Fourth Winter School on the Analytics and Policy Design of Migration, 3-7 January 2016, Doha, Qatar

Publish Date: Sep 23, 2016

Deadline: Oct 15, 2016

Event Dates: from Jan 03, 2017 12:00 to Jan 07, 2017 12:00

Fourth Winter School on the Analytics and Policy Design of Migration
3-7 January 2016,
Doha, Qatar

International migration is one of the most exciting topics to explore in social science research. Why some people leave, why others stay, what are the repercussions of migration for the sending and the receiving economies, for the migrants themselves, and for their families, and which policies to enact when influencing migration is deemed desirable from a social welfare point of view are themes that invite disciplined inquiry.

The main purpose of the School is to induce participants to think rigorously, creatively, and in non-conventional ways on various approaches to the modeling of migration choices and consequences, and to demonstrate to the participants how such a thinking process could enrich the spectrum of informed migration policies. Participants will be exposed to the art of economic modeling in general, and to the workings of applied microeconomic theory in particular.

The School’s core activity will be five lectures delivered by Professor Oded Stark. The topics to be covered will constitute a subset of migration-related topics researched by the lecturer, such as: stressful integration; social preferences and migration outcomes; migration, social welfare, and consensus income distribution; relative deprivation, relative risk aversion, and migration; assimilation; how many migrants to admit?; the impact of migration on the work effort and output of non-migrants in an economy with heterogeneous agents; the long shadow of home country variables; migration and human capital formation; the new economics of the brain drain; migration networks; and repercussions of migration for the receiving country. Articles related to the lectures will be distributed during the School.

Participants will be asked to submit an outline of a new paper related to the School’s theme within two weeks of the completion of the School. They will also be invited to contribute to and participate in a future Conference on the Analytics and Policy Design of Migration.

The Lecturer

The Fourth Winter School will be led by Oded Stark.

Oded Stark is Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Distinguished Professor at the University of Warsaw, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tuebingen, and Distinguished Research Scholar at Georgetown University. He served as University Professor (Chair in Economic and Regional Policy) at the University of Klagenfurt and as Honorary University Professor of Economics at the University of Vienna, and prior to that as Professor of Economics (Chair in Development Economics) at the University of Oslo, and as Professor of Population and Economics and as the Director of the Migration and Development Program at Harvard University.

He has written on applied microeconomic theory, development economics, population economics, the economics of migration, labor economics, evolutionary economics, urban economics, regional economics, welfare economics, and the theory of the firm. He is the author of the critically acclaimed books The Migration of Labor (Oxford and Cambridge, MA: Blackwell 1991 and 1993), and Altruism and Beyond, An Economic Analysis of Transfers and Exchanges Within Families and Groups (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1995 and 1999), and the co-editor of the Handbook of Population and Family Economics (in Handbooks in Economics; Amsterdam: North-Holland 1997). Oded Stark is Doctor honoris causa (University of Warsaw), a Humboldt Awardee, and a Presidential Professor of Economics (Poland).

How to Apply

School participants should be holders of Ph.D. in Economics earned during 2012-2016 or Economics Ph.D. students in advanced stages of their dissertation work.

Applicants are asked to submit, in a pdf format, their C.V. along with a sample article or a chapter in their Ph.D. dissertation to:

Dr. Ewa Kepinska
Coordinator of the Winter School

The application deadline is October 15, 2016. Responses to the applications will be provided by October 31, 2016.


The cost of participation in the School, including return air travel via a direct route, accommodation, and meals will be covered by the School.

Logistics and Venue

Participants will be expected to arrive on Monday, January 2, 2017, and to depart on Sunday, January 8, 2017.

The School will be held at the campus of the Georgetown University in Qatar.

Participants will stay at the Four Seasons Hotel in Doha, Qatar(link is external).


Dr. Ewa Kepinska
Coordinator of the Winter School

Dr. M. Daniel Westbrook
Economics Faculty
Georgetown University, SFS-Q

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