Joseph-Simon Goerlach

Joseph-Simon Goerlach

I am an applied economist. I received my PhD in Economics from University College London, and an undergraduate degree in International Economics from the University of Tübingen. I am a research affiliate at BIDSA, CEPR, CReAM, IGIER, IZA and LEAP.

Assistant Professor


"The Dynamics of Return Migration, Human Capital Accumulation, and Wage Assimilation" (joint work with Jérôme Adda and Christian Dustmann) is forthcoming at the Review of Economic Studies.

"Borrowing Constraints and the Dynamics of Return and Repeat Migration" is forthcoming at the Journal of Labor Economics.

"Terrorism, media coverage and education: Evidence from al-Shabaab attacks in Kenya" (joint work with Marco Alfano) has been accepted for publication at the Journal of the European Economic Association. 

Research interests

My research interests include labor economics, political economy, development and macroeconomics. One focus of my research is on geographic mobility, migration duration, and migrants’ assimilation and investment decisions. Some of my current work investigates the macroeconomic effects of migration in the European Union, and the drivers of emigration from poor countries.