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A Novel Idea: Build a Monster.Com for Immigrant Labor

Job seekers line up at a job fair sponsored by Monster.com at a hotel in Newark, N.J.
Job seekers line up at a job fair sponsored by Monster.com at a hotel in Newark, N.J.Photograph by Mike Derer/AP Photo

Economist Gordon Hanson has spent his career analyzing the nitty-gritty of U.S. immigration policy. A professor at the University of California at San Diego, he’s examined Nafta’s impact on Mexican wages and whether the tax contributions of low-wage immigrant workers offset what the U.S. spends trying to keep them out, among many other subjects. Now he’s asking a question that’ll become critical if Congress passes immigration reform: How could businesses recruit and hire foreign workers more efficiently than they do under the current system?

His answer: Create a Monster.com for immigrants.