Madeline Zavodny

University of North Florida, 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, University of North Florida, 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

Professor of Economics, Agnes Scott College, USA; 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

  • “US immigration from Latin America in historical perspective.” Journal of Economic Perspectives 37 (2023): 199–222 (with G. Hanson and P. Orrenius).

  • “Immigration, working conditions, and compensating differentials.” ILR Review 75 (2022): 1054–1081 (with C. Sparber).

  • “Put on ICE? Effects of immigration raids in the animal slaughtering and processing industry.” AEA Papers and Proceedings 112 (2022): 386–390 (with P. Orrenius).

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