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Hermann Otto Hirschfeld Lecture Series 2018


Hermann Otto Hirschfeld Lecture Series 2018


The Global Gains and Costs from

Labor Mobility




Straightforward economic arguments point to the potential for large global output gains from movement of labor from less to more productive locations. Yet the politics of receiving countries seems resistant, characterized rather by efforts to limit migration, or to stop it altogether. The first lecture examines the foundations of claims of large welfare gains through free mobility, studying implications of liberalizing migration for world welfare under a variety of models, and paying attention not only to overall gains but also to how gains are distributed. The second lecture reviews attempts to quantify benefits, costs and distributional effects using micro data and discusses the challenges for empirical assessment. We conclude by asking how far considerations beyond economics motivate keenness to impose restrictions on migration.


Christian Dustmann

Professor of Economics

University College London
Department of Economics

14 - 15 February 2019


School of Business and Economics,

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Spandauer Str. 1, 10178 Berlin

Heilig-Geist-Kapelle & Room 125


In memory of Hermann Otto Hirschfeld

The Lecture Series is named after the remarkable German-American statistician Hermann Otto Hartley (known as HOH). Born H.O. Hirschfeld, he completed his PhD in mathematics at Humboldt-Universität in 1934. Shortly thereafter, HOH, who was of Jewish descent, emigrated to England where he also changed his name a few years later. He worked at Cambridge, Shofield, and University College, London until 1953 when he again emigrated by taking a position in the United States at Iowa State College. In 1963 he founded Texas A&M University's Institute of Statistics and was the driving force behind its expansion during the next two decades. After his retirement from Texas A&M in 1977, he continued to work until his death in 1980, the last two years as a full professor at Duke University. Throughout his career, HOH advocated for and helped establish statistics as an important and autonomous scientific discipline.

His major research was in the area of survey sampling, but he also contributed to mathematical programming and optimization, as well as working on the estimation of variance components and in the field of biometrics. HOH served as the 74th president of the ASA (American Statistical Association).

In this spirit, the Hermann Otto Hirschfeld Lectures at Humboldt-Universität are given since 2003 in memory of an excellent scientist and an advocate of quantitative methods.


About Christian Dustmann

Christian Dustmann is Professor of Economics at University College London. He is also the founding Director of the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration and a leading labour economist. He has been president of the European Society of Labour Economists (EALE), and was the President of the European Society for Population Economics (ESPE) in 2008. Professor Dustmann is an elected Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), the Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea), and the Society of Labor Economists (SOLE). His work in areas such as migration, the economics of education, inequality, the economics of crime, and the economics of labour markets have appeared in academic journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, and the Review of Economic Studies. He regularly advises government bodies, international organizations, and the media on current policy issues.

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14 February, 16:00-18:00

15 February, 10:00-12:00

Participation in the event is free

Organisation and Contact Information

Prof. Bernd Fitzenberger, Ph.D.

Chair of Econometrics
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
School of Business and Economics
Spandauer Str. 1
D-10178 Berlin

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