Gordon Hanson is the Pacific Economic Cooperation chair in international economic relations at the University of California, San Diego, as well as director of the Center on Emerging and Pacific Economies. He holds faculty positions in the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies and the Department of Economics. He previously was on the economics faculty at the University of Michigan (1998-2001) and the University of Texas (1992-1998). He specializes in the economics of international trade, international migration, and foreign direct investment. His current research examines the international migration of skilled labor, how border enforcement affects illegal immigration, the impact of imports from China on the U.S. labor market, and the global determinants of comparative advantage. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a co-editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics. He has an A.B. in economics from Occidental College and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Virginia Lesser is a professor and chair in the Department of Statistics and director of the Survey Research Center at Oregon State University. Her research interests are in sampling, survey methodology, environmental statistics, and applied statistics. She has written on non-sampling error, the effects of item and unit non-response on non-response error, and multi-mode surveys. She is a fellow of the American Statistical Association, an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, and member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. She has a Ph.D. in public health and biostatistics from the University of North Carolina.
Pia Orrenius is assistant vice president and senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. As an officer in the regional group, she analyzes the regional economy, manages the Texas Business Outlook Surveys, and serves as editor of Southwest Economy, a publication of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of Mexico–U.S. migration, unauthorized immigration, and U.S. immigration policy. She is a fellow of the Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University and a research fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor in Bonn, Germany. She is also an adjunct professor in the executive M.B.A. program at Baylor University (Dallas campus). During the 2004-2005 academic year, she was a senior economist on the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President, where she advised the Bush administration on labor, health, and immigration issues. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.