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  1. 1.The economic consequences of rising sea levels: housing prices and business relocation

  2. 2.The role of gender and socio-economic background in accessing top jobs, with an emphasis on the role of talent selection and recruiting processes.

  3. 3.Undocumented migration: economic contribution and the economic effects of legalization.

  4. 4.Highly skilled immigration: the H1-B visa program and its effect on innovation and company growth.

  5. 5.Economic development: Covid vaccination and the economic recovery in Latin America


- Geographic Mobility of College Students and the Gender Gap in Academic Aspirations. Joint with Lídia Farré. Also IZA DP 14561.

  1. -Coping with H-1B Shortages: Firm Performance and Mitigation Strategies (latest version). Joint with Anna Maria Mayda, Giovanni Peri, Kevin Shih and Chad Sparber. Also 2020 NBER WP 27730. R&R Industrial and Labor Relations Review.

  2. -Do Immigrant Inflows Improve Quality of Care in Nursing Homes? Joint with Delia Furtado. Also IZA DP 13552. R&R Journal of Human Resources.


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  1. 1.Ortega, F., 2005.  “Immigration Policy and Skill Upgrading.” Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 89, pages 1841-1863.

  1. 2.Ortega, F., 2010.  “Immigration, Citizenship, and the Size of Government,” The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy: Vol. 10(1), Contributions, Art. 26.

  1. 3.Armenter, R., Ortega, F., 2010. “Credible Redistribution Policies and Migration across US States.” Review of Economic Dynamics. Vol. 13(2), pages 403-423, April.

  1. 4.Gonzalez, L., Ortega, F., 2011. “How Do Very Open Economies Absorb Large Immigration Flows? Evidence from Spanish Regions.” Labour Economics 18, pages 57–70.

  1. 5.Armenter, R., Ortega, F., 2011. “Credible Redistribution Policies and Skilled Migration.” European Economic Review 55, pages 228–245.

  1. 6.Bertoli, S., Fernandez-Huertas, J., Ortega, F., 2011. “Immigration Policies and the Ecuadorian Exodus.” The World Bank Economic Review 2011; doi: 10.1093/wber/lhr004.

  1. 7.Farré, L., González, L., and Ortega, F., 2011. "Immigration, Family Responsibilities and the Labor Supply of Skilled Native Women," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy: Vol. 11: Iss. 1 (Contributions), Article 34. DOI: 10.2202/1935-1682.2875.

  1. 8.Ortega, F., Polavieja, J. G., 2012. “Labor-market Exposure as a Determinant of Attitudes toward Immigration.” Labour Economics 19 (2012), pages 298-311. DOI information: 10.1016/j.labeco.2012.02.004.

  1. 9.Ortega, F., Peri, G., 2013. “The Effect of Income and Immigration Policies on International Migration.” Migration Studies, Volume 1,  page 1-28; Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/migration/mns004. Also NBER working paper number 18322.

  1. 10. Gonzalez, L., Ortega, F., 2013. “Immigration and Housing Booms: Evidence from Spain.” Journal of Regional Science, vol. 53 (1), pages 37-59. DOI: 10.1111/jors.12010.

  1. 11. Bertoli, S., Fernandez-Huertas, J., Ortega, F., 2013. Crossing the Border: Self-selection, Earnings, and Individual Migration Decisions. Journal of Development Economics 101, pages 75-91.

  1. 12. Ortega, F., Peri, G., 2014. Migration, Trade and Income. Journal of International Economics, vol. 92(2), pages 231-251. Also NBER working paper number 18193.

  1. 13. Di Giovanni, J., Levchenko, A., Ortega, F., 2015. A Global View of Cross-border Migration. Journal of the European Economic Association, Issue 13-1, February 2015. For a working paper containing additional results, click here. For a non-technical summary of the findings see Commentary.

  1. 14. Tanaka, R., Farre, L., Ortega, F., 2018.  Immigration, Assimilation, and the Future of Public Education. European Journal of Political Economy, 52, pages 141-165. Also IZA Discussion Paper 8342.

  1. 15. Edwards, R., Ortega, F., 2017. The Economic Contribution of Unauthorized Workers.  Regional Science and Urban Economics, 67, pages 119-134. Also NBER Working paper 22834 and IZA DP10366. Interview at Bloomberg TV. Interview with CNBC.

  1. 16. Farre, L., Ortega, F., Tanaka, R., 2018. Immigration and the Public-Private School Choice. Also IZA Discussion Paper 9234. Labour Economics, 51, pages 184-201.

  1. 17. Hsin, A., Ortega, F., 2018. The Effects of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on the Educational Outcomes of Undocumented Students. Demography, volume 55, issue 4, pages 1487-1506. Also IZA Discussion Paper 11078.

  1. 18. Ortega, F., Taspinar, S., 2018.  Rising Sea Levels and Sinking Property Values: Hurricane Sandy and New York’s Housing Market. Journal of Urban Economics, 106, pages 81-100. Also IZA Discussion Paper 10374.

  1. 19. Mayda, A.M., Ortega, F., Peri, G., Shih, K., Sparber, C., 2018.  The Effect of the H-1B Quota on Employment and Selection of Foreign-born Labor. European Economic Review, 108, pages 105-128. Also NBER working paper 23902.

  1. 20. Indaco, A., Ortega, F., Taspinar, S., 2019. The Effects of Flood Insurance on Housing Markets. Cityscape, Volume 21, Number 2, pages 129-156. A more detailed version (March 2019) including results for New York City can be found here.

  1. 21. Ortega, F., Edwards, R., Hsin, A., 2019. The Economic Effects of Providing Legal Status to DREAMers. IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 9:2. Also IZA Discussion paper 11281.

  1. 22. Indaco, A., Ortega, F., Taspinar, Sl, 2020. Hurricanes, Flood Risk and the Economic Adaptation of Businesses. Journal of Economic Geography, DOI 10.1093/jeg/lbaa020. Also available as IZA Discussion Paper 12474.

  1. 23. Olivieri, S., Ortega, F., Rivadeneira, A., Carranza, E., 2021. Shoring up economic refugees: Venezuelan migrants in the Ecuadoran labor market. Migration Studies, Volume 9, Issue 4, December 2021, Pages 1590-1625. DOI 10.1093/migration/mnab037. Also IZA DP 13502.

  1. 24. Farré, L., Ortega, F., 2021. Selecting Talent: Gender Differences in Participation and Success in Competitive Selection Processes. Journal of Human Resources, 0320-10767R1. Also an IZA Discussion Paper 12530.

  1. 25. Olivieri, S., Ortega, F., Rivadeneira, A., Carranza, E., 2021. The labor market effects of Venezuelan migration in Ecuador. Journal of Development Studies, DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2021.1988077.

  1. 26. Ortega, F., Hsin, A., 2022. Occupational Barriers and the Labor Market Penalty from Lack of Legal Status. Labour Economics, 76, 102181, DOI information: 10.1016/j.labeco.2022.102181. Pre-publication version. An earlier version was posted as CReAM DP 18/21.


  1. 1.De la Rica, S., Ortega, F., 2012. “Economic and Cultural Gaps among Foreign-born Minorities in Spain.” In “Cultural integration of Immigrants in Europe”, Studies of Policy Reform, Oxford Economic Press, 2012. Edited by Yann Algan, Alberto Bisin, Alan Manning, and Thierry Verdier. ISBN 978-0-19- 966009-4. Also IZA Discussion Paper 4115.

  1. 2.Ortega, F., Peri, G., 2014. “The Aggregate Effects of Trade and Migration: Evidence from OECD Countries.” In “The Socio-Economic Impact of Migration Flows.” Springer International Publishing Switzerland, 2014. Edited by Klaus F. Zimmerman, Alessandro Cigno, Erdal Tekin and Junsen Zhang.

  1. 3.Gonzalez, L., Ortega, F., 2014. “How do Open Economies Adjust to Large Immigration Flows? Sectoral Specialization, Household Services, and Other Mechanisms.” CESifo DICE Report, Volume 12, Number 2, Summer 2014.

  1. 4.De la Rica, S., Glitz, A., Ortega, F., 2015. Immigration in Europe: Trends, Policies, and Empirical Evidence. Barry R. Chiswick and Paul W. Miller, editors, "Handbook of the Economics of International Migration", volume 1B. Elsevier. Also IZA Discussion Paper 7778.

  1. 5.Tanaka, R., Ortega, F., Forthcoming April 2016. Immigration and the Political Economy of Public Education: Recent Perspectives. Gary Freeman and Nikola Mirilovic, editors, "Handbook of Migration and Social Policy.” Elgar. Also IZA Discussion Paper 8778.

  1. 6.Edwards, R., Ortega, F., 2016. “The Economic Impacts of Removing Unauthorized Immigrant Workers. An Industry and State-level Analysis.” Center for American Progress, September 2016.

  1. 7.Ortega, F., Sparber, C., 2016. “Skilled Immigrants: Economic Contribution and Policy Implications.” In Refugees and Economic Migrants: Facts, Policies and Challenges. VoxEU, CEPR Press.

  1. 8.Edwards, R., Ortega, F., 2017. “The Economic Benefits of Passing the DREAM Act.” Center for American Progress, September 2017.

  1. 9.Mayda, A.M., Ortega, F., Peri, G., Shih, K., Sparber, C., 2020. New Data and Facts on H1-B Workers across Firms. In The Roles of Immigrants and Foreign Students in U.S. Science, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, edited by Ina Ganguli, Shulamit Kahn, and Megan MacGarvie, University of Chicago Press.


Flood Insurance in a World with Rising SeasECONOFACT, October 2018.

Learning from Hurricane Sandy? Rising Seas and Housing ValuesECONOFACT, May 2018.

How the DREAM Act can actually lower the deficit” by The Hill, February 2018.

If Dreamers are protected, would the economy benefit?” by PBS NewsHour, February 2018.

The Economic Impact of New York City’s Dreamers” by NYC Comptroller, January 2018.

The Economic Gains of Legalizing DREAMersECONOFACT, January 2018.

DREAMers could give the US economy - and even American workers - a boost” by Amy Hsin, The Conversation, January 2018.

The Immigration Effect” by Lena Groeger, ProPublica, July 2017.

Why deporting undocumented immigrants could slow US economy” by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press, March 2017.

Immigration Crackdown Could Drag Down GDP by 3%Bloomberg TV, February 2017.

The Economic Costs of an Immigration CrackdownCNBC, February 2017.

The Potentially Severe Consequences of Trump’s Deportation Plans” by Max Ehrenfreund, The Washington Post, November 2016.

Study Says Illegal-Immigrant Crackdown Could Hit U.S. Economic Growth,” The Wall Street Journal, November 2016.

Will deporting undocumented workers take us back to the Great Recession?” by Rounak Maiti, NPR Marketplace, September 2016.