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Migration Economics SoSe 2022



This lecture introduces the economics of migration. By the end of the course, students will be able to employ theoretical concepts and empirical methods to discuss a broad array of topics related to migration, such as why people leave, how migration affects destination countries, and how integration works. Students will be able to evaluate the main arguments regarding the consequences and causes of migration from an economic perspective.

We will apply theoretical reasoning to current questions concerning the consequences and causes of migration. Among the questions covered are: Why is it useful to study migration? Why do people migrate? Who migrates? How do migrants do? How does the second generation of migrants perform economically? What are the effects of immigration on the destination country?

Participation in the seminar “Research Colloquium on Migration Empirics” is recommended but not mandatory. In the seminar, recent empirical publications in migration economics will be evaluated critically focusing on empirical methods.

Organization: This lecture is organized as a flipped classroom.  Video-lectures and slides will be available asynchronous via Ilias. There will be 6 live meetings (in person or online, depending on the pandemic situation) in which we will discuss the content of the videos and slides using recent blog posts and newspaper articles. In weeks without live meetings, the online forum in Ilias is available for discussion. 

  • Live meetings (no recording) will take place on:
    • April 25, 10-12
    • May 9, 10-12
    • May 23, 10-12
    • June 13, 10-12
    • June 27, 10-12
    • July 11, 10-12
  • The number of participants in this lecture is limited to 30. Please apply by Email to lskrieger@vwl.uni-freiburg.de and give a short statement on your motivation to participate in the lecture.
  • You can only take the exam if you have been admitted to the lecture.
  • Application until April 18th, 2022
  • Information on acceptance by April 22, 2022.
  • At the end of the semester, a written take-home exam takes place.


  • Borjas, G. J. 2014. Immigration Economics. Harvard University Press.
  • Bodvarsson, Ö. B. and H. Van den Berg. 2013. The Economics of Immigration: Theory and Policy. 2nd edition. Springer
Further readings will be provided before and during class.

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