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Undergraduate Course: Economics of Migration (ECNM10089)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Economics CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAround 250 million people are international migrants. This is more than 3% of the world's population. In this course, we will apply the tools of economics to address the following core questions: why do people leave the country of their birth, where do they go, and what are the effects of migration on the source and destination countries? This course is intended for students with a knowledge of economic and econometric analysis at the undergraduate level.
Course description Many topics will be addressed in this course. Some of the topics will include: migrant selection, return migration, remittances, the brain drain, immigrant assimilation, labour market effects, and so on.

This course is taught through a programme of lectures. Learning-by-doing, through a group presentation and an individual essay, is an important ingredient of the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Economics 2 (ECNM08006)
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Essentials of Econometrics (ECNM10052)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. A knowledge and understanding of key concepts, issues and models in the economics of migration, along with empirical evidence on and policy implications of those models and a deeper understanding of recent research activity in some more specialised areas.
  2. Research and investigative skills such as problem framing and solving and the ability to assemble and evaluate complex evidence and arguments.
  3. Communication skills in order to critique, create and communicate understanding and to collaborate with and relate to others.
  4. Personal effectiveness through task-management, time-management, teamwork and group interaction, dealing with uncertainty and adapting to new situations, personal and intellectual autonomy through independent learning.
  5. Practical/technical skills such as, modelling skills (abstraction, logic, succinctness), qualitative and quantitative analysis and general IT literacy.
Reading List
A variety of academic articles associated with each lecture will be assigned, which students are advised to read carefully. In addition, students may wish to refer to the following textbooks to aid their comprehension:

Bansak, Cynthia, Nicole B. Simpson, and Madeline Zavodny. The Economics of Immigration. Routledge, (2015)
Bodvarsson, Írn B., and Hendrik Van den Berg. "The Economics of Immigration: Theory and Policy." Springer, (2013)
Borjas, George J. Immigration Economics. Harvard University Press, (2014)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and Inquiry
B1. The ability to identify, define and analyse theoretical and applied economic problems and identify or devise approaches to investigate and solve these problems.
B3. The ability to critically assess existing understanding of economic and social issues, the limitations of that understanding and the limitations of their own knowledge and understanding of those issues.
B4. The ability to question the principles, methods, standards and boundaries of economic knowledge

Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
C1. The ability to be independent learners who take responsibility for their own learning, and are committed to continuous reflection, self-evaluation and self-improvement.
C4. The ability to collaborate and debate effectively to test, modify and strengthen their own views.

D1. The ability to make effective use of oral, written and visual means to critique, create and communicate understanding.
D2. The ability to further their own learning through effective use of feedback.
D3. The ability to use communication as a tool for collaborating and relating to others.

Personal Effectiveness
E1. The ability to manage tasks and also skills in time-management.
E4. The ability to work effectively with others, capitalising on their different thinking.
Additional Class Delivery Information One 2 hour lecture per week, plus 5 x 1 hour tutorials.
Course organiserDr Nicholas Myers
Tel: (0131 6)51 5189
Course secretaryMiss Nicole Brun
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