David Benček studied economics at Magdeburg, Konstanz and Moscow before joining the Kiel Institute for the World Economy as a researcher. He wrote his docto thesis at the University of Kiel on the Political Economy of Mobilization.
His current research focuses on mobilization dynamics underlying violent incidents against refugees, the impact of migration on host society attitudes, and determinants of migration decisions.
- Applied econometrics
- Mobilization dynamics
- Political economy
- Computational economics
LanguagesGerman, English, Croatian, Russian, French
Using 35 years of migration flow data from 198 countries of origin to OECD countries, the paper shows a negative association between rising incomes in developing countries and emigration—thus casting serious doubt on existing studies that suggest the opposite based on cross-sectional data.
The challenges in asylum and migration policy require a comprehensive approach with broad support by all EU member states. In our assessment report we propose a strategy based on the concept of ‘flexible solidarity’.
How can the responsibility for refugees be distributed more fairly – globally and within the EU? And how can we curb irregular migration while expanding legal immigration to the benefit of all concerned? These and other questions are addressed in the first MEDAM assessment report.
Georeferencing anti-refugee violence in Germany in 2014 and 2015, the authors created a dataset that includes information on 1,645 events of four different types of right-wing violence and social unrest as well as patters of right-wing violence.