Research Programme


Migrants during the current economic crisis

Jackie Wahba, Hector Calvo Pardo, Corrado Giulietti, Chuhong WangDafni Papoutsaki

Project summary

This research examines the effects of the current economic crisis on international migration, from both a theoretical and an empirical perspective. Interest lies in understanding how migrants fare relative to natives during/after a recession. Key questions include: (i) Are migrants more likely to experience unemployment compared to natives? (ii) What are the labour market implications for differential patterns of wealth accumulation within the country of destination? (iii) Do migrants rely more on personal networks during a recession relative to other times? If yes, why? (iv) Are migrants likely to accept jobs for which they are under-qualified during a recession?

Focusing on the UK, the research team examines the effects of the recession on both labour market outcomes and wealth accumulation patterns across different migrant groups. Focusing on the role of subjective income expectations in immigration and in return migration during a recession, they are producing a new dataset with researchers in the Paris School of Economics (PSE, France) and CNRS (France), collected as part of the quantitative survey ‘Mode de Vie des Francais’ project which longitudinally links data between 2002 and 2014. Through this, they aim to shed light on the extent to which income expectations differ from actual pay before, during and after a recession, and whether the decision to return could be determined by the gap between actual and expected earnings.

 

Project activities
 

Date Activity Description
29-30 June 2017 Presentation at the 10th International Conference on Migration and Development. Jackie Wahba presented the paper "Return migrants and the wage premium: does the legal status of the migrants matter?".
19-23 June 2017 Presentation given at the International Economic Association (IEA) World Congress 2017. Jackie Wahba presented the paper "Upward or Downward: Occupational Mobility and Return Migration".
18-19 May 2017 Presentation at the TRANSMIC Conference, European University Institute. Jackie Wahba presented the paper "International migration and the transfer of social and political norms".
10-12 April 2017 Presentation at the Royal Economic Society Conference 2017. Hector Calvo-Pardo presented the paper "Informative social interactions".
27-28 March 2017 Presentation as part of the 10th Financial Risks Forum at the Institut Louis Bachelier, in Paris. Hector Calvo-Pardo presented the paper "Informative social interactions".
19 January 2017 Presentation as part of the Paris School of Economics Behaviour Seminar Series. Hector Calvo-Pardo presented the paper "Informative social interactions".
2-3 November 2016 Presentation at the 2016 Jobs and Development Conference, Washington D.C., US. Jackie Wahba presented the paper "Upward or Downward: Occupational Mobility and Return Migration."
12 October 2016 Invited talk at NIESR (National Institute of Economic and Social Research) in London. Hector Calvo-Pardo presented the paper "Getting to know UK migrants better".
17-18 February 2015 First PhD Workshop on the Economics of Migration PhD short course organised by Dafni Papoutsaki, Jackie Wahba and the CPC team. See the event page for more details.
12-16 May 2014 The economics of international migration - short course PhD short course organised by Jackie Wahba and the CPC team. See the event page for more details.

 


 

 

 

 

Publications

Arrondel, L., Calvo Pardo, H. and Tas, D. (2014) Subjective Return Expectations, Information and Stock Market Participation: Evidence from France. Discussion Papers in Economics and Econometrics 1414, University of Southampton.

Papoutsaki, D. (2017) Job separation rates of immigrants and natives in the UK during the Great Recession. International Journal of Manpower, 38, (7), 1036-1054.

Razin, A. and Wahba, J. (2015) Welfare Magnet Hypothesis, Fiscal Burden, and Immigration Skill Selectivity. The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 117 (7), 369-402.

 

Media activities

Getting to know UK migrants better. PublicPolicy@Southampton website blog, July 2016.

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