Makro-Pic Migrants and Refugees

Block Seminar: July, 1st-2nd, 2016
Location: Oec 1.168
Kickoff Meeting: April, 26th, 4pm, VG 1.101
Submission of Application Form: until May 1st
Submission of Seminar Paper: until June, 15th Final Prep-Meeting: June, 22nd, 10am, VG 3.108
Supervision: Dr Ana Abeliansky: email
Seminar Info: info
Course material for participants is available at the course material webpage


In this master seminar we investigate new developments in the economics of migration and asylum seeking. We discuss the effect of migration on wages and unemployment in the host country, the impact of migratin on taxes and redistribution, the impact of immigration on crime and voting for the extreme right, the differences between refugees and economic migrants, European asylum policy, and more.

A brief introductory read for all themes is Hanson, G. (2009). The Economic Consequences of the International Migration of Labor. Annual Review of Economics, 1(1), 179-208.


1. The Effect of Immigration on Wages

Reference: Ottaviano, G.I., and Peri, G. (2012). Rethinking the effect of immigration on wages. Journal of the European Economic Association, 10(1), 152-197.

2. Immigration and Jobs of Natives

Reference: D'Amuri, F., and Peri, G. (2014). Immigration, jobs, and employment protection: Evidence from Europe before and during the great recession. Journal of the European Economic Association, 12(2), 432-464.

3. The Labor Market Impact of Immigration in Germany

Reference: Glitz, A. (2012). The labor market impact of immigration: A quasi-experiment exploiting immigrant location rules in Germany. Journal of Labor Economics, 30(1), 175-213.

4. Immigration to the Land of Redistribution

Reference: Boeri, T. (2010). Immigration to the Land of Redistribution. Economica, 77(308), 651-687.

5. The Welfare Magnet Hypothesis

Reference: Razin, A., and Wahba, J. (2015). Welfare Magnet Hypothesis, Fiscal Burden, and Immigration Skill Selectivity. Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 117(2), 369-402.

6. How to Protect Low-income Workers in Industrialized Countries Against the Forces of Globalization

Reference: Sinn, H. W. (2005). Migration and social replacement incomes: How to protect low-income workers in the industrialized countries against the forces of globalization and market integration. International Tax and Public Finance, 12(4), 375-393.

7. The Fiscal Effects of Immigration to the UK

Reference: Dustmann, C., and Frattini, T. (2014). The fiscal effects of immigration to the UK. Economic Journal, 124(580), F593-F643.

8. The Fiscal Effects of Immigration to Germany

Reference: Bonin, Holger. Der Beitrag von Ausländern und künftiger Zuwanderung zum deutschen Staatshaushalt. Bertelsmann Stiftung, 2014. (Attention: German Text!)

9. Migration and Trade

References: Gould, D. M. (1994). Immigrant links to the home country: empirical implications for US bilateral trade flows. The Review of Economics and Statistics, 302-316.
Felbermayr, G. J., and Toubal, F. (2012). Revisiting the trade-migration nexus: Evidence from new OECD data. World Development, 40(5), 928-937.

10. Migration and Foreign Direct Investment

References: Buch, C. M., Kleinert, J., and Toubal, F. (2006). Where enterprises lead, people follow? Links between migration and FDI in Germany. European Economic Review, 50(8), 2017-2036.
Javorcik, B. S., Özden, Ç., Spatareanu, M., & Neagu, C. (2011). Migrant networks and foreign direct investment. Journal of Development Economics, 94(2), 231-241.

11. Immigration and Crime

References: Bell, B., Fasani, F., and Machin, S. (2013). Crime and immigration: Evidence from large immigrant waves. Review of Economics and statistics, 21(3), 1278-1290.
Nunziata, L. (2015). Immigration and crime: Evidence from victimization data. Journal of Population Economics, 28(3), 697-736.

12. Immigration and Voting for the Extreme Right

Reference: Halla, M., Wagner, A. F., and Zweimüller, J. (2014). Immigration and Voting for the Extreme Right.

13. Muslims in France: Identifying a Discriminatory Equilibrium

Reference: Adida, C.L., Laitin, D.D., and Valfort, M.A. (2014). Muslims in France: identifying a discriminatory equilibrium. Journal of Population Economics, 27(4), 1039-1086.

14. The Refugee/Asylum Seeker

Reference: Cortes, K. and Chin, A. (2014) The Refugee/Asylum Seeker, Handbook of the Economics of International Immigration, Volume 1, 585-658.

15. Are Refugees Different from Economic Immigrants?

Reference: Cortes, K.E. (2004). Are refugees different from economic immigrants? Some empirical evidence on the heterogeneity of immigrant groups in the United States. Review of Economics and Statistics, 86(2), 465-480.

16. Asylum Seeking in the EU

References: Facchini, G., Lorz, O., and Willmann, G. (2006). Asylum seekers in Europe: The warm glow of a hot potato. Journal of Population Economics, 19(2), 411-430.
Hatton, T. J. (2015). Asylum Policy in the EU: the case for deeper integration. CESifo Economic Studies, 1-33.