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OAMI 2060 - Economics of International Migration and Development: Challenges and Policies

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Basic concepts, definition and measurement of international migration, sources and nature of available statistics on international migration, content of international data bases. Analysis of migration systems and policies. Impact of migration on trade, growth and productivity. Migration and the labour market: demo-economic impact, impact on wages and flexibility, sectoral distribution of' immigrant workers, complementarity and/or substitution between immigrants and nationals into the labour market, integration of immigrants and their children into the labour market. Fiscal impact of migration, public opinion and contribution of immigrants to economic development. Economic analysis of the links between migration, remittances and development. International mobility of the highly skilled: measurement and contributions to the debates on brain circulation as well as on the links between international migration and the globalisation of the economies.


  • DUMONT, Jean-Christophe (Chef de la Division des Migrations internationales de l'OCDE)
  • GARSON, Jean-Pierre (Chef de division des Migrations internationales)

Pedagogical format

Session 1, 2 and 3 will focus on the basic concepts and data concerning migration movements and migration policies. Other sessions (4 to 12) will concern key issues related to economic aspects of international migration and development. Each of these sessions will start with a presentation by the teachers of basic theoretical knowledge, policy issues and stylised facts (approximately 40 to 45 minutes).

Followed by 2 presentations ("exposé") by participants of selected articles (10 to 15 mn each) and a general discussion (15 mn).
List of articles to be presented will be available by session 2. The allocation will be determined randomly.
In addition, essays (around 5 000 words) will have to be produced on specifics topics. The different subjects will be proposed during session 2. The allocation will be determined at random.
Essays will have to be provided by mid-April.

Course validation

Each seminar participant will be evaluated on the basis of four notes : individual presentation (exposé) and the related Powerpoint presentation (35% of the total mark); essay of 5,000 words on specific topics to be written either alone or by group of two participants, and to be provided by mid-April 2017 (50% of the total mark), short note on migration and economic development of a specific country or region of emigration, 2 to 3 pages maximum, to be provided by mid-March 2017 (15% of the total mark).
Bonus-malus point for class participation in the discussion and attendance.

Required reading

  • International Migration Outlook (OECD annual Report, available also in French under the title: Perspectives des Migrations internationales).
  • International Migration Review (The Center of Migration Studies, New York, 4 issues per year).