Prof. Dr. Amelie Constant

Affiliated researcher

Research group(s):
8. Population, Development and Labour Economics

Amelie F. Constant is Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University, the Woodrow Wilson School and the Office of Population Research since 2016. Previously, she was the Program Director of Migration at the Institute for the Study of Labor (2011-2016) and the founding editor of the IZA Journal of Migration (2011-2016). She is on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Economic Association and AIRLEAP, she is Associate Editor of Migration and Society, on the Editorial Board of the Atlantic Economic Journal, Applied Economics Quarterly, the Quarterly Journal of Finance, and Global Germany in Transnational Dialogues. In 2013 she was elected member of the European Academy of Sciences for her outstanding achievements as a researcher. Constant is Fellow of CESifo in Munich and of GLO in Bonn, and an academic member of ATINER. She is past President of the Society of Government Economists serving for three years (2014-2017).

Professor Constant's research lies mainly in the economics of migration. She has published seventy four refereed articles and book chapters – in leading outlets – and has won several awards for them. She is the co-editor of two books and the first Handbook on the economics of migration first International Handbook of the Economics of Migration; a volume of the Research in Labor Economics Journal, and special issues of the Journal of International Manpower. She has written more than 30 other reports and op-ed pieces on migration issues. Her research has been funded by several foundations and international organisations. As an extra service to the profession, Professor Constant has organised more than sixty international conferences and events with great success.

As a professor, Constant has fifteen years of experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in economics at Georgetown University, the George Washington University, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and Drexel University. She was also the Vice Dean of the Graduate School at DIW Berlin and in charge of the graduate students in DC from 2007-2011. Professor Constant received her Ph.D. in Labour Economics and Econometrics from Vanderbilt University in 1998, and had her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She has a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Athens, Greece, and an M.A. (DEA) in Economic Development from the University of Paris II, France.

Selected publications by Amelie Constant

Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Constant, Amelie, Annabell Krause, Ulf Rinne & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2017, Reservation Wages of First- and Second-Generation Migrants, Applied Economics Letters, 24(13): 945-949, More information
Constant, Amelie, Teresa García-Muñoz, Shoshana Neuman & Tzahi Neuman, 2017, A “healthy immigrant effect” or a “sick immigrant effect”? : Selection and policies matter, The European Journal of Health Economics: 1-19, DOI: 10.1007/s10198-017-0870-1, More information
Constant, Amelie & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2017, Le défi des migrations: quelles options pour L'Europe?, Revue d'économie financière, 125(1): 195-208, More information
Akay, Alpaslan, Amelie Constant, Corrado Giulietti & Martin Guzi, 2017, Ethnic diversity and well-being, Journal of Population Economics, 30(1): 265-306, DOI: 10.1007/s00148-016-0618-8, More information
Constant, Amelie & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2016, Diaspora Economics: New Perspectives, International Journal of Manpower, 37(7): 1110-1135, DOI: 10.1108/IJM-07-2016-0151

Book chapters
Constant, Amelie, 2020, Time-Space Dynamics of Return and Circular Migration, in: Zimmermann, K.F, Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics, Springer, Cham, DOI:

UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Constant, Amelie, Simone Schüller & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2023, Ethnic spatial dispersion and immigrant identity, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2023-019
Bekaert, Els, Amelie Constant, Killian Foubert & Ilse Ruyssen, 2021, Longing for which home: Evidence from global aspirations to stay, return or migrate onwards, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2021-035
Constant, Amelie & Nadja Milewski, 2020, Self-selection in physical and mental health among older intra-European migrants, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-037
Constant, Amelie, 2020, Time-space dynamics of return and circular migration: Theories and evidence, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2020-004
Constant, Amelie, 2019, Return, circular, and onward migration decisions in a knowledge society, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2019-040
Constant, Amelie, 2017, The healthy immigrant paradox and health convergence, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-044
Constant, Amelie & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2017, Challenged by migration: Europe's options, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-018
Constant, Amelie & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2016, Towards a new European refugee policy that works, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-062
Constant, Amelie, Teresa García-Muñoz, Shoshana Neuman & Tzahi Neuman, 2016, A 'healthy immigrant effect' or a 'sick immigrant effect'? Selection and policies matter, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-051
Constant, Amelie, Annabelle Krause, Ulf Rinne & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2016, Reservation wages of first- and second-generation migrants, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-050
Constant, Amelie & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2016, Diaspora economics: New perspectives, Published in International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 37, No. 7, pp. 1110-1135, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-042