CBAC Economics and Public Policy Forum

Business Book Roundtable

January 25, 2012: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

The Economics and Public Policy Forum is a monthly discussion group of Booth alumni and students who gather over lunch (provided) to discuss a pre-selected topic and reading material. This is a collegial gathering of equals and we do not present speakers. The TOPIC and PRE-READING are:


Immigration is one of those "hot button," divisive topics where everyone has an opinion but on which even the "experts" seldom agree. We will be looking at immigration at large and discussing its economic implications. The U.S. has a long history of immigration legislation and policy, dating back almost to our founding. But many of us don't fully understand the effects of immigration on the economy. Is the net economic effect of immigration positive or negative? Is the answer different for legal versus "illegal" immigration? How are immigrants classified and immigration controlled? Is there really a "brain drain" in the US or are work visas simply a means for employers to hold down wages? Could "importing" talent be causing us to lose "home grown" talent in the US? How do the immigration policies of one country affect other countries? Immigration is a complex, controversial issue and we can't hope to cover it completely. Our goal is to come away with a better understanding of some of the economic issues and implications of immigration. Please read the following articles and join us over lunch for what promises to be an interesting discussion on the topic.

Please register at the link below and review the pre-reading assignment before attending. We look forward to seeing you.



Kopecky, Schumacher & Bleakley, P.C.
Suite 1620
203 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, Illinois


No Charge


Register Online

Deadline: 1/24/2012

Speaker Profiles

Elizabeth Bleakley (Moderator) '02

Principal at Kopecky, Schumacher & Bleakley, P.C., Attorney practicing in business and financial industry law.


Elizabeth Bleakley, '02 
CBAC, President