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EC4424 The Economics of Migration

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

The number of international migrants has rapidly grown over the last few decades. This module explores the economic determinants and consequences of international migration, and sheds light on the often controversial policy debates surrounding immigration. Students will apply basic economic theory and empirical methods to understand the decision to migrate, the effect of immigration on labour markets and government budgets, the effect of diversity on economic performance, the effect of high-skilled emigration on source countries and immigration policies. The module will have a strong focus on the empirical evidence on immigration and will train students' ability to critically assess this evidence.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all Economics degrees, Financial Economics, BA (Intl Hons) Economics

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2 hours of lectures over 11 weeks, 1-hour tutorial (x 5 weeks) plus 1 office hour (x 12 weeks).
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 25
  • Guided independent study: 175

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 75%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 25%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework (incl. Class Test 25%) = 50%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr T Barsbai
Module teaching staff:Dr T Barsbai