Fall 2019

The Economics of Migration

Listed in: Economics, as ECON-223

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Caroline B. Theoharides (Section 01)


International migration is a key labor market alternative for many individuals, especially for those from developing countries. This course focuses on the economic underpinnings of the migration decision that culminates in individuals leaving their home country for work abroad. We will begin the course by examining the question of why people migrate. In the second section, we will focus on the effects of migration on migrant-sending developing countries. In the third section, we will examine the impacts of migration on migrant-receiving countries. Through lectures, discussion, debates, and written policy briefs, we will use economics as a toolbox for analyzing the complex issues of migration policy.

Requisite: ECON 111/111E or equivalent. Limited to 30 students. Fall semester. Professor Theoharides.

If Overenrolled: Students may be asked to describe their academic background and interest in the course. The class will be selected to achieve a group with diverse academic backgrounds and interests. Some preference will be given to economics majors.


2019-20: Offered in Fall 2019
Other years: Offered in Fall 2014, Fall 2015