Theme for QRS 2018: Migration, Diversity in the Workplace and Ex-Patriate Knowledge Economy. Please submit your paper electronically before December 15, to

Keynote speakers

Marcel Thum / Keynote Speaker

Marcel Thum has been a Professor of Public Economics at TU Dresden since 2001. Since 2004, he has also been the director of Dresden branch of the ifo Institute for Economic Research. In 2007, he was appointed life-time member of the Scientific Advisory Council at the Federal Ministry of Finance. He was the chairman of the expert commission „Demographic Change in Saxony“ and was a member of demography council at the Federal Ministry of the Interior (2010-2012). Marcel Thum obtained his PhD at the University of Munich (1995) and was a visiting lecturer at Princeton University (1995/96). His research areas are public economics, demographic change, political economy, the economics of climate change and development economics. He has published in top-tier journals like Journal of Public Economics, RAND Journal of Economics and European Economic Review.

Joseph-Simon Goerlach / Invited Speaker

Joseph-Simon Goerlach is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Bocconi University, and an Affiliate of the Bocconi Institute for Data Science and Analytics and of the Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research (IGIER). He works both on labor economics and political economy issues. In particular, much of his research focuses on international migration, where he analyzes the interaction between location choices and other economic decisions and outcomes. Before joining Bocconi, he was a researcher at the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) while working on his PhD at University College London.

Call for papers

The College of Business at Zayed University will organize a one-day workshop on “Migration, Diversity at the Workplace and the Ex-Pat Knowledge Economy”, on March 13, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The workshop is a more focused version of the Quantitative Research Symposium that we organised for the past 3 years. Professor Marcel Thum from TU Dresden (Germany) and CESifo Institute will be the keynote speaker while Joseph-Simon Goerlach from Bocconi University will give an invited lecture.

We would like to invite quality papers to join the workshop. While we will consider all papers in the general fields of Public Economics, Political Economy and Experimental and Behavioral Economics, preference will be given to papers that fit with the over-arching theme of the conference. Due to our one-day time constraints we expect to accept only a very small number of papers. One of the papers of the workshop will be given the 'Florencio-Lopez-de-Silanes'-award.

Please submit your paper electronically before December 15, to

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