Migration and labour

This course is intended as an introduction to migration policy and economic analysis of migration topics, with a focus on labour migration. We will focus primarily on the EU countries, but there will be developing country applications and topics included. The course will explore the effect of migration on receiving and sending countries at the microeconomic level. Topics include self-selection, household dynamics, human capital investment decision-making, individual and group inequality, inter-generational effects, remittance decisions and effects, sending – resending patterns, effect on receiving country labour force, assimilation effects. Further discuss current and important research in this area and relate it to existing and historical migration policy. The grade will be based on two items :

  1. class participation and weekly discussion papers based on a current reading for that week, and
  2. a final project—paper and oral presentation. The elements will be weighted as follows : Class participation : 40% and Final project : 60%.

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