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European Research Council (ERC) Awards

CReAM's Director, Christian Dustmann has been awarded an ERC Advanced grant on The Migration Challenge: Labour Markets, Policy Reforms, and Social Cohesion.

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CReAM's Deputy Director, Uta Schönberg has been awarded an ERC Consolidator grant on Wage Inequality.

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Cutting refugees’ benefits results in more crime and less education

Reducing welfare benefits for refugees and immigrants is largely ineffective for increasing employment and promoting integration, and instead leads to poverty, ‘survival crime’ and less schooling, according to a new study from CReAM's Christian Dustmann and co-authors from the Rockwool Foundation.

This research received very high media attention in Denmark and has resulted in a public hearing (26.03.2019) and a presentation in the Danish Parliament.

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Disadvantaged boys benefit most from early school years

Research by Christian Dustmann and Thomas Cornelissen finds that boys from disadvantaged backgrounds benefit most from early schooling, helping to narrow the skills gap (60-80%) with boys from high socio-economic backgrounds.

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Housing costs have exacerbated income equality in Germany

CReAM Research by Christian Dustmann and co-authors finds that changes in housing expenditures dramatically exacerbated the rise in income inequality in Germany since the mid-1990s. The research was covered on the German press.

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Immigrant and disadvantaged children benefit most from early childcare

Attending universal childcare from age three significantly improves the school readiness of children from immigrant and disadvantaged family backgrounds.

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Brexit

BBC Three Counties

Christian Dustmann discussing Theresa May's comments on EU workers 'jumping the queue' on BBC Three Counties.

CReAM seminar

CReAM - Seminar in Applied Economics Series
Antonio Ciccone (Mannheim/UPF)

'Democratic Tipping Points'

Event date: Monday 24th September 2018
Time: 4:00-5:30 Place: Ricardo LT Speaker Room: 113

According to compelling narratives, some of the main democratic institutions today were partly determined by random events during a relatively short time period in the past. The events and time periods are generally historically unique and country specific, but a common elementary idea underlies many of these narratives: modern democratic institutions were shaped enduringly by transitory random events in the past. I propose an empirical examination of this idea that combines the recent history of democratic (non-)transitions in the world’s most agricultural countries with data on the repeated transitory rainfall shocks that impact these countries' agricultural sectors. I find that while the effects of rainfall shocks on agricultural output are transitory, rainfall shocks have persistent effects on political institutions. Authoritarian regimes experiencing negative rainfall shocks are more likely to be democratic three, five, and ten years later. Hence, my empirical findings support the elementary idea that there are situations where transitory random events can lead to persistent democratization.