William Frey

An internationally known demographer, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program senior fellow Bill Frey specializes in issues involving urban populations, migration, immigration, race, aging, political demographics, and the U.S. Census. His latest book is "

Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America." He is also a research professor in population studies at the University of Michigan. 
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  • In the News

    Snow Belt-to-Sun Belt migration is coming back after a huge lull in response to the recession and post-recession period... Up until now, regional migration was not picking up at the same time that other economic indicators — jobs and housing — seemed to be on the upswing.

    January 8, 2016, William H. Frey, Chicago Sun-Times
  • In the News

    Between now and 2030, millions of white baby boomers will be retiring, and the gain to the labor force will be almost entirely minority... The only real future that we have is the young minority population. Making sure they get a good education isn’t just the right thing to do. It’s the best way to remain competitive as a country.

    January 1, 2016, William H. Frey, Boston Globe
  • In the News

    This pushback about undocumented immigration which tends to dominate political debates put to the backburner a more rational discussion about immigration policy. We are going to have to have a reasonable flow of immigration to the US to keep our labour force robust.

    September 28, 2015, William H. Frey, Financial Times
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    Chicago was the big magnet (for blacks) for many, many decades, moving out of the South in the first part of the 20th century... But in the last 25 years, blacks have been leaving the North, as jobs are not as plentiful as they once were, and the South is more palatable to blacks because of civil rights changes.

    September 25, 2015, William H. Frey, Chicago Tribune
  • In the News

    We know that the baby boom has changed the country in lots of ways – popular culture, changing values about all kinds of social issues, families, women’s roles and politics.  And I think this diversity boom is going to have just as big of an impact.  We’ll be a very different country and we’re only just beginning to see the start of it.

    July 27, 2015, William H. Frey, Voice of America
  • In the News

    The cultural generation gap is not just politics, it has to do with social distance between the older and younger generations.

    April 16, 2015, William H. Frey, Vox
  • In the News

    Migration both into and across the U.S. is still being weighed down by the recession.

    October 7, 2014, William H. Frey, USA Today
  • In the News

    Baby boomers are more educated and probably more entrepreneurial than earlier generations.

    January 8, 2014, William H. Frey, Bloomberg
  • In the News

    Typically, we're a nation of mobility. We have one of the highest migration rates in the world, and it's been very important to keep our economy fueled.

    August 29, 2013, William H. Frey, MSN Money

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