Econintersect: A study of immigrants and the impact on the economy of the state of North Carolina has been published by James H. Johnson Jr and Stephen J. Appold of the Frank Hawkins Keenan Institute of Private Enterprise associated with the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The conclusions of the study include a finding that the benefits to the state’s economy are larger than the costs associated with the presence of immigrants.
The study classified North Carolina residents in three groups: Native born, other U.S. citizens by birth born in other states (called U.S. imports) and immigrants. By far the biggest net contributors to the economy of the state were the U.S. imports. Immigrants were second ranked, edging out the native born population.
The report of the study is in the form of a report to the public rather than as a journal publication. As a result data is presented in summary and details needed for cross checking results are not present. The disagreements Econintersect found when totaling the data that was given compared to the summary numbers presented in the report are given in line 24 of the table above.
To read the entire report, click on the cover page image below to access the pdf file.
- Demographic and Economic Impacts of International immigration to North Carolina (James H. Johnson Jr and Stephen J. Appold, Frank Hawkins Keenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, April 2014)
- Study: Immigrants have positive economic impact (McClatchy News Service, Greensboro Times-Union, 16 April 2014)