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Research Colloquium on Migration Empirics


Seminar Monday, 12-2 p, Room HS 1108
Audience Master
Language English


This seminar will not take place in summer 2019 due to too few applicants. Instead, we offer the seminar „Selected Topics in Institutional Economics and International Economic Policy: The Economics of Marriage Institutions”.

Migration has become an increasingly important topic in the international political arena. Globalization processes make workers and students more mobile, and at the same time domestic and international conflicts as well as humanitarian and environmental catastrophes cause flows of refugees and asylum seekers.
This seminar is conducted as a colloquium that relies on active participation and preparation. In the discussion, we will focus on critically assessing empirical methods and assumptions as well as implications. We will apply theoretical reasoning to current questions concerning consequences of migration. Further, current research will be critically assessed. In every class, we will discuss one or two articles that will be announced the week before. Preparing the required readings carefully and participating actively in the discussion in each class is mandatory.

By the end of the course, students will be familiar with empirical concepts and methods in the area of economics of migration, with a special focus on the identification of causal effects. Students will develop the ability to read and understand the content of scientific empirical papers and write (short) critical academic essays.

The lecture (Migration Economics) complements the seminar as it focuses on underlying theoretical concepts.

Preliminary Organization of the Course (different aspects can be added):

  1. Introduction: Why do we study migration?
  2. The Determinants of Migration: Why do people migrate?
  3. Selection of Immigrants: Who Migrates?
  4. Economic Assimilation: How do Migrants do?
  5. Children of Immigrants: How Does the Second Generation do?
  6. Effects of Immigration on the destination country
  7. Effects of Immigration on the source country 


Find further information here.


  • Application (extended) until April 8th, 2019 (with the form and a transcript of records)
  • Withdrawal after April 29th, 2019 is not possible (or will be graded with a 5.0)
  • Registration for a presentation instead of a review report: April 29th, 2019
  • Submission of review reports: August 15th, 2019
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