Reference : Essays on the macro-analysis of international migration
Dissertations and theses : Doctoral thesis
Business & economic sciences : Macroeconomics & monetary economics
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Essays on the macro-analysis of international migration
Delogu, Marco mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF) > Center for Research in Economic Analysis (CREA) >]
University of Luxembourg, ​​Luxembourg
Docteur en Sciences Economiques
Beine, Michel mailto
Docquier, Frédéric mailto
Picard, Pierre M mailto
De La Croix, David mailto
Ragot, Lionel mailto
[en] Migration ; infrastructure ; location choice
[en] This dissertation consists of three chapters, all of them are self-contained works.

The first chapter, “Globalizing labor and the world economy: the role of human
capital” is a joint work with Prof. Dr. Frédéric Docquier and Dr. Joël Machado. We develop a
microfounded model of the world economy aiming to compare short- and long-run effects of migration restrictions on the world distribution of income. We find that a complete removal of migration barriers would increase the world average level of GDP per worker by 13% in the short run and by about 54% after one century. These results are very robust to our identification strategy and technological assumptions.
The second chapter, titled “Infrastructure Policy: the role of informality and brain drain”
analyses the effectiveness of infrastructure policy in developing countries. I show that, at low
level of development, the possibility to work informally has a detrimental impact on infrastructure accumulation. I find that increasing the tax rate or enlarging the tax base can reduce the macroeconomic performance in the short run, while inducing long-run gains. These effects are amplified when brain drain is endogenous.
The last chapter, titled “The role of fees in foreign education: evidence from Italy and the UK” is mainly empirical. Relying upon a discrete choice model, together with Prof. Dr. Michel Beine and Prof. Dr. Lionel Ragot I assess the determinants of international students mobility exploiting, for the first time in the literature, data at the university level. We focus on student inflows to Italy and the UK, countries on which tuition fees varies across universities. We obtain evidence for a clear and negative impact of tuition fees on international students inflows and confirm the positive impact of quality of education. The estimations find also support for an important role of additional destination-specific variables such as host capacity, expected
return of education and cost of living in the vicinity of the university.
Researchers ; Students ; General public

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