Online Seminar winterterm 2019/2020

The effect of international migration: insights from international and labour economics

Veranstaltungssemester: Wintersemester 2019/2020
Prüfer: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Schmerer
Titel: The effect of international migration: Insights from international and labor economics
Termin: 15th - 17th of January, 2020
Veranstaltungsort: Online-Seminar
Abgabetermin der schriftlichen Ausarbeitung: 17th of February, 2020
Gliederungsvorbesprechung: The outline of the thesis can be discussed after appointment.
Vorbesprechung: There will be an introductory lecture in the last week of October, 2019. The introductory lecture will provide students an overview of the topics and additional remarks on the requirements for the successful participation in the seminar. This first meeting is also meant as an opportunity for students to discuss with the instructors possible questions or doubts about the seminar topics. Participation in the introductory lecture, though not mandatory, is strongly recommended.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Schmerer

Dr. Stella Capuano

Cornelia Trump

Geforderte Leistungen: Presentation and seminar thesis

The formal language of the seminar is English: students are expected to present and give feedback in English and to write their Seminar paper in English as well.

All students are required to participate in the seminar by presenting their topic. A first draft of the seminar paper must be handed in before the seminar. After the presentations students have the possibility to further modify their papers so as to include comments and the feedback received during the discussion.

To provide students with the highest possible degree of flexibility without losing on interactivity, this seminar will be organized as a “Online-Seminar”. That means that all meetings will take place using the Connect Portal of the FernUniversität in Hagen, which can be accessed using a web interface. No special software is required but a stable internet connection, a webcam and a microphone must be available. Furthermore, the students’ presentations will be scheduled in four to five online meetings which will take place in the late afternoon. This seminar should thus be particularly suitable to students who, for work-related reasons or temporary residence abroad, would otherwise not be able to participate in a regular seminar.

Moreover, all participants have the opportunity to attend the seminar at the university's fascilities in Berlin.


Migration is a largely discussed topic in the public and academic debate and many important political decisions in more recent years were motivated by the public sentiments against migration. For instance the decision of the UK to leave the EU was motivated by the refugee crisis from 2014. Migration is likely to have severe long-term consequences on both the sending and the target countries of migration. The literature reviewed in this seminar tries to forecast the likely determinants of migration and the effects of migration on the labor market and growth. As we will see, predicting the exact outcomes is difficult.

Background reading:


Noel Gaston and Douglas R. Nelson, Journal of Economic Surveys (2013) Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 98–139


The determinants of migration

Are Factor Mobility and Commodity Mobility Complements or Substitutes?

Brain Drain or Brain Gain?

The Social Structure of Migration: Networks, Migration and Trade

political economy of immigration policy

Cornelia Trump | 09.07.2020