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Edited by

Amelie F. Constant (George Washington University and Temple University, USA and IZA, Bonn, Germany)

Klaus F. Zimmermann (Bonn University, Bonn, Germany)

September 2013

About the Handbook:

With the inescapable progress of globalization, labor markets are bound to become more integrated. The impending demographic disruptions will set in with full force in many countries within the coming years. Climate change, natural disasters and the rise of the BIC countries (Brazil, India, China) will pose additional labor market challenges. Ethnic diversity will continue to gain importance – as both an opportunity and a threat.

All of these will eventually require a global reallocation of resources, which will force international and domestic labor markets to undergo major adjustment processes. The strong demand for skilled workers along with the fight against extreme economic inequality, the creation of ‘good’ jobs, and the increased employment of specific groups such as the young, older, female, low-skilled and ethnic minority workers will need scientific monitoring and evaluation, in order to initiate necessary adjustment processes and labor market programs in time.

Therefore, migration economics is a fast-growing and exciting research area with very significant and rising policy relevance. This is also visible in the vibrant activities undertaken by the migration network organized by IZA. Quite timely, IZA has an entire research area devoted to migration.

While the scope of migration is extending persistently, there is no adequate authoritative treatment of its various branches in one volume. To close this gap, Edward Elgar has just published the first International Handbook on the Economics of Migration edited by former IZA Program Director of Migration, Amelie F. Constant, and former IZA Director, Klaus F. Zimmermann.

The new Handbook goes beyond providing basic information on migration. It offers the latest experiences on migration research and tackles frontier issues in the field. It provides comprehensive guidance to economics scholars, inquiring researchers, students of migration and policy advisers. This Handbook is a carefully commissioned and refereed compilation of 28 state-of-the-art chapters of research in the economics of migration written by 44 leading experts in the field.

Each chapter comprises a critical assessment of the status quo and presents challenges to the traditional economics of migration by addressing taboo issues. Structured in five sensible parts, the topics explored include: child labor migrants; immigrant educational mismatch; ethnic hiring; immigrants, wages and obesity; ethnic identities and the nation state; natural disasters and migration; immigration-religiosity intersections; immigration and crime; immigrants’ time use; happiness and migration; diaspora resources and policies; and the evaluation of immigration policies.

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Acclaim for the International Handbook on the Economics of Migration

‘Constant and Zimmermann have assembled a collection of essays that is remarkable in one extremely important way:   it integrates many novel research topics into the mainstream immigration literature, including ethnic hiring patterns, obesity, the economic consequences of interethnic marriages, the link between natural disasters and migration, immigrant time use, and the relationship between migration and happiness.   These survey papers are destined to become beacons for future researchers as each of these topics will inevitably receive much more attention in future research.’

- George J. Borjas, Harvard University, USA
‘This is an extremely impressive volume which guides readers into thinking about migration in new ways.   In its various chapters, international experts examine contemporary migration issues through a multitude of lenses ranging from child labor, human trafficking and jobs to the political economy of migration and refugees.   The result is a fascinating assessment of the role of migration in driving population change in the modern age.   This will surely serve as a reference volume for those interested in migration for years to come.’

- Deborah A. Cobb-Clark, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, Australia
‘As immigration has spread from traditional receiving nations to developed countries throughout the world, the economics of migration has become a burgeoning field of research.   Amelie Constant and Klaus Zimmermann’s International Handbook offers an excellent, state-of-the-art guide to the rapidly changing intellectual terrain, providing comprehensive coverage of the topics necessary to comprehend patterns and processes of migration in the world today.   It will be an indispensable guide to scholars and policy-makers for years to come.’

- Douglas S. Massey, Princeton University, USA
‘A comprehensive, truly encyclopedic collection of original surveys and essays discussing migration and topics related to the movement of people among countries and areas.   The studies both present and review the literature critically and in many cases offer new results.   The basic theory is laid out right from the start, providing a nice introduction and framework for the other 27 chapters.   While most are interesting and worth reading, as a novice in the field of migration I found the essays on human smuggling and natural disasters to be particularly enlightening and important.   I can recommend this Handbook to any labor economist or sociologist with a scholarly interest, either for research or for instruction, in this general area.   The volume is definitive.’

- Daniel S. Hamermesh, University of Texas at Austin, USA and Royal Holloway University of London, UK
‘The International Handbook on the Economics of Migration is an excellent book that broadens our understanding of the economics of migration.   It covers classic issues related to immigration such as labor market integration and wages as well as much newer and less explored aspects of it, such as happiness, religiosity and crime.   I commend Constant and Zimmermann for gathering an excellent team of young and more experienced scholars, and for producing a book that will become an important reference in teaching and learning about immigration.’

- Giovanni Peri, University of California, Davis, USA

To cite this reference book:

Amelie F. Constant and Klaus F. Zimmermann (Editors), (2013). International Handbook on the Economics of Migration, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, USA

Handbook Promotion Tour:

September 4, 2013: Academy of Sciences North-Rhine Westphalia, Düsseldorf
September 9, 2013: Academy of Sciences, Göttingen
September 12, 2013: Academy of Sciences, Vienna
September 18, 2013: Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
September 26, 2013: Harvard University, Cambridge
October 1, 2013: Temple University, Philadelphia
October 3, 2013: Georgia State University, Atlanta
October 8, 2013: Eugenides Foundation, Athens
October 10, 2013: IZA Reform Workshop, Brussels
October 17, 2013: IZA Policy Fellow Meeting, Berlin
October 25, 2013: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing
October 29, 2013: Labor Reform Congress, Oslo
November 20, 2013: Brookings Institution, Washington DC
November 25, 2013: Bucharest University of Economic Studies
January 23, 2014: Elliott School Faculty Book Party - George Washington University


List of Contributors
    Frontier issues in migration researchpp. 1-9
Amelie F. Constant and Klaus F. Zimmermann


1  Migration and ethnicity: an introductionpp. 13-35
Amelie F. Constant and Klaus F. Zimmermann
IZA DP No. 4620


2  Modeling individual migration decisionspp. 39-54
John Kennan and James R. Walker
3  The economics of circular migrationpp. 55-74
Amelie F. Constant, Olga Nottmeyer and Klaus F. Zimmermann
IZA DP No. 6940
4  The international migration of health professionalspp. 75-97
Michel Grignon, Yaw Owusu and Arthur Sweetman
IZA DP No. 6517
5  Independent child labor migrantspp. 98-120
Eric V. Edmonds and Maheshwor Shrestha
6  Human smugglingpp. 121-133
Guido Friebel and Sergei Guriev
IZA DP No. 6350


7  Labor mobility in an enlarged European Unionpp. 137-152
Martin Kahanec
IZA DP No. 6485
8  Minority and immigrant entrepreneurs: access to financial capitalpp. 153-175
Robert W. Fairlie
9  Migrant educational mismatch and the labor marketpp. 176-192
Matloob Piracha and Florin Vadean
10  Ethnic hiringpp. 193-213
David Neumark
11  Immigrants in risky occupationspp. 214-226
Pia M. Orrenius and Madeline Zavodny
IZA DP No. 6693
12  Occupational sorting of ethnic groupspp. 227-241
Krishna Patel, Yevgeniya Savchenko and Francis Vella
13  Immigrants, wages and obesity: the weight of the evidencepp. 242-256
Susan Averett, Laura M. Argys and Jennifer L. Kohn


14  Immigrants, ethnic identities, and the nation-statepp. 259-275
Amelie F. Constant and Klaus F. Zimmermann
IZA DP No. 7020
15  Interethnic marriages and their economic effectspp. 276-292
Delia Furtado and Steve Trejo
16  The impact of migration on family left behindpp. 293-308
Francisca M. Antman
IZA DP No. 6374
17  Natural disasters and migrationpp. 309-330
Ariel Belasen and Solomon Polachek
18  Immigration-religiosity intersections at the two sides of the Atlantic:pp. 331-352
Europe and the United States
Shoshana Neuman and Teresa García-Muñoz
IZA DP No. 6384
19  Immigration and crimepp. 353-372
Brian Bell and Stephen Machin
20  Immigrants’ time use: a survey of methods and evidencepp. 373-392
David Ribar
IZA DP No. 6931
21  Happiness and migrationpp. 393-407
Nicole Simpson


22  Frontier issues of the political economy of migrationpp. 411-431
Gil Epstein
23  Skill Based immigrant selection and labor market outcomes by visa categorypp. 432-452
Abdurrahman Aydemir
24  Refugee and asylum migrationpp. 453-469
Timothy J. Hatton
25  The economics of immigrant citizenship ascensionpp. 470-488
Don DeVoretz
26  Welfare migrationpp. 489-504
Corrado Guilietti and Jackline Wahba
IZA DP No. 6450
27  Diaspora resources and policiespp. 505-529
Sonia Plaza
28  The evaluation of immigration policiespp. 530-551
Ulf Rinne
Name indexpp. 553-560
Subject indexpp. 561-573
© Amelie F. Constant and Klaus F. Zimmermann 2013

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