Université de Fribourg

Regional economic integration and factor mobility in unified Germany

Böhm, Sebastian

(Working Papers SES ; 463)

The massive movement of capital and labor in opposite directions is the most striking characteristic of economic integration of Eastern and Western Germany. Beyond that, wage-setting behavior during the early years of unification and massive public social transfers have affected the transition path of the Eastern economy. In this paper, I set up a two-region open economy model with capital and...

Université de Neuchâtel

A critical discussion on the impact of glacier shrinkage upon population mobility in the bolivian andes

Kaenzig, Raoul

(Working Papers MAPS ; 7)

This article examines the role of glacial retreat on people migration in the Bolivian Andes. In the Andean region, glacial retreat is one of the most noticeable effects of global warming. Significant acceleration in glacial melting has been observed since the 1980s and glacial runoff is vital to the region, supporting local ecosystems as well as providing water for drinking, irrigation and energy...

Université de Fribourg

Migration, Capital Formation, and House Prices

Grossmann, Volker ; Schäfer, Andreas ; Steger, Thomas M.

(Working Papers SES ; 441)

We investigate the effects of interregional labor market integration in a two-sector, overlapping-generations model with land-intensive production in the non-tradable goods sector (housing). To capture the response to migration on housing supply, capital formation is endogenous, assuming that firms face capital adjustment costs. Our analysis highlights heterogeneous welfare effects of labor...

Université de Neuchâtel

Migrations et changements climatiques

Piguet, Etienne ; Pécoud, Antoine ; de Guchteneire, Paul

(Working Papers MAPS ; 10)

Cet article propose un tour d’horizon des débats relatifs aux possibles conséquences migratoires du changement climatique. Après un bref historique, nous examinons l'impact sur les migrations des trois principaux facteurs environnementaux liés aux changements climatiques (cyclones tropicaux, fortes pluies et inondations ; sécheresses et désertification ; élévation du niveau de la mer)....