Posted: 10/12/22

Economist Discusses Border Closures, U.S. Labor Market for IBC Bank & Commerce Bank Keynote Speaker Series Wednesday at TAMIU


Dr. Pia M. Orrenius
Dr. Pia M. Orrenius  

Immigrant labor and the U.S. economy are the topics of discussion during an upcoming Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) IBC Bank and Commerce Bank 2022-2023 Keynote Speaker Series lecture Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. 

The lecture is free and open to the public. 

Dr. Pia M. Orrenius, vice president and senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, will present her lecture, “How Closing the Borders Heated Up the U.S. Labor Market.” 

During the talk, Dr. Orrenius will discuss the effects of a mandated closure of U.S. borders affecting most migrants. Meanwhile, a short-lived recession resulted in a quick rebound in economic activity. This impasse set the stage for the tightest labor market since World War II. 

In addition to the in-person lecture, a livestream of the event is available via Webex. Participants can search for Webex Event #2463 692 7811 to register or visit https://go.tamiu.edu/orrenius.  

The lecture is made possible through the TAMIU A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business and the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade as part of a series sponsored by IBC Bank and Commerce Bank.

Orrenius, a labor economist working on regional economic growth and demographic change, has served as the executive editor of the quarterly publication Southwest Economy and the co-edited Ten Gallon Economy: Sizing Up Economic Growth in Texas. She is also the co-author of Beside the Golden Door: U.S. Immigration Reform in a New Era of Globalization. 

Currently, she is a research fellow at the Tower Center for Public Policy and International Affairs and the Mission Foods Texas-México Center at Southern Methodist University and the IZA Institute of Labor in Bonn, Germany. 

Previously, Orrenius was the senior economist on the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President from 2004 – 2005, advising the Bush administration on labor, health and immigration issues.

She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

For more information, contact Amy Palacios, associate director, Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade, at 956.326.2820 or amy@tamiu.edu or visit offices in Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 221.

Additional information is also available at facebook.com/tamiucswht. 

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