Madeline Zavodny

Agnes Scott College, USA, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor gives policymakers a unique platform for accessing up-to-date research on key economic issues. It’s also a great resource for academics and students, and I’m delighted to be able to contribute to it

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Economics, Agnes Scott College, USA

Research interest

Labor economics, economic demography, economics of the family, immigration

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Expert on the economics of immigration for the Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress and the US Congressional Budget Office

Past positions

Associate Professor of Economics, Occidental College, USA; Research Economist and Associate Policy Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, USA


PhD Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, 1996

Selected publications

  • Beside the Golden Door: US Immigration Reform in a New Era of Globalization. Washington, DC: American Enterprise Institute Press, 2010 (with P. Orrenius).

  • “Does immigration affect whether U.S. natives major in science and engineering?” Journal of Labor Economics (Forthcoming) (with P. Orrenius).

  • “Mexican immigrant employment outcomes over the business cycle.” American Economic Review Papers & Proceedings 100 (May 2010): 316–320 (with P. Orrenius).

  • “Do immigrants work in riskier jobs?” Demography 46 (August 2009): 535–551 (with P. Orrenius).