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The Refugee Crisis

Professor Christian Dustmann comments on the current European debate on the refugee crisis and migration quotas on BBC World Service 


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.

Press Release

Discussion Paper


UCL News




The Criminal Behaviour of Young Fathers

CReAM Research by Christian Dustmann and  Rasmus Landersø, finds that  very young fathers who have their first child while they are still teenagers subsequently commit less crime if the child is a boy than if it is a girl. This  then has a spill over effect on other young men of a similar age living in the same neighbourhoods as the young father. The research was covered on the British press.

Press Release

Discussion Paper


The Telegraph

The Times



"I was quite prepared... to use the cover of the statistician's analysis": Former home secretary David Blunkett and Prof Dustmann on the 2003 report on EU accession


British Academy

Professor Christian Dustmann has been elected Fellow of the British Academy in recognition for his academic career and public engagement.



Professor Christian Dustmann ranked within the top 3 German speaking economists on the 2017 Handelsblatt ranking.



BBC News

Professor Christian Dustmann discussing recent trends in foreign-born worker flows in and out of the UK on the BBC News at One.


CReAM conference

CReAM - Seminar in Applied Economics Series
Ben Enke (Harvard) 

'Kinship Systems, Cooperation and the Evolution of Culture'

Event date: Monday 11th December 2017
Time: 4:00-5:30 Place: Ricardo LT, Drayton House Speaker Room: 204

An influential body of psychological and anthropological theories holds that societies exhibit heterogeneous social cooperation systems that differ both in their level of in-group favoritism and in the tools that they employ to enforce cooperative behavior. According to these theories, entire bundles of functional psychological adaptations — religious beliefs, moral values, social preferences, emotions, and social norms — have evolved to serve as ``psychological police officer'' in different cooperation regimes. This paper develops a measure of the tightness of historical kinship structures to test these theories across historical ethnicities, contemporary countries, ethnicities within countries, and among migrants. The results document that societies with loose ancestral kinship ties cooperate and trust broadly, which appears to be enforced through universal moral values, internalized guilt, altruistic punishment, and large-scale institutions. Societies with a historically tightly knit kinship structure, on the other hand, cheat on and distrust out-group members but readily support in-group members in need. This cooperation regime is enforced by communal moral values, emotions of external shame, revenge-taking, conformity to social norms, and local institutions. Belief in a moralizing god was historically predominantly associated with loose kinship but is more prevalent among descendants of tight kinship societies today, consistent with theories of belief in a moralizing deity becoming functionally redundant once cooperative norms have been internalized.