The Essex FRESH meeting, with a theme on migration in history, was held at the University of Essex on October 18. The participants greatly appreciated an excellent keynote address by Tim Hatton, Essex, who focused particularly on how to measure the wage profiles of immigrants in American history.
Among many excellent presentations might be mentioned one by Costanza Biavaschi from IZA, Bonn, Germany. She used American edition Scrabble word scores as an instrument for the ‘foreignness’ of immigrant names in the United States, in order to identify a causal effect of changing your name to something more American on immigrant earnings.
The next FRESH meeting will be at the European University Institute in Florence on December 6. See www.sdu.dk/en/ivoe/fresh for more information on forthcoming FRESH meetings.
This blog post was written by:
Paul Sharp, Associate Professor, Historical Economics and Development Group (HEDG), Department of Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark