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Migration and Competitiveness: Japan and the US, March 22-23, 2012

Migration and Competitiveness: Japan and the United States

Thursday, March 22, 2012 UC-Berkeley
IEAS, 2223 Fulton Street, Room 500
IEAS is on the 6th floor of the Cal Athletic Building

This workshop explores the effects of immigrants on particular economic sectors. Each presentation has five sections: an industry profile, migrant employment patterns, the effects of migrants, links between migration, labor and other policies, and alternative options and scenarios.

The industry profile explains the current structure of output and employment, including the use of subcontractors and migrant workers by geography, occupation, size of employer and other factors. Migrant employment explains the current role of migrants, the evolution of migrant employment, how migrant employment patterns are changing. The effects of migrants focus the 3 R’s of labor markets, viz, how migrants affect recruitment, remuneration or pay, and retention. Policies deals with the interaction of migration and labor policies and how these policies affect labor markets in the short-, medium-, and long-terms. Options and scenarios examine current policy debates and their consequences for the industry, local and migrant workers, and consumers and society, including the integration of migrants and their families.

We are grateful to the Center for Global Partnership, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Center for Japanese Studies for support of this workshop. If you wish to participate, please RSVP by contacting Philip Martin.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

8am
Breakfast available in the conference room
8:30
Welcome and introductions, Philip Martin, UCD and Steve Vogel, UCB
8:45
Overview of Migration Patterns and Policies (25 minute presentations)
Japan, Yasushi Iguchi, Kwansei Gakuin University
United States, Philip Martin, University of California, Davis: paper, presentation
Discussion
9:45
Break
10:00
Agriculture
Japan, Mitsuyoshi Ando, University of Tokyo and Kenji Horiguchi, Waseda University: paper, presentation
United States, Philip Martin, University of California, Davis: paper, presentation
Discussion, James Lincoln, UCB, Sally Fairfax, UCB (10-12 minutes each)
11:30
Lunch and Keynote Speech, Michael Teitelbaum, Harvard and Sloan Foundation
12:45
Health Care
Japan, Jun Inoue, Hitotsubashi University: paper, presentation
United States, Lindsay Lowell, Georgetown University: presentation
Discussion, Charles Harns, IOM MRTC, Rick Mines
2:15
Break
2:30
Science and Engineering
Japan, Nana Oishi, Sophia University
United States, Norm Matloff, University of California, Davis: paper, presentation
Discussion, Robert Cole, UCB, Michael Teitelbaum, Harvard
4:00
Break
4:15
SME Manufacturing and Construction
SME Manufacturing Japan, Yasushi Iguchi, Kwansei Gakuin University
Construction and Meatpacking, United States, Philip Martin, University of California, Davis and Robert Glover, University of Texas-Austin: paper, presentation
Discussion, Keiko Yamanaka, UCB
5pm
Adjourn