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Amelie F. Constant
Research Fellow

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Constant Professor Constant joined IZA as a Research Fellow in 2002. From 2011-2016 she served as Program Director for the institute’s research area “Migration”. She also acted as founding co-editor of the IZA Journal of Migration (until March 2016). She is also a visiting faculty at Temple University. She is the President of the Society of Government Economists (SGE) and on the board of directors of the nonprofits: Association for Integrity and Responsible Leadership in Economics and Associated Professions (AIRLEAP) and SGE. She was the founding director of DIWDC and on the board of directors, an American independent, nonprofit, economics think tank (2006-2013).

Professor Constant's research lies in the economics of migration. As a scholar in the economics of migration for fifteen years, she has written close to sixty refereed articles and book chapters and has won several awards for them. She is the co-editor of the International Handbook of the Economics of Migration, the book How Labor Migrants Fare?, a volume of the Research in Labor Economics Journal, and special issues of the Journal of International Manpower. Her research has been funded by several foundations. She has been invited to present her research at many institutions and to deliver keynotes. She has also been invited to talk at migration policy panels, and has written more than twenty five other reports and op-ed pieces on migration issues.

Professor Constant serves on the editorial board of Applied Economics Quarterly and has been on the scientific committee of several international congresses. She has served as referee to many scientific peer review journals and grant proposals, to Ph.D. students, and to tenure positions and promotions. As a professor, Constant has fifteen years of experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in economics at Georgetown University, the George Washington University, the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Drexel University. She was also the Vice Dean of the DIW Berlin Graduate School and in charge of the graduate students in DC from 2007-2011. As an extra service to the profession, Professor Constant has organized about sixty international conferences and events with great success. In 2013, she became a member of the prestigious Academia Europaea (the European Academy of Sciences) for her outstanding achievements as a researcher.

Professor Constant received her Ph.D. in Labor Economics and Econometrics from Vanderbilt University in 1998, and had her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She has a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Athens, Greece, and an M.A. in Economic Development from the University of Paris II, France.

Amelie Constant has contributed 50 IZA Discussion Papers, 3 IZA Policy Papers, and 4 IZA Research Reports. In 2003, she took charge of an extended research project with Rockwool Foundation; the project produced the Migrants, Work, and the Welfare State book in 2004, in which she has contributed six chapters. In 2004, she co-founded the migration research area at IZA and the IZA Annual Migration Meeting. Since 2009, she was also co-organizing the IZA Annual Meeting of the Economics of Risky Behaviors (AMERB), a highly regarded international conference.





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IZA World of Labor article: Do migrants take the jobs of native workers?
 
IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
Title
9726  Alpaslan Akay
Amelie F. Constant
Corrado Giulietti
Martin Guzi
Ethnic Diversity and Well-Being
9338  Amelie F. Constant
Teresa García-Muñoz
Shoshana Neuman
Tzahi Neuman
A "Healthy Immigrant Effect" or a "Sick Immigrant Effect"? Selection and Policies Matter
8754  Amelie F. Constant
Teresa García-Muñoz
Shoshana Neuman
Tzahi Neuman
Micro and Macro Determinants of Health: Older Immigrants in Europe
8571  Amelie F. Constant
Ethnic Identity and Work
(published in: J.D. Wright (ed) the International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Edition, 2015, 106-112)
7868  Amelie F. Constant
Simone Schüller
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Ethnic Spatial Dispersion and Immigrant Identity
7020  Amelie F. Constant
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Immigrants, Ethnic Identities and the Nation-State
(published in: A. F. Constant, K. F. Zimmermann (eds), International Handbook on the Economics of Migration, Edward Elgar 2013, Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, USA, Chapter 14, 259-275)
6940  Amelie F. Constant
Olga Nottmeyer
Klaus F. Zimmermann
The Economics of Circular Migration
(published in: A. F. Constant, K. F. Zimmermann (eds.), International Handbook on the Economics of Migration, Edward Elgar 2013, Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, USA, Chapter 3, 55-74)
6630  Alpaslan Akay
Amelie F. Constant
Corrado Giulietti
The Impact of Immigration on the Well-Being of Natives
(published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2014, 103, 72–92. Pre-publication version available here)
6119  Amelie F. Constant
Sizing It Up: Labor Migration Lessons of the EU Enlargement to 27
(published in: European Migration and Asylum Policies: Coherence or Contradiction, C. Gortázar, C. Parra, B. Segaert, and C. Timmerman, editors. Bruylant: Belgium, 2012, 49-77)
5650  Amelie F. Constant
Bienvenue N. Tien
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Jingzhou Meng
China's Latent Human Capital Investment: Achieving Milestones and Competing for the Top
(published in: Journal of Contemporary China, 2013, 22 (79), 109-130. [Open Access])
5398  Amelie F. Constant
Martin Kahanec
Klaus F. Zimmermann
An Expert Stakeholder's View on European Integration Challenges
(published in: M. Kahanec and K. F. Zimmermann (eds.), Ethnic Diversity in European Labor Markets. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011, 31-54)
5396  Amelie F. Constant
Annabelle Krause
Ulf Rinne
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Reservation Wages of First and Second Generation Migrants
5380  Amelie F. Constant
Annabelle Krause
Ulf Rinne
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Economic Preferences and Attitudes of the Unemployed: Are Natives and Second Generation Migrants Alike?
(published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2011, 32 (7), 825-851 [final version] [journal version])
5353  Amelie F. Constant
Bienvenue N. Tien
African Leaders: Their Education Abroad and FDI Flows
4675  Amelie F. Constant
Olga Nottmeyer
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Cultural Integration in Germany
(published in: Yann Algan, Alberto Bisin, Alan Manning and Thierry Verdier (eds.): Cultural Integration of Immigrants in Europe, Oxford: OUP, 2012, Chapter 3, 69-124)
4660  Amelie F. Constant
Martin Kahanec
Ulf Rinne
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Ethnicity, Job Search and Labor Market Reintegration of the Unemployed
(published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2011, 32 (7), 753-776 [final version] [journal version])
4620  Amelie F. Constant
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Migration, Ethnicity and Economic Integration
(published in: M. N. Jovanovic (ed.), International Handbook on the Economics of Integration, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, 2011, 145 - 168. Revised version published in: A. F. Constant, K. F. Zimmermann, International Handbook on the Economics of Migration, Edward Elgar 2013, Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, USA, pp. 13-36.)
4615  Amelie F. Constant
Bienvenue N. Tien
Brainy Africans to Fortress Europe: For Money or Colonial Vestiges?
4275  Amelie F. Constant
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Work and Money: Payoffs by Ethnic Identity and Gender
(published in: Research in Labor Economics, 2009, 29, 3-30)
3650  Amelie F. Constant
Martin Kahanec
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Attitudes towards Immigrants, Other Integration Barriers, and Their Veracity
(published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2009, 30 (1-2), 5-14)
3644  Amelie F. Constant
Businesswomen in Germany and Their Performance by Ethnicity: It Pays to Be Self-Employed
(published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2009, 30 (1-2), 145-162)
3325  Amelie F. Constant
Elena D'Agosto
Where Do the Brainy Italians Go?
(published in: F.E. Caroleo and F. Pastore (eds.), The Labour Market Impact of the EU Enlargement, Physica-Verlag Heidelberg, 2010)
3260  Amelie F. Constant
Liliya Gataullina
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Naturalization Proclivities, Ethnicity and Integration
(published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2009, 30 (1-2), 70-82)
3063  Amelie F. Constant
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Measuring Ethnic Identity and Its Impact on Economic Behavior
(published in: Journal of the European Economic Association, 2008, 6 (2-3), 424-433)
3050  Amelie F. Constant
Rowan Roberts
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Ethnic Identity and Immigrant Homeownership
(published in: Urban Studies, 2009, 46 (9), 1879-1898)
2999  Amelie F. Constant
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Circular Migration: Counts of Exits and Years Away from the Host Country
(published as 'Circular and Repeat Migration: Counts of Exits and Years Away from the Host Country' in: Population Research and Policy Review, 2011, 30 (4), 495-515 [here])
2537  Holger Bonin
Amelie F. Constant
Konstantinos Tatsiramos
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Ethnic Persistence, Assimilation and Risk Proclivity
(substantially revised version published in: IZA Journal of Migration, 2012, 1, Article 5 [Open Access])
2535  Laura V Zimmermann
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Amelie F. Constant
Ethnic Self-Identification of First-Generation Immigrants
(published in: International Migration Review, 2007, 41 (3), 769-781)
2530  Amelie F. Constant
Martin Kahanec
Klaus F. Zimmermann
The Russian-Ukrainian Political Divide
(published in: Eastern European Economics, 2011, 49 (6), 103-115 [Open Access])
2420  Amelie F. Constant
Liliya Gataullina
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Gender, Ethnic Identity and Work
2350  Amelie F. Constant
Liliya Gataullina
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Laura V Zimmermann
Clash of Cultures: Muslims and Christians in the Ethnosizing Process
2330  Amelie F. Constant
Martin Kahanec
Klaus F. Zimmermann
The Russian-Ukrainian Earnings Divide
(published in: Economics of Transition, 2012, 20 (1), 1-35 [Open Access] [journal version])
2300  Laura V Zimmermann
Liliya Gataullina
Amelie F. Constant
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Human Capital and Ethnic Self-Identification of Migrants
(published in: Economics Letters, 2008, 98 (3), 235-239)
2040  Amelie F. Constant
Liliya Gataullina
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Ethnosizing Immigrants
(substantially revised version published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2009, 69(3), 274-287 [view leaflet])
1999  Holger Bonin
Amelie F. Constant
Konstantinos Tatsiramos
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Native-Migrant Differences in Risk Attitudes
(published in: Applied Economics Letters, 2009, 16 (15), 1581-1586)
1910  Amelie F. Constant
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Legal Status at Entry, Economic Performance, and Self-employment Proclivity: A Bi-national Study of Immigrants
1830  Spyros Konstantopoulos
Amelie F. Constant
The Gender Gap Reloaded: Is School Quality Linked to Labor Market Performance?
(substantially revised version published as 'The gender gap reloaded: Are school characteristics linked to labor market performance?' in: Social Science Research, 2008, 37 (2), 374-385)
1715  Amelie F. Constant
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Immigrant Performance and Selective Immigration Policy: A European Perspective
(published in: National Institute Economic Review, 2005, 194 (1), 94-105)
1440  Amelie F. Constant
Klaus F. Zimmermann
The Making of Entrepreneurs in Germany: Are Native Men and Immigrants Alike?
(published in: Small Business Economics, 2006, 26 (3), 279-300)
1425  Spyros Konstantopoulos
Amelie F. Constant
Gender Differences Across the Earnings Distribution: Evidence from NLS:86 & HSB:92
1386  Amelie F. Constant
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Self-Employment Dynamics Across the Business Cycle: Migrants Versus Natives
(substantially revised version published as 'Self-employment against employment or unemployment: Markov transitions across the business cycle' in: Eurasian Business Review, 2014, 4(1), 51-87 [Open Access])
1234  Amelie F. Constant
Immigrant versus Native Businesswomen: Proclivity and Performance
(substantially revised version published in: Kyklos, 2006, 59 (4), 465-480)
975  Amelie F. Constant
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Occupational Choice Across Generations
(published in: Applied Economics Quarterly, 2003, 49 (4), 299-317)
960  Amelie F. Constant
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Circular Movements and Time Away from the Host Country
(substantially revised version published as 'Circular and Repeat Migration: Counts of Exits and Years Away from the Host Country' in: Population Research and Policy Review, 2011, 30 (4), 495-515)
940  Amelie F. Constant
Yochanan Shachmurove
Klaus F. Zimmermann
What Makes an Entrepreneur and Does It Pay? Native Men, Turks, and Other Migrants in Germany
(published in: International Migration, 2007, 45 (4), 69-98)
885  Amelie F. Constant
Klaus F. Zimmermann
The Dynamics of Repeat Migration: A Markov Chain Analysis
(published in: International Migration Review, 2012, 46 (2), 361-387)
879  Amelie F. Constant
Yochanan Shachmurove
Entrepreneurial Ventures and Wage Differentials Between Germans and Immigrants
(published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2006, 27 (3), 208-229 )
866  Amelie F. Constant
Immigrant Adjustment in France and Impacts on the Natives
(published in: K.F. Zimmermann (ed.), European Migration: What Do We Know, Oxford: OUP, 2005)
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Amelie F. Constant
Douglas S. Massey
Labor Market Segmentation and the Earnings of German Guestworkers
(published in: Population Research and Policy Review, 2005, 24 (6), 5-30)
672  Amelie F. Constant
Douglas S. Massey
Self-Selection, Earnings, and Out-Migration: A Longitudinal Study of Immigrants to Germany
(published in: Journal of Population Economics, 16 (4), 2003, 631-653)
671  Amelie F. Constant
Spyros Konstantopoulos
School Effects and Labor Market Outcomes for Young Adults in the 1980s and 1990s
(published in: Applied Economics Quarterly, 49 (1), 2003, 5-22)
 
IZA Policy Papers:
No. Author(s)
Title
35 Amelie F. Constant
Steffen Otterbach
Work Hours Constraints: Impacts and Policy Implications
30 Amelie F. Constant
Bienvenue N. Tien
Surviving the Turbulence Is Not Enough: Can Côte d'Ivoire Flourish Again?
19 Amelie F. Constant
Bienvenue N. Tien
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Jingzhou Meng
China's Overt Economic Rise and Latent Human Capital Investment: Achieving Milestones and Competing for the Top
(substantially revised version published as 'China's Latent Human Capital Investment: achieving milestones and competing for the top' in: Journal of Contemporary China, 2013, 22 (79), 109-130. [Open Access])
 
IZA Research Reports:
Jirka Taylor
Jennifer Rubin
Corrado Giulietti
Chris Giacomantonio
Flavia Tsang
Amelie F. Constant
Linguère Mously Mbaye
Maryam Naghsh Nejad
et al.
Report No. 64: Mapping Diasporas in the European Union and the United States
Report prepared in collaboration with RAND Europe for the European Commission, Bonn 2014 (350 pages) [view online appendix]
Amelie F. Constant
Ulf Rinne
Report No. 50: Labour Market Information for Migrants and Employers: The Case of Germany
Report prepared for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Bonn 2013 (30 pages)
Amelie F. Constant
Bienvenue N. Tien
Report No. 41: Germany's Immigration Policy and Labor Shortages
Report prepared for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Bonn 2011 (39 pages)
Klaus F. Zimmermann
Martin Kahanec
Amelie F. Constant
Don J. DeVoretz
Liliya Gataullina
Anzelika Zaiceva
Report No. 16: Study on the Social and Labour Market Integration of Ethnic Minorities
Report for the High Level Advisory Group on Social and Labour Market Integration of Ethnic Minorities and the European Commission, Bonn 2008 (166 pages)
[German version] (Studie über die soziale Eingliederung und Arbeitsmarktintegration ethnischer Minderheiten)
 

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