Martin Kahanec

Central European University, Hungary, IZA, Germany, and CELSI, Slovakia

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Current position

Associate Professor, Central European University, Hungary; Visiting Research Fellow and Deputy Program Director “Migration,” IZA, Germany; Founder and Scientific Director, CELSI, Slovakia

Research interest

Labor and population economics, migration, ethnicity, reforms in Central and Eastern Europe

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Advisory projects funded by the World Bank, European Commission, European Parliament, and Slovak government

Past positions

Deputy Director of Research, IZA, Germany


PhD Economics, Tilburg University, 2006

Selected publications

  • “Unemployment benefits and immigration: Evidence from the EU.” International Journal of Manpower 34:1–2 (2013): 24–38 (with C. Giulietti, M. Guzi, and K. F. Zimmermann).

  • “The Russian-Ukrainian earnings divide.” Economics of Transition 20:1 (2012): 1–35 (with A. F. Constant and K. F. Zimmermann).

  • “Political economy of immigration in Germany: Attitudes and citizenship aspiration.” International Migration Review 43:2 (2009): 263–291 (with M. S. Tosun).

  • Ethnic Diversity in European Labor Markets: Challenges and Solutions. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011.

  • EU Labor Markets after Post-Enlargement Migration. Berlin: Springer, 2010.