Section Description Provided by Instructor
This seminar will focus on the political economy of international economic migration. We will discuss the welfare effects of labor migration on host countries, source countries as well as on migrants and their families. We will examine the existing government restrictions for labor migration in different countries and the reasons that motivate those restrictions. The seminar will focus on economic and policy questions surrounding international labor migration as opposed to actual immigration law. However, we will discuss the optimal design of legal rules and institutions based on the better understanding that we will acquire on the welfare effects and the political economy of economic migration. A special blog will be created for this class to facilitate engagement with assigned readings. A student's grade will be based on the blog entries and class participation.