Carnegie Mellon University

Call for Papers

Migration Policy: Implications for Growth, Inequality, and Welfare

2019 conference on immigration

The Carnegie-Rochester-NYU Conference on Public Policy is now soliciting papers for a conference on “Migration Policy: Implications for Growth, Inequality, and Welfare." The conference will be held at Carnegie Mellon University on November 15-16, 2019. Accepted papers and comments will be published in the July 2020 issue of the Journal of Monetary Economics.

Human migration is a central concern for citizens, policy makers and businesses in both origin and destination countries. This conference seeks proposals that analyze the implications of migration policy for growth, inequality, and welfare.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  1. the distributional impact of past or proposed migration policies;
  2. the political economy of migration policy reform;
  3. the role of migration policy in facilitating human capital accumulation and growth;
  4. the public finance implications of migration policy;
  5. optimal design of migration policy; and
  6. implications of past migration shocks or policy reforms for today’s policy designers.

The editors invite detailed abstracts of no more than two pages describing the proposed research paper. If a preliminary version of the paper is available, authors may include it with their abstract. Proposals should be submitted as .pdf attachments in emails addressed to All proposals should arrive no later than Friday, April 5, 2019. The attached .pdf file should be named using the lead author’s surname.

The editors, in collaboration with the Carnegie-Rochester-NYU Advisory Board, will make the final selection of papers to be included in the conference. Authors will be notified by Monday, April 29, 2019 if their paper has been selected. Authors will receive an honorarium of $2500 and be expected to present their paper at the conference. The papers should represent original research not presented or published elsewhere. Since the papers are intended for publication, authors will not be able to publish or reprint the work elsewhere without the permission of the editors and publisher. Please note that the editors will contact authors only if their paper is accepted.