Hannah Postel

Doctoral Student, Population and Social Policy Program
Entered Fall 2017
219 Wallace Hall

B.A. International Politics and Economics
Middlebury College, 2013


Interests: Migration, particularly the migration-development nexus and the effectiveness of historical immigration policies.


Deterring Emigration with Foreign Aid: An Overview of Evidence from Low-Income Countries (with Michael A. Clemens). Population and Development Review, 44(4): December 2018, pages 667-93;

Immigration Restrictions as Active Labor Market Policy: Evidence from the Mexican Bracero Exclusion (with Michael A. Clemens and Ethan G. Lewis). American Economic Review, 108(6): June 2018, pages 1468-87.

Media Writing:

“Europe Is Making Its Migration Problem Worse. The Dangers of Aiding Autocrats” (2018 Foreign Affairs, with Loren Landau and Caroline Wanjiku Kihato);

"Trump is wrong. Norwegian immigrants are not better than Haitians for the US economy." (2018 CNBC commentary, with Cindy Huang).

Media Mentions:


Immigration to America is down. Wages are up; The Trump administration bars Haitians from visas for low-skilled work; How much you earn depends largely on where you live; European countries should make it easier for refugees to work

New York Times

The Open Borders Trap

Washington Post

By ending ‘temporary protected status’ for half a million people, Trump has probably increased illegal migration; Trump wants to cut immigration and foreign aid. Here's how they're connected

The Guardian

Foreign aid 'less effective than expected' at curbing migration, study says

Mother Jones

What Would It Actually Take to Fix the Asylum System?

El Pais

La inmigración no se frena a golpe de talonario