I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at University College Dublin. The central themes of my research are
1) causes and consequences of migration
2) determinants of human capital (education, environmental factors)
I am a Research Fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) in Bonn/Germany, the UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy and the Centre for Research & Analysis of Migration at UCL.
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Policy Reports, Book Chapters, and Books
EDITED BOOK: FOUNDATIONS OF MIGRATION ECONOMICS
This book celebrates the contributions of George Borjas and Barry Chiswick – winners of the IZA Prize in Labor Economics 2011 – to the economics of migration.
Published 2019 with Oxford University Press
CHAPTER: IMMIGRATION AND REDISTRIBUTION
This chapter reviews the literature on the effect of immigration on preferences for redistribution as well as the effect of immigration on taxation and spending.
Joint work with Jeff Concannon. Forthcoming 2022 in: Handbook of Global Migration, edited by Robert. M. Sauer.
This chapter summarizes Germany's experience with immigration in the 10 years following the EU Enlargement of 2004.
Joint work with Klaus F. Zimmermann. Published in: M. Kahanec and K.F. Zimmermann (eds.): Labor Migration, EU Enlargement, and the Great Recession, Springer: Berlin, et al. 2016, 85 - 101
At UCD I teach econometrics and public economics. I also taught courses in microeconomics, labor economics and the economics of migration at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Luxembourg, and the University of Regensburg and provided econometrics trainings at the Central Bank of Ireland and the European Business School.
I regularly provide econometrics trainings, ranging from crash courses for incoming PhD students at the European Business School to staff trainings in the latest causal inference methods at the Central Bank of Ireland. The trainings typically last 2-3 days and include theory lectures as well as lab sessions with Stata and R.