Pia M. Orrenius
Research Fellow

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Orrenius Pia Orrenius is a vice president and senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Dr. Orrenius’s research focuses on Mexico–U.S. migration, unauthorized immigration, and U.S. immigration policy. As a labor economist at the Dallas Fed, she analyzes the regional economy, with special focus on labor markets and demographic change. She is also adjunct professor at Baylor University and a Tower Center Fellow at The Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University.

Dr. Orrenius spent the 2004–2005 academic year as senior economist on the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President, Washington D.C. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and B.A. degrees in economics and Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in May 2007.
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IZA World of Labor article: Enforcement and illegal migration
IZA Discussion Papers:
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8744  Pia M. Orrenius
Madeline Zavodny
The Impact of Temporary Protected Status on Immigrants' Labor Market Outcomes
7992  Pia M. Orrenius
Madeline Zavodny
How Do E-Verify Mandates Affect Unauthorized Immigrant Workers?
6693  Pia M. Orrenius
Madeline Zavodny
Immigrants in Risky Occupations
(published in: Amelie F. Constant and Klaus F. Zimmermann (eds.), The International Handbook on the Economics of Migration, Edward Elgar 2013, Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, 214-226)
6287  Pia M. Orrenius
Madeline Zavodny
Emily Kerr
Chinese Immigrants in the U.S. Labor Market: Effects of Post-Tiananmen Immigration Policy
(published in: International Migration Review, 2012, 46 (2), 456-482)
5354  Pia M. Orrenius
Madeline Zavodny
Immigrants' Employment Outcomes over the Business Cycle
5341  Pia M. Orrenius
Madeline Zavodny
The Minimum Wage and Latino Workers
(published in: David Leal and Stephen Trejo (eds)., Latinos and the Economy: Integration and Impact in Schools, Labor Markets, and Beyond, New York: Springer, 2011, 169-191)
3499  Pia M. Orrenius
Madeline Zavodny
The Effect of Minimum Wages on Immigrants’ Employment and Earnings
(published in: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2008, 61 (4), 544-563)
2481  Pia M. Orrenius
Madeline Zavodny
Does Immigration Affect Wages? A Look at Occupation-Level Evidence
(published in: Labour Economics, 2007, 14 (5), 757-773)