Martin Ruhs

Official Fellow

Associate Professor of Political Economy

Department for Continuing Education

Martin Ruhs is Associate Professor of Political Economy at Oxford University, where he is also Director of Studies in Economics at the Department for Continuing Education; Senior Researcher at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society; Research Associate at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention; Associate Faculty at the Blavatnik School of Government; and a Fellow of Kellogg College.

Martin’s research focuses on the economics and politics of international labour migration, with a strong international comparative dimension. Recent books include The Price of Rights. Regulating International Labour Migration and Who Needs Migrant Workers? Labour Shortages, Immigration and Public Policy (with B. Anderson). View Martin’s research page.

Most of Martin’s work addresses key questions and dilemmas in public policy-making. Martin has provided policy analysis and advice for various national governments and international institutions including the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the OECD, the European Commission and the Swedish Presidency of the European Union. In 2008-09 he was Specialist Advisor to an inquiry by the Economic Affairs Committee of the House of Lords into the economic impacts of immigration. During 2009-12, he was director of Oxford University’s Migration Observatory. During 2007-14, Martin was a member of the UK’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), an independent body of five academic economists tasked to advise the UK government on labour immigration policy. Martin has written for the New York Times, Financial Times and the Guardian.

Martin has led an Impact Case Study for the REF2014:

Recent publications:

Ruhs, M (2015) “Opening borders and protecting migrants: A response to Francisco Alba and David McKenzie”, part of “Review Symposium: The Price of Rights by Martin Ruhs”, Migration Studies 2015, Advance Access:

Ruhs, M (2014) “Immigration and Labour Market Protectionism: Protecting Local Workers’ Preferential Access to the National Labour Market”, chapter 4 in Migrants at Work: Immigration and Vulnerability in Labour Law, edited by Cathryn Costello and Mark Freedland, Oxford University Press

Ruhs, M. and N. Van Hear (2014) “Irregular migration as a response to geopolitical shocks: The log-term effects of short-term policies”, European University Institute

Ruhs, M. (2013) The Price of Rights: Regulating International Labor Migration, Princeton University Press,

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