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Seminar Series: The Commission on the Impact of Immigrants in Maryland

Jeffrey F. Werling, Executive Director, Inforum, Department of Economics, University of Maryland
When Feb 27, 2012
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 0124B Cole Student Activities Building
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Talk

With comprehensive immigration reform stalled at the federal level, state and local officials are being asked to address various issues relating to immigration and, in particular, the issues surrounding unauthorized immigration. To gain a broader understanding of the economic and fiscal issues surrounding immigration, in June 2008 the Maryland General Assembly authorized the Commission to Study the Impact of Immigrants in Maryland. On February 8, the Commission released its final report. As commission Staff Director, University of Maryland economist Jeff Werling coordinated the work of the panel, which included representatives from the governor’s office, both houses of the Assembly, and the private sector. Together, they scoured data sources and immigration literature and interviewed dozens of witnesses. The report urges legislators to take a long view of immigration, which will show that the benefits significantly outweigh the costs, even the short run fiscal costs of providing state and local services. It says the state would be “foolhardy” to shortchange the education of immigrants’ children, who will be part of the state’s future workforce.

About the Speaker

Jeffrey F. Werling

Jeff Werling is Executive Director of Inforum, a research unit with in the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland College Park. Since its founding 40 years ago, Inforum has been dedicated to improving business planning, government policy analysis, and the general understanding of the economic environment. Inforum pioneered the construction and use of dynamic general equilibrium models for the United States and other countries.

In addition to managing the day-to-day activity at Inforum, Jeff serves as principal investigator for special projects applying Inforum modeling systems. He has completed studies on the economic implications of government stimulus spending, climate and energy policy, immigration, exchange rate fluctuations, and disruptions due to terrorist strikes and natural disasters. Jeff also teaches an undergraduate course in economic development. Previously, he held positions as an international and industry economist with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the Manufacturers Alliance (MAPI), and the WEFA Group (now Global Insight). Jeff received a B.S in mineral economics at the Pennsylvania State University in 1981, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland in 1989 and 1992, respectively.

Jeff is currently the Staff Director of the Commission to Study the Impact of Immigrants in Maryland. He is a Board member of the National Economists Club and a member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), the National Peace Corps Association, and the International Input-Output Association.


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