Amelie F. Constant
Visiting Research Scholar, Princeton University;
President of the Society of Government Economists

Areas: Labor Economics, Applied Micro-Econometrics, Economics of Migration, Economics of Education, Entrepreneurship, Economics of Gender, Happiness and Well-being


PHONE: 202-468-7752

Since September 1, 2016, Professor Amelie F. Constant is a Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University and the Woodrow Wilson School and the Office of Population Research. She is the President of the Society of Government Economists (2014-) and serves on the board of directors of the U.S.-nonprofits AIRLEAP and SGE. She is also on the Editorial Board of Applied Economics Quarterly, an affiliated scholar at UNU-MERIT, an academic member of ATINER, and a member of the European Academy of Sciences (2013-) for her outstanding achievements as a researcher. Previously, she was the Program Director of Migration at the Institute for the Study of Labor (2011-2016), and the founding editor of the IZA Journal of Migration (2011-2016). Before that, she was the founding director of DIWDC (2006-2013), a U.S. independent, nonprofit, economics think tank.

Professor Constant's research lies mainly in the economics of migration. She has written close to seventy refereed articles and book chapters and has won several awards for them. She is the co-editor of the Foundations of Migration Economics, International Handbook of the Economics of Migration, the book How Labor Migrants Fare?, a volume of the Research in Labor Economics Journal, and special issues of the Journal of International Manpower. Her research has been funded by several foundations and international organizations. She has been invited to present her research at many institutions and to deliver keynotes. She has also been invited to talk at migration policy panels, and has written more than twenty five other reports and op-ed pieces on migration issues.

Professor Constant has been on scientific committees of several international congresses, has served as referee to many scientific peer review journals and grant proposals, to Ph.D. students, and to tenure positions and promotions. As a professor, Constant has fifteen years of experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in economics at Georgetown University, the George Washington University, the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Drexel University. She was also the Vice Dean of the Graduate School at DIW Berlin and in charge of the graduate students in DC from 2007-2011. As an extra service to the profession, Professor Constant has organized more than sixty international conferences and events with great success.

Professor Constant received her Ph.D. in Labor Economics and Econometrics from Vanderbilt University in 1998, and had her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She has a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Athens, Greece, and an M.A. (DEA) in Economic Development from the University of Paris II, France.

Professor Constant was invited to become a research fellow at the Institute of the Study of Labor in 2002 where she has been one of the most prolific fellows. She has produced 51 discussion papers, 3 policy papers, 4 reports and 1 World of Labor paper. Her papers have been "Top 10" and downloaded 246,856 times; she has been consistently ranking number 9 among the 6,948 authors of discussion papers at the institute. In 2003, while at the Institute for the Study of Labor , she took charge of the Danish-German project with Rockwool Foundation. In the resulting book Migrants, Work, and the Welfare State (2004), she contributed six chapters. In 2004, she co-founded the most successful research area of the institute - Migration - and became the Deputy Director. She established the Annual Migration Meeting or AM2 as the flagship of the Migration area and the Julian Simon Lecture as the highlight of AM2. She has been organizing the AM2 from 2004 to 2016, and made it an internationally renowned and highly sought-after conference. Since Professor Constant became the Director of Migration in 2011, AM2 has been receiving more than 110 submissions for about 16 slots. From 2009-2016, she also co-organized the Annual Meeting of the Economics of Risky Behaviors (AMERB), a highly regarded and competitive international conference.