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EC4424   The Economics of Migration

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Available to General Degree students with the permission of the Honours Adviser

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.

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).

Scheduled learning hours: 25

Guided independent study hours: 175

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework (incl. Class Test 25%) = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 75%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 25%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr T Barsbai