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The Economic Impact of Immigrant-Related Local Ordinances

Thursday, October 20, 2011

This Americas Society white paper provides the first comparative look at the average economic effects of how restrictive versus non-restrictive immigration-related city ordinances affect a business environment. Using statistical analysis, the report demonstrates that non-restrictive city ordinances are better for an overall jobs environment. ... Read More

Taking Youth to Market: Expanding Formal Labor Market Access through Public-Private Collaboration

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

This white paper presents findings on easing access to labor markets for disadvantaged youth, drawing attention to innovative programs that promote formal employment in Colombia and Peru. Research was carried out by the Americas Society’s Social Inclusion program. ... Read More

New Destinations & Hispanic Immigrants: Promoting Inclusive Policies

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Exploring the complexity of immigration discussions today, this compendium of articles looks at topics such as immigrants and the U.S. economy, the role of business, and next steps for the DREAM Act. U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis writes in the compendium that immigrants “pump up job growth by spurring the creation of new businesses.” ... Read More

Supporting Small Business in Cuba: Recommendations for Private and Public Sector Leaders

Thursday, March 31, 2011

In light of the ongoing economic reform process in Cuba, the report outlines specific steps that can be taken by the Cuban government, the U.S. government, NGOs and foundations to assist independent small and micro-entrepreneurs in Cuba. ... Read More

Economic Growth and Integration in the Pacific Northwest: Portland’s Hispanic and Business Communities

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

In the final paper of a three-part series focusing on new gateway city working papers, AS looks at the unique dynamics of the Latino and overall immigrant communities in Portland, Oregon, and how business, the public sector, and community groups are stepping up to create an environment that allows these groups to maximize their contributions to the metropolitan area. ... Read More

Colombia's Energy Renaissance

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

This Energy Action Group paper tells the story of how Colombia has revived its once flailing energy sector over the course of the last decade, developing into one of Latin America’s foremost destinations for investment in the oil and gas sector and securing a steady supply of electricity for its growing population. ... Read More