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Örn B. Bodvarsson
Research Fellow

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Bodvarsson Örn B. Bodvarsson is Dean of the College of Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor of Economics at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). Prior to joining CSUS Bodvarsson worked at St. Cloud State University (SCSU) for 26 years as a faculty member in the Department of Economics and, during his last 3 years at SCSU, as Founding Dean of the School of Public Affairs. During 2001-05, Bodvarsson took an extended leave from SCSU to serve as a Visiting Professor of Economics at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he taught and collaborated on research. Bodvarsson 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.

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, immigrant/native pay differences, the sensitivity of migration to quantitative restrictions, and Congressional voting on restrictions. Bodvarsson 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 the first edition of his book, coauthored with Hendrik Van den Berg, The Economics of Immigration: Theory and Policy, with a second edition published in 2014. Bodvarsson, Nicole Simpson, and Chad Sparber, have a forthcoming chapter on the theory of international migration that is part of a Handbook on the Economics of International Migration, edited by Barry Chiswick and the late Paul Miller, and which will be published in late 2014 by Elsevier.

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)
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
(substantially revised version available as IZA DP No. 8351)
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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