Simone Bertoli

Research Fellow

CERDI, University of Auvergne

Simone Bertoli is Professor of Economics at CERDI, Université Clermont Auvergne since September 2016; he had joined the University of Auvergne as an assistant professor with a joint chair with the CNRS in September 2011 after working at the IAB and EUI.
He received his Ph. D. in Development Economics from the University of Florence in 2007. His main research interests include international migration, economic development and labor economics. His current research activities focus on the theoretical and empirical study of the determinants of international migration and on the economic effects produced by migration on origin countries.
Simone joined IZA as a Research Fellow in September 2015.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11172

Household composition is traditionally regarded as exogenous in economic analyses. The migration literature typically assumes that the migration of a household member is not associated with further variations in co-residence choices. We rely on a large Mexican panel survey to provide novel evidence on the correlation between the occurrence of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10213
forthcoming in: Journal of Economic Geography, 2018

Social networks are known to influence migration decisions, but connections between individuals can hardly be observed. We rely on individual-level surveys conducted by Gallup in 147 countries that provide information on migration intentions and on the existence of distance-one connections for all respondents in each of the potential countries of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10031
published in: Journal of Development Studies, 2017, 53 (11), 1822-1834

The effect of immigration on host and origin countries is mediated by the way migrants take their labor supply decisions. We propose a simple way of integrating the traditional random utility maximization model used to analyze location decisions with a classical labor demand function at destination. Our setup allows us...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9538
published in: Journal of Development Economics, 2016, 119, 100-109

Destination countries can adopt selective immigration policies to improve migrants' quality. Screening potential migrants on the basis of observable characteristics also influences their self-selection on unobservables. We propose a model that analyzes the effects of selective immigration policies on migrants' quality, measured by their wages at destination. We show that...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7749
published in: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2015, 117 (2), 565-591

A growing number of OECD countries are leaning toward adopting quality-selective immigration policies. The underlying assumption behind such policies is that more skill-selection should raise immigrants' average quality (or education level). This view tends to neglect two important dynamic effects: the role of migration networks, which could reduce immigrants' quality,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7170
revised version published as 'The European Crisis and Migration to Germany' in: Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2016, 60, 61–72

The analysis of how the economic crisis in Europe has reshaped migration flows faces two challenges: (i) the confounding influence of correlated changes in the attractiveness of alternative destinations, and (ii) the role of rapidly changing expectations about the evolution of the economic conditions in various countries. This paper addresses...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7094
revised version published in Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2015, 51, 1-6, as "The Size of the Cliff at the Border"

The scale of international migration flows depends on moving costs that are, in turn, influenced by host-country policies and by the size of migrant networks at destination. This paper estimates the influence of visa policies and networks upon bilateral migration flows to multiple destinations. We rely on a Poisson pseudo-maximum...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5958
published in: Journal of Development Economics, 2013, 102, 79-100

The rate of migration observed between two countries does not depend solely on their relative attractiveness, but also on the one of alternative destinations. Following the trade literature, we term the influence exerted by other destinations on bilateral flows as Multilateral Resistance to Migration, and we show how it can...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5395
published in: Economics Letters, 2011, 113 (1), 19-22

Destination countries are progressively shifting towards selective immigration policies. These can effectively increase migrants' average education even if one allows for endogenous schooling decisions and education policies at origin. Still, more selective immigration policies reduce social welfare at origin.

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4957
published in: Journal of Development Economics, 2013, 101, 75-91

Many empirical studies on the determinants of international migration flows rely exclusively on macro data, and do not account for migrants' self-selection. We analyze a very interesting episode in international migration for which we are able to gather individual-level data covering all relevant countries, namely the exodus of Ecuadorians to...