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Migration Economics SoSe 2021




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 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 digitally.  Video-lectures and slides will be available asynchronous via Ilias. There will be 4 live meetings (online).


  • 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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