Fellow Talks

Immigration and Economic Growth from the Supply Side

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Tim Kane, a research fellow, discusses immigration and economic policy in the United States. He begins by establishing American economic power in a historical perspective, with an emphasis on economic growth, investment, and scale. He concludes that the US economy is stronger and better positioned globally than many believe. He goes on to discuss job creation as a driver for the economy and the alarming decline of start-ups and entrepreneurship. Immigration is a possible solution for bolstering the economy, especially since immigrants bring innovation and entrepreneurship, but politicians in Washington are hindering reform. In the face of failed comprehensive reform, Kane advocates incremental approaches. He ends by going over fact sheets produced by the Hoover Institution Conte Initiative on Immigration Reform.