Saturday, December 1, 2012

Modeling the Dreamers

For no good reason, other than the fact I'm an immigrant myself, the students in Economics and Quantitative Analysis (now studying systems modeling using the Stella ® software package) were assigned to make a model of US population that simulated the effects of the Dream Act.

Then an article on the same appeared on page one of the New York Times, today's main headline.

I must be psychic.

The number of so called "dreamers," immigrants who qualify under the act's provisions, is up to 310,000, according to the article so far. Which is good, at least from our point of view, because an earlier piece we read said there wouldn't be very many of them.

We need numbers that are big enough to make the assignment interesting.

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