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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 seminar

CReAM Brown Bag Seminars
Kathleen Kuerschner (Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany) 

“The 2015 European Refugee Crisis and Residential Housing Rents in Germany” (joint with Michael Kvasnicka)

Event date: Tuesday 13th March 2018
12.30-1.30 pm Drayton, Room 321

This paper studies the impact of the 2015 mass arrival of refugees to Germany on residential housing rents at county level. Using unique data for 2014 and 2015 on end of year (EoY) county-level refugee populations and their type of accommodation, as well as municipality-level information on the location and type of centralized accommodation facilities and data on monthly offers of flats for rent from Germanys leading online property broker, we find strong evidence for a negative effect of refugee immigration on rental prices for residential housing in Germany. An increase in the county-level EoY refugee population equal to one per- cent of the initial local population is associated with a lower average rental price of 0.51 % in the last quarter of 2015, and a lower average rental price of 0.93 % in the first quarter of 2016. IV regressions that exploit for identification variation in intra-state distances between counties that house refugee reception centers and surrounding counties as well as the county-level share of municipalities housing at least one group quarter in 2014 produce even stronger negative price effects; these prices effects, however, seem to be attenuated if a larger proportion of refugees is housed in decentralized accommodations. Our finding of a negative price effect is at odds with the majority of studies which have investigated the consequences of immigration for local property markets at the county or city level. These diverging results may reflect differences in natives perceptions of potential adverse externalities associated with refugee migration, differences of seemingly sufficient magnitude to successfully counteract and outweigh any positive demand-side driven stimulus of immigration for higher rental prices.