University of Essex, UK, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Author, Topic spokesperson
Professor of Economics, University of Essex, UK
Immigration, asylum policy, economic history
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Member of the Australian Department of Immigration Research Advisory Committee and International Reference Panel on Irregular Migration
Professor of Economics, Australian National University, Australia
PhD Economics, University of Warwick, UK, 1982
“American immigration policy: The 1965 Act and its consequences.” Scandinavian Journal of Economics (Forthcoming).
“Immigrant selection in the OECD.” Scandinavian Journal of Economics 114 (2012): 1105–1128 (with M. Belot).
“Immigrants assimilate as communities, not just as individuals.” Journal of Population Economics 24 (2011): 389–419 (with A. Leigh).
“Are Third World emigration forces abating?” World Development 39 (2011): 20–32 (with J. G. Williamson).
“The rise and fall of asylum: What happened and why?” Economic Journal 119 (2009): F183–F213.
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