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The Career of Vernon Briggs, Jr.: A Liberal Economist’s Struggle to Reduce Immigration
Backgrounder (2012)
Abstract

[Excerpt] At the conclusion of Cornell’s spring semester in 2007, Briggs ended his 47 years of college teaching. As he retired, Cornell honored him with emeritus status. Since then, he has occasionally given public talks and written articles on the need for immigration reform. He says his work still draws motivation from a principle he left with his students at the end of the last lecture in each of his classes over his entire career: “The mode through which the impossible comes to pass is effort.”

That quote from Justice Oliver Wendell Homes was passed on to Briggs by Michigan State University professor Charles Killingsworth. In his long, remarkable career, Briggs has honored Holmes, Killingsworth, and his profession by passing it on — in word and deed — to countless others.

Keywords
  • Vernon M. Briggs,
  • Jr.,
  • immigration,
  • public policy,
  • labor market
Publication Date
September, 2012
Publisher Statement
Suggested Citation Kammer, J. (2012, September). The career of Vernon Briggs, Jr.: A liberal economist’s struggle to reduce immigration [Electronic version]. Backgrounder, 1-12.

Required Publisher Statement Copyright by the Center for Immigration Studies: The Career of Vernon Briggs, Jr.: A Liberal Economist's Struggle to Reduce Immigration.

Citation Information
"The Career of Vernon Briggs, Jr.: A Liberal Economist’s Struggle to Reduce Immigration" Backgrounder (2012) p. 1 - 12
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/vernon_briggs/196/