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Public Finance Seminar - Migration (MW23.4)

Content of the Seminar

Migration has become an important phenomenon - and a challenge for contemporary policy makers. The seminar will cover a wide-range of economic policy issues including migration choice, the effects of migration on destination and origin countries, integration of migrants the design of migration policies as well as political-economy questions.  

The causes and effects of migration, both direct and indirect, are examined by means of analytical and empirical investigation. Our interest is to understand the incentives guiding individuals and policy-makers in both destination and origin countries and the feedback of migration itself on public policies and the economy.

Students will gain an overview of relevant migration issues.


January 2015
Central registration
(For more information also regarding the deadline, see >here<)
10 Feb 2015
10.00 h
SR 223 (CZ 3)
For those students allocated to this seminar: Meeting and presentation of topics
13 Feb 2015
Choice of preferred topics and a preferred start date (see next item). The preferences serve as the basis for the allocation of topics.
18 Feb 2015 to
30 Mar 2015
Start of your individual writing period.

You can choose to receive your topic on any date between February 18 and March 30. After receiving your topic, you have 5 weeks to complete a first version of your seminar paper. The paper will then be refereed by another student within 1 week. After receiving the referee report you have 2 more weeks to improve your paper on the basis of the referee's comments.
15 April 2015 to
25 May 2015
Submission of the final version of your seminar paper (by email to your supervisor).
Soon after
Time plan for the seminar (incl. allocation of discussants)
First half JUNE
Seminar (blocked)


Basic knowledge of econometrics is required. For example, you should be fine if you attended Empirical Methods (MW24.1) or a similar class at another university / in your BA program.


Guidelines for Seminar Papers and Final Papers

Questions for Referee Reports

Guidelines for Seminar Presentations and Discussions

Slides from the first seminar meeting on February 10, 2015

Schedule for Seminar Sessions

Time Presenter Topic Discussant Slides Presentation 
Tuesday, 9 June 2015, Room 309 (CZ3)
8.30 Bob Ugwejeh C1 Migration Choice (general) Marcel Azeroth Slides
9.20 Mykhailo Tsarenko C2 Return Migration Anastasiya Lisina Slides
10.10 Break
10.30 Quoc Hung Pham C4 Studying Abroad and Labour Mobility Olga Dryn Slides
11.20 Shahnewaz Deip C5 Human Trafficking and Illegal Immigration Tamara Krzic Slides 
12.10 Lunch Break
1.00 Quynh Anh Nguyen O1 Brain Drain and Brain Gain Anna Saeva Slides
1.50 Muneeb Sajid O2 Brain Drain and Development Florian Wimmer Slides
Tuesday, 16 June 2015, Room 013b (August-Bebel-Str. 4)
8.30 Murad Jalalov D1 Effects on Employment and Wages Muneeb Sajid Slides
9.20 Daviti Petriashvili D2 Effects on Social Security and Public Finances Quynh Anh Nguyen Slides
10.10 Break
10.30 Anastasiia Roniak D3 Effects on Innovation Luisind Boci Slides
11.20 Agata Bianchi D4 Effects on Education Policy Georg Fritzsche Slides
Friday, 19 June 2015, Room 013b (August-Bebel-Str. 4)
8.30 Georg Fritzsche I1 Schooling Outcomes Shahnewaz Deip Slides
9.20 Tamara Krzic I2 Schooling and Subsequent Employment and Wages Quoc Hung Pham Slides
10.10 Break
10.30 Florian Wimmer I3 Language Skills of Migrants Mykhailo Tsarenko Slides
11.20 Anna Saeva I4 Segregation and Ethnic Enclaves Bob Ugwejeh Slides
12.10 Lunch Break
1.00 Luisind Boci P1 Political Economy and Immigration Murad Jalalov Slides
1.50 Olga Dryn P2 Immigration Policy Daviti Petriashvili Slides
2.40 Break
3.00 Anastasiya Lisina P3 Competition for the High-skilled Via Tax Policy Anastasiia Roniak Slides
3.50 Marcel Azeroth P5 Immigration and Discrimination Agata Bianchi Slides


  1. Migration Choice
    (C1) Migration choice (general)
    (C2) Return migration
    (C3) Student migration
    (C4) Studying abroad and labor mobility
    (C5) Human trafficking and illegal immigration

  2. Effects of Migration - at Destination
    (D1) ... on employment and wages
    (D2) ... on social security / public finances
    (D3) ... on innovation
    (D4) ... on education policy

  3. Effects of Migration - at Origin
    (O1) Brain drain and brain gain
    (O2) Brain drain and development

  4. Integration
    (I1) Schooling outcomes
    (I2) Schooling and subsequent employment/wages
    (I3) Language skills of migrants
    (I4) Segregation and ethnic enclaves

  5. Migration Policy
    (P1) Political economy and immigration
    (P2) Immigration policy
    (P3) Competition for high-skilled via tax policy
    (P4) Attitudes towards migrants
    (P5) Immigration and discrimination

General Literature

To be announced