Amelie F. Constant
Research Affiliate, The University of Pennsylvania

Areas: Labor Economics, Applied Micro-Econometrics, Economics of Migration, Health, Economics of Education, Entrepreneurship, Economics of Gender, Happiness and Well-being



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Dr. Amelie F. Constant is a Research Affiliate at The University of Pennsylvania, the Population Studies Center since August 2022. Previously, she was at Princeton University, the School of Public and International Affairs and the Office of Population Research (2016-2022) and before that, she was the Director of the Migration Research Area at IZA (the Institute of Labor Economics) (2011-2016). In 2006 she became the Founding Executive Director of the Institute for Economic Research, Policy and Teaching (DIWDC), a U.S. independent, nonprofit, economics think tank in Washington, DC (2006–2013).

In 2013, Dr. Constant was elected Foreign Member of the European Academy of Sciences for her outstanding achievements as a researcher. She is also a Fellow of the CESifo Institutes at the University of Munich, a Fellow of GLO in Bonn, an Affiliated Professorial Fellow of UNU-MERIT at the University of Maastricht, and an Academic Member of ATINER (Athens Institute for Education and Research). In 2023 she was elected to serve on the Executive Committee of IAES (International Atlantic Economic Society). She serves on the Board of Directors of several American non-profit organizations. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal Migration and Society, on the Editorial Board of the Atlantic Economic Journal, Applied Economics Quarterly, the Quarterly Journal of Finance, and Global Germany in Transnational Dialogues. She is past Founding Editor of the IZA Journal of Migration (2011-2016), past President of the Society of Government Economists (2014-2017), and past Member of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Economic Association (2020-2023).

Dr. Constant's research lies in the economics of international migration and population for which she has received funding by several foundations and international organizations. Dr. Constant has published extensively and has won several awards for her publications, which are in leading journals and top field journals (Small Business Economics, Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Population Economics, European Journal of Health Economics, Eurasian Business Review, Urban Studies, etc.). She is the co-editor of the first International Handbook on the Economics of Migration, the book Foundations of Migration Economics, and the book How Labor Migrants Fare?, a volume of the Research in Labor Economics, and special issues of the Journal of International Manpower on Diaspora Economics and Migration, Ethnicity and Identity in Host Labor Markets. As the Chief of the Danish-German project with Rockwool Foundation in Denmark and the Institute of Labor Economics in Germany (2003-2004), she conducted all research that resulted in the book Migrants, Work, and the Welfare State (2004). Dr. Constant is a well sought-after expert in migration, who has been invited to present her research at many institutions, and to deliver keynotes internationally. She has granted many interview on the radio as a pundit on migration (also by fact check), and has written more than 30 other reports and op-ed pieces on migration issues.

Dr. Constant has been on scientific committees of several international congresses, has served as referee to many scientific peer review journals and grant proposals, to Ph.D. students, and to tenure positions and promotions. In 2012, as a businesswoman at the helm of DIWDC, Dr. Constant received the Woman of Outstanding Leadership award from the International Women’s Leadership Association. As a professor, Dr. Constant has over 15 years of experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in economics at Georgetown University, the George Washington University, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and Drexel University. From 2007-2011, she was also the Vice Dean of the Graduate School at DIW Berlin and was managing its graduate students in DC. In 2012, she had the honor to be invited by the Swedish Research Council (SRC) to serve as an Expert Evaluator of Swedish Universities and doctoral programs of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Educational Sciences. As a member of the Panel for the Midterm Evaluation of Linnaeus grants to seven Universities and Research Institutes in Sweden, she toured and evaluated them on site in several Swedish cities in the course of two weeks.

As an extra service to the profession, Dr. Constant has organized more than 60 conferences, international meetings and seminars with great success. In 2004, she established - and nurtured to become - the legendary and coveted conference that it is today, the Annual Migration Meeting (AM2), as the flagship of the Migration Research Area at IZA; also established the Julian Simon Lecture as the highlight of AM2. In 2009, while at DIWDC, she founded the Annual Meeting of the Economics of Risky Behaviors (AMERB), and co-organized it from 2009-2016 with unprecedented success.

Dr. Constant received her Ph.D. in Labor Economics and Econometrics from Vanderbilt University in 1998, and had her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in 2000 with Doug Massey. She has a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Athens, Greece, and an M.A. (Diplôme d'Études Approfondies - DEA) in Economic Development from the University of Paris II, France. She has over 7500 citations in Google Scholar.

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