This course covers the economic aspects of recent trends in global migration flows. The course is targeted towards advanced Bachelor students, who want to expand their knowledge on the economic causes and effects of international migration and learn about the advances in recent migration research. The course approaches topics of migration economics from various perspectives: Why do people migrate? Who migrates? What are the labour market effects of migration? We will explore these questions by introducing basic economic concepts and by comparing model predictions with surprising insights from empirical migration research.
This course covers the empirical analysis of bilateral flow data (e.g.
trade or migration flows) based on the "gravity model" from
international economics. The course is targeted towards advanced Master
students and PhD students in Economics, who want to extend their
empirical "tool box" in preparation of their Master thesis or as a part
of their PhD in economics. In class we will cover the theoretical
derivation of the gravity model for (international) trade and migration,
the theory-consistent empirical implementation of the gravity model,
and how the gravity equation can be used to recover structural model
parameters from trade and migration data. Once a basic understanding of
the economic theory, the empirical methods, and the available data
sources has been established, students will be given the opportunity to
apply their newly acquired knowledge when practically working on their
own empirical project (based on a recent research article).
In this course we will treat Japan's economy as a laboratory that allows
us to to put modern economic theory to a rigorous empirical test. By
exploiting Japan's unique geography, history and institutions students
will learn how to use natural economic experiments -- like Japan's
almost complete transition from autarky to free trade at the end of the
19th century -- to test some of the most well-known economic concepts
such as the theory of comparative advantage. Students will learn about
several influential economic theories and how their implications can be
used to construct empirical tests that try to establish the causal
relationships predicted by these theories in the specific regional
context of Japan.