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Impact of Migration on Economic and Human Development

Jno. E. Owens Conference

April 15–16, 2021 Dallas Fed

NOTE: Due to the rapidly evolving situation concerning coronavirus (COVID-19), we're postponing the Jno. Owens Memorial Conference Impact of Migration on Economic and Human Development to April 15-16, 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check this page for updates.

The annual Jno Owens Conference, co-sponsored by the Tower Center at SMU and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, will examine the complex relationship between migration and economic and human development, paying special attention to:

  • The interaction between migration and development and the role of remittances.
  • The effect of migration and trade on skill levels and labor markets in sending and receiving countries.
  • Trends in refugee migration and asylum seeking, and the role of climate change. 


  • Reception and Dinner: April 15 (SMU)
    6–8:30 p.m.
  • Conference: April 16 (Dallas Fed)
    8:15 a.m.–3 p.m.


  • SMU, Mack Ballroom
    3300 Dyer St.
    Dallas TX 75205
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
    2200 N. Pearl St.
    Dallas, TX 75201
  • Directions



April 15 (SMU, Mack Ballroom)
6:00 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m.



Dinner Keynote
Doris Meissner
Migration Policy Institute

April 16 (Dallas Fed)
8:15 a.m.

Panel 1—Migration, Trade and Development
Moderator: Thomas Osang, SMU


Dilip Ratha
World Bank


Raymond Robertson
Texas A&M University
Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics and Public Policy


Robert E.B. Lucas
Boston University

9:45 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m.

Plenary Session


Robert S. Kaplan
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

10:45 a.m.

Panel 2Migration and Labor Markets
Moderator: Pia Orrenius
, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas


Jackie Wahba
University of Southampton


Cynthia Bansak
St. Lawrence University


Fabiola Mieres
International Labor Organization

12:15 p.m.

Keynote Lunch  


Alejandro Portes
University of Miami School of Law

1:30 p.m.

Panel 3Forced Migration and Climate Change
Moderator: Jim Hollifield, SMU


Valerie Mueller
Arizona State University


Idean Salehyan
University of North Texas


Aimee Chin
University of Houston


Josh DeWind
The Social Science Research Council

3:15 p.m.

Concluding Remarks

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