Migration: past lessons, today's challenges, future issues

Hosted by the Department of Economic History

Online public event


Chris Minns

Chris Minns

Professor in Economic History, LSE

Alex Nowrasteh

Alex Nowrasteh

Director of Immigration Studies, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute


Dr Peter Cirenza

Chairman of Private Equity and Tactical Strategies, Tikehau Capital; LSE Guest Teacher

Can evidence from episodes of historical and contemporary migration inform current policy debates and help identify new areas of interest for the future? 

Professor Chris Minns (LSE) and Alex Nowrasteh (Cato Institute) will debate this issue in a panel discussion moderated by Dr Peter Cirenza. The session will conclude with a Q & A session from the audience.

This event is sponsored by the Economic History Advisory Board. 

If you missed it, a recording is available to view here.

For a 20% discount on Alex Nowrasteh's book Wretched Refuse? The Political Economy of Immigration and Institutions, download the voucher here: Wretched Refuse Discount Voucher

Chris Minns is Professor and Deputy Head (Research) in the Department of Economic History at LSE. His research focuses on the migration and economic mobility in the past, with publications in the Journal of Economic HistoryExplorations in Economic History, the European Review of Economic History, and the Economic History Review.

Alex Nowrasteh is the director of immigration studies at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. His publications have appeared in major publications in the United States, and his peer‐​reviewed academic publications have appeared in journals including The World Bank Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Public Choice. He is co-author (with Benjamin Powell, University of Texas) of Wretched Refuse? The Political Economy of Immigration and Institutions (Cambridge University Press, 2020), the first book on how economic institutions in receiving countries adjust to immigration. He is also the co-author (with Mark S. Krikorian) of the booklet Open Immigration: Yea and Nay (Encounter Broadsides, 2014) and has contributed numerous book chapters about immigration to various edited volumes. He received a BA in Economics from George Mason University and an MSc in Economic History from LSE.

Peter Cirenza Chairs the London office and the Private Equity and Tactical Strategies investing businesses for Tikehau Capital, an alternative asset management and investment firm. Peter previously worked for 20 years at Goldman Sachs in New York, London and Tokyo. He has also taught and advised students in the Economic History Department at LSE since 2009. He currently lectures on British economic and business history since 1945. Peter holds a BA in History from Brown University, an MBA in Finance from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, an MSc in Economic History (Research) and a PhD degree in Economic History from LSE. He is Chairman of the Economic History Advisory Board.

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