Barry R. Chiswick is Professor of Economics at the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS), George Washington University (since 2011). Until 2010 he was UIC Distinguished Professor (since 2002)and Research Professor (since 1978) of the Department of Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He was Department Head from 1987 to 2008. In addition, he was Research Professor in the Department of Sociology and in the Survey Research Laboratory at UIC and Founding Director of the UIC Center for Economic Education (2000). From 2004 until 2011 he was Program Director for Migration Studies at IZA. He is co-recipient of the 2011 IZA Prize in Labor Economics.

Professor Chiswick received his Ph.D. with Distinction in Economics from Columbia University (1967) and has held permanent and visiting appointments at UCLA, Columbia University, CUNY, Stanford University, Princeton University, Hebrew University (Jerusalem), Tel Aviv University, University of Haifa, and on four occasions the University of Chicago. From 1973 to 1977 he was Senior Staff Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. He is a former chairman of the American Statistical Association Census Advisory Committee, and past President of the European Society for Population Economics, the Midwest Economics Association and the Illinois Economics Association, and a consultant to numerous U.S. government agencies, as well as to the World Bank and other international organizations. He is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Population Economics and Research in Economics of the Household, and on the editorial boards of four additional academic journals.

Professor Chiswick has an international reputation for his research in Labor Economics, Human Resources, the Economics of Immigration, the Economics of Minorities, the Economics of Language, Economics of Religion, and Income Distribution. He is recognized as having done the seminal research on the Economics of Immigration, and continues to be the leader in the field. His research has been published in his 22 books and monographs and in over 190 scholarly journal articles and chapters in books, in addition to other publications. His latest books are Foundations of Migration Economics (with George Borjas), Oxford University Press, 2019 (IZA Prize Book in Labor Economics) and Jews at Work: Their Economic Progress in the American Labor Market, Springer, in press. In addition to numerous seminar and conference presentations in the United States, Professor Chiswick has lectured in 22 other countries.

Professor Chiswick has received numerous awards for his research. He received a Doctor of Philosophy, Honoris Causa, from Lund University (Sweden) in 2009. He also received an appointment as Distinguished Professor at UIC, a Fulbright (Research) Fellowship, the Senior University Scholar Award from the University of Illinois, the UIC College of Business Administration Alumni Award for Distinguished Research (first recipient), the Carleton C. Qualey Article Award from the Immigration History Society (first recipient), the Milken Institute Award for Distinguished Economic Research, and the Marshall Sklare Award from the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry. He delivered the Julian Simon Lecture (2007) at the IZA Annual Migration Meeting in Bonn. He also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Brooklyn College (1999) for his research on immigrants and minorities.

Professor Chiswick is frequently interviewed by the print and electronic media on a range of labor market issues, especially immigration and minorities. He has published policy analyses of these issues in newspapers and magazines, has testified before both Houses of Congress on pending legislation, and given public lectures to community groups on these and related issues. His policy recommendations regarding the reform of immigration law have influenced the public debate and legislation.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5075
published in: Gil Epstein and Ira Gang (eds.), Migration and Culture, Frontiers of Economics and Globalization, Vol. 8, Emerald Publishing, Bingley, 2010, 67-103
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4590
published in: Aaron Levine (ed.), Judaism and Economics, New York: Oxford University Press, 2010, pp. 625-645
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4448
published in: Ted McDonald et al. (eds.): Canadian Immigration - Economic Evidence for a Dynamic Policy Environment, McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal and Kingston, 2010, 41-75
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4422
published as "The Effects of Educational-Occupational Mismatch on Immigrant Earnings in Australia, with International Comparisons" in: International Migration Review, 2010, 44(4), 869-898
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4382
published in: Economics of Education Review, 2010, 29 (6), 1076-1085
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4280
published in: Barry R. Chiswick (ed.), High Skilled Immigration in a Global Labor Market, Washington D.C.: American Enterprise Institute Press, 2010, 111-154
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3740
Barry R. Chiswick, Christina A. Houseworth
published in: Review of Economics of the Household, 2011, 9 (2), 149-180
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3596
published in: Research in Labor Economics, 29, 2009, 91 - 130
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3568
Julian Simon Lecture IV, IZA, 2008 and published in: Terrance Wiley, Jin Sook Lee and Russell Rumberger (eds.),The Education of Language Minority Immigrants in the United States, Bristol, 2009, 72-91
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3563
published in: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2011, 64 (3), 502-525
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3384
published in: Contemporary Jewry, 2009, 29 (1), 67-84 (Marshall Sklare Memorial Lecture, Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry, Toronto, December 2007)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3316
published in: Economic Record, 2008, 84, S45-S56
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2974
published in: Research in Labor Economics, 2008, 27, 75-128
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2969
published in: International Migration, 45 (5), 2007, 3 - 34
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2676
published as 'Earnings and Occupational Attainment among Immigrants' in: Industrial Relations, 2009, 48 (3), 454 - 465
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2670
published in: Economics of Education Review, 2009, 28 (2), 162-169
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2664
published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2010, 23 (1), 353-372
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2587
published as 'The impact of surplus skills on earnings: Extending the over-education model to language proficiency' in: Economics of Education Review, 2013, 36, 263-275
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2575
published as "A Test of the Critical Period Hypothesis for Language Learning" in: Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2008, 29 (1), 16-29
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2405
published in: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2008, 61 (3), 353-373