Pia Orrenius joined the Dallas Fed in 1999. As a labor economist and member of the regional group, she analyzes the regional economy, with special focus on the border region. Orrenius’s research also focuses on the causes and consequences of Mexico–U.S. migration, unauthorized immigration and U.S. immigration policy. Orrenius spent the 2004–05 academic year as senior economist on the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President, Washington D.C., where she advised the Bush administration on labor, health and immigration issues.
Orrenius is affiliated with several academic institutions. She is a Tower Center Fellow at the Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University and a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor in Bonn, Germany. Orrenius is also an adjunct professor at Baylor University (Dallas campus), where she teaches in the executive MBA program.
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
Ph.D., Economics, University of California at Los Angeles
B.A., Economics and Spanish, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Arizona's immigration law and Congress's border security bill consider the inability to keep people from entering the country illegally the only problem and fail to broach other failings of the immigration system.
A selective immigration policy focused on high-skilled, high-demand workers will allow the United States to compete in an increasingly global economy while protecting the interests of American citizens and benefitting taxpayers.