Public intellectuals George Borjas, Kao Kalia Yang and Bryan Caplan are among the speakers at the immigration-focused Winter Institute Feb. 7-8 in St. Cloud.
In its 57th year, Winter Institute is a leading conference on economics, business conditions and economics education.
A Harvard economist and Cuban immigrant, Borjas has authored several books on immigration, including “We Wanted Workers: Unraveling the Immigration Narrative” (W.W. Norton, 2016).
In “We Wanted Workers,” Borjas proposes compensation for Americans hurt by immigration, supported by a tax on high-tech, agricultural and service-sector companies that profit from cheap immigrant labor.
A former child refugee who came to America with her Hmong parents, Yang has earned critical praise for her books “The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir” (Coffee House Press, 2008) and “The Song Poet” (Metropolitan Books, 2016).
“Latehomecomer” earned a 2009 Minnesota Book Award. Listen to an excerpt:
An economics professor at George Mason, Caplan is best known for “The Myth of the Rational Voter” (Princeton University Press, 2007), which argues citizens cast votes based on four irrational biases about economic issues such immigration, economic growth, welfare and trade.
Caplan is collaborating with cartoonist Zach Weinersmith on “All Roads Lead to Open Borders,” a non-fiction graphic novel on the philosophy and social science of immigration.
The Winter Institute will also host a presentation by James Bullard ’84, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Bullard will discuss the U.S. economy and monetary policy 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at 912 Regency Plaza, St. Cloud.
Among the numerous social opportunities at the conference is a networking reception with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar 7:30-10 p.m. Feb. 7.
Also presenting at the conference are:
Mynul Khan ’04
The founder, president and CEO of Field Nation, which connects contract IT and other freelancers with corporate clients through an online marketplace. He is an immigrant from Bangladesh.
An immigrant from India, she teaches sociology and anthropology at St. Cloud Technical & Community College.
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