Michel Beine

Research Fellow

University of Luxembourg

Michel Beine has been Full Professor in International Economics at the University of Luxembourg since January 2009.

He graduated in Economics at the University of Namur, Belgium (1991) and got a PhD in Economics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (1997). His PhD thesis studied the desirability of the European Monetary Union.

He has been a researcher at the Service d’Etudes et de Statistiques of the Walloon region, during which time he specialized in economic forecasting.
After his thesis, he lectured at the University of Lille II (France) until his arrival at the University of Luxembourg. Since 2000, he has also taught Monetary Theory at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Michel Beine made scientific visits to several places, including the University of Ottawa (Canada), the University of Munich(Germany) or the World bank.

His main research interests focus on International Economics and in particular on the economics of international migration. One key aspect of his recent research the issue of the brain drain from developing countries to developed countries, and its welfare aspects. His work looks also at the determinants and the impact of international migration. This includes among others the investigation of the importance of networks for international migration, the application of microfounded gravity models to international migration and the development of the IMPALA project aiming at providing a database of immigration policies that are comparable across countries and over time.

His work has been presented in many research seminars and international conferences. Part of his work has been published in international journals such as Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, European Economic Review, the Journal of Development Economics, the Journal of Regional Science or the Economic Journal.

Michel Beine has worked as a consultant for various institutions such as the World Bank, Industry Canada, the Banque de France , the Economic Research Forum or the Walloon Region (Belgium).

Michel joined IZA as a Research Fellow in September 2015.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4293
published in: Annales d'Economie et de Statistique, 2010, 97/98, 143 - 166
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3912
published in: Canadian Journal of Economics, 2013, 46 (4)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3398
revised version published in: Artal-Tur/Peri/Requena-Silvente (Eds.),The Socio-Economic Impact of Migration Flows - Springer: 2014
IZA Discussion Paper No. 819
new version entitled "Brain drain and human capital formation in developing countries: winners and losers" published in: Economic Journal, 2008, 118 (528), 515-843