The Second Winter School on the Analytics and Policy Design of Migration

January 7-11, 2015
Georgetown University
School of Foreign Service in Qatar

The Concept

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, 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 integration, migration, and assimilation as responses to relative deprivation; the long shadow of home country variables; migration under asymmetric information; migration, human capital formation, and economic growth; and migration, inequality, and social welfare. Sets of articles related to the lectures will be distributed to the participants in the course of 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 Second Winter School will be led by Oded Stark, Distinguished Research Scholar at Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in Qatar.

Oded Stark is Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, a University Professor and Chair in Economic and Regional Policy at the University of Klagenfurt, an Honorary University Professor of Economics at the University of Vienna, a Distinguished Professor at the University of Warsaw, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tuebingen, and a Professor of Economics at the University of Navarra.

He served as Professor of Economics (Chair in Development Economics) at the University of Oslo, and prior to that as a 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).

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How to Apply

School participants should be holders of Ph.D. in Economics earned during 2010-2014, 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, 2014. Responses to the applications will be provided by October 31, 2014.


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 Tuesday, January 6, 2015, and to depart on Monday, January 12, 2015.

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

Participants will stay at the Four Seasons Hotel in Doha, Qatar.

About Doha

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Dr. Ewa Kepinska
Coordinator of the Winter School

Dr. M. Daniel Westbrook
Economics Faculty
Georgetown University, SFS-Q
Telephone: + 974 - 4457 - 8232

The First Winter School: A Brief Report

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