Doctoral lecture series on cross-border labour mobility

18 Dec 19 | lecture n°4

Global welfare gains from labour mobility

Dedman College at SMU Dallas

"In Defense of Globalization: The Long-Run Costs of Turning Inward" - This lecture is about the enormous long-run welfare gains from liberalizing migration. The cost of migration tends to be concentrated in the short run, whereas the gains play out over much longer time horizons. In a time when many countries are turning inward, it is essential to understand the huge cost to our long-run prosperity from restricting migration and trade.


LISER, 2020, Policy Brief n°4, 4 p.

Crossing Borders at a Glance: Interview of Prof. Klaus Desmet


About the doctoral lecture series on cross-border labour mobility

Migration is part of humanity’s DNA. It has always been a normal and inevitable response to the economic, social, political, security and environmental challenges that have punctuated human history. Yet, workers’ mobility in general and international migration in particular are issues that divide public opinion in every country in the world.

This PhD course is jointly organized by LISER and CREA (University of Luxembourg) and is part of the MINLAB doctoral program on migration, labor and inequality funded by the FNR (PRIDE program). It covers topical issues related to the determinants of international migration, to its implications for sending and receiving countries, and to its effect on the world distribution of income.

It is organized as a set of monthly doctoral lectures given by renowned economists. Each speaker will provide a state-of-the-art analysis of existing methodologies and academic findings in his field of expertise. Upon completion of this course, student will have learnt about the cutting-edge developments in the migration literature and will be asked to write an essay on one of the topics covered.

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