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Migration Economics SoSe 2020

Lecture online
Audience Master
Language English



[06.05.2020]: The lecture Migration Economics is planned entirely asynchronously and digital. That means slides, video lectures, readings, and communication channels will be provided in Ilias. The Ilias password will be sent out to all students enrolled in HisinOne by the beginning of the next week.


Area of Study:

  • Constitutional Economics and Competition Policy
  • International and Development Economics
  • Economics & Politics

This lecture gives an introduction to 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 critically the main arguments regarding 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 the field of migration economics will be evaluated critically focusing on empirical methods.


  • 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.


Notice: This lecture will be held online. Please note also the modified lecture period:

  • Lectures take place between May 11, 2020 and July 30, 2020.
  • The excursion week after Whitsun from June 2-5, 2020, which is free of lectures, is cancelled.
  • Please register for this course via HisinOne. We will send out an email to all registered students with information on the Ilias password. Please make sure to check your email adress is connected with HisinOne.
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