UCL Department of Economics


ECONG037 - The Economics of Migration--not offered in 2018-19


Migration is one of the key issues in the political and public debate in Europe. It is at the same time one of the most extensively investigated subjects in social sciences. Nevertheless, it is a subject which is very difficult to access, partly due to the complexity of the issues involved.

This lecture series is an introduction to the economic aspects of migration aimed at economics and economic policy students. More specifically, the course:

· provides the link between real issues and migration, and how they can be addressed using economic models and empirical methods.

· provides students with the background to evaluate critically the political debate surrounding migration

· provides students with the tools to conduct original research on migration, for example for the MSc Dissertation

Course outline:

  • Introduction, Motivation, the Migration Decision
  • Who Migrates? The Roy Model and the Selection of Immigrants
  • Estimating immigrants’ earnings profiles: Cohort Effects and Selective Out-Migration
  • The Economics of Temporary Migrations
  • The Economic Effects of Immigration on Wages and Employment
  • The Fiscal Impact of Immigration
  • Neighborhood Effects, Attitudes, and Political Outcomes
Taught by:
Christian Dustmann
Assessment: 2 hours of lectures per week and 8 problem classes with written assignments. The course will be examined by a 2-hour written exam in Term 3
Suitable for:
Graduate students
Prerequisites: Permission from the Economics Department
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