Christian Dustmann Public Lecture

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Christian Dustmann Public Lecture


Straightforward economic arguments point to the potential for large global output gains from movement of labor from less to more productive locations. Yet the politics of receiving countries seems resistant, characterized rather by efforts to limit migration, or to stop it altogether. The lecture examines the foundations of claims of large welfare gains through free mobility, studying implications of liberalizing migration for world welfare under a variety of models, paying attention not only to overall gains but also to how gains are distributed, and reviewing attempts to quantify the benefits. We conclude by asking how far considerations beyond economics motivate keenness to impose restrictions on migration.


Christian Dustmann is Professor of Economics at University College London. He is also the founding Director of the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration. He was President of the European Society of Labour Economists (EALE) from 2015-2017, and President of the European Society for Population Economics (ESPE) in 2008. Professor Dustmann is an elected Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), the Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea), and the Society of Labor Economists (SOLE). He is a leading labour economist and his work in areas such as migration, the economics of education, inequality, the economics of crime, and the economics of labour markets has appeared in academic journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, and the Review of Economic Studies. He regularly advises government bodies, international organizations, and the media on current policy issues.

Start date:

5.30pm Tuesday, 4 Dec 2018

End date:

7pm Monday, 19 Feb 2018


Allan Barton Forum, Level 2, CBE Building 26C, ANU


Professor Christian Dustmann

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