January 6, 2017 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, USA: As part of the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association (ASSA 2017), the largest gathering of economists world-wide (with over 13,000 participants), which took place in Chicago, IL on January 5-8, 2017, Klaus F. Zimmermann, Princeton University, UNU-MERIT & Maastricht University, and on leave from Bonn University, spoke on the European refugee crisis. The talk was part of a session organized by the Washington DC based Society of Government Economists.
The crowded session featured some of the best migration economists, including session chair Madeline Zavodny, (Agnes Scott College), Giovanni Peri (University of California, Davis), Pia M. Orrenius (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas), Amelie Constant (Princeton University and UNU-MERIT) and Klaus F. Zimmermann (Princeton University, Maastricht University and UNU-MERIT). The prominent discussants were Laura M. Argys (University of Colorado Denver), Todd A. Sorensen (University of Nevada, Reno), Joseph Cordes, (George Washington University) and Madeline Zavodny, (Agnes Scott College).
The session program: Policy Callenges of Migration (Refugees and EVerify)
Giovanni Peri (University of California, Davis): The Labor Market Effects of a Refugee Wave: Synthetic Control Method Meets the Mariel Boatlift (with Vasil Yasenov, University of California, Davis)
Pia M. Orrenius (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas): The Effects of State Work Eligibility Verification Laws on Labor Market Turnover (with Madeline Zavodny, Agnes Scott College)
Amelie F. Constant (Princeton University and UNU-MERIT): Internal and External Migration Patterns in the United States and the European Union: Some Policy Considerations
Klaus F. Zimmermann (Princeton University and UNU – MERIT): Refugee Flows, Labor Mobility and Europe
Zimmermann at the 2017 ASSA meeting, Chicago. He was recently appointed Honorary Professor at Maastricht University.