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M.A. Econ. Moritz Bonn



B.A. Economics
University of Siegen
M.A. Economics
University of Siegen

Research interests

Labour Economics, Migration Theory,
Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining


Moritz Bonn

Master of Arts in Economics
Former Teaching and Research Assistant, University of Siegen
Now working at "Centrum für Europäische Politik"

+49 271 740-4046

A political economic analysis of international migration of high skilled labour

The debate about an optimal immigration policy has been going on for years in almost every developed country. Due to the rising importance of high skilled workers in a more and more integrated world economy, many researchers suggest that immigration guidelines should be restructured in order to attract internationally mobile and highly qualified workers. The economic benefits that are attributed to high skilled are mainly built up on two pillars:

  • First, they are on average more innovative and can increase the total factor productivity of the economy.
  • Second, since high skilled workers on average have higher wage incomes and are rarely unemployed they are expected to be net contributors to the welfare state.
However, in contrast to the intuitive arguments, only in some developed countries, a special focus on highly qualified workers can be found in the respective immigration guidelines.

Hence, especially Anglo-Saxon countries that pursued an active skill-selective immigration policy, display substantially higher shares of skilled immigrants than all other OECD destinations.

The analysis of the theoretical determinants and implications of different immigration policies are therefore an interesting actual field of economic research.

Working paper


Presentations at conferences and workshops

  • OECD, 2nd Annual OECD Conference: "Immigration in OECD Countries: Selecting and Integrating Skilled Migrants." Paris, December 7, 2012.
  • 3rd International Workshop: “Economics on Global interactions: New Evidence on Trade, Factor Mobility and Development”, Bari, September 3-4, 2012.

  • oikos, Young Scholars Economics Academy 2012: Dynamics on Migration, Geneve, August 19-23, 2012.

  • IAB, 4th Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop on Perspectives on (Un-) Employment, Federal Employment Agency, Nuremberg, October 13-14, 2011.
  • Associazione Italiana Economistri Del Lavoro, XXVI National Conference of Labour Economics, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, September 15-16, 2011.
  • MAGKS Workshop (Interuniversity Graduate Program of the Universities of Aachen, Giessen, Göttingen, Kassel, Marburg and Siegen), Rauischholzhausen Castle, March 24-25, 2011.
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