SECS-P/01 (POLITICAL ECONOMY)
DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
AFRICAN AND ASIAN STUDIES
2nd semester (01/03/2021 - 28/05/2021)
40 lesson hours
WRITTEN AND ORAL TEST
No specific prerequisites are required: logical skills and elementary knowledge of mathematics and statistics acquired in secondary school are sufficient.
The course aims at providing the tools to understand the causes and consequences of migration flows, for both the countries of origin and the countries of destination. In particular, we analyze the effects of migration on the labor market, the role of cultural assimilation and the consequences for development.
• History of migrations
• The decision to migrate and motivations (work, family reunification, refugee, etc.)
• Types of migrants (countries of origin and educational level) and countries of destination chosen.
Effect of migration on countries of origin
• brain drain or brain gain?
Effect of migration (and types of migration) on destination countries
• Wages and employment
• Social welfare (how migrants contribute to public spending)
• Economics of households
• Cultural assimilation, segregation, second generations of migrants.
Italian, European and international policies on the management of migratory flows (types of VISA and points system).
Public intervention in migration management (SPAR, cooperatives, reception).
Lectures in class and students’ presentations
Reccomended or required readings
Textbook of reference Borjas, G. J.. Immigration Economics. - München : Harvard University Press, 2014 (not compolsury). Detail program, additional material (slides and papers) will be available on KIRO platform
The assessment method is made up of a written exam with open questions and the delivery of a short written essay. For the attending students, final mark will also depend on presentations.