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Free access to a new study by Brandon J. Restrepo just published in the Journal of Population Economics.
The paper analyzes how parental investment responds to a low birth weight (LBW) outcome and finds important differences in investment responsesby maternal education. High school dropouts reinforce a LBW outcome by providing less investment in the human capital of their LBW children relative to their normal birth weight children whereas higher educated mothers compensate by investing more in their LBW children.
In addition, an increase in the number of LBW siblings present in the home raises investment in a child, which is consistent with reinforcement, but this positive effect tends to be concentrated among high school dropouts. These results suggest that studies analyzing the effects of LBW on child outcomes that do not account for heterogeneity in investment responses to a LBW outcome by maternal education may overestimate effects of LBW on child outcomes for those born to low-educated mothers and underestimate such effects for those born to high-educated mothers.
Parental investment responses to a low birth weight outcome: who compensates and who reinforces? by Brandon J. Restrepo , J Popul Econ (2016) 29(4): 969-989.
Writing a new book in the field?
Consider to publish with the Springer book series in “Population Economics”
Editor-in-chief: K.F. Zimmermann with Series Editors: A. Cigno, E. Tekin, J. Zhang, and A.J.G. Brown (Ed.)
For proposals and submissions contact the responsible Springer – Editor: Katharina Wetzel-Vandai
• Covers pressing topics of our time, such as migration, population aging, employment,
health, and economic growth
• The series is useful as handbooks for policymakers as well as for students and teachers
of graduate and postgraduate courses
• Treats both theoretical and empirical aspects
• Written by leading scholars in the field, employing the latest research
Research on population economics deals with some of the most pertinent issues of
our time and, as such, is of interest to academics and policymakers alike. Like the
Journal of Population Economics, the book series “Population Economics” addresses a
wide range of theoretical and empirical topics related to all areas of the economics of
population, household, and human resources. Books in the series comprise work that
closely examines special topics related to population economics, incorporating the most
recent developments in the field and the latest research methodologies. Micro-level
investigations include topics related to individual, household or family behavior, such as
migration, aging, household formation, marriage, divorce, fertility choices, labor supply,
health, and risky behavior. Macro-level inquiries examine topics such as economic growth
with exogenous or endogenous population evolution, population policy, savings and
pensions, social security, housing, and healthcare. These and other topics related to the
relationship between population dynamics and public choice, economic approaches
to human biology, and the impact of population on income and wealth distributions
have important individual, social, and institutional consequences, and their scientific
examination informs both economic theory and public policy.
Keywords: > Population Economics > Household and Family Economics > Labour Economics > Human Resources > Migration Economics
In a new paper with Linguère Mously Mbaye we review the effects of natural disasters on human mobility or migration. Although there is an increase of natural disasters and migration recently and hence more evidence to observe, the relationship remains complex. While some authors find that disasters increase migration, others show that they have only a marginal or no effect or are even negative. Human mobility appears to be an insurance mechanism against environmental shocks and there are different transmission channels which can explain the relationship between natural disasters and migration. Moreover, migrants’ remittances help to decrease households’ vulnerability to shocks but also dampen their adverse effects. The paper further provides a discussion of policy implications and potential future research avenues.
Linguère Mously Mbaye & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2016, Natural Disasters and Human Mobility. For the full paper see ZEF Working Paper or UNU-MERIT Working Paper. Forthcoming: International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics
In all over July, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the most important think tank of the United States, organizes its traditional NBER Summer Institute 2016. On July 27, the economists debated the value of academic institutions for economy and society. Chaired and introduced by NBER President Jim Poterba, the debate was based on a great lecture:
8th Annual Martin Feldstein Lecture
Caroline Hoxby, Stanford University and NBER
The Dramatic Economics of the U.S. Market for Higher Education: The Full Spectrum from Greatness to Mediocrity
A very timely and challenging topic. Call for Research Papers (deadline October 15, 2016) for 2016 issue. High quality and fast refereeing and open access publication with no charges for authors and readers.
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Research papers published or forthcoming 2016 of Klaus F. Zimmermann
|How Far are We from a Single European Labour Market?, International Journal of Manpower. Forthcoming 2016. (With A. Krause and U. Rinne.)|
|Punkte machen?! Warum Deutschland ein aktives Auswahlsystem für ausländische Fachkräfte braucht und wie ein solches System aussehen kann (A point system?! Why Germany needs an active selection mechanism for foreign high-skilled workers and how it could look like), Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik. 17 (2016), 68-87. (With H. Hinte and U. Rinne.)|
|Euroskepticism, Income Inequality and Financial Expectations, B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, 16 (2016), 539-576. (With J. Ritzen and C. Wehner.)|
|Remittances and Relative Concerns in Rural China, China Economic Review, 37 (2016), 191-207. (With A. Akay, O. Bargain, C. Guilietti and J. D. Robalino.)|
|Risk Attitudes and Migration, China Economic Review, 37 (2016), 166-176. (With M. Akgüc, X. Liu and M. Tani.)|
|Left Behind but Doing Good? Civic Engagement in Two Post-Socialist Countries. Journal of Comparative Economics. Forthcoming. Online 2016. (With M. Nikolova and M. Roman.)|
|Health Shocks and Well-being. Indian Journal of Labour Economics. Forthcoming 2016.|
|Home Sweet Home? Macroeconomic Conditions in Home Countries and the Well-Being of Migrants. Journal of Human Resources. Forthcoming 2016. (With A. Akay and O. Bargain.)
Migrationspolitik im Mediensturm. (Migration Policy in the Media Storm), Wirtschaftspolitische Blätter. Forthcoming 2016.
Diaspora Economics: New Perspectives. Forthcoming International Journal of Manpower. (With A. Constant.)
Natural Disasters and Human Mobility. Forthcoming International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics (With L. M. Mbaye.)
International Journal of Manpower
ISSN: 0143-7720 LINK
FORTHCOMING: Special Issue on: Diaspora Economics in Volume 37, No. 7, 2016
Editors: Amelie F. Constant (POP at UNU-MERIT, IZA and GLO) and Klaus F. Zimmermann (Harvard University, POP at UNU-MERIT and GLO)
Table of Contents:
Amelie F. Constant (POP at UNU-MERIT, IZA and GLO) and Klaus F. Zimmermann (Harvard University, POP at UNU-MERIT and GLO): Diaspora economics: New perspectives
Gil S. Epstein (Bar Ilan University) and Odelia Heizler (Tel-Aviv-Yaffo Academic College): The formation of networks in the diaspora
Michel Beine (CREA, University of Luxembourg, IRES): The role of networks for migration flows: An update
Artjoms Ivlevs (University of the West of England): Remittances and informal work
Carlo Devillanova (Bocconi University) and Tommaso Frattini (University of Milan): Inequities in immigrants’ access to health care services: Disentangling potential barriers
Hillel Rapoport (Paris School of Economics): Migration and globalization: What’s in it for developing countries?
Michael Clemens (Center for Global Development): Losing our minds? New research directions on skilled migration and development
Klaus F. Zimmermann is currently based at the Center for European Studies (CES) of Harvard University. He just returned from a lecture and information tour through Europe to advertise for his new book and to study and discuss Brexit, the refugee issue and the challenges of evidence-based policymaking.
- The book:
- Kahanec, Martin, and Zimmermann, Klaus F. (Eds.), Labor Migration, EU Enlargement, and the Great Recession, Springer 2016. A flyer can be found here. More details: Further information!
- Arrived in Boston:
- July 8, 2016: An important talk in Cambridge at the NBER, the National Bureau of Economic Research. Looking forward to the participation at the NBER Summer Institute in July.
- European tour:
- July 6, 2016: Public debate about “Migration and the Labor Market” with a trade union leader at the University of Cologne/Germany.
- July 4-5, 2016: Discussion meetings in Brussels/Belgium with representatives from the EU Commission and local researchers and scientists including the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).
- July 1-3, 2016: Invited speaker in Aix-en-Provence/France on “How to Benefit from the Demographic Constraint ?” in the conference “In a world of turmoil, what is a nation for?, LES RENCONTRES ECONOMIQUES D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE organized by Le Cercle des économistes.
- June 26-30, 2016: Participation as Member of the Council and Chair of the Section for Economics, Business and Management Sciences of the Academia Europaea (AE), the European Academy of Sciences, at the Annual Conference in Cardiff. Invited presentation in the session (in partnership with ALLEA) on “Migration and Identity”.
- June 20, 2016: Keynote Lecture in the Summer School on Democracy: European States towards Migration Crisis in Wroclaw/Poland about “The European Migration Crisis: Facts and Challenges for Media Democracies” organized by the University of Wroclaw and Academia Europaea (AE).
- June 15-18, 2016: Participating in the 30th Annual Congress of the European Society for Population Economics (ESPE) in Berlin/Germany. Invited paper presentation as former ESPE President on: “Arsenic Contamination of Drinking Water and Mental Health”, see. I am proud initiating ESPE 30 years ago. I also spoke about the perspectives of the Journal of Population Economics as its Editor-in-Chief to the ESPE General Assembly. The Editors of the Journal met during the meeting to discuss journal policy issues.
On July 8, 2016: Zimmermann at the NBER, the most important US economic think-tank.
Klaus F. Zimmermann, Wirtschaftsprofessor der Universität Bonn und Ko-Direktor des POP ( Centre for Population, Development and Labour Economics) an UNU-MERIT (Maastricht), forscht derzeit an der Harvard Universität. Beim 11. Kölner wirtschaftspolitischen Dialog diskutierte er am 6. 7. 2016 unter der Leitung von Steffen J. Roth, dem Geschäftsführer des Instituts für Wirtschaftspolitik an der Universität zu Köln, mit Eva Welskop-Deffaa vom Bundesvorstand ver.di zum Thema:
“Die Auswirkungen der Zuwanderung auf den Arbeitsmarkt”
Unter starker Beteiligung der universitären und außeruniversitären Öffentlichkeit fand die Veranstaltung im Senatssaal der Universität zu Köln statt.
Die beiden Referenten waren sich einig: “Die Zuwanderung nach Deutschland geht mit großen Herausforderungen einher, birgt aber auch Chancen. Entscheidend wird die Integration der Zuwanderer in die Erwerbsgesellschaft sein. Eine zügige Integration der zugewanderten Menschen in den Arbeitsmarkt erscheint auch aus integrations- und sozialpolitischen Gründen dringend geboten.”
Zimmermann warb auch für sein neues Buch, das belegt, daß die EU -Osterweiterung positive Wirkungen für die europäischen Arbeitsmärkte hatte:
Kahanec, Martin, und Zimmermann, Klaus F. (Eds.), Labor Migration, EU Enlargement, and the Great Recession, Springer 2016.
Zimmermann nach der Diskussionsveranstaltung am Kölner Hauptbahnhof:
Eva Welskop-Deffaa vom Bundesvorstand ver.di
Steffen J. Roth, Geschäftsführer des Instituts für Wirtschaftspolitik an der Universität zu Köln
On his recent lecture and information tour through Europe, Klaus F. Zimmermann (Harvard University and UNU-MERIT) has visited Brussels on July 4-5, 2016 to discuss the future of Europe with representatives from the EU Commission and local researchers and scientists. Among others, he visited the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). Zimmermann, who is also Professor at Bonn University and Honorary Professor of the Free University of Berlin, is Associate Research Fellow of CEPS). Brexit, the refugee crisis, evidence-based policy making and the future of Europe have been topics. He also presented his new book with Martin Kahanec:
Kahanec, Martin, and Zimmermann, Klaus F. (Eds.), Labor Migration, EU Enlargement, and the Great Recession, Springer 2016.
Recent European migration has provided insights: EU enlargement and internal mobility has not caused Europe a problem, to the contrary it was beneficial. These findings were ignored in the public Brexit debate.
Zimmermann leaving CEPS on July 5, 2016: