Ms. Alarian's research makes uses of multiple large-N data sets, panel surveys, and experimental data. Examples of these data sources include: the European Social Survey (ESS), International Social Survey Programme (ISSP), Eurobarometer, General Social Survey (GSS), American National Election Studies (ANES), Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX), Maastrict Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE) Global Dual Citizenship Database, the International Migration Database (IMD), and statistics from Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Populations Division, and the World Bank.
Ms. Alarian also employed the GESIS German Panel Survey while visiting the EUROLAB in fall 2016. In addition to her dissertation, Ms. Alarian is in the process of collecting data on national identification and multicultural support through an IRB approved survey experiment, funded by the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD).
Below is an example of how Ms. Alarian uses global data to identify factors of integration ranging from individual to aggregate.
Each dot indicates the difference in unemployment rates between native and foreign born individuals within a given country. The smaller the data point, the more foreign-born populations are employed at the same rates as native-born. We would expect smaller dots (more equal representation in employment) at the far end of the policy spheres (more open labor markets). As depicted here, however, there does not appear to be a relationship between state labor integration programs and actual employment outcomes. Instead, we see a smattering of integration across the two labor integration scales suggesting labor access and mobility programs are not effective in promoting economic integration.