Prof. Amelie F. Constant, Ph.D
Executive Director

Professor Amelie F. Constant is founder and Executive Director of DIW DC. She is a visiting professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs and the Economics Department at George Washington University. She is also the Program Director of Migration at IZA, Bonn.

Professor Constant has been conducting research in migration for fifteen years, starting with her dissertation on the economic assimilation of immigrants in Germany. Her research has covered immigrant assimilation issues, gendered differences in labor market outcomes, occupational mobility, labor market segmentation, immigrant entrepreneurship in an intercountry setting, schooling quality and the earnings of minorities. Her more recent work deals with ethnic diversity, national identities, ethnic self-identification, risk attitudes, brain drain and remittances. She has conducted research and published papers on Markov-chain based models and queuing theory to study various demanding applications, resource allocation, and immigrant assimilation. While most of her empirical research is on migration in Germany, she has also done research on migration in France, Denmark, Italy, Greece and other EU countries, as well as the U.S. and Africa.

As a scholar in the economics of migration, Professor Constant has written over forty refereed articles and book chapters, published in many prestigious journals. She is the co-editor of the book How Labor Migrants Fare?, a volume of Research in Labor Economics, and of the special issue of the Journal of International Manpower. Prof. Constant has written another twenty-five reports, op-ed pieces, policy briefs and papers in proceedings on migration issues. Her research has been funded by the EU High Level Group, the Volkswagen Foundation, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the German Science Foundation and the International Organization for Migration. She has been invited to present her research at institutions like Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, George Washington University, University of Cyprus, Rand, Virginia Commonwealth University, Georgetown University, the Foreign Service Institute U.S. Department of State, Renmin University of China, IOM in Brussels and at numerous professional meetings. She has been invited to be a keynote speaker at meetings and conferences, and to be an expert on migration policy panels.

Professor Constant has been recognized by the RePec June 2011 rankings as being in the top 10% of scholars in the field of Economics of Human Migration world-wide, top 10% among the Female Economists world-wide, and in the top 200 Young Economists world-wide. She won the Senior Prize Category of VdF/DIW for the best paper using the GSOEP during the period 2003-2004 and the Highly Recommended Paper Award at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence in 2007. She has been the Professional Woman of the year 2009-2010 by the NAPW, and a VIP in the Cambridge Who's Who 2011.

Professor Constant is a member of the Board of Directors of DIWDC and AIRLEAP. She is also on the editorial board of Applied Economics Quarterly and has been on the scientific committee of several international congresses. She is also a Research Fellow of IZA and RIIM Canada, and was a senior visiting fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington, DC in 2006. As a professor, Constant has more than ten years of experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in economics, and has been the adviser and superviser of fifteen students. She has served as a visiting Professor at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University, at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and at Drexel University.

Serving the community and the wider public, Professor Constant has organized forty high-profile international conferences and public events in Germany and the U.S. and served as referee to many scientific peer review journals and grant proposals, and as external Ph.D. reviewer, and tenure reviewer.

Professor Constant holds a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Athens, Greece, an M.A. in Economic Development from the University of Paris II, France, a Ph.D. in Labor Economics and Econometrics from Vanderbilt University, and had her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Bienvenue N. Tien, Research Assistant


Bienvenue N. Tien is a Research Assistant at DIW DC. As Research Assistant to Professor Amelie F. Constant, Executive Director of DIW DC, he is responsible for data analysis, programming and research publications in the areas of International Migration, Labor Economics and International Economics and Development. His most recent discussion paper - co-authored with Dr. Constant - studies African migration to Europe. Mr. Tien also assists in designing and publishing DIW DC's Newsletters, Annual Reports and other publications and policy briefs.  He has studied economics in Germany and later at the University of Toledo, where he graduated with an M.A. in Economics in 2009. Mr. Tien has also been published in "Die Aussenpolitik der Staaten Afrikas" and has presented his work at various professional conferences. He is fluent in French and German.


Brittany Bauer, Administrative Secretary

Brittany Bauer is the administrative secretary at DIW DC. She provides logistical support to the DIW DC office. Additionally, she assists with the workshops, events, and conferences hosted by DIW DC. Areas of her academic interest include international development, international relations, and international political economy. Ms. Bauer earned her B.A. in International Management and Political Science with a minor in French from Gustavus Adolphus College. In addition to her work at DIW DC she currently is earning her M.A. in International Trade and Investment Policy at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University.