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Summer Academy 2023 on "The Role of Migration in Social and Economic Development"

12.07.2023 IOS

Time: July 3–5
Responsible: Vladimir Kozlov
Cooperation: Akademie für Politische Bildung (APB), European Association for Comparative Economic Studies (EACES)

The fifteenth Summer Academy on "The role of Migration in Social and Economic Development of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia", co-hosted by the IOS, the Akademie für Politische Bildung (APB), and the European Association for Comparative Economic Studies (EACES), was held for the first time in hybrid format (both personally and online via Zoom). Keynotes were given by Artjoms Ivlevs from Bristol Business School („Does Emigration Affect Pro-environmental Behaviour Back Home? A Long-Term, Local-Level Perspective “), Jonathan Wadsworth from Royal Holloway College and Centre for Economic Performance at the LSE („Immigration’s Heterogeneous Effects “) and Martin Kahanec from Central European University & CELSI („Enhancing Europe's Resilience and Prosperity by Leveraging Mobile Talent“). Within the Summer Academy, eleven international participants presented their papers. This year, the Hans Raupach Best Paper Award went to Tobias Grohmann (University of Groningen)  for his paper " Cultural Similarity and Migration: New Evidence from Estimating a Gravity Model of International Migration". The paper provides a state-of-the-art assessment of the relationship between cultural similarity and international migration based on gravity equation. Tobias Grohmann confirms the earlier findings about the cultural barriers to migration. He finds that migration volumes increase, ceteris paribus, with religious proximity, genetic similarity, and larger volumes of cultural trade. Nevertheless the relationship between cultural similarity and migration is more nuanced than previously thought (more on the paper).

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