George J. Borjas, former co-director of a UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) project on refugees and poverty, has been awarded the prestigious 2011 IZA Prize in Labour Economics. Prof. Borjas received the prize for his economic research on migration and integration, during an award ceremony in Oslo, Norway on 25 August.
The Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA) Prize in Labour Economics is awarded annually for outstanding academic achievement and contributions to the field. Borjas (Harvard University), along with Barry R. Chiswick (George Washington University), received a cash prize of 50,000 euros, in recognition of their pioneering economic analysis of global migration and its impact on labour markets and social security systems.
“Migration has become one of the most important challenges of our time. The contributions of both prize winners are not only timely, they are also crucial for our understanding of how societies can benefit socially and economically from labour mobility,” said IZA Director, Klaus F. Zimmerman.
Borjas previously co-directed the UNU-WIDER project on Refugees, International Migration and Poverty. This project aimed to document and assess contemporary illegal immigration, analyze economic and social implications and develop humane policy recommendations.
UNU researchers are making significant contributions to the analysis of the social, economic and environmental impacts of global migration. Most recently, UNU-MERIT researchers have analyzed immigration and social protection in the Netherlands, featured in UNU Theme Articles. Researches from UNU-EHS are exploring environmental migration and adaptation and UNU-WIDER’s recent working papers include a paper analyzing internal immigration in Brazil.
More information on the IZA Prize is available on the website.