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NYU DRI 2016 Annual Conference – “The Global Migration Crisis”

The ongoing plight of migrants and refugees eager to resettle in Europe or North America — The political backlash against immigration in the US, UK, and continental Europe, including resurgent xenophobia — Global migration has indeed become a crisis for rich and poor countries alike.

NYU’s Development Research Institute, Africa House, and the CV Starr Center for Applied Economics hosted a conference: “The Global Migration Crisis.” The conference featured rigorous analysis and a healthy diversity of opinion, made accessible to both non-academic and academic audiences.

Schedule (with presentation titles):

8:30–9:00 am – Registration, coffee, and pastries

9:00–9:05 am – Introductory remarks by Katherine E. Fleming, Provost, NYU

9:05–9:45 am – George J. Borjas (Harvard University), Keynote Address on his latest book: “We Wanted Workers: Unraveling the Immigration Narrative”

9:45–10:25 am – Lant Pritchett (Harvard University), “Is there a Goldilocks Solution?: ‘Just Right’ Promotion of Labor Mobility in a Post-2015 World” 

10:25–10:40 am – Break with coffee and pastries

10:40–11:20 am – William Easterly (NYU), “Development Stereotypes and Xenophobia: A Research Agenda”

11:20 am–12:00 pm – Yaw Nyarko (NYU), “Are the Migrants Better Off? Let Them Decide!”

12:00–12:40 pm – Naci Mocan (Louisiana State University). “Economic Well-being and Anti-Semitic, Xenophobic, and Racist Attitudes in Germany”

12:40–1:30 pm – Lunch for audience and speakers

NYU Development Research Institute, NYU Africa House, and The C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics

Organizers of the 2016 Annual Conference “The Global Migration Crisis”

The Development Research Institute (DRI) is devoted to rigorous, scholarly research on the economic development and growth of poor countries. An independent and non-partisan organization, DRI is led by NYU Professors William Easterly and Yaw Nyarko.

NYU Africa House is an interdisciplinary institute devoted to the study of contemporary Africa, focusing on economic, political, and social issues on the continent and programs in the Arts. Part of Africa House’s core mission is to advance the understanding of the links between Africa and the rest of the world, through the social, historical, economic and other lenses. Related to this, we also have relationships with African immigrant communities in New York City. NYU has a large number of professors and students doing research in the areas of economic development, economic growth and macroeconomics, microfinance, analysis of the effectiveness of foreign aid, politics and political economy, and law and legal institutions. Africa House regularly convenes high-level talks and seminars and has in the past featured African heads of state. We also host policy luncheons and research discussion presentations on focused topics. Our programs take place in New York City and in various capitals in Africa.

The C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics has as its major objective the fostering and development of rigorous applied work in the economic sciences, accomplished through a commitment to providing research support and creating forums for intellectual exchange.

The C.V. Starr Center, housed within the Department of Economics at New York University, provides direct financial support for research faculty as well as for doctoral students involved in applied research activities. The Center regularly sponsors academic conferences, hosts renowned visiting scholars, and schedules plenary lectures given to a broad academic audience on topics of special significance to contemporary economic policy and application.