Dr Michele Battisti
- Lecturer (Economics)
Michele Battisti is a Lecturer in Economics at the Adam Smith Business School. Before joining the University of Glasgow in August 2018, Michele has worked as an assistant professor at the University of Trento (spring 2018) and as a researcher at the Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich (2012-2017). Michele has received a PhD in Economics from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada) in 2012. He has completed an MSc in Economics at the University of York (UK) in 2006 and a BSc in Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Trento in 2005. Michele has spent research periods at University College London (2014) and at the University of California Davis (2014), and is a CESifo Research Network Affiliate (Since September 2017).
A recent project of Michele estimates the welfare effects of international migration for non-migrants, taking account of both labour market and fiscal interactions. As part of another project, he has investigated how interactions between workers within a firm can affect labour market outcomes. Michele has also been working on the role of immigrant social networks on the employment and human capital investment decisions of newcomers to Germany. Focusing on asylum seekers, another project employs a field experiment based on a randomised control trial to evaluate the role of matching frictions for the labour market integration of forced migrants in Germany. Within a separate but related research agenda on the effects of innovation for individual workers, Michele is currently working on a project on the heterogeneous effects of technological and organisational change at the firm level for workers of different occupations, age and education levels. He is also working on a project that tries to investigate the role of field of study and on-the-job training for the career paths of men and women. Michele is part of the multi-disciplinary research group “In Search of the Global Labour Market” based at the University of Bielefeld.
- Economics of Migration
- Labour Economics
- Applied Econometrics
- Technological Change and the Future of Work
- Economics of Gender
- Economics of Education
- Policy Evaluation and Field Experiments
- LMU University of Munich/ifw Kiel, Research Grant from Mercator for support in the project “The Labour Market Integration of Refugees in Germany: Evidence from a Randomised Controlled Trial”, August 2016
- Strategic Researcher Council (SRC), Academy of Finland, “Skills, Education and the Future of Work” project on selection of immigrants in Finland and economic outcomes, with Ilpo Kauppinen (VATT)
- LMU University of Munich, MGSE Research Grant for research assistance, project “The Labour Market Integration of Refugees in Germany: Evidence from a Randomised Controlled Trial”, May 2016
- The Foundation for Family Businesses, Munich: Research project ”Inequality in Germany: informing the debate” December 2015-April 2016
- Foundation Fritz Thyssen: Research Grant in support of visit to UC Davis, Fall 2014
- Metropolis British Columbia: Research Grant as Co-Investigator (Summer 2011)
- Government of British Columbia, Student Led Research Grant, Summer 2009
Michele is interested in supervising students in several areas within applied microeconomics, including migration, gender, education, health, wage inequality, technological change and the future of work, as well as policy-relevant themes, including studies related to the Scottish economy.
- ECON 2001, Economics 2A (Semester 1)
- ECON 4054, Labour Economics (Semester 2)
- ECON 5013, Foreign Direct Investment and Development (Semester 2)
Teaching Interests: Labour Economics, Economics of Migration, Applied Econometrics, Economic Development, Policy Evaluation, Field Experiments, Identification of Causal Effects.
Selected Media Activities:
- The impact of ethnic networks on employment and human capital decisions of immigrants, VoxEU, 5 June 2018
- Immigrants Needing a Job Benefit from Living Close to their Compatriots, but their Future Economic Outcomes are Worse: Evidence from Germany, EEA Media Briefings, August 2016
- German Companies Raise Caution Amid Surge of Migrants, Wall Street Journal, March 16, 2016
- German Companies Gloomy on Employing Refugees, Survey Says, Financial Times, November 26, 2015
- Migrants and Refugees, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, September 27, 2015
- Refugees Will Cost Germany At Least Ten Billion Euros, Says Think Tank, Newsweek, September 22, 2015
- Europe Should See Refugees as a Boon, Not a Burden, New York Times, September 18, 2015
- How Immigration Creates Jobs and Boosts Wages, World Economic Forum, August 11, 2014
- How Immigration Benefits Natives Despite Labour Market Imperfections and Income Redistribution, VoxEU, August 8, 2014
- They Can’t Imagine not Working, The Economist, July 12-18, 2014
- What Do We Know about Migration?, CReAM Briefing Note, May 2014
- Professional Activities:
- Member of Award Committee, Andrea Vaona Award for best PhD Thesis, University of Verona, June 2018.
- Associate Member, Interdisciplinary Research Group ”In Search of the Global Labour Market”, ZiF Bielefeld.