• Bio:

    Cordelia Reimers is a Professor Emerita of Economics at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she taught from 1982 to 2003. Last spring she returned to Hunter as a Visiting Professor of Urban Affairs, to team-teach the Introduction to Public Policy course in Hunter’s new undergraduate program in public policy at Roosevelt House.

    Her research has focused on differences in labor supply and labor market outcomes by race, ethnicity, and gender and on Social Security and retirement behavior. Currently she and Howard Chernick of the Hunter faculty are investigating the impact of the Great Recession on state and local government and the effects on public means-tested benefits such as Medicaid, with funding from the Russell Sage Foundation.

    Professor Reimers has been a Senior Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers, a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ panel on Hispanics in the United States whose report, Hispanics and the Future of America, was published in 2006. Prior to joining the faculty of CUNY, she was an Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. She holds a BS in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in Economics from Columbia University.

  • Recent Publications:
    • “The Impact of Immigration on the US Labour Market: What Have We Learned Since 2000 and What Do We Need to Do Next?” in Twenty-first Century Immigration to North America, edited by Victoria Esses and Donald Abelson (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017);
    • “Tax Structure and Revenue Instability: The Great Recession and the States” (with H. Chernick and J Tennant), IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 2014; “Labor Market Effects of September 11th on Arab and Muslim Residents of the U.S.” (with N. Kaushal and R. Kaestner), Journal of Human Resources, 2007;
    • “Economic Well-Being,” in Hispanics and the Future of America, edited by Marta Tienda and Faith Mitchell (National Academies Press, 2006).
  • Current Projects:

    Immigrants and Public Benefit Programs in New York City (with Howard Chernick.)

  • Research Areas: Economic Policy, Immigration Policy, Race