Authors

Artjoms Ivlevs

  • Current position:
    Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of the West of England, UK
  • Research interest:
    Migration, ethnicity, citizenship, education, corruption, happiness, population economics, applied economics, applied microeconometrics
  • Website:
    http://bit.ly/Ivlevs_IZApage
  • Affiliations:
    University of the West of England, UK, and IZA, Germany
  • Past positions:
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy (GEP), University of Nottingham, UK (2007–2010); Guest Lecturer, University of Latvia (2008–2010)
  • Qualifications:
    PhD Economics of Migration, University of Aix-Marseille, 2006
  • Personal statement about IZA World of Labor:
    I am very glad to be part of this innovative project. It provides an excellent opportunity to inform policymakers about the latest state of research on a particular topic. The project highlights the importance of policy-relevant research and fosters communication between academics and policymakers
  • Selected publications:
    • “Economic insecurity in transition: A primary commodities perspective.” Review of Income and Wealth 60 (2014): S117–S140.
    • “2004 minority education reform and pupil performance in Latvia.” Economics of Education Review 38 (2014): 151–166 (with R. King).
    • “Does more schooling make you run for the border? Post-independence evidence from Kosovo.” Journal of Development Studies 48:8 (2012): 1108–1120 (with R. King).
    • “Ageing, regional birth rates and attitudes towards immigration: Evidence from a transition economy.” Regional Studies 46:7 (2012): 947–959.
    • “From immigrants to (non-)citizens: Political economy of naturalisations in Latvia.” IZA Journal of Migration 1:14 (2012) (with R. King).
  • Articles

Happiness and the emigration decision

Happy people are an asset to society, and happiness may be a determinant of emigration

October 2014

10.15185/izawol.96 96

by Artjoms Ivlevs Ivlevs, A

Happy people are healthier and more creative, productive, and sociable. Because of these positive effects of happiness, it is in the interest of countries to attract and retain happy people. With respect to the decision to migrate, the central question becomes whether people who are happier and more satisfied with their lives are more or less likely to migrate. The evidence so far is mixed. Correlational studies find that prospective migrants are less happy than people who are not intending to migrate, while one study controlling for reverse causality suggests that the desire to migrate increases with life satisfaction.