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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 - Seminar in Applied Economics Series
Michael Kremer (Harvard University)

'The Endowment Effect and Collateralized Loans'

Event date: Monday 26th November 2018
Time: 4:00-5:30 Place: Ricardo LT Speaker Room: TBC

This project tests a novel theoretical mechanism for low take-up of collateralized credit. Using a field experiment with a lender in Kenya, we vary whether already-owned assets serve as collateral, or whether instead the new asset being financed by the loan itself serves as collateral, as in car loans. The experimental design holds everything except existing ownership of the collateral constant. We find that borrowers display an endowment effect over their existing assets, and thus dislike loans that place existing assets at risk of loss by providing them as collateral. They are willing to pay 8% per month higher interest to instead collateralize using the new asset being financed by the loan itself. We next show that borrowers systematically under-predict their future attachment to new assets. After taking a loan collateralized with a new asset, borrowers become attached to the new asset, and exert similar repayment effort to loans collateralized with existing assets. We develop and estimate a structural model to provide behavioral parameters and to better understand the welfare consequences of such loans.