Prof. Yaw Nyarko ADvocacy Presentation on “Recruiting International Migrant Labor: Theory and Evidence (UAE)” at NYU Abu Dhabi

On April 14, 2019, Prof. Yaw Nyarko was invited by NYU Abu Dhabi’s student-led organization ADvocacy to give a talk concerning the issues faced by blue-collar workers in the UAE and globally. The talk gave a social and historic overview of migration in the Gulf countries, and then narrowed down to the lives of migrant workers. The talk concluded with a brief Q&A session where students discussed the effect of current laws on the labor market, as well as ensuing steps in this research project. Topics discussed included:

  • How the recruitment process for workers and the labor supply chain affect the distribution of gains across employees, firms and labor brokers;

  • Heterogeneity of recruitment fees paid by different people;

  • Interaction of skills, information asymmetries, and beliefs surrounding migration; and

  • Perception on costs and benefits of migration.

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