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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.

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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.

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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 - 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.