George J. Borjas

Research Fellow and Program Director

Harvard University

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George Borjas is the author of numerous books on migration, and has published more than 150 articles in journals such as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. His work has been featured in all major US media outlets, and he has testified before several congressional committees.

In 2011, Professor Borjas was awarded the IZA Prize in Labor Economics. His professional honors also include citations in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Finance and Industry, Who's Who in Economics, and research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation. Professor Borjas has been elected a fellow of the Econometric Society and of the Society of Labor Economists. Professor Borjas was an editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics, and has been on the editorial boards of the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the International Migration Review.

George Borjas is currently the Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Professor Borjas received his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University in 1975. Prior to moving to Harvard in 1995, he was a Professor of Economics at the University of California at San Diego. He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in 2000, and became Program Director of IZA’s Program Area “Mobility and Migration” in 2016.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10212

The continuing inflow of hundreds of thousands of refugees into many European countries has ignited much political controversy and raised questions that require a fuller understanding of the determinants and consequences of refugee supply shocks. This paper revisits four historical refugee shocks to document their labor market impact. Specifically, we...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9434

We show that the Roy model has more precise predictions about the self-selection of migrants than previously realized. The same conditions that have been shown to result in positive or negative selection in terms of expected earnings also imply a stochastic dominance relationship between the earnings distributions of migrants and...