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Dowell Myers is a demographer and urban planner who creates narratives to promote public understanding about pressing issues that affect our common future. In his February 22 talk at the Atlanta Fed he will use the most recent demographic data to outline the new facts and debunk some of the old rhetoric that shaped policy debates on immigration. He will spotlight changes before and after the Great Recession, illuminating how key immigration myths are now outdated. Fact-based trends are revealed using an animated presentation to reinterpret the benefits and costs of immigration in light of the aging baby boomer tsunami.
About Dowell Myers
Dowell Myers is a professor in the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy and director of the Population Dynamics Research Group. Myers holds a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Well-known as a specialist in demographic trends and their relation to all areas of policy and planning, Myers has a particular expertise in projecting the future and conveying knowledge useful for public decision making. Myers has testified before the U.S. Congress at Ellis Island and before the California Legislature. His recent research has focused on immigration and housing, including the Journal of the American Planning Association 2008 award article "Aging Baby Boomers and the Generational Housing Bubble," and the 2007 book Immigrants and Boomers: Forging a New Social Contract for the Future of America.
View Myers' Curriculum Vitae (pdf). Current research reports are available on the Population Dynamics Research Group website, which includes research on immigration, housing, California, and other topics related to urban demography (for a complete list see Research Areas).