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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | School of Business and Economics | Events | 14.02./15.02.2019 Hermann Otto Hirschfeld Lecture - Lecture by Prof. Christian Dustmann, Ph.D.

14.02./15.02.2019 Hermann Otto Hirschfeld Lecture - Lecture by Prof. Christian Dustmann, Ph.D.

When Feb 14, 2019 04:00 PM to Feb 15, 2019 12:00 PM (Europe/Berlin / UTC100) iCal
Where Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, School of Businee and Economics, room 220 (2nd floor), Spandauer Straße 1, 10178 Berlin
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Prof. Christian Dustmann, a leading migration scholar from University College London, has agreed to give the HOH Lecture Series 2018/2019, involving two lectures on the topic 'The Global Gains and Costs from Labor Mobility'

  • on February 14th, 2019 from 4 to 5.30 p.m. in SPA1, room 220 and
  • on February 15th, 2019 from 10 to 12 a.m. in SPA1, room 125

Migration is a key research area and a hot political topic. The lectures address 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. The lecture concludes by asking how far considerations beyond economics motivate keenness to impose restrictions on migration.


School of Business and Economics
Spandauer Straße 1
10178 Berlin