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Örn B. Bodvarsson
Research Fellow

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Bodvarsson Örn B. Bodvarsson is Interim Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Professor of Economics at St. Cloud State University (SCSU), having joined the SCSU faculty in 1988. During 2001-05, he was a Visiting Professor of Economics at University of Nebraska. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree (1979) from Oregon State University, majoring in Economics, a Master of Science degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics (1982) from Oregon State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics (1986) from Simon Fraser University. His doctoral dissertation focused on the relationship between compensation and the costs of employer verification of worker output under different contractual regimes.

Bodvarsson’s early research focused on discrimination in labor markets, wage determination under uncertainty and the economics of gratuities. On these topics, he has published papers in such journals as Labour Economics, Economic Inquiry, Contemporary Economic Policy, Public Finance Review, Economics of Education Review, Applied Economics, Applied Economics Letters, American Journal of Economics and Sociology and Journal of Socio-Economics. Current research projects in this area include the measurement of discrimination across job assignments and the affects of labor market discrimination on capital markets.

Since 2001, Bodvarsson’s primary area of research has been immigration, with an emphasis on the distributional effects of immigration and the determinants of internal and external migration. He has also studied the political market for immigration restrictions, internal migration in China, Arab to U.S. migration, immigrant/native pay differences, the sensitivity of migration to quantitative restrictions, and Congressional voting on restrictions. He has published this work in Research in Labor Economics, Labour Economics, Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, and other journals. In 2009, Springer published his book, coauthored with Hendrik Van den Berg, The Economics of Immigration: Theory and Policy. The co-authors are preparing a second edition, due out in mid-2012. Bodvarsson is also preparing a chapter on migration theory for a future Handbook on the Economics of International Migration (edited by Barry Chiswick and Paul Miller).

In addition to his research activities, Bodvarsson founded and directed the Master of Science in Applied Economics degree program at SCSU, and is a past president of the Western Social Science and Minnesota Economic Associations. Örn Bodvarsson has received numerous awards for his teaching at SCSU, the University of Nebraska and other universities. He has been an IZA Research Fellow since January 2007.
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IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
Title
8351  Örn B. Bodvarsson
Jack W. Hou
Kailing Shen
Aging and Migration in a Transition Economy: The Case of China
5989  Örn B. Bodvarsson
John G. Sessions
Cross-Assignment Discrimination in Pay: A Test Case of Major League Baseball
(published in: Labour Economics, 2014, 28. 84-95)
5070  Örn B. Bodvarsson
Jack W. Hou
The Effects of Aging on Migration in a Transition Economy: The Case of China
4551  Örn B. Bodvarsson
Brad R. Humphreys
Labor Market Discrimination and Capital Investment: The Effects of Fan Discrimination on Stadium Investment
4493  Shuming Bao
Örn B. Bodvarsson
Jack W. Hou
Yaohui Zhao
The Regulation of Migration in a Transition Economy: China’s Hukou System
(published in: Contemporary Economic Policy, 2011, 29 (4), 564 - 579)
3748  Örn B. Bodvarsson
John G. Sessions
The Measurement of Racial Discrimination in Pay between Job Categories: Theory and Test
(published as 'The Measurement of Pay Discrimination Between Job Assignments' in: Labour Economics, 2011, 18 (3), 297-309)
2924  Shuming Bao
Örn B. Bodvarsson
Jack W. Hou
Yaohui Zhao
Interprovincial Migration in China: The Effects of Investment and Migrant Networks
(published in: Chinese Economy, 2009, 42 (4), 7-29)
2919  Örn B. Bodvarsson
Joshua J. Lewer
Hendrik Van den Berg
Measuring Immigration's Effects on Labor Demand: A Reexamination of the Mariel Boatlift
(published in: Labour Economics, 2008, 15 (4), 560-574)
 

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