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Updated A.Y. 2022-2023

Human capital, migration and development

The aim of the course is to provide students with a theoretical framework and empirical evidence to frame questions relative to how migration (or the lack thereof) has been shaping the economy and the society at large. The course will focus on migration and its effects on sending and receiving countries. Interaction of migration decisions with human capital accumulation will help to understand the (self) selection of migrants and its implication for growth and development.

The main topics covered by the course will be:


Basic models of Human Capital accumulation

Migration and Refugees: data and myths

Determinants of migration: main theoretical framework and available evidence

Impact of migration on countries of origin

Impact of migration on countries of destination

Demography and migration

The fiscal impact of migration

Migration and development


Refugees and Asylum seekers


Students are expected to actively participate to the course through readings, discussions and presentations. These activities will be an integral part of the final evaluation. Data sets are available for students willing to gain experience with hands on analyses.

A detailed reading list will be distributed at the beginning of the course.