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RGS/RWI Workshop on the Economics of Migration


Current developments have placed the topic of migration and integration in the focus of public discussion and have also intensified interest among diverse researchers. With the goals of bringing together some of the key experienced as well as early-career researchers, and presenting and discussing their current research in the field, the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics (RGS Econ) and the RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research (RWI) held a two day “Workshop on the Economics of Migration” on September 23rd-24th, 2016 in Essen. The refereed workshop was organized by Julia Bredtmann (RWI, Head, Research Group "Migration and Integration") and Helge Braun (RGS Econ Managing Director) and funded by Stiftung Mercator.

A total of 25 empirical and theoretical contributions covering a broad range of topics in the economics of migration were made, in the form of paper presentations as well as posters, in a relaxed atmosphere that encouraged extensive discussions and the generation of new ideas. The presentations were complemented by two keynote speeches given by experts in the field of migration: Prof. Christina Gathmann, PhD (University of Heidelberg) “Citizenship and the Assimilation of Immigrants” and Prof. Hillel Rapoport, PhD (Paris School of Economics) "Using Minimum Wages to Identify the Labor-Market Effects of Immigration".

In the first session, the presentations dealt with immigration restrictions and their enforcement, as well as the welfare impacts related to migration. In the second session, topics covered attitudes towards immigration and associated increase in cultural diversity, contrasting opportunities (e.g. skill deployment and development) with concerns among natives. During the poster session, researchers from RGS Econ and the RWI presented their work to the international audience. Anica Kramer analyzed immigrant inflows, inter-regional migration, and the boundaries of local labor markets. Julia Bredtmann and Fernanda Martínez Flores presented their findings on the high skilled labor force migration drain out of Sub-Saharan Africa. Fabian Dehos presented his work on whether inward migration causes an increase in the regional crime rate. The third session discussed the effects of migration on the labor markets of the host countries, followed by a session on migration of the skilled and self-selection. The final session documented empirical work on economic integration, putting emphasis on costs and returns of training measures offered to immigrants.

Workshop Program (PDF)