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Economics of Immigration: Myths and Realities

Economist Ben Powell Returns to Metro State 2/17

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: February 10, 2011

WHAT: Metropolitan State College of Denver School of Business is hosting a “lunch and learn” professional development workshop addressing the common misconceptions about immigration’s negative impact on the U.S. economy. The program will address how conservative estimates conclude that the U.S. economy achieves an annual net gain of $20 billion from current immigration activities.

WHO: Ben Powell is an assistant professor of economics at Suffolk University, a senior economist at the Beacon Hill Institute, and vice president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education. Powell is the editor of “Making Poor Nations Rich: Entrepreneurship and the Process of Development” and co-editor of “Housing America: Building Out of a Crisis.” He is author of more than 50 scholarly articles and policy studies. His primary fields of research are economic development, Austrian economics, public choice and housing economics. Powell’s research findings have been reported in more than 100 national press outlets including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. For a full bio visit:

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

WHERE: Tivoli Student Union – Turnhalle
Free Event
Auraria Campus (900 Auraria Pkwy., Denver, CO 80204)
For parking and directions, visit

WHY: This professional development event provides an opportunity for students, alumni and the local community to remain current on timely topics of public interest. Powell last spoke on the Metro State campus in 2007 when he debated former Governor of Colorado Richard Lamm about immigration, which produced a dynamic exchange still mentioned today by those who attended.

HOW: The event was made possible through the collective support from the following Metro State departments: School of Business, School of Letters Arts and Sciences, Student Activities, Honors Program and the Hispanic Serving Institution Task Force.


About Metropolitan State College of Denver
With more than 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans. The College now offers master’s degrees in accounting and teacher education, and will offer a master’s in social work starting fall 2011. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 67,500 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.