Research

Although our main focus is on economics, our collaborative teams are often international and multidisciplinary, drawing upon political science, law, sociology, geography, social psychology and anthropology to explain economic forces and behaviors. Some projects are initiated by our staff or individual fellows, while others are commissioned or funded by foundations or the government. Together with our partner organizations, we conduct research in the following areas of economics:

  • Migration
  • Evaluation of Labor Market Programs
  • Labor Markets, Institutions and Development
  • Macroeconomic Analysis, Business Cycle Measurement and Forecasting
  • International Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Energy, Transportation, Environment
  • Information Society and Competition
  • Innovation, Manufacturing, Service
  • Political Economy
  • Health

DIW DC Special Report: Face to Face with the Financial Crisis: The U.S. Presidential Election from a Transnational Perspective

Publications by DIW DC Staff

Discussion Papers

“China’s Overt Economic Rise and Latent Human Capital Investment: Achieving Milestones and Competing for the Top,” (September 2010).  A.F. Constant, B.N. Tien, K.F. Zimmermann and J. Meng, April 2011, IZA DP5650

“African Leaders: Their Education Abroad and FDI Flows,” (December 2010).  A.F. Constant and B.N. Tien, IZA DP 5353 [also DIW Berlin DP 1087]

“Economic Preferences and Attitudes of the Unemployed: Are Natives and Second Generation Migrants Alike?” (December 2010).  A.F. Constant, A. Krause, U. Rinne and K.F. Zimmermann, IZA DP 5380 [also DIW Berlin DP 1088]

“Reservation Wages of First and Second Generation Migrants,” (December 2010).  A.F. Constant, A. Krause, U. Rinne and K.F. Zimmermann, IZA DP 5396 [also DIW Berlin DP 1089]

“An Expert Stakeholder’s View on European Integration Challenges,” (December 2010).  A.F. Constant, M. Kahanec and K.F. Zimmermann, IZA DP 5398

“Ethnicity, Job Search and Labor Market Reintegration of the Unemployed,” (December 2009).  A.F. Constant with M. Kahanec, U. Rinne and K.F. Zimmermann, IZA DP 4660

“Brainy Africans in Fortress Europe: For Money or Colonial Vestiges?” (December 2009).  A.F. Constant with B.N. Tien, IZA DP 4615

“Circular Migration: Counts of Exits and Years Away from the Host Country,” (August 2007).  A. Constant with K.F. Zimmermann, IZA DP 2999


Refereed Journals

“Do the Skilled and Prime-Aged Unemployed Benefit More from Training?  Effect Heterogeneity of Public Training Programs in Germany,” (2011).  U. Rinne, M. Schneider, and A. Uhlendorff.  Applied Economics, (iFirst), DOI: 10.1080/00036841003670697

“Economic Preferences and Attitudes of the Unemployed: Are Natives and Second Generation Migrant Alike?” (Accepted December 2010).  A.F. Constant, A. Krause, U. Rinne and K.F. Zimmermann.  International Journal of Manpower, forthcoming in 2011

“Circular and Repeat Migration: Counts of Exits and Years Away From the Host Country,” (2011).  A.F. Constant and K.F. Zimmermann.  Population Research and Policy Review.

“Ethnicity, Job Search and Labor Market Reintegration of the Unemployed,” (Accepted December 2010).  A.F. Constant, M. Kahanec, U. Rinne, and K.F. Zimmermann.  International Journal of Manpower, forthcoming in 2011.

“The Russian-Ukrainian Political Divide,” (Accepted October 2010).  A.F. Constant, M. Kahanec and K.F. Zimmermann.  Eastern European Economics, forthcoming in 2011.

“Ethnosizing Immigrants,” (2009).  A.F. Constant with L. Gataullina and K.F. Zimmermann.  Journal of Economic and Behavioral Organization, 69/3, 274-287

“Work and Money: Payoffs by Ethnic Identity and Gender,” (2009).  A.F. Constant with K.F. Zimmermann Research in Labor Economics, 29, 3-30

“Businesswomen in Germany and their Performance by Ethnicity: It Pays to be Self-employed” (2009).  A.F. Constant.  International Journal of Manpower, 30/1-2, 145-162

 “Ethnic Identity and Immigrant Homeownership,” (2009).  A. Constant with R. Roberts and K.F. Zimmermann. Urban Studies, 46/9, 1879-1898

“Attitudes Towards Immigrants, Other Integration Barriers, and their Veracity,” (2009).  A. Constant with M. Kahanec and K.F. Zimmermann.  International Journal of Manpower, 30/1-2, 5-14

“Naturalization Proclivities, Ethnicity and Integration,” (2009).  A. Constant with K.F. Zimmermann and L. Gataullina.  International Journal of Manpower, 30/1-2, 70-82

 “Measuring Ethnic Identity and Its Impact on Economic Behavior,” (2008).  A. Constant with K.F. Zimmermann.  Journal of the European Economic Association, 6/2-3, 424-433

“The Gender Gap Reloaded: Are School Characteristics Linked to Labor Market Performance?” (2008).  A. Constant with S. Konstantopoulos.  Social Science Research, 37/2, 374-385

“Native-Migrant Differences in Risk Attitudes,” (January 29, 2008).  A. Constant with H. Bonin, K. Tatsiramos, and K.F. Zimmermann.  Applied Economics Letters, iFirst, 1-6, 2009, 16, 1581-1586

“Human Capital and Ethnic Self-identification of Immigrants,” (2008).  A. Constant with L. Gataullina, L. Zimmermann, and K.F. Zimmermann.  Economics Letters, 98/3, 235-239

“Ethnic Self-identification of First-Generation Immigrants,” (2007).  A. Constant with L. Zimmermann, and K.F. Zimmermann.  International Migration Review, 41/3, 769-781

“What Makes an Entrepreneur and Does it Pay? Native Men, Turks, and Other Migrants in Germany,” (2007).  A. Constant with Y. Shachmurove and K.F. Zimmermann.  International Migration, 45/4, 69-98

 

Edited Journal Volumes and Special Issues

Ethnicity and Labor Market Outcomes, editor of the series Research in Labor Economics, A.F. Constant with K. Tatsiramos and K.F. Zimmermann. Emerald, UK. Special Issue Vol. 29, 2009

Migration, Ethnicity and Identity in Host Labor Markets, editor of special issues of the Journal of International Manpower.  A.F. Constant with M. Kahanec and K.F. Zimmermann. Emerald Vol. 30, Issue 1/2, 2009

 

Book Chapters

“Migration, Ethnicity and Economic Integration.” A.F. Constant and K.F. Zimmermann, in: International Handbook of Economic Integration.  M.N. Jovanovic (ed.).  Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, January 2011.

“An Expert Stakeholder’s View on European Integration Challenges.” A.F. Constant, M. Kahanec and K.F. Zimmermann, in: Ethnic Diversity in European Labor Markets.  K.F. Zimmermann and M. Kahanec (eds.).  Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 31-54, 2011.

“Cultural Integration in Germany,” (Accepted 2009).  A.F. Constant, O. Nottmeyer and K.F. Zimmermann, in: Cultural Integration in Europe.  A. Bisin, A. Manning and T. Verdier (eds.).  Oxford:OUP, forthcoming in 2011. 

“Where do the Brainy Italians Go?” A.F. Constant with E. D’Agosto, in The Labour Market Impact of the EU Enlargement: A New Regional Geography of Europe? F. Caroleo and F. Pastore (eds.).  Springer 2009.

 

Other Publications and Reports

Germany’s Immigration Policy and Labor Shortages, A.F. Constant and B.N. Tien.  Report prepared for the International Organization for Migration.  IOM Publishing, forthcoming 2011.

“Immigrant Remitter in the U.S.: Sex and Ethnic Differences,” A.F. Constant A. Postepska and P.R. Wetherille, presented at the 2011 PAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC

“China’s Overt Economic Rise and Latent Human Capital Investment: Achieving Milestones and Competing for the Top,” (September 2010).  A.F. Constant, B.N. Tien, K.F. Zimmermann and J. Meng, IZA Policy Paper No. 19 [also DIW Berlin DP 1062]

“Handelswettlauf um Asien: Die Freihandelsabkommen der USA und der EU mit Sükorea,” (June 2010).  A.F. Constant, B.N. Tien, and K.F. Zimmermann, DIW-Wochenbericht, Nr. 25/2010, 2-9

“The Impact of Migration on Employment and the Outcomes of Labor Market Integration Policies in Germany,” (December 2010).  A.F. Constant, B.N. Tien and A. Xidous, chapter in the International Organization for Migrations’s (IOM) two-volume study on Migration, Employment and Lobour Market Integration Policies in the European Union (2000-2009)

“A Race for Free Trade Agreements: The US and EU Battling over South Korea,” (June 2010). A.F. Constant, B.N. Tien and K.F. Zimmermann, DIWDC Policy Brief

“Reforming Sickcare or Creating Healthcare? An Analysis of Healthcare Reform and Impacts on the Labor Market,” (Fall 2009).   A. Xidous, Essay in DIW DCSynopsis

“Face to Face with the Financial Crisis: The U.S. Presidential Election from a Transnational Perspective,” (2009).  A.F. Constant with K.F. Zimmermann, DIW Weekly Report, No. 1

“Im Angesicht der Krise: US-Praesidentschaftswahlen in transnationaler Sicht” [Face to Face with the Financial Crisis: The U.S. Presidential Election from a Transnational Perspective] (2008).  A. Constant with K.F. Zimmermann, DIW-Wochenbericht, No. 44

“Integration von Migranten: Ethnische Identitaet bestimmt oekonomischen Erfolg” [Immigrant Integration: Ethnic Identity Affects Economic Success] (2008).  A. Constant with K.F. Zimmermann, DIW-Wochenbericht, No. 42

“The Financial Crisis: A Roadmap to Rescuing a Faltering Economy,” (2008).  A. Constant with K.F. Zimmermann, Essay in DIW DC- Annual Report

“Integration of Immigrants: Ethnic Identity Affects Economic Success,” (2007).  A. Constant with K.F. Zimmermann, Essay in DIW DC- Annual Report

“Study on the Social and Labour Market Integration of Ethnic Minorities.” Report for the High Level Advisory Group on Social and Labour Market Integration of Ethnic Minorities and the European Commission.  A. Constant with D.J. DeVoretz, et al., Report No. 16, Bonn 2007 (166 pages)

“Reformbedarf der Immigrationspolitik in den USA” [Needed Reforms of the US Immigration Policy] (2007).  A. Constant with A. Uhlendorff, DIW-Wochenbericht, No. 50