Research Group Department of Economics and Management

DTU ACROSS

The ACROSS doctoral training unit on ‘Analysis of Cross-Border Human Mobility’, funded by the PRIDE scheme of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), is a joint research programme of the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER), the Department in Economics and Management (DEM) of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF) and the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (STATEC).

ACROSS gathers economists and geographers from the three indtitutions. The project seeks to develop tools to monitor, analyze and improve the understanding of the causes and consequences of the flows of migrants and cross border workers.

The collaborative Doctoral Training Unit ACROSS is funded under the framework of the PRIDE scheme of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). It emerges from a strong cooperation between the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER), the Department in Economics and Management (DEM) of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF) and the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (STATEC).

With the free movement of people within the EU, decreasing transportation and communication costs, global inequality and political instability around the world, more and more individuals have been crossing borders in recent decades, either as permanent or temporary migrants, as daily transnational commuters, or as refugees. These cross-border movements generate important challenges for EU countries in general, and for Luxembourg in particular. In Luxembourg, foreigners account for about 50% of the total population and daily commuters nearly double the size of the national labor force.

In this context, ACROSS aims to develop tools to monitor, analyze and improve the understanding of the causes and consequences of these flows – a prerequisite for relevant advice to policy-makers.

The three partner institutions aim to create a team of excellence on cross-border mobility, a team where migration and labor market scholars can interact together with data providers, and where new generations of PhD students can benefit from synergies between institutions. 

The DTU gathers members across three Luxembourgish research units and institutions:

  1. Our Department of Economics and Management (DEM)
  2. The Research Division of the STATEC
  3. The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)

ACROSS builds on the Doctoral Programs of LISER and of the Doctoral School in Economics, Finance and Management (DSEFM).

Affiliation

LISER

DEM (Uni.lu)

DEM (Uni.lu)

LISER

DGEO (Uni.lu) / LISER

DEM (Uni.lu)

Alfred-Weber-Institute for Economics

LISER

STATEC

DEM (Uni.lu)

STATEC

DEM (Uni.lu) / LISER

LISER

LISER

DEM (Uni.lu)

  • Etienne Bacher (LISER) / Supervisor: Michel Ténikué (LISER)
    From Université Clermont-Auvergne
    Research interests: Immigration, attitudes and politics
    Thesis title: Cross-border labor mobility, attitudes and political preferences
  • Narcisse Cha’ngom (LISER) / Supervisor: Frédéric Docquier (LISER)
    From UC Louvain & UCA
    Research interests: Geography of brain drain and development
    Thesis title: Revisiting the development impact of skill-biased migration
  • Felix Stips (LISER) / Supervisor: Bertrand Verheyden (LISER)
    From U. Göttingen & Stellenbosch
    Research interests: Labour market effects of human mobility
    Thesis title: Labor market implications of immigration and cross-border movements
  • Lucas Vieira Magalhaes (LISER) / Supervisor: Geoffrey Caruso (LISER)
    From University of Twente
    Research interests: Human mobility and urban management
    Thesis title: Development and application of a spatial-explicit computable equilibrium urban model for a cross-border region
  • Aleksa Uljarevic (UNI) / Supervisor: Michel Beine (UNI)
    From LMU Munich and UNIBS
    Research interests: Economics of migration, causal analysis, policy evaluation
    Thesis title: Cross-border mobility and policy evaluation
  • Ariane Gordan (UNI) / Supervisor: Arnaud Dupuy (UNI)
    From Goethe-University Frankfurt a.M.
    Research interests: migration, development economics, applied micro-econometrics
    Thesis title: Labor migration and development
  • Julio Garbers (LISER) / Supervisor: Christina Gathmann (LISER)
    From University of Heidelberg
    Research interests: Immigration, policy evaluation and applied micro-econometrics.
    Thesis title: Immigration and integration policies
  • Raian Kudashev (UNI) / Supervisor: Pierre Picard (UNI)
    From Higher School of Economics and University of Luxembourg
    Research interests: Urban and Regional Economics, Migration
    Thesis title: On Estimation of Agglomeration and Dispersion Forces in Luxembourg and Greater Region

Although some flexibility must be given to supervisors and PhD students in defining the research agenda, we propose here a list of indicative topics for PhD dissertations:

  • Interplay between internal and international migration: use of traditional and innovative data sources for estimating internal and international migration responses to shocks (M. Beine, L. Bertinelli, J. Machado)
  • Mid- and long-term projections of international/internal migration: building OLG models of the world economy to analyze historical mobility trends and predict future migration flows (M. Burzynski, F. Docquier, M. Tenikue)
  • Joint analysis of commuting and residential mobility: development of bi-dimensional location models with endogenous place of work and place of residence (M. Beine, L. Bertinelli, G. Caruso, P. Picard).
  • Challenges raised by temporariness of migration (J. Machado, B. Verheyden, M. Tenikue)
  • Economic, social and political integration of immigrants: effectiveness and coherence of integration policies (C. Gathmann, M. Tenikue, B. Verheyden, S. Zanaj)
  • Impact of cross-border labor mobility on the wage distribution: development of new model endogenizing occupational choices and wage disparities (M. Burzynski, A. Dupuy, C. Gathmann, K. Tatsiramos)
  • Effect of cross-border mobility on social norms and happiness (C. Peroni, C. Riillo, S. Zanaj)
  • Effect of cross-border mobility on public and private institutions: effect of commuting and residential mobility on voting; effect on labor market institutions (F. Docquier, A. Dupuy, S. Zanaj)
  • Effect of mobility-driven changes in human capital and cultural diversity on the magnitude and nature of technical progress; optimal structure of cross-border movements to make Europe and Luxembourg a dynamic and competitive knowledge-based economy (C. Gathmann, C. Peroni, K. Tatsiramos, B. Verheyden)
  • Effect of daily cross-border movements on congestion and traffic (G. Caruso, P. Picard)
  • High-skilled immigration policies in the knowledge based economy; What explains differences in selective policies between European member states? What explains differences in the usage of the Blue Card and in attractiveness of European countries? Is cooperation desirable? (J. Machado, B. Verheyden)
  • Cross-border mobility and entrepreneurship: links between immigrant- and native-founded companies, cross-border transmission of entrepreneurial skills (C. Peroni, K. Tatsiramos, B. Verheyden)

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