With the inescapable progress of globalization, labor markets are bound to become more integrated. The impending demographic disruptions will set in with full force in many countries within the coming years. Climate change, natural disasters and the rise of the BIC countries (Brazil, India, China) will pose additional labor market challenges. Ethnic diversity will continue to gain importance – as both an opportunity and a threat.
All of these will eventually require a global reallocation of resources, which will force international and domestic labor markets to undergo major adjustment processes. The strong demand for skilled workers along with the fight against extreme economic inequality, the creation of ‘good’ jobs, and the increased employment of specific groups such as the young, older, female, low-skilled and ethnic minority workers will need scientific monitoring and evaluation, in order to initiate necessary adjustment processes and labor market programs in time.
Therefore, migration economics is a fast-growing and exciting research area with very significant and rising policy relevance. This is also visible in the vibrant activities undertaken by the migration network organized by IZA. Quite timely, IZA has an entire research area devoted to migration.
While the scope of migration is extending persistently, there is no adequate authoritative treatment of its various branches in one volume. To close this gap, Edward Elgar has just published the first International Handbook on the Economics of Migration edited by IZA Program Director of Migration, Amelie F. Constant, and IZA Director, Klaus F. Zimmermann.
The new Handbook goes beyond providing basic information on migration. It offers the latest experiences on migration research and tackles frontier issues in the field. It provides comprehensive guidance to economics scholars, inquiring researchers, students of migration and policy advisers. This Handbook is a carefully commissioned and refereed compilation of 28 state-of-the-art chapters of research in the economics of migration written by 44 leading experts in the field.
Each chapter comprises a critical assessment of the status quo and presents challenges to the traditional economics of migration by addressing taboo issues. Structured in five sensible parts, the topics explored include: child labor migrants; immigrant educational mismatch; ethnic hiring; immigrants, wages and obesity; ethnic identities and the nation state; natural disasters and migration; immigration-religiosity intersections; immigration and crime; immigrants’ time use; happiness and migration; diaspora resources and policies; and the evaluation of immigration policies.
‘Constant and Zimmermann have assembled a collection of essays that is remarkable in one extremely important way: it integrates many novel research topics into the mainstream immigration literature, including ethnic hiring patterns, obesity, the economic consequences of interethnic marriages, the link between natural disasters and migration, immigrant time use, and the relationship between migration and happiness. These survey papers are destined to become beacons for future researchers as each of these topics will inevitably receive much more attention in future research.’
- George J. Borjas, Harvard University, USA
‘This is an extremely impressive volume which guides readers into thinking about migration in new ways. In its various chapters, international experts examine contemporary migration issues through a multitude of lenses ranging from child labor, human trafficking and jobs to the political economy of migration and refugees. The result is a fascinating assessment of the role of migration in driving population change in the modern age. This will surely serve as a reference volume for those interested in migration for years to come.’
- Deborah A. Cobb-Clark, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, Australia
‘As immigration has spread from traditional receiving nations to developed countries throughout the world, the economics of migration has become a burgeoning field of research. Amelie Constant and Klaus Zimmermann’s International Handbook offers an excellent, state-of-the-art guide to the rapidly changing intellectual terrain, providing comprehensive coverage of the topics necessary to comprehend patterns and processes of migration in the world today. It will be an indispensable guide to scholars and policy-makers for years to come.’
- Douglas S. Massey, Princeton University, USA
‘A comprehensive, truly encyclopedic collection of original surveys and essays discussing migration and topics related to the movement of people among countries and areas. The studies both present and review the literature critically and in many cases offer new results. The basic theory is laid out right from the start, providing a nice introduction and framework for the other 27 chapters. While most are interesting and worth reading, as a novice in the field of migration I found the essays on human smuggling and natural disasters to be particularly enlightening and important. I can recommend this Handbook to any labor economist or sociologist with a scholarly interest, either for research or for instruction, in this general area. The volume is definitive.’
- Daniel S. Hamermesh, University of Texas at Austin, USA and Royal Holloway University of London, UK
‘The International Handbook on the Economics of Migration is an excellent book that broadens our understanding of the economics of migration. It covers classic issues related to immigration such as labor market integration and wages as well as much newer and less explored aspects of it, such as happiness, religiosity and crime. I commend Constant and Zimmermann for gathering an excellent team of young and more experienced scholars, and for producing a book that will become an important reference in teaching and learning about immigration.’
- Giovanni Peri, University of California, Davis, USA