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Pia M. Orrenius
Vice President and Senior Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Pia Orrenius

Orrenius is a labor economist working on regional economic growth and demographic change. She manages the Texas Business Outlook Surveys and is executive editor of the quarterly publication Southwest Economy. Her academic research focuses on the labor market impacts of immigration, unauthorized immigration and U.S. immigration policy. She is coauthor of the book Beside the Golden Door: U.S. Immigration Reform in a New Era of Globalization (2010, AEI Press).

Orrenius is affiliated with several academic institutions. She is research fellow at the Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University and at the IZA Institute of Labor in Bonn, Germany, as well as visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Orrenius is also adjunct professor at Baylor University (Dallas campus), where she teaches in the executive MBA program. Orrenius was senior economist on the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President, Washington D.C., in 2004–05, where she advised the Bush administration on labor, health and immigration issues. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and bachelor degrees in economics and Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana—Champaign.

Pia M. Orrenius
Vice President and Senior Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Employment

  • Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Research Department, 1999–present
  • Adjunct Professor, Baylor University (Dallas campus), Executive MBA Program
  • President's Council of Economic Advisers, 2004–05, Senior Economist

Academic Affiliations

  • Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Tower Center Fellow, Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University
  • Research Fellow, IZA Institute of Labor in Bonn, Germany
  • Fellow, Transatlantic Forum on Migration and Integration, German Marshall Fund

Education

  • University of California at Los Angeles
    PhD in economics, 1999
  • University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign, Illinois
    BA in economics, 1990 (magna cum laude)
    BA in Spanish, 1990

Editorial Boards

  • International Migration Review, 2012–15
  • IZA Journal of Migration, Associate Editor, 2012–15

Professional Service

  • Member, Board of Trustees, Southern Economic Association, 2011–16
  • Member, BLS Technical Advisory Committee, 2012–13
  • Member, Committee on Survey Options for Estimating Unauthorized Crossings at the U.S.–Mexico Border, National Research Council, 2011–12
  • Member, Committee on Estimating Costs of Immigration Enforcement in the Department of Justice, National Research Council, 2010–11

Journal Publications

  • “How do Tougher Immigration Measures Impact Unauthorized Immigrants: Comment,” Demography, Demography, June 2013
  • “Credible Immigration Policy Reform: A Response to Briggs,” with Madeline Zavodny, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Fall 2012
  • “The Economics of U.S. Immigration Policy,” with Madeline Zavodny, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Fall 2012
  • “Chinese Immigrants in the U.S. Labor Market: Effects of Post-Tiananmen Immigration Policy,”Off-site PDF with Madeline Zavodny and Emily Kerr, International Migration Review, Summer 2012
  • The Economic Consequences of Amnesty for Unauthorized Immigrants,” with Madeline Zavodny, Cato Journal, Winter 2012
  • “Do Remittances Boost Economic Development? Evidence from Mexican States,”PDF with Madeline Zavodny, Jesus Cañas and Roberto Coronado, Law and Business Review of the Americas, Fall 2010.
  • “Mexican Immigrant Employment Outcomes over the Business Cycle,” with Madeline Zavodny, American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, May 2010
  • “Do Immigrants Work in Riskier Jobs?” with Madeline Zavodny, Demography, August 2009
  • “The Effects of Tougher Enforcement on the Job Prospects of Recent Latin American immigrants,” with Madeline Zavodny, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Spring 2009
  • “Immigrants in the U.S. Economy: A Host-Country Perspective,” with Michael Nicholson, Journal of Business Strategies, Spring 2009
  • “The Effect of Minimum Wages on Immigrants' Employment and Earnings,” with Madeline Zavodny, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, July 2008.
  • “Does Immigration Affect Wages? A Look at Occupation-Level Evidence,” with Madeline Zavodny, Labour Economics, October 2007.
  • “Crime on the U.S.–Mexico Border: The Effect of Undocumented Immigration and Border Enforcement,” with Roberto Coronado, Migraciones Internacionales, June 2007.
  • “On the Determinants of Optimal Border Enforcement,” with Mark Guzman and Joe Haslag, Economic Theory, February 2007.
  • “Self-Selection Among Undocumented Immigrants from Mexico,” with Madeline Zavodny, Journal of Development Economics, October 2005.
  • “What are the Consequences of an Amnesty for Undocumented Immigrants?” with Madeline Zavodny, Georgetown Public Policy Review, Spring, 2004.
  • “Do Amnesty Programs Reduce Undocumented Immigration? Evidence from IRCA,” with Madeline Zavodny, Demography, August 2003.

Books, Book Chapters and Reports

  • Immigrants in the U.S. Labor Market,” with Madeline Zavodny, Latin America Initiative Immigration Research Project Working Paper, Baker Institute, Rice University, 2013.
  • The Process of Unauthorized Crossing at the U.S.–Mexico Border,” with Fernando Riosmena, in Options for Estimating Illegal Entries at the U.S.–Mexico Border, National Research Council 2012.
  • “Economic Effects of Migration: Receiving States,” with Madeline Zavodny, in The Oxford Handbook of The Politics of International Migration, Marc R. Rosenblum and Daniel J. Tichenor, eds., Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • “Immigration and Growth,” with Madeline Zavodny, in The 4% Solution: Unleashing the Economic Growth America Needs, Brendan Miniter, ed., Crown Business, 2012.
  • “Remittances as an Economic Development Engine,” with Madeline Zavodny, Jesus Cañas, and Roberto Coronado, in Migration and Remittances from Mexico: Trends, Impacts and New Challenges, Alfredo Cuecuecha and Carla Pederzini, eds., Lexington Books, 2012.
  • “The Immigration Enforcement System,”off-site with Susan Clarke and Marc Rosenblum, in Budgeting for Immigration Enforcement: A Path to Better Performance, Steven Redburn, Peter Reuter, and Malay Majmundar (eds.), National Research Council 2011.
  • “The Minimum Wage and Latino Workers,”PDF with Madeline Zavodny, in Latinos and the Economy: Integration and Impact in Schools, Labor Markets and Beyond, David Leal and Stephen Trejo, eds., Springer, 2011.
  • Beside the Golden Door: U.S. Immigration Reform in a New Era of Globalization, with Madeline Zavodny, American Enterprise Institute, 2010.
  • “Tied to the Business Cycle: How Immigrants Fare in Good and Bad Economic Times,”off-site with Madeline Zavodny, Migration Policy Institute, 2009.
  • “Differences between Mexican Migration to the U.S. Border and Interior: Evidence from Mexican Survey Data,” with Leslie Lukens and Madeline Zavodny, in Labor Market Issues Along the U.S.–Mexico Border, Marie T. Mora and Alberto Dávila, eds., University of Arizona Press, 2009.
  • “U.S.–Mexico Remittances: Recent Trends and Measurement Issues,”PDF with Jesus Cañas and Roberto Coronado, in Migration, Trade and Development: Conference Proceedings, James Hollifield, Pia Orrenius and Thomas Osang, eds., Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, 2007.
  • “Border Crime and Border Enforcement,” with Roberto Coronado in Basic Border Econometrics, Martha Patricia Barraza de Anda and Thomas M. Fullerton Jr., eds.; Universidad Autonoma de Cd. Juarez, 2007.  
  • “Mexico–U.S. Migration: Economic Effects and Policy Impacts,” in The Changing Structure of Mexico, Laura Randall, ed., M.E.Sharpe, 2006.
  • “The Effect of U.S. Border Enforcement on the Crossing Behavior of Mexican Migrants,” in Crossing the Border: Research from the Mexican Migration Project, Jorge Durand and Douglas S. Massey, eds., Russell Sage Foundation, 2004.

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