Migration, Refugees, and the Stateless

Although the forces that drive migrations, create refugees, and turn citizens into the stateless are fairly well understood, the same cannot be said of how those who are not migrants, refugees, or stateless ought, can, or do respond to those who are. Similarly, our understanding of how best to design–or the impact of–national and local policies toward such classes of people by those countries to which they gravitate is at best opaque.

Questions here include: how to model and measure the value of a human life under conditions of displacement? What are the acceptable, optimal or feasible limits, if any, on levels of immigration to a country? What is the legal status of migrants to a country? Is any sort of international cooperation toward a migration policy feasible or enforceable? What are the implications of different political systems with respect to migration or refugees? What are the principal factors that account for conflict or cooperation between citizens and immigrants in a given country?

The issues involved here are multidimensional and progress on understanding them almost surely requires multiple methods. In an effort to promote and encourage such a multidisciplinary approach, therefore, this conference brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines (politics, economics, sociology and social psychology) to share research progress on at least some of the important questions and to identify others where research is most urgent.

March 15-16, 2019

Migration, Refugees, and the Stateless

Kellogg Global Hub- 5101
2211 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL
Seminar Room 5101

For any questions regarding the event, please email-
Cindy Mydlach
Administrative Assistant/The Ford Motor Company Center for Global Citizenship


March 15/ Kellogg Global Hub- 5101

Time Event
Lunch & Introductions: Galya Ben-Arieh and David Austen-Smith
Refugees & Electoral Outcomes
Massimo MorelliElectoral Systems, Taxation and Immigration Policies” coauthored with Margherita Negri

March 16/ Kellogg Global Hub- 5101

Time Event
Continental Breakfast
Understandings of Migration Impacts and Inequalities
Philipp Ager and Casper Worm Hansen “The Effect of Immigration on the Economy: Lessons from Closing the Border in the 1920s” coauthored with Ran Abramitzky, Leah Boustan, and Elior Cohen
Migration Choices & Risks
Faten Ghosn "Factors Influencing Refugees’ Decisions to Return” coauthored with Tiffany Chu, Miranda Simon, Alex Braithwaite, and Michael Frith
Jenny Monheim-HelstrofferRisk preferences and refugee migration” coauthored with Géraldine Bocquého, Marc Deschamps, Julien Jacob, and Majlinda Joxhe
Concluding remarks: Galya Ben-Arieh and David Austen-Smith
mosaic bar


David Austen-Smith

Peter G. Peterson Chair in Corporate Ethics
Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences
Director, Ford Motor Center for Global Citizenship

Galya Ben-Arieh

Professor of Instruction, Political Science, Northwestern University


Getting Here & Parking

Major airlines fly into both O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport. O’Hare Airport is approximately 45 minutes from Kellogg and Midway Airport is approximately 60 minutes from Kellogg, but you may want to allow more time for traffic.

Taxi service from both airports can be arranged in advance of your visit for a reduced fare. Pre-arranged rides start at approximately $35 from O’Hare and $50 from Midway. For up-to-date fare information, please contact a taxi service directly. 
We are happy to provide a parking permit for visitors that drive to campus. Upon arriving, park at either the South Campus Parking Garage (1847 Campus Drive) or the North Campus Parking Garage (2311 North Campus Drive.) The North Campus Parking Garage is closer to the Global Hub. Before leaving campus make sure to ask the staff for a validated parking ticket to exit the garage.

Where to Stay

Hyatt House, Evanston
1515 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 864-2300