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Barry Chiswick

Prof. Barry R. Chiswick

Barry R. Chiswick is the Emeritus Director for the UIC Center for Economic Education. He currently serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Professor Chiswick was appointed UIC Distinguished Professor (2002), and served as Research Professor (1978-2010) and Head (1987-2008) of the Department of Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He was also Research Professor in the Department of Sociology and in the Survey Research Laboratory at UIC and Founding Director of the UIC Center for Economic Education (2000).

Professor Chiswick received his Ph.D. with Distinction in Economics from Columbia University (1967) and has held permanent and visiting appointments at UCLA, Columbia University, CUNY, Stanford University, Princeton University, Hebrew University (Jerusalem) and the University of Chicago. From 1973 to 1977 he was Senior Staff Economist at the President's Council of Economic Advisers. He is a former chairman of the American Statistical Association Census Advisory Committee, past president of the Midwest Economics Association and the Illinois Economics Association, and a consultant to numerous U.S. government agencies, as well as to the World Bank and other international organizations. He is affiliated with the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London), the Joint Center for Poverty Research and the Institute for the Study of Labor, IZA (Bonn). He is currently a member of the editorial boards of six academic journals.

Professor Chiswick has an international reputation for his research in Labor Economics, Human Resources, the Economics of Immigration, the Economics of Minorities, and Income Distribution. He is recognized as having done the seminal research on the Economics of Immigration, and continues to be the leader in the field. His research has been published in 11 books and monographs and in over 130 journal articles, chapters in books and technical reports. His research is cited frequently in textbooks and in the academic literature (about 100 journal citations per year as reported in the Social Science Citation Index). In addition to numerous seminar and conference presentations in the United States, Professor Chiswick has lectured in 19 other countries.

Professor Chiswick has received numerous awards for his research, including a Fulbright (Research) Fellowship, the Senior University Scholar Award from the University of Illinois, the UIC College of Business Administration Alumni Award for Distinguished Research (first recipient), the Carleton C. Qualey Article Award from the Immigration History Society (first recipient) and the Milken Institute Award for Distinguished Economic Research. He also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Brooklyn College (1999) for his research on immigrants and minorities.

Professor Chiswick is frequently interviewed by the print and electronic media on a range of labor market issues, especially immigration and minorities. He has published policy analyses of these issues in newspapers and magazines, has testified before Congress on pending legislation, and given public lectures to academic and community groups on these and related issues. His policy recommendations regarding the reform of immigration law has influenced the public debate and legislation.