Unit Economics of migration

International relations
Study-unit Code
Migration, globalisation and world governance
Luca Pieroni
  • Luca Pieroni
  • 48 ore - Luca Pieroni
Course Regulation
Coorte 2021
Learning activities
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Obbligatorio (Required)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
In this course, students will develop an appreciation of the importance of immigration as a separate academic field within labor economics and international economics. Topics covered include the effect of immigration on labor markets, international trade, tax revenues, human capital accumulation, and government fiscal balances. The course also considers the main theories and evidences on immigrants’ economic assimilation. The course also includes a comparative study of immigration policies in a number of immigrant-receiving and sending countries and explores immigration topics that directly affect developing countries, such as remittances. Students will also be fully equipped with the tools needed to understand and contribute to policy debates on this controversial topic.
Reference texts
Barry R. Chiswick and Paul W. Miller (2015). Handbook of the Economics of International Migration, Elsevier.

Cynthia Bansak, Nicole B. Simpson, Madeline Zavodny (2015). The Economics of Immigration, Routledge.
Educational objectives
It is expected that students of Economics of Migration know how to interpret the mechanisms underlying the economic of migration e lthe effects on the host countries. In particular, he/she should be fully equipped with the tools needed to understand and contribute to policy debates on migration.
There are no specific prerequisites to attend Economics of Migration. However, it requires a basic knowledge of Economics.
Teaching methods
The course is conducted through lectures and tutorials and seminars are given during the course period regularly.
If pandemic emergency will continue, the teaching will take place also online.
Learning verification modality
The exam is in written form (two written tests in class: intermediate and final), and eventually the oral exam, which consists of short questions on the main themes.
The examination includes written exercises, open questions and a series of multiple choice questions for duration of two hours. If pandemic emergency will continue, examination will take place also online.
Extended program
• Introduction: Immigration size and economic causes of international migration
• The labor market: the native and foreign employment trends and the persistence of wage-gaps.
• Social immobility: migration flows in Italy and (un)occupational mobility explained through "human capital theory".
• Immigrants: the new economic and financial actors. The economic role of migrants; Economic hardship and financial inclusion of foreign families; foreign companies; Remittances.
• Immigration: cost or benefit for Italy? Taxes paid by foreigners; Immigration and welfare system.
• Regularization policies: economic and social inequalities and positive externalities.
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