high-skill emigration on education investment at home Paper (pdf, 566K) Transcript DEVESH KAPUR, Director, Centre for Advanced Study of India at University of Pennsylvania and Non-Resident Fellow, Center for Global Development How high-skill emigration shapes technology transfer and political change Paper (pdf, 217K) Transcript Q&A Transcript
3:45 PM – 5:45 PM Win-Win Reform: Maximizing the Benefits of Immigration Policy on Both Sides of the Border
Moderator: LAWRENCE MACDONALD, Center for Global Development PATRICIA CORTES, University of Chicago Effects of immigration on U.S. prices and labor markets Paper (pdf, 170K) Transcript MICHAEL KREMER, Harvard University Broader effects of immigration on labor markets and labor force participation Paper (pdf, 593K) Transcript KATHLEEN NEWLAND, Director, Migration Policy Institute The role of international development in immigration policy Paper (pdf, 273K) Transcript EDWARD SCHUMACHER-MATOS, Harvard University Temporary worker programs and long-term immigration solutions Paper (11K) Transcript Q&A Transcript
5:45 PM Closing Remarks RICARDO HAUSMANN, Director, Center for International Development at Harvard University Transcript