Seminar Series

The Economics of Immigration and Immigration Reform


David Card


University of California, Berkeley

Time & Place

Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:00:00 NZST in C3 Lecture Theatre, University of Canterbury


Professor Card will be speaking on his research findings on immigrants and labour markets, specifically how immigrants affect the labour market opportunities of natives, the success of immigrants' children and the possible slowdown in immigrant assimilation, and understanding the strong backlash against immigrants in many countries today.

The Condliffe Memorial Lecture is hosted by the Department of Economics and Finance and open to staff, students, alumni and the public.


David Card is the Class of 1950 Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley and Director of the Labor Studies Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research interests include wage inequality, immigration, wages, education, anti-poverty programs, and health insurance. He co-authored the 1995 book, Myth and Measurement: The New Economics of the Minimum Wage, and coedited The Handbook of Labor Economics (1999 and 2011 editions), Seeking a Premier Economy: The Economic Effects of British Economic Reforms (2004), and Small Differences That Matter: Labor Markets and Income Maintenance in Canada and the United States (1992). He has also published over 90 journal articles and book chapters.

Professor Card was co-editor of Econometrica from 1991 to 1995 and co-editor of the American Economic Review from 2002 to 2005. He taught at Princeton University from 1983 to 1996, and has held visiting appointments at Columbia University and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. In 1992 he was elected a fellow of the Econometric Society, and in 1998 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1995 he received the American Economic Association's John Bates Clark Prize, which is awarded every other year to the economist under 40 whose work is judged to have made the most significant contribution to the field. He was a co-recipient of the IZA Labor Economics Award in 2006, and was awarded the Frisch Medal by the Econometric Society in 2007.

Professor Card is most famous to the general public for his research questioning whether the minimum wage has a negative effect on employment. Within the economics profession, he is best known for pioneering the use of quasi-experimental methods to identify causal relationships in economic data, methods that were later popularised by Steven Levitt in the book, Freakonomics.