International migration is one of the most exciting topics to explore in social science research. Why some people leave, why others stay, what are repercussions of migration for the sending and the receiving economies, for the migrants themselves, and for their families, are themes that invite disciplined inquiry. The main purpose of the course is to induce the participants to think rigorously, creatively, and in nonconventional ways on various approaches to the modeling of migration choices and consequences, and to demonstrate to the participants how such a thinking process could enrich the spectrum of informed migration policies. Following the course, the participants are expected to be more at ease with deciphering theoretical research on migration, and at engaging in such research themselves.
The course topics include
The topics to be covered in the course will constitute a subset of the topics listed above, with the selection to depend on time availability and students’ responses. The listed topics are based on articles authored or co-authored by the lecturer. Most of these articles can be found here.
Oded Stark is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Navarra Center for International Development. He holds professorships and distinguished appointments at the Universities of Bonn, Klagenfurt, Vienna, Tuebingen, Warsaw, and Georgetown. He has written on applied microeconomic theory, development economics, population economics, the economics of migration, labor economics, evolutionary economics, urban economics, regional economics, welfare economics, and the theory of the firm. Here is his profile.