Chloe East Explains How Immigrants Help the Aggregate Economy

Published: Feb. 28, 2024

Chloe East, Associate Professor in Economics, was quoted in a CPR News article on the anti-immigrant backlash. She noted that immigrants travel to the U.S. not only for economic opportunity but also to escape violence. She also challenged assumptions that immigrants hurt local workers, stating, "Not only does [immigration] help the aggregate economy … but also it helps create new jobs for U.S. born workers. And I think that's really the most important, maybe surprising finding." She further explains that immigrants tend to take the "less glamorous jobs" that keep businesses functioning, which then allows businesses to create more desirable jobs.  

CPR News, Feb. 28