UCL Department of Economics



Simon’s main field of research is labour economics, with interests extending to development economics and empirical microeconomics more broadly. In his thesis papers, he investigates migration behaviour in conjunction with other economic choices, where one focus is on the estimation of income profiles. His job market paper estimates the effect of a relaxation of financial constraints in a migrant’s country of origin on migration duration and repeat migration, as well as on the selection of those who stay in the destination country. Methodologically Simon combines exogenous variation from a randomized policy experiment with the structural estimation of a life cycle model of migration.