Augustin De Coulon

King’s College London, UK, and IZA, Germany

I am enthusiastic about this innovative project. I wish that policymakers and academics find the series World of Labor a quick entry into the latest research on a wide range of issues in labor policy

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Senior Lecturer in Economics, School of Management and Business, Kings College, London, UK

Research interest

Labor economics, with emphasis on immigration and education

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Research Economist for the Secretariate for Economic Affairs (Seco), Swiss government (1999–2000); consultant for: WTO (1998), OECD (1999), UK Department for Children, School and Families (DCSF) (2006–2009); UK Low Pay Commission (2009), UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) (2014–)

Past positions

Research Officer (2005–2006), Senior Research Officer (2007–2008), Senior Lecturer and Associate Director Research (2008–2009), NRDC, Faculty of Policy and Society, Institute of Education, University of London; Lecturer, Economics Department, Queen Mary, University of London (2002–2005 ); Economist, Swiss Federal Government, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Labour Market Policy Unit (1999–2000)


PhD Economics, University of Geneva, 2000

Selected publications

  • “Pane e Cioccolata: The impact of native attitudes on return migration.” Review of International Economics, 24:2 (2016): 253–281 (with D. Radu and M. Steinhardt).

  • “A longitudinal analysis of UK second-generation disadvantaged immigrants.” Education Economics 21:2 (2013): 105–134 (with M. Meunier, O. Marcenaro, and A. Vignoles).

  • “Migration networks and migration policy: A grease or sand the wheel relationship?” CESifo DICE Report, Journal for Institutional Comparison 9:4 (2011): 32–35 (with D. Radu).

  • “The value of basic skills in the British labour market” Oxford Economic Papers 63:1 (2011): 27–48 (with A. Vignoles and O. Marcenaro).

  • “On the relative rewards to immigration: A comparison of the relative labour market positions of Indians in the USA, the UK and India.” Review of Economics of the Household 8:1 (2010): 147–169 (with J. Wadsworth).