Research Topics

Indicative topics for PhD dissertations

Although some flexibility must be given to supervisors and PhD students in defining the research agenda, we propose here a list of indicative topics for PhD dissertations:

  • Interplay between internal and international migration: use of traditional and innovative data sources for estimating internal and international migration responses to shocks (M. Beine, L. Bertinelli, J. Machado)
  • Mid- and long-term projections of international/internal migration: building OLG models of the world economy to analyze historical mobility trends and predict future migration flows (M. Burzynski, F. Docquier, M. Tenikue)
  • Joint analysis of commuting and residential mobility: development of bi-dimensional location models with endogenous place of work and place of residence (M. Beine, L. Bertinelli, G. Caruso, P. Picard).
  • Challenges raised by temporariness of migration (J. Machado, B. Verheyden, M. Tenikue)
  • Economic, social and political integration of immigrants: effectiveness and coherence of integration policies (C. Gathmann, M. Tenikue, B. Verheyden, S. Zanaj)
  • Impact of cross-border labor mobility on the wage distribution: development of new model endogenizing occupational choices and wage disparities (M. Burzynski, A. Dupuy, C. Gathmann, K. Tatsiramos)
  • Effect of cross-border mobility on social norms and happiness (C. Peroni, C. Riillo, S. Zanaj)
  • Effect of cross-border mobility on public and private institutions: effect of commuting and residential mobility on voting; effect on labor market institutions (F. Docquier, A. Dupuy, S. Zanaj)
  • Effect of mobility-driven changes in human capital and cultural diversity on the magnitude and nature of technical progress; optimal structure of cross-border movements to make Europe and Luxembourg a dynamic and competitive knowledge-based economy (C. Gathmann, C. Peroni, K. Tatsiramos, B. Verheyden)
  • Effect of daily cross-border movements on congestion and traffic (G. Caruso, P. Picard)
  • High-skilled immigration policies in the knowledge based economy; What explains differences in selective policies between European member states? What explains differences in the usage of the Blue Card and in attractiveness of European countries? Is cooperation desirable? (J. Machado, B. Verheyden)
  • Cross-border mobility and entrepreneurship: links between immigrant- and native-founded companies, cross-border transmission of entrepreneurial skills (C. Peroni, K. Tatsiramos, B. Verheyden)