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David Cairns is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology, ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal. His main research interest are in youth and mobility, and he has published extensively in these areas in journals including recent articles in International Migration, Journal of Youth Studies and British Journal of Sociology of Education. While visiting IIIS during March and April, he will be conducting research with students on the impact of the economic crisis on their lives, including future mobility and migration plans. This study forms part of follow-up research to a study of mobility during the crisis, the results of which were presented at a seminar as part of the 2013 Migration Seminar Series.

Dr Cairns will collaborate with Dr Elaine Moriarty, Department of Sociology
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Economics Research Seminar Series

Title: Affirmative Action, Education and Gender : Evidence from India
Guilhem Cassan (University of Namur)

Date: Tuesday 1st of April 2014
Time: 12.30-2 pm
Venue: IIIS Seminar Room, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

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Migration and Employment Seminar Series

'Migration or Mobility? Contemporary Movement from the P.I.I.G.S. Compared'
Dr. Irial Glynn, Marie Curie fellow Leiden University, Holland

Date: Thursday 3rd April 2014
Time: 13.00 - 14.00 (sandwiches provided)
Venue: IIIS Seminar Room, 6th Floor Arts Building, TCD

Abstract: In response to austerity measures, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain have all experienced increased emigration in recent years. The scale of this outflow per capita differs markedly between countries, however Italy and Spain’s annual figures, although seemingly large in gross terms, are actually quite low when compared to the size of their populations. No annual official estimates are available for the gross amount of Greek annual emigration but judging from annual entrants to Germany and the UK, and considering the size of the country’s population, emigration from Greece appears to be significantly higher. Nevertheless it is the emigration figures for Portugal and Ireland, in particular, that measure significantly more per capita than their counterparts, despite not necessarily experiencing the same level of unemployment as Spain or Greece. This presentation will examine why this is the case by examining intra-EU ‘mobility’, ‘migration’ to outside the EU, and the importance of transnational skills and language competency.

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Political Science Research Seminar Series

The Democracy-Dictatorship measure: Alternation in power and biased estimates of democracy's effect on economic growth
Carl Henrik Knutsen (University of Oslo)

Date: Friday 4 April
Time: 4 pm ***CHANGE OF TIME - 3.40 ***
Location: IIIS Seminar Room, 6th Floor Arts Building, TCD ***CHANGE OF VENUE - College Green Conference Room ***

Incumbents voluntarily leaving office after losing elections is a hallmark of democracy. Hence, the most prominent binary regime measure - the DD, or ACLP, measure - includes observed alternations in office as a necessary condition for being coded as democratic. We argue that this criterion may lead to biases when empirically investigating relationships between democracy and outcome variables of interest, since government alternation is not only a function of regime type. We demonstrate this by analyzing how the criterion leads to underestimating the effect of democracy on economic growth. First, we explain and theoretically model the bias. Since the probability of incumbents losing democratic elections is reduced by strong economic performances, young democracies with high growth may falsely be coded dictatorships by DD; their popular governments have yet to lose an election. We design different empirical tests to identify whether the expected bias exists or not. Notably, we employ only DD's own coding rules and differences in information about regimes from different points in time to estimate the bias. As expected, using DD leads to underestimating democracy's effect on growth. We also present resembling arguments and test how DD may bias results on democracy's relationship with civil war onsets and coup d'etats.
(This is a joint project with Tore Wig)

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Migration and Employment Seminar Series

Title: White migrations: Gender, Whiteness and Privilege in Transnational Migration’
Catrin Lundstrom Associate Professor Linkoping University Norrkoping, Sweden

Date: 17th April 2014
: IIIS Seminar room, 6th floor of Arts Block
Time: 1-2pm
Lunch and coffee/tea provided

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IIIS Seminar Series

Title: Turkish Multinationals Abroad: Effect of structures, institutions and agents
IIIS Visiting Research Fellow, Dr Caner Bakir International Political Economy, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey

Friday 25th April 2014
Time: 13.00 - 14.00 (sandwiches provided)
Venue: IIIS Seminar Room, 6th Floor Arts Building, TCD
Chair: Professor Louis Brennan, School of Business, TCD

This paper investigates how structural, institutional and agency-level enabling conditions affect internationalization motivations and strategies of Turkish Multinational Corporations. It offers an overview of TMNC investments and structure, institution and agency-based (SIA) framework to explain internationalization behaviour of selected TMNCs. The implications for future research, practice, and policy making are discussed,

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Loyola Institute

Raids on the Articulate: Theology and Poetry
The Bill Caey Lecture Series

Lecture Theatre G16, The Irish School of Ecumenics-Loyola Institute Building, TCD
Admission is free
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The Way Up and the Way Down: Two Paths to Poetry, Art and Divinity
James Harpur

Wednesday April 2nd @ 7.30


IIIS Discussion Papers


PLEASE NOTE: We have introduced some changes to the process for submitting a paper to the Discussion Paper Series. I would be grateful if you could please refer to  How to submit a paper? before submitting your next paper, thank you.

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