Ingo E. Isphording

IZA, Germany

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Current position

Research Associate, IZA

Research interest

Migration economics, applied micro econometrics, labor economics


PhD Economics, Ruhr University Bochum, 2013

Selected publications

  • “The costs of Babylon: Linguistic distance in applied economics.” Review of International Economics 21:2 (2013): 177–385 (with S. Otten).

  • “Returns to foreign language skills of immigrants in Spain.” Labour 27:4 (2013): 351–461.

  • “Disadvantages of linguistic origin: Evidence from immigrant literacy scores.” Economics Letters 123:2 (2014): 236–239.

  • “Linguistic barriers in the destination language acquisition of immigrants.” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 105 (2014): 30–50.