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Second GLO-Renmin University Labor Economics Conference in Beijing: December 7-8, 2019.

The Second GLO – Renmin University of China Conference on Labor Economics in Beijing took place in the North Hall, Century Hall, RUC 7-8 December 2019. More details and full program.

Conference organizers were GLO Fellows Corrado Giulietti and Jun Han. The event is part of the GLO China Research Cluster, which is lead by Corrado Giulietti, who is also a GLO Research Director.

The conference was opened on December 7 by Corrado Giulietti, Jun Han, GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann, and Deputy Dean and GLO Fellow Zhong Zhao.

Keynote speakers were GLO Fellows Shi Li of Zhejiang University and Xi Chen of Yale University. The conference saw 15 further paper presentations, one of them by GLO Director Matloob Piracha on Sunday, the second day of the event.

DAY 1; December 7

DAY 2; December 8

Conference Photos

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GLO President gave a luncheon keynote on December 5 to a large international conference on ‘Vocational Education and Training Development’ in Beijing/China

GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann started his December visit to Beijing on December 5 to participate in a one-day event on:

For the Future: International Conference on Vocational Education and Training Development

The event took place in the Conference Center, Beijing International Hotel, Beijing/China. It was hosted by the China Development Research Foundation (CDRF) and The Chinese Society of Technical and Vocational Education (CSTVE) and supervised by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China and the Development Research Center of the State Council.

Next to following an intensive program with over 300 participants, Zimmermann was the Luncheon Keynote Speaker on the topic “Vocational Education & Training: Socio-Economic Sustainable Development“.

Key topics:

  • Vocational systems and youth unemployment
  • A roadmap to vocational education and training
  • General education versus vocational education
  • Challenges in the digital age

Central messages:

  • The Youth-to-Adult Unemployment Ratio of Germany With Its Dual Vocational Training System is Far Below Others in the Western World.
  • Vocational systems are a valued alternative beyond the core of general education.
  • Vocational high school graduates have better employment outcomes than general high school graduates.
  • The dual system is more effective in helping youth transition into employment than alternative academic or vocational training.
  • In the digital age, ICT skills are obviously important, but success comes with the development of non-cognitive skills.

Selective references:

  • Klaus F. Zimmermann, Costanza Biavaschi, Werner Eichhorst, Corrado Giulietti, Michael J. Kendzia, Alexander Muravyev, Janneke Pieters, Núria Rodríguez-Planas & Ricarda Schmidl (2013), Youth Unemployment and Vocational Training”, Foundations and Trends® in Microeconomics (2013), 9: 1-157.
  • Werner Eichhorst, Núria Rodríguez-Planas, Ricarda Schmidl & Klaus F. Zimmermann, A Roadmap to Vocational Education and Training in Industrialized Countries, Industrial and Labor Relations Review (2015), 68: 314-337.
  • Pierre Cahuc, Stéphane Carcillo, Ulf Rinne & Klaus F. Zimmermann, Youth Unemployment in Old Europe: The Polar Cases of France and Germany, IZA Journal of European Labor Studies, (2013), 2:18
  • Huzeyfe Torun & Semih Tumen, Do Vocational High School Graduates Have Better Employment Qutcomes Than General High School Graduates?, International Journal of Manpower (2019), 40: 1364-1388.
  • Shubha Jayaram, Tara Hill & Daniel Plaut, Training Models for Employment in the Digital Economy, Results for Development Institute (2013).

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A Second Chance for Europe. GLO Fellow Jo Ritzen, Maastricht, Presents His New Book in Spanish in a High-Profile Panel Debate. Brussels, December 3.

The new European Union Commission under the leadership of Ursula von der Leyen started working on December 1, 2019 with the aim to re-vitalize Europe.

GLO Fellow Jo Ritzen is a Professorial Fellow of UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance. UNU-MERIT is a joint institute of the United Nations University (UNU) and Maastricht University. Ritzen is a former Minister of Education, Culture, and Science of the Netherlands, served in the Dutch Cabinet at the Maastricht Treaty, is a former Vice President of the World Bank and a former President of Maastricht University.

On December 3, Jo Ritzen presented his new book at the Campus Brussels of Maastricht University on the future of Europe: Una segunda oportunidad para Europa (A Second Chance for Europe) calls upon to rethink and reboot the European Union, obviously right in time for the fresh start of Europe, Ursula von der Leyen attempts to organize.

On this occasion, GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann was visiting Brussels to prepare a European strategy for this organization. Zimmermann, Professor Emeritus of Bonn University, a Honorary Professor of Maastricht University and Co-Director of POP at UNU-MERIT, was also participating in the book launch; he was chairing the event and was moderating the respective policy panel.

The book was first introduced in Spanish by Salvador Pérez-Moreno, Professor of Economic Policy, University of Malaga, and discussed in Spanish by Javier López, Member of the European Parliament. Then Zimmermann moderated the panel discussion in English between Jo Ritzen, Salvador Pérez-Moreno and Javier López.

MORE DETAILS on the book. The video of this event will be available in due course.

From the right: López, Ritzen, Pérez-Moreno and Zimmermann.

After a Christmas shopping tour on the Grand Place, he was visiting Bruegel, the economic think tank, to discuss research and policy projects with GLO Fellow Martin Kahanec. Kahanec, who is a Professor at the Central European University (CEU) in Vienna & Budapest and a Mercator Senior Visiting Fellow at Bruegel, acts also as the GLO Cluster Lead for EU Mobility.

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Beijing December 7-8, 2019: Second GLO-Renmin University Labor Economics Conference. Program Out.

Labor market issues will play the major role at the Second GLO – Renmin University of China Conference in Beijing on 7-8 December 2019. Keynote speakers of the event are GLO Fellows Shi Li of Zhejiang University and Xi Chen of Yale University. This continues the very successful tradition started with the first conference. See program and event pictures of the 2018 event. The 2019 program is now out (LINK), see also below. Conference organizers are GLO Fellows Corrado Giulietti and Jun Han. GLO Director Matloob Piracha will give one of the many contributed papers. GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann will attend and address the conference. The event is part of the GLO China Research Cluster, which is lead by Corrado Giulietti, who is also a GLO Research Director. Place: North Hall, Century Hall, RUC.

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31th EBES Conference – Warsaw/Poland on April 15-17, 2020. Call for contributions out.

Interested researchers are cordially invited to submit their abstracts or papers for presentation consideration at the 31st EBES Conference – Warsaw, which will take place on April 15-17, 2020 hosted by the Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw, Warsaw/Poland, with the support of the Istanbul Economic Research Association.

This is a GLO supported conference. EBES is the Eurasia Business and Economics Society, a strategic partner and institutional supporter of GLO. GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann is also President of EBES.

Invited Speaker

EBES is pleased to announce that distinguished scholar Professor Brian Lucey will join the conference as keynote speaker:

Professor Brian Lucey is a well-known researcher in the finance field. He is professor of finance at the School of Business, Trinity College Dublin and editor of Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance; International Review of Financial Analysis; and Finance Research Letters. He also is an associate editor of Journal of Banking and Finance. He worked as an economist in the Department of Health and Central Bank in Ireland and has more than 150 peer-reviewed papers which were published in reputable finance journals including Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money; Journal of Banking and Finance; Journal of Financial Stability; and Journal of Multinational Financial Management.

Board
Prof. Klaus F. Zimmermann, UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University, The Netherlands, & GLO.
Prof. Jonathan Batten, Monash University, Australia, & GLO
Prof. Iftekhar Hasan, Fordham University, U.S.A.
Prof. Euston Quah, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Prof. John Rust, Georgetown University, U.S.A., & GLO
Prof. Dorothea Schäfer, German Institute for Economic Research DIW Berlin,Germany, and GLO
Prof. Marco Vivarelli, Università Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore, Italy, & GLO

Abstract/Paper Submission

Authors are invited to submit their abstracts or papers no later than February 12, 2020.

For submission, please visit the EBES website at http://ebesweb.org/Conferences/31st-EBES-Conference-Warsaw/Abstract-Submission.aspx. No submission fee is required. General inquiries regarding the call for papers should be directed to ebes@ebesweb.org.

Publication Opportunities

Qualified papers can be published in EBES journals (Eurasian Business Review and Eurasian Economic Review) or EBES Proceedings books after a peer review process without any submission or publication fees. EBES journals (EABR and EAER) are published by Springer and both are indexed in the SCOPUS, EBSCO EconLit with Full Text, Google Scholar, ABS Academic Journal Quality Guide, CNKI, EBSCO Business Source, EBSCO Discovery Service, EBSCO TOC Premier, International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS), OCLC WorldCat Discovery Service, ProQuest ABI/INFORM, ProQuest Business Premium Collection, ProQuest Central, ProQuest Turkey Database, ProQuest-ExLibris Primo, ProQuest-ExLibris Summon, Research Papers in Economics (RePEc), Cabell’s Directory, and Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory. In addition, while EAER is indexed in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics), EABR is indexed in the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) and Current Contents / Social & Behavioral Sciences.

Furthermore, high qualified papers will be invited to be submitted for publication in regular issues of the Review of Managerial Science (SSCI) and they will go through a review process. However, presentation at the EBES Conference does not guarantee publication in the Review of Managerial Science.

Also, all accepted abstracts will be published electronically in the Conference Program and the Abstract Book (with an ISBN number). It will be distributed to all conference participants at the conference via USB. Although submitting full papers are not required, all the submitted full papers will also be included in the conference proceedings in a USB. After the conference, participants will also have the opportunity to send their paper to be published (after a refereeing process managed by EBES) in the Springer’s series Eurasian Studies in Business and Economics (no submission and publication fees).

This will also be sent to Clarivate Analytics in order to be reviewed for coverage in the Conference Proceedings Citation Index – Social Science & Humanities (CPCI-SSH). Please note that the 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th (Vol. 2) EBES Conference Proceedings are accepted for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings Citation Index – Social Science & Humanities (CPCI-SSH). 20th (Vol. 1), 21st and subsequent conference proceedings are in progress.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Start Date: November 1, 2019
Abstract Submission Deadline: February 12, 2020
Reply-by: February 14, 2020*
Registration Deadline: March 13, 2020
Announcement of the Program: March 17, 2020
Paper Submission Deadline (Optional): March 13, 2020**
Paper Submission for the EBES journals: July 15, 2020

* The decision regarding the acceptance/rejection of each abstract/paper will be communicated with the corresponding author within a week of submission.
** Completed paper submission is optional. If you want to be considered for the Best Paper Award or your full paper to be included in the conference proceedings in the USB, after submitting your abstract before February 12, 2020, you must also submit your completed (full) paper by March 13, 2020.

Contact
Ugur Can, Director of EBES (ebes@ebesweb.org); EBES & GLO
Dr. Ender Demir, Conferene Coordinator of EBES (demir@ebesweb.org); EBES & GLO

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Una segunda oportunidad para Europa! GLO Fellow Jo Ritzen presents his new book now in Spanish on December 3 in Brussels at a crucial time for Europe.

“A Second Chance for Europe” calls upon us to rethink and reboot the European Union. The discontents of globalization threaten European values and call for a new economic order. EU Member States are backsliding on the rule of law and control of corruption. There is a need to rethink immigration policy. The debt overhang of some Euro countries is unsustainable.

Given the sum total of these vulnerabilities, the book argues that the EU may not survive beyond 2025 in its present form. It puts forward a number of workable solutions: a European economic model to secure full employment, a stronger European Court of Human Rights, a points-based immigration system, clear exit options from the Eurozone and an Open Education Area with a common second language. These solutions may reduce the number of EU countries in the core-EU, but would increase cohesion and overall sustainability.

“Una segunda oportunidad para Europa” nos llama a repensar y reiniciar la Unión Europea. El descontento con la globalización amenaza los valores europeos y pide un nuevo orden económico. Los Estados Miembros están retrocediendo en el mantenimiento del estado de derecho y el control de la corrupción. Existe la necesidad de repensar la política migratoria. La deuda pública de algunos países de la Eurozona es insostenible.

Teniendo en cuenta la suma de estas vulnerabilidades, el libro argumenta que la Unión Europea podría no sobrevivir más allá de 2025 en su forma actual. El libro propone una serie de soluciones: un modelo económico europeo para asegurar el pleno empleo, un Tribunal Europeo de Derechos Humanos más fuerte, un sistema de inmigración por puntos, opciones claras de salida de la Eurozona, y un Área de Educación Abierta con un segundo idioma común. Estas soluciones podrían reducir el número de países de la UE en el núcleo de la Unión, pero incrementarían la cohesión y la sostenibilidad general.

INVITATION: The United Nations University – MERIT and Maastricht University Campus Brussels invite to the book launch of

Una segunda oportunidad para Europa edited by Jo Ritzen

on December 3, 2019, 16:00-18:00. Venue: Maastricht University Campus Brussels | Avenue de Tervueren 153, 1150, Brussels. The event will be in both Spanish and English.

Please confirm your attendance by email to: s.brodin@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Program

  • Presentation of the book in Spanish by Mr. Salvador Pérez-Moreno, Professor of Economic Policy, University of Malaga
  • Comments in Spanish by Mr. Javier López, Member of the European Parliament
  • Discussion in English between Prof. Moreno, Prof. Inmaculada Serón-Ordoñez, Lecturer of Translation and Interpretation at Pablo de Olavide University, Seville, and Mr. Javier Lopez, led by Prof. Klaus F. Zimmermann, President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), UNU-MERIT and Bonn University
  • Drinks

ABOUT THE EDITOR

Jo Ritzen is a professorial fellow in the International Economics of Science, Technology and Higher Education at United Nations University-MERIT and its School of Governance. UNU-MERIT is a joint institute of the United Nations University (UNU) and Maastricht University. Prof. Ritzen is a former Minister of Education, Culture, and Science of the Netherlands, served in the Dutch Cabinet at the Maastricht Treaty, a former Vice President of the World Bank and former President of Maastricht University. Jo Ritzen is also a Fellow of the Global Labor Organization (GLO).

How to order the book:
https://www.edicionespiramide.es/libro.php?id=5928108
https://www.amazon.fr/Una-segunda-oportunidad-para-Europa/dp/8436841166

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Report on the GLO – supported Workshop “Health, Inequality and Behavior” at Macquarie University, Sydney/Australia, November 11-13, Chaired by GLO Cluster Lead Kompal Sinha.

The Department of Economics at Macquarie University in collaboration with Macquarie University Centre for Health Economy (MUCHE) and Global Labor Organization (GLO) was organizing an international conference on the “Economics of Health, Inequality and Behaviour (WEHIB)” in Sydney/Australia over 11-13 November 2019. The multidisciplinary conference aimed to foster dialogue among social scientists on the nexus between health, behavior, and inequality across developed and developing societies.

The event was organized at the University under the leadership of GLO Fellow Kompal Sinha, a Senior Lecturer and HDR Director at the Department of Economics of Macquarie University. Sinha is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Population Economics and the GLO Research Cluster Lead for Development, Health, Inequality and Behavior. The cluster is keen to develop the event further as its trade-mark.

Keynote speakers at the conference were Lisa Cameron (University of Melbourne), Andrew Jones (University of York), and Klaus F. Zimmermann (UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University & GLO). The conference started on November 11 with an address by Hon Chris Bowen MP, Shadow Minister for Health, followed by the keynote speech of GLO – President Klaus F. Zimmermann on “Arsenic in drinking water: health challenges and responses”. (See also.) Lisa Cameron (University of Melbourne) spoke on November 12 about “Crime against morality: unintended consequences of criminalising sex work” and Andrew Jones (University of York) on November 13 about “Equity, opportunity and health”. Next to the 4 keynotes, the event included 18 fine contributed papers, among others by GLO Fellows Cahit Guven (Deakin University), Alfredo Paloyo (University of Wollongong), Michael Palmer (University of Western Australia) and Jaai Parasnis (Monash University).

The conference ended on November 13 with a farewell speech by the Head of the Economics Department, Professor Elisabetta Magnani, who also had welcomed the participants at the opening ceremony. Everybody was pleased with the wonderful event, with the place and service, the excellent meeting and working conditions, the very high quality of papers presented, and the lively discussions.

Full Final Program. More details: CONFERENCE WEBSITE. Other reports: GLO News, KFZ-1, KFZ-2

From the left Lisa Cameron, Kompal Sinha, Klaus F. Zimmermann, Andrew M. Jones, Hon Chris Bowen, Elisabetta Magnani and Rodrigo Moreno-Serra.

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Workshop on “Health, Inequality and Behavior” on November 11-13 at Macquarie University, Sydney/Australia Begun Today

The Department of Economics at Macquarie University in collaboration with Macquarie University Centre for Health Economy (MUCHE) and Global Labor Organization (GLO) are organizing an international conference entitled the Economics of Health, Inequality and Behavior (WEHIB). It takes place at Macquarie University, Sydney/Australia, 11-13 November 2019. This multidisciplinary event aims to foster dialogue among social scientists on the nexus between health, behavior, and inequality across developed and developing societies.

The event is chaired by Kompal Sinha, a Senior Lecturer and HDR Director at the Department of Economics of Macquarie University. Sinha is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Population Economics and the GLO Research Cluster Lead for Development, Health Inequality and Behavior. Keynote speakers are Lisa Cameron (University of Melbourne), Andrew Jones (University of York), and Klaus F. Zimmermann (UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University & GLO).

Full Final Program.

More details: CONFERENCE WEBSITE.

Kompal Sinha

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Globalization with Chinese Characteristics: The Belt and Road Initiative. Report from a scientific conference in Ningbo/China.

On October 31, 2019 GLO President Zimmermann arrived in Ningbo after his visit at Lexin University in Shanghai. At the University of Nottingham Ningbo/China, Globalisation and Economic Policy Centre (GEP), he participated on November 1-2 at the 11th GEP China Conference: “Globalisation with Chinese Characteristics: The Belt and Road Initiative, International Trade and FDI”. He investigated the upcoming B&R research presented at the meeting, followed on November 1 the “World Economy China Lecture” of Justin Yifu Lin (Peking University) on “The Rise of China and the Belt and Road Initiative” and gave on November 2 his own “Distinguished GEP China Lecture” on “Global Labor Challenges and the B&R Initiative”. GLO Fellow Minghai Zhou of the University of Nottingham Ningbo had introduced Zimmermann and chaired his lecture and the following intensive discussions. Zimmermann also gave a longer interview to a team of student journalists from the Ningbo Economic Review. Full Conference Program. More details and pictures on the Ningbo visit see Report 1 and Report 2.

As Zimmermann outlined in his keynote, the globalization of work is a necessary process in the evolution of human specialization of work to improve efficiency and to increase welfare. In the face of adjustment costs during transition and development, societies may ignore this for some time, but this comes with welfare losses. The keynote lecture discussed the role of global labor in the context of the great human challenges of our time: demography, urbanization, the technological revolutions at the work place, climate change, migration, and populism. The lecture contributed to the understanding of these challenges, and how global labor can foster welfare. While the benefits of labor mobility are more and more debated around the globe, in particular in the United States, Europe, and Australia, the Asian and African nations follow a different approach. China is the most mobile nation of the globe. Through its internal migration and the B&R initiative it strongly contributes to general welfare. But China needs to observe the global labor challenges, in particular the aging issue and the international migration pressures to be able to act properly. It has security issues as well as it needs food and natural resources.

Conference participants

Zimmermann and Minghai Zhou

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GLO President has visited Lixin University (Shanghai) on October 28-30, 2019.

On his recent trip to China, GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann had reached Shanghai on October 28. There he met his local hosts at the Shanghai Lixin University of Accounting and Finance, Wenxuan Hou, Chair in Corporate Finance, University of Edinburgh Business School and Lixin University, and Yun Zhang, Associate Dean of the School of Finance, Lixin University. He was also warmly welcomed by the President of the University, Li Shiping. They discussed the perspectives of higher education and models of international collaboration. On October 29, Zimmermann provided a general lecture on the merits of global labor economics. The event was chaired by GLO Fellow Wenxuan Hou. China is the most mobile country of the world; it needs globalization to deal with the challenges of demographic change and security as well as the need of food and natural resources.

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November 4, 2019. Call for submissions for GLO/EHERO special sessions on Well-being Conference, August 25-28, 2020 in Rotterdam

You have labor and migration research dealing with well-being in a development context? Consider to contribute to the GLO/EHERO Special Sessions on Well-being at the 18th International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies ISQOLS Annual Conference on August 25-28, 2020 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Note that the Submission deadline is January 15, 2020.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Global Labor Organization (GLO) and the Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organization (EHERO) are organizing several special sessions at the 18th ISQOLS Conference (August 25-28, 2020, Rotterdam). We welcome submissions from the economics discipline related to two themes: “Labor, Development, and Well-being” and “Migration, Politics, and Well-being Research”.

Contributions to the theme “Labor, Development, and Well-being” can address topics related, but not limited, to the well-being causes and consequences of development, labor market arrangements, or migration.

Submissions for the theme “Migration, Politics and Well-being Research” can focus on the well-being causes and consequences of migration and migration policy and subjective well-being effects on political behavior, among others.

Presentation format

Each 90-minute special session will feature three papers. Each presentation will last 20 minutes, followed by 10-minute remarks by a discussant and a general discussion. We hope that this format will allow for a workshop-like atmosphere and more in-depth discussions of the individual papers.

Abstract and paper submission

Please submit a short abstract (250 words) by January 15, 2020 to https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=isqols2020 and choose the symposium “GLO/EHERO Well-being Sessions” when submitting. Before the conference, we will contact you for submission of the full paper.

ISQOLS 2020

These sessions are part of the ISQOLS 2020 conference and conference fees for this conference have to be paid accordingly. More information on www.isqols2020.com

GLO – EHERO organizers

Dr. Milena Nikolova (University of Groningen and GLO), Dr. Martijn Hendriks (EHERO) and Dr. Martijn Burger (EHERO)

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Bilding Bridges: Annual Conference of Academia Europaea (AE), The Academy of Europe, in Barcelona.

The Annual Conference 2019 on “Bilding Bridges” of The Academy of Europe – Academia Europaea (AE), took place on October 23-25, 2019 in Barcelona. AE welcomed a large number of new members, including GLO Fellows Marco Vivarelli (Università Cattolica-Milano) and Douglas S. Massey (Princeton University), and saw a larger number of academic sessions of high quality and interest. Klaus F. Zimmermann, Professor Emeritus of Bonn University, UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University and President of the Global Labor Organization was also present in his role as Chair of the AE Section “Economics, Business and Management Sciences”. More pictures.

In a joint meeting of AE Classes A1 (Humanities) and A2 (Social and Related Sciences) chaired by AE Class Chairs Poul Holm (Trinity College Dublin, A1) and Björn Wittrock (Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, A2), Marilyn Strathern, University of Cambridge, provided a lecture on “Counting People”. Her contribution was debated by Kirsten Drotner (University of Southern Denmark) and a very lively discussion of the members of both classes. The two AE Erasmus Medal Award winners gave their lectures on “Re-imagining the Nation: Memory, Identity and the Emotions” (Aleida Assmann, University of Konstanz) and “Realising Children’s Rights in Relation to the Digital Environment” (Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics).

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GLO Fellow Oded Galor received prestigous academic honors

Oded Galor, an eminent and very influential economist, has originated three influential research fields that are central to macro history and the study of the evolution of human resources. He is the founder of Unified Growth Theory, has pioneered the study of the interaction between the evolution of human and cultural traits and the process of economic development, and he has recently pioneered the examination of the implications of the exodus of anatomically modern humans from Africa, on the observed variations in social cohesion and productivity across the globe. MORE DETAILS.

He is a GLO Fellow, Editor of the Journal of Population Economics and the Journal of Economic Growth. To honor his contributions to economics, he just received his Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Poznan and he delivered the prestigious Copernican Lecture in the Nicolaus Copernicus University in the magnificent medieval town of Torun (UNESCO World Heritage). The lecture that was attended by nearly 500 scientists (astronomers, physicists, mathematicians, biologists, and economists), took place at the magnificent, Artus Court, in the center of ancient Torun.

Award Ceremony – Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Poznan

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The Copernican Lecture on “The Journey of Humanity – Roots of Inequality in the Wealth of Nations”, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Artus Court in Torun.

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October 20, 2019. Report on joint AIEL-CCME/GLO Session at the 34th AIEL Conference held in Novara/Italy

On September 12-13, 2019 the 34th Annual Conference of the Italian Association of Labour Economists (AIEL) took place in Novara/Italy. During the conference, a joint session AIEL-CCME/GLO was organized. Please find here the program with the speakers in bold, the bio of the speakers and the paper abstracts. The report was provided by Francesco Pastore (University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli), GLO Country Lead Italy and GLO Thematic Cluster Lead School-to-Work Transition.

2.6 Joint Session AIEL-CCME / GLO

Organizer and chair: GLO Fellow Enkelejda Havari (European Commission JRC)

Antonella Rocca (University of Naples Parthenope), Floro Ernesto Caroleo (University of Naples Parthenope and GLO), Francesco Pastore (University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli and GLO), Claudio Quintano (University of Naples Parthenope):
The School-to-Work Transition: What Affects Mainly its Duration?

Elena Claudia Meroni (European Commission JRC), Daniela Piazzalunga (Università di Verona), Chiara Pronzato (Università di Torino):
Use of Extra-school Time and Child Behaviour

Enkelejda Havari (European Commission JRC and GLO), Franco Peracchi (Georgetown University, EIEF and University of Rome “Tor Vergata”):
Intergenerational Effects of War on Education: Evidence from World War II in Europe

Silvia Granato (University of Warwick):
Early Influences and the Gender Gap in STEM

Bios

Antonella Rocca is Aggregate Professor in Economic Statistics (Qualified as Associate Professor) at the Department of Management and Quantitative Studies, (Excellence Department), University of Naples “Parthenope”, Italy, where she teaches “Statistics for Business” and “Information systems for decision-making processes in public administration”. Her research interests concern labor markets, with a focus on the most disadvantaged groups (young people, women, immigrants). She uses econometric models and decomposition techniques for the analysis of economic gaps and constructs composite indicators for cross-countries comparisons. She collaborates with the European Commission and other international scientific organizations as expert for the evaluation of scientific projects.

Elena Claudia Meroni is Research Fellow at the European Commission, Joint Research Centre (Ispra, Italy). She is part of the Competence Centre on Microeconomic Evaluation (CC-ME), within the Monitoring, Indicators and Evaluation unit. She holds a PhD in Statistics from the University of Padua. During her PhD she has been a visiting scholar at Pompeu Fabra University. Her main research interests are policy evaluation, economics of education, labour economics, economics of the family and demography.

Enkelejda Havari is Research Fellow at the European Commission, Joint Research Centre (Ispra, Italy). She is part of the Competence Centre on Microeconomic Evaluation (CC-ME), within the Monitoring, Indicators and Evaluation unit. Before joining the Commission in 2015, she was a Visiting Scholar and Lecturer at the Economics Department of Boston University and a Post-Doctoral researcher at the University of Ca’ Foscari Venice. She holds a Ph.D. in Econometrics and Empirical Economics from the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” and a M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Bologna. Her research interests lie in the area of applied micro-econometrics and impact evaluation with a special focus on labour economics, economics of education, and family economics. 

Silvia Granato is Research Fellow at the European Commission, Joint Research Centre (Ispra, Italy). She is part of the Competence Centre on Microeconomic Evaluation (CC-ME), within the Monitoring, Indicators and Evaluation unit. Before joining the Commission in September 2019 she was a Teaching Fellow at the Economics Department of Warwick University, teaching courses on labour economics and applied economics. In 2018 she completed her PhD in Economics at Queen Mary University of London, after obtaining two Master’s Degrees in Economics – at the University of Naples and at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.  Her main research interests are in the area of applied micro-econometrics, in particular topics related to economics of education and gender economics. 

Abstracts of papers

The school to work transition: What affects mainly its duration?
Antonella Rocca (University of Naples Parthenope) with Floro Ernesto Caroleo (University of Naples Parthenope), Francesco Pastore (University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli), Claudio Quintano (University of Naples Parthenope)

In this research, the authors analyze the School-To-Work Transition (STWT) in a selection of 21 European countries by level of education (low and medium vs high education). The main scope of this research consists in identifying the determinants of such different durations of the STWT across the countries considered. Duration models based on survivor functions are used including a wide spectrum of factors linked to personal characteristics, labour market and institutional factors and aspects related to the education system and the type of transition regime. The authors contribute to the existing literature in many ways. First of all, they analyze the duration of STWT rather than unemployment duration. Second, a separate analysis of low and medium educated is provided, which is usually neglected in previous studies. Data refer to the EU-SILC cross-sectional waves from 2013 to 2017. All sample units aged between 18 and 34, who completed education two years before, are included in the analysis. Those who are attempting military service, student-workers and permanent disabled are also excluded from the analysis. Results suggest that, even after controlling for all these factors, Continental and Liberal countries show performances significantly higher in comparison above all with the countries of the Mediterranean regime. Another important result is that, after the model has been corrected to account for unobserved heterogeneity, data show positive duration dependence, that means that the probability of achieving a job increases with time but also the need to improve the set of indicators for the education system monitoring and the importance of individual characteristics not captured by the observed covariates.

Use of extra-school time and child behaviour
Elena Claudia Meroni (European Commission JRC) with Daniela Piazzalunga (University of Verona) and Chiara Pronzato (University of Turin)

In this paper, we study the effects of extra-school activities on children’s non-cognitive development, using data from the Millennium Cohort Study (UK) and focusing on children aged 7-11 years old. We classify the time spent out of school into six homogenous groups of activities, using principal component analysis, and estimate the relationship thereof with five behavioural dimensions drawn from the Strength and Difficulties questionnaire, exploiting the panel structure of the data. Results show the beneficial effects on children’s behaviour of sports, school-related activities, time with parents and household chores, while a small detrimental effect of video-screen time is detected. We test the robustness of our estimates against omitted variable bias, and the results are confirmed.

Intergenerational effects of war on education: Evidence from World War II in Europe Enkelejda Havari (European Commission JRC) with Franco Peracchi (Georgetown University, EIEF and University of Rome “Tor Vergata”)

The negative effects of war on the education and health of the civilian population are well documented. However, there is no evidence on whether these effects extend to subsequent generations. To fill-in this gap we analyze the inter-generational effects of World War II on educational attainments focusing on parent-child dyads in which parents were born in 1926– 1949. We show two things. First, parents who suffered the war, that is, were exposed to major war events or personally experienced war-related hardship, ended up with less schooling than parents with similar characteristics who did not. Second, the children of parents who suffered the war have lower educational attainments than the children of parents with similar characteristics who did not suffer the war. Our reduced form results also suggest estimates of the coefficient of inter-generational transmission of education based on war-related hardships as instruments. These estimates show that mother’s education matters more for daughters, whereas father’s education matters more for sons.

Early influences and the gender gap in STEM
Silvia Granato (University of Warwick)

Despite the striking reversal of the gender gap in industrialized countries in the last 40 years, women still pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) much less than their male peers do. I use data from a uniquely rich and largely unexplored source that combines both administrative and survey information on the population of Italian graduates to analyse the determinants of gender gaps in STEM graduation rates for Italian college leaving cohorts from 2010 to 2015, with emphasis on family, cultural and school influences, as well as geographic proximity in the supply of STEM degrees. Half of the gender gap in STEM graduation is attributed to the gender difference in maths and science content of the respective high school curricula. My results indicate that in Italy the gender gap in STEM graduation has its roots in a gendered choice originating many years before. This finding suggests that the role of the influence of environmental factors – such as the family – in the different educational choices of females and males is even greater than can be estimated through this study.

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October 19, 2019. Youth Transitions – A Global Interdisciplinary Policy Research Conference: Geneva/Switzerland, February 20-21, 2020.

GLO is collaborating in the Organization of  The  Global Interdisciplinary Policy Research Conference on Youth Transitions, organized by the Center for Finance and Development of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, on the 20-21 February 2020 in Geneva/Switzerland.

The Conference, organized with the support of multiple partners, will bring together researchers from academia across disciplines with policy practitioners across public and private stakeholders, to  review the state of policy research and debate on youth transitions.

Multiple dimensions of youth transitions will be discussed: the crises in school to work transition  and future of work prospects for young people; youth transitions in situations of conflict and peace-building; and youth participation in civic and political spheres.

The Conference will also launch the first Global Network of Policy Research on Youth Transitions that will promote and partner for expanded  policy and research interface on priority issues.

To participate, please register at the Conference Webpage. Attendance is free, however participants will have bear their own cost of travel and accommodation. Program.

For partnerships and contributions to the debate and to the future Global Network, please contact GLO Policy Director Azita Berar by November 15, 2019.

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October 15, 2019. GLO supported workshop on ‘Migrations, Populism and the Crisis of Globalization’. Call for Contributions.

March 30-31, 2020 in Pisa, Italy. The GLO supported workshop on “Migrations, Populism and the Crisis of Globalization” will take place at the Department of Economics of the University of Pisa. Submission deadline is 15 January 2020. For a detailed conference announcement see below.

  • Please send an abstract of approx. 300 words to the editorial board of the academic journal Scienza e Pace/Science and Peace (redazione@cisp.unipi.it) and to the AISSEC secretariat (aissec.org@gmail.com) by 15 January 2020. Acceptance will be notified around mid-February. A first draft of the paper would be expected by mid-March.
  • An issue of Scienza e Pace/Science and Peace will be devoted to the themes addressed in the workshop and will include the articles that will be submitted by April 30, 2020. Conference participants are particularly encouraged to submit their papers. The articles submitted for publication in the journal will be subject to peer review refereeing.
  • Francesco Pastore, GLO Country Lead Italy, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, is representing GLO.

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September 29, 2019. Call for Paper Proposals. Deadline October 31. Labor Economics at Renmin University, Beijing, December 7-8, 2019.

Labor market issues broadly defined will be the emphasis of the Second Renmin University of China – GLO Conference in Beijing on 7-8 December 2019. Keynote speakers will be GLO Fellows Shi Li of Beijing Normal University and Xi Chen of Yale University.

This continues the very successful tradition started with the first conference. See program and event pictures of the 2018 event.

What is it about?
The conference provides a platform for researchers working on topics related to the labor market, including migration, income discrimination, health and well-being, education, environment, labor market policies, and other labor-related issues. Submissions focusing on the Chinese labor market are encouraged.

Organization
The event is organized by the School of Labor and Human Resources at Renmin University of China and GLO. There are no conference fees. Travel and accommodation need to be arranged by participants. Renmin University will offer catered lunch and refreshments throughout the event and conference dinner on December 7.

Submission
Papers or long abstracts to be submitted by October 31: renmin-glo@ruc.edu.cn
Selected participants will be notified by 10 November 2019.

Program Committee
GLO Fellows Sylvie Démurger (CNRS), Shuaizhang Feng (Jinan University), Corrado Giulietti (University of Southampton) & Jun Han (Renmin University of China)

PDF of the Call

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September 10, 2019. GLO supported conferences: Submission deadlines approaching

GLO is affiliated with many events and conferences over the year. For our complete listing see the GLO Events page. New events will be announced on the News page, where you can register to obtain regular email messages.

Close forthcoming deadlines:

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September 8, 2019. Report on the GLO-EHERO Symposia in Granada/Spain

The 17th Conference of the International Society for Quality of Life (ISQOLS), which took place in Granada/Spain between September 4-7, 2019, featured two Well-being Symposia, co-organized by the Global Labor Organization (GLO) and the Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organization (EHERO). Each session comprised three presentations, followed by comments by a dedicated discussant, and questions from the audience. Full program of the two GLO/EHERO symposia.

The first GLO/EHERO Symposium, chaired by Martijn Burger of EHERO, took place on September 6, 2019 and featured presentations by Dimitris Ballas (University of Groningen) and GLO Fellows Kelsey O’Connor (STATEC) & Martijn Hendriks (EHERO). O’Connor and Hendriks presented research on the subjective well-being consequences of labor migration and refugee asylum centers, respectively, while Ballas discussed novel methods for understanding the geographical distribution of happiness.

Chaired by GLO Fellow Milena Nikolova (The University of Groningen), the second GLO/EHERO Symposium on September 7, 2019 offered talks by GLO Fellows Carol Graham (The Brookings Institution/The University of Maryland, College Park), Spiros Stavropoulos (EHERO), and Milena Nikolova. Graham discussed her novel work on the consequences of hope, aspirations, and resilience and future outcomes, such as mortality and income growth. Stavroupoulos’ presentation concerned the implications of industrial change for life satisfaction and Nikolova discussed her research on the causes and consequences of meaningful work.

Both GLO/EHERO symposia were well-attended and a great success and the organizers hope to continue organizing them in future ISQOLS conferences. The next ISQOLS conference will take place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, between August 25-28, 2020.

Note: O’Connor’s paper “The effect of immigration on natives’ well-being in Europe” is available as a GLO Discussion Paper.

Kelsey O’Connor, Dimitris Ballas, Milena Nikolova, Martijn Burger & Martijn Hendriks

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September 5, 2019. Call for contributions for the ‘Australian Gender Economics Workshop’, 5-7 February 2020. Submission deadline is 18 September 2019!

  • The third edition of the Australian Gender Economics Workshop (AGEW) will take place in Brisbane at the Queensland University of Technology on 5-7 February 2020.
  • The aim of AGEW is to foster a community of economic researchers who can collectively contribute to the evidence base needed to guide the pursuit of more gender equitable outcomes in society.
  • Submissions of both applied and theoretical work on any topic of gender economics are invited.
  • Victor Lavy and GLO Fellows Shoshana Grossbard & Gigi Foster are the keynote speakers.
  • GLO Fellows Tina Rampino (Chair) & Rigissa Megalokonomou are among the members of the AGEW2020 Organizing Committee.
  • Full papers or extended abstracts (min. 1500 words)
  • Submission deadline is 18 September 2019!
  • MORE DETAILS & FULL CALL.

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August 16, 2019. Announcing two joint GLO/EHERO Special Sessions on Well-being at the forthcoming ISQOLS conference in Granada.

On October 4-7, 2019 the 17th International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) Annual Conference takes place in Granada/Spain. Organized and chaired by Martijn Burger (EHERO) and Milena Nikolova (GLO), the conference exhibits the GLO/EHERO Well-being Symposium. The program is shown below.

GLO is the Global Labor Organization.
EHERO is the Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation.

GLO/EHERO Well-being Symposium I

Date, time, location: 6 September 9:00-10:30, Room 12
Chair: Martijn Burger

  • Kelsey J. O’Connor: The effect of immigration on natives’ well-being in Europe
    Discussant: Dimitris Ballas
  • Martijn Hendriks: The impact of refugee resettlement on native well-being
    Discussant: Kelsey O’Connor
  • Dimitris Ballas: The Spatial Economics of Happiness
    Discussant: Martijn Hendriks

GLO/EHERO Well-being Symposium II
Date, time, location: 7 September, 11:00-12:30, Room 15
Chair: Milena Nikolova

  • Carol Graham: Does Hope Lead to Better Futures? Evidence from a Survey of the Aspirations and Life Choices of Young Adults in Peru
    Discussant: Spyridon Stavropoulos 
  • Spyridon Stavropoulos: The impact of industrial change on subjective well-being: evidence from European regions
    Discussant: Milena Nikolova
  • Milena Nikolova: What makes work meaningful and why economists should care about it
    Discussant: Carol Graham

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August 14, 2019. GLO Supported Events September 2019 – January 2020; forthcoming deadlines.

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August 9, 2018. EBES 30 Conference in Kuala Lumpur, 8-10 January, 2020. Call for Contributions with Deadline October 31, 2019.

August 9, 2019: Call for contributions to the 30th EBES Conference – Kuala Lumpur; January 8-10, 2020 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Hosted by the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya. GLO supported conference. EBES is the Eurasia Business and Economics Society, a strategic partner and institutional supporter of GLO. GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann is also President of EBES.

You are cordially invited to submit your abstracts or papers for presentation consideration at the 30th EBES Conference – Kuala Lumpur will take place on January 8th, 9th, and 10th, 2020 hosted by the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur with the support of the Istanbul Economic Research Association.

Invited Speakers

We are pleased to announce that distinguished colleagues Jonathan Batten, Euston Quah, and Ahmed Khalid will join the conference as keynote speakers:

Jonathan Batten is professor of finance and CIMB-UUM Chair in Banking and Finance at the School of Economics, Finance and Banking at the University Utara Malaysia (Malaysia).  Prior to this position, he worked at the Monash University (Australia), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong), and Seoul National University (Korea). He is a well-known academician who has published articles in many of the leading economics and finance journals and currently serves as the Editor of Emerging Markets Review (SSCI), Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money (SSCI), and Finance Research Letters (SSCI). He was also the President of EBES from July 2014 till December 2018. His current research interests include: financial market development and risk management; spread modelling arbitrage and market integration; and the investigation of the non-linear dynamics of financial prices. Batten is also a GLO Fellow.

Euston Quah is professor of economics and head of the Department of Economics at the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). He is a prolific writer with publications in well-known international journals such as World Development, Applied Economics, Environment and Planning, Journal of Environmental Management, International Review of Law and Economics, Journal of Economics, Journal of Public Economic Theory, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, among others, and 6 books. He is the editor of the Singapore Economic Review(SSCI). He is also the President of Economic Society of Singapore and Adjunct Principal Research Fellow at IPS (National University of Singapore). His areas of expertise are environmental economics, resource allocation and cost-benefit analysis, law and economics and household economics.  

Ahmed Khalid is professor of economics at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and the Dean of UBD School of Business and Economics (Brunei). Prior to this position he worked at the Bond Business School (Australia), the National University of Singapore (Singapore), World Bank(visiting Consultant), Asian Development Bank (visiting Consultant), the Planning Ministry of Pakistan (Advisor to the Minister) and Washington and Lee University (visiting Scholar) (USA). His visiting academic appointments include Nanyang Technology University (Singapore), Lahore University of Management Sciences (Pakistan), and Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (Pakistan). Professor Khalid’s research interests include applied macroeconomics and monetary economics, applied econometrics, financial crisis and financial sector reforms with particular reference to emerging economies in East- and South-Asia and globalization and financial market integration. He is Associate Editor of Singapore Economic Review. His publications include four books, many internationally refereed articles and chapters in books.

Board

Prof. Klaus F. Zimmermann, UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University, The Netherlands, & GLO.
Prof. Jonathan Batten, Monash University, Australia, & GLO
Prof. Iftekhar Hasan, Fordham University, U.S.A.
Prof. Peter Rangazas, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, U.S.A., & GLO.
Prof. Euston Quah, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Prof. John Rust, Georgetown University, U.S.A., & GLO
Prof. Marco Vivarelli, Università Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore, Italy, & GLO

Abstract/Paper Submission

Authors are invited to submit their abstracts or papers no later than October 31, 2019.

For submission, please visit the EBES website at https://ebesweb.org/Conferences/30th-EBES-Conference-Kuala-Lumpur/Abstract-Submission.aspx. No submission fee is required. General inquiries regarding the call for papers should be directed to ebes@ebesweb.org.

Publication Opportunities

Qualified papers can be published in EBES journals (Eurasian Business Review and Eurasian Economic Review) or EBES Proceedings books after a peer review process without any submission or publication fees. EBES journals (EABR and EAER) are published by Springer and both are indexed in the SCOPUS, EBSCO EconLit with Full Text, Google Scholar, ABS Academic Journal Quality Guide, CNKI, EBSCO Business Source, EBSCO Discovery Service, EBSCO TOC Premier, International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS), OCLC WorldCat Discovery Service, ProQuest ABI/INFORM, ProQuest Business Premium Collection, ProQuest Central, ProQuest Turkey Database, ProQuest-ExLibris Primo, ProQuest-ExLibris Summon, Research Papers in Economics (RePEc), Cabell’s Directory, and Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory. In addition, while EAER is indexed in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics), EABR is indexed in the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) and Current Contents / Social & Behavioral Sciences.

Also, all accepted abstracts will be published electronically in the Conference Program and the Abstract Book (with an ISBN number). It will be distributed to all conference participants at the conference via USB. Although submitting full papers are not required, all the submitted full papers will also be included in the conference proceedings in a USB. After the conference, participants will also have the opportunity to send their paper to be published (after a refereeing process managed by EBES) in the Springer’s series Eurasian Studies in Business and Economics (no submission and publication fees).

This will also be sent to Clarivate Analytics in order to be reviewed for coverage in the Conference Proceedings Citation Index – Social Science & Humanities (CPCI-SSH). Please note that the 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th (Vol. 2) EBES Conference Proceedings are accepted for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings Citation Index – Social Science & Humanities (CPCI-SSH). 20th (Vol. 1), 21st and subsequent conference proceedings are in progress.

Important Dates
Abstract Submission Start Date: August 1, 2019
Abstract Submission Deadline: October 31, 2019
Reply-by: November 7, 2019*
Registration Deadline: December 6, 2019
Announcement of the Program: December 9, 2019
Paper Submission Deadline (Optional): December 6, 2019**
Paper Submission for the EBES journals and EBES Proceedings: March 15, 2020

* The decision regarding the acceptance/rejection of each abstract/paper will be communicated with the corresponding author within a week of submission.
** Completed paper submission is optional. If you want to be considered for the Best Paper Award or your full paper to be included in the conference proceedings in the USB, after submitting your abstract before December 6, 2019, you must also submit your completed (full) paper by December 6, 2019.

Contact
Ugur Can (ebes@ebesweb.org); EBES & GLO
Dr. Ender Demir (demir@ebesweb.org); EBES & GLO

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GLO supported conference in Colombo/Sri Lanka on 5-6 December 2019. GLO Lead Niaz Asadullah Keynote Speaker.

Colombo, Sri Lanka. December 5-6, 2019.
6th International Conference on Poverty and Sustainable Development 2019 (ICPSD 2019). The Global Labor Organization (GLO) is the strategic partner, GLO Lead South-East Asia, Professor Niaz Asadullah, one of the keynote speakers.

As the Strategic Partner, members of the Global Labor Organization (GLO) will receive special discount rates and partial scholarship opportunities.

Up to 25% discounted rates for the registration fee for the participants of the Global Labor Organization, 15% – Delegate Presenters, 20% – poster presenters, co-authors and Attendees. Also the Global Labor Organization representatives will receive the following benefits: (i) Opportunity to publish in SCOPUS indexed journals, (ii) Opportunity to serve as a Scientific Committee Member for the conference, and (iii) Opportunity to serve as a Session Chair or Evaluation Panel Member at the conference.

If you have any inquires or questions regarding the conference please contact GLO Lead South-East Asia, Prof. Niaz Asadullah (m.niaz@um.edu.my), or TIIKM representative Ms. Ganeesha Kirineliya (ganeesha@tiikm.com).

Conference Website: https://povertyconferences.com

Abstract Submission Deadline September 10!

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Call for Contributions: Inaugural Workshop on “Health, Inequality and Behavior” on November 11-13 at Macquarie University, Sydney/Australia.

The Department of Economics at Macquarie University in collaboration with Macquarie University Centre for Health Economy (MUCHE) and Global Labor Organization (GLO) are organizing an international conference entitled the Economics of Health, Inequality and Behavior (WEHIB), to be held in Sydney, Australia over 11-13 November 2019. This multidisciplinary conference aims to foster a series of dialogue among social scientists on the nexus between health, behavior, and inequality across developed and developing societies.

The event is chaired by Kompal Sinha, a Senior Lecturer and HDR Director at the Department of Economics of Macquarie University. Sinha is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Population Economics and the GLO Research Cluster Lead for Development, Health Inequality and Behavior. Keynote speakers are Lisa Cameron (University of Melbourne), Andrew Jones (University of York), and Klaus F. Zimmermann (UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University).

Call for abstracts, deadline: August 16. More details: CONFERENCE WEBSITE.

Kompal Sinha

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June 28, 2019: GLO President returns from Budapest to Bonn

In April – June 2019, Klaus F. Zimmermann has been the George Soros Visiting Chair Professor at the School of Public Policy of the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. On June 28, he terminated this engagement and returned to the headquarters of the Global Labor Organization (GLO) in Bonn, Germany, which he leads as the President. Major activities in Budapest were:

  • June 20: Budapest, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Research Seminar provided on Global Labor Economics. Report.
  • June 5: Budapest, Hungary. Central European University  (CEU), The Future of Europe after the European Elections, Chair of the Panel with Martin Kahanec (Budapest), Elsa Fornero (Turin) and Jonathan Portes (London). Report.
  • May 8: Budapest. George Soros Public Lecture, Central European University  (CEU), School of Public Policy. Report.
  • May – June: Budapest. Central European University (CEU), School of Public Policy. Lecture on Global Labor Economics for the CEU students. Report.

Forced by the Hungarian government, CEU is moving to Vienna. The Hungarian Academy of Sciences experiences a strict supervision of the Hungarian government. This is a sad development in a country, which was once the window to freedom.

In front of the CEU major building in Budapest:

With Research Assistant Svetlin Iliev at the CEU library (both left) and after the farewell lunch on June 27.

Thanks to a lovely city and its people for a wonderful visit at challenging times.



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Kigali, Rwanda, June 12-14, 2019. GLO Fellows supported as keynote speakers the 4th International Conference of Eastern Africa Business and Economic Watch (4th EABEW-2019)

Theme: “Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation”  
June 12-14, 2019, College of Business and Economics, University of Rwanda, Kigali , and at Hotel NOBLEZA, Kigali
 

  • June 12-14, 2019: Kigali, Rwanda. College of Business and Economics, University of Rwanda and Hotel Nobleza hosted the 4th EABEW Conference (International Conference of Eastern Africa Business and Economic Watch) on “Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation” with GLO support. GLO Fellows Manfred Fischedick, Almas Heshmati, Hans Lööf and GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann were among the invited speakers. Almas Heshmati is the academic Lead of the GLO Research Cluster on “Labor Markets in Africa”. GLO Fellow Rama B. Rao , University of Rwanda, was the Chair of the Organizing Committee of the conference.
  • High quality invited and contributed papers in plenary and parallel sessions. Original evidence based theoretical, methodological, empirical research, policy or practice oriented research papers on the theme were presented by researchers, academicians, and industry practitioners in the areas of economics and business management and other interdisciplinary fields.
  • Examine the full program.

Keynote speakers and key organizers (from the right): Rama B. Rao (University of Rwanda and GLO), Manfred Fischedick (Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment & Energy, Germany, and GLO), Hans Lööf (Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and GLO), Benson Honig (McMaster University), Faustin Gasheja (Principal, College of Business and Economics, University of Rwanda ), Almas Heshmati (Jönköping International Business School, Sweden, and GLO), and Klaus F. Zimmermann (Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, and President, GLO, Bonn, Germany).

Keynote speeches were:

Klaus F. Zimmermann: The Value of Global Labor Mobility

Manfred Fischedick: Climate Change and Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation

Hans Lööf: Knowledge Spillover, Innovation and Exporting

Almas Heshmati: Sustainable Development in Rwanda

Benson Honig: Researching the “other”: Successful Approaches and Ongoing Challenges Toward Generalizability

Scenes from the conference at the University of Rwanda (first row on June 12) and in the conference facilities of Hotel Nobleza (second row on June 13 – 14). Second and third picture, person from the right: GLO Fellow Lars Hartvigson (Jönköping University, Sweden).

GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann (i) in front of the Nobleza conference center, (ii) after his keynote speech with university representative, (iii) discussing on the right and (iv) with the speakers and some participants of the sessions he chaired.

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28th EBES Conference: Some impressions from May 29.

May 29-31: Coventry, UK. 28th EBES conference. The Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES) met with support of the Global Labor Organization (GLO) at the Coventry Business School. For the full program see here. EBES President Klaus F. Zimmermann, who is also the President of GLO, had opened the EBES event.

Opening of the conference (from the left):
Heather McLaughlin, Academic Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, Coventry University, United Kingdom
Panagiotis Andrikopoulos, Executive Director and Professor of Finance, Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity (CFCI), Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom
Uchenna Tony-Okeke, Director of the Coventry Business School Trading Floor, Faculty of Business and Law, Coventry University, United Kingdom
Mehmet Huseyin Bilgin, EBES Vice-President, GLO, & Istanbul Medeniyet University, Turkey

EBES Fellowship to David Audretsch (left) , Indiana University, USA, introduced by Marco Vivarelli (right):

GLO members were involved in two important conference panel sessions:

EBES & GLO Panel on “The Future of Europe and Brexit after the EU Election”:

09:30-10:30
Chair & Introduction: Klaus F. Zimmermann, President, EBES & GLO & Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Mehmet Huseyin Bilgin, EBES, GLO, & Istanbul Medeniyet University, Turkey
Matloob Piracha, Director GLO & University of Kent, United Kingdom
Dorothea Schäfer, DIW Berlin, GLO, & Jönköping University, Sweden
Marco Vivarelli, GLO& Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milano, Italy

GLO Director Matloob Piracha

JOURNAL EDITORS SPECIAL SESSION: How to Publish in WOS Journals?

14:30-15:50
Klaus F. Zimmermann, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Population Economics (SSCI)
David B. Audretsch, Editor-in-Chief, Small Business Economics (SSCI)
Marco Vivarelli, Editor-in-Chief, Eurasian Business Review (SSCI)
Dorothea Schäfer, Editor-in-Chief, Eurasian Economic Review (Scopus & ESCI)

Editor-in-Chiefs (from the right): David Audretsch (Small Business Economics), Marco Vivarelli (Eurasia Business Review) & Klaus F. Zimmermann (Journal of Population Economics) — all present in Coventry

EBES President Zimmermann and the effective EBES Conference Team (from the left):
Aylin Akin, Merve Erdemir, Ugur Can and Ender Demir.

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GLO Fellows met on June 5 at the CEU in Budapest to discuss the future of Europe after the recent elections

Quo Vadis Europe after the European elections? Martin Kahanec and Klaus F. Zimmermann (both Budapest) debated on June 5, 2019 with Elsa Fornero (Turin) and Jonathan Portes (London) the consequences and perspectives for Europe in front of a larger audience assembled at the Central European University in Budapest. Zimmermann, President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), was chairing and moderating the event; Fornero, Kahanec and Portes are GLO Fellows.

The common economic and political development in Europe, in particular labor mobility, labor market reforms, evidence-based policy making and the role of scientists have been key elements of the public debate about the future of Europe. EU-pessimism has become stronger and stronger, and the recent EU elections provide guidance about the potentials for a recovery of the European idea in the face of Brexit and a possible dismantling of European institutions. The panel brought together experienced academic exponents combing research with policy for debate at this critical point of European history.

Klaus F. Zimmermann, George Soros Chair Professor, School of Public Policy, Central European University (CEU), President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), frequent advisor to the EU Commission and European governments and Former President of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin); Chair & Panelist

  • Populism and anti-globalism is on the rise.
  • Evidence-based policymaking is losing weight.
  • The value of migration and international institutions is questioned.
  • The freedom of academic institutions gets under threat.
  • Scientist are challenged to analyze and to respond to this development when also their insights are ignored.
  • Voters move away from centrist parties, who lose majority.
  • Pro-European liberals and greens become stronger and are now a third force.
  • Anti-parties (anti-Europe, anti-migration) are stronger, but not dramatically.
  • This is all a vote for a revival of the European idea.
  • Facing strong global challenges from Asia, Africa and the USA, Europe needs to stick together and develop from its strength.
  • More Europe not less is needed in the interest of the European nations and its people.
  • This implies re-inventing the European idea and export some of its great institutions: social institutions, education and training and labor mobility.

Elsa Fornero, Professor of Economics, University of Turin, Department of Business and Economics, Scientific Coordinator of CeRP – Center for Research on Pensions and Welfare Policies and Former Minister of Labor, Social Policies and Gender Equality in Italy; Panelist

  • Reforms must live in society with the people – workers, politicians, pensioners, etc. It is not a purely technical problem.
  • We, technocrats, believed in reforms but the society did not accept them. The society misunderstood the policies as austerity measures.
  • Economic models are dealing with prosperity, but real policymaking is about elections, which are always around the corner.
  • The populists saw the weak points of reformists and the discontent of people and exploited them.
  • Labor mobility and work in Europe should be reestablished as a right of the individuals and this should be in the center of the new Europe.
  • We should strengthen the civil society – politicians and the elites should go out and talk to the people.

Martin Kahanec, Professor and Dean of the School of Public Policy, Central European University (CEU), Budapest, and frequent advisor to the EU Commission; Panelist

  • These elections showed the discontent between East and West, South and North, globalists and localists
  • In the 90s the region had a dream – get rid of the Soviets, which unified the societies. And move back to Europe – Schengen, EU, Eurozone, etc. However, after they joined the EU there is a vacuum of dreams. What is our next mission?
  • Although the lowest election participation was in Slovakia, it is a EU positive country.
  • Elites and workers feared migration from outside of Europe. But not internal labor mobility.
  • Internal mobility helps build bridges over the old cleavages, but is also beneficial economically.
  • Europe should have a policy for external migration which tackles the aging population challenge. The EU needs a migration framework, which is economically profitable, but also needs to have control and be predictable.

Jonathan Portes, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Senior Fellow, UK in a Changing Europe, Department of Political Economy, King’s College London, Former Chief Economist of the UK government, Former Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research; Panelist

  • The long term forces behind Brexit were not migration, but that the EU is not only an economic but also a political project. And the British felt that their positions in the world were threatened. Sentiments in this direction grew after the world economic crisis.
  • The British attitude towards migration has changed after the referendum, becoming more positive. It has to do with a drop in the migration from the EU, and an increase from the outside. The gaps created were filled with workers from outside of the EU, and the need was better understood.
  • The lack of control scared people because they wanted the “right” immigration
  • If one provides a sense of control and of the existing trade-offs, the situation will approve.
  • Thanks to the failure of May we are likely to have a hard Brexit or to reverse the results and stay in the EU. There is no middle ground anymore. Even if in a second vote the result would be “remain” – the issue would not be settled.
  • People thought that Brexit would be easy and not painful; they now realize how wrong they were.
  • If Germany turns into success its refugee immigration, then Germans would send to Europe a tremendously positive example. 

From the left during the panel: Klaus F. Zimmermann, Chair, Budapest and Bonn; Jonathan Portes, London; Elsa Fornero, Turin; and Martin Kahanec, Budapest and Vienna.

After the panel during a joint dinner from the left: The Honorable Tanya Cook, USA; CEU Professor Anil Duman and GLO Fellow; Turin Professor and Former Labor Minister Elsa Fornero; CEU Dean and Professor Martin Kahanec; and Klaus F. Zimmermann, George Soros Chair, CEU, and GLO President.

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Budapest June 5, 2019. Public debate at the Central European University about the future of Europe after the European elections.

Quo Vadis Europe after the European elections? Voters moved away from centrists parties, but have stabilized Europe-friendly forces. Is this a new chance for Europe? Is climate change the challenge to develop the joint European vision?

GLO Fellows Elsa Fornero (Turin), Jonathan Portes (London), Martin Kahanec (Budapest) and GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann (both Budapest and Bonn) debate the consequences and perspectives for Europe.

Time and place: Wednesday, June 5, 2019. 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Nador utca 15, Tiered 103. Central European University (CEU), Budapest. The panel debate will be public.

Further details about the event see below.

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GLO President delivered George Soros Lecture on May 8, 2019 at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest

In a public speech at the Central European University on May 8, 2019, GLO President Zimmermann delivered his George Soros Lecture on “Global Labor Economics: Challenges and Benefits”. Martin Kahanec, Professor, GLO Fellow and Head of the School of Public Policy, was introducing Zimmermann to a larger group of interested participants, and chaired the discussion after the talk. Kahanec and Zimmermann had published various books and articles together dealing with global labor economics, in particular on the consequences of EU enlargement and migration.

Two successful scientists, GLO leaders, co-authors & friends

Klaus F. Zimmermann is the George Soros Chair Professor at the School of Public Policy of the Central European University (CEU) teaching a student class on Global Labor Economics in the 2019 Spring term. He is also the President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), the Section Chair for Economics, Business and Management of the Academia Europaea, the European Academy of Science, and Professor Emeritus of Bonn University.

Summarizing major aspects from his class, Zimmermann explained in the lecture why global labor economics can contribute forcefully to the wealth of nations. Connecting his work to Adam Smith, he suggested that global labor mobility is the ultimate consequence of the division of work which is the driving force behind economic development and global wellbeing. While most research on global labor economics documents that migration is beneficial for the economy (economic efficiency) and hence the basis of wellbeing of people, he argues that it is necessary to develop multi-ethnic social and cultural identities to make this outcome also socially effective in society.

In its Winter 2019 issue of “The International Economy”, the Washington DC based magazine of international economic policy, has featured a prominent symposium of views on “Why is Populism on the Rise and What Do the Populists Want?”. Klaus F. Zimmermann, the President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), Bonn University Professor and UNU-MERIT/Maastricht affiliated economist, who is currently the George Soros Chair Professor at the School of Public Policy of the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, had been asked to contribute to this debate. The link to the full text of the symposium is here. Please find the contribution of Zimmermann also below, which is in close relationship to his George Soros Lecture.

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Summer School on “The Role of Education in National and Regional Socioeconomic Development” on July 8–12, 2019 in Moscow. Deadline May 15.

GLO Fellow Harry Patrinos (World Bank) speaks at a new International Summer School on the role of education for socio-economic development. Participants are invited as indicated below. World Bank and the Higher School of Economics organize this in Moscow.

The World Bank and the Higher School of Economics welcome applications for the upcoming

First International Summer School:

“The Role of Education in National and Regional Socioeconomic Development”

July 8–12, 2019, Moscow

We encourage applications by students and early-career researchers from Russia, the CIS, Eastern Europe and China who pursue various perspectives in the Economics of Education and Education Policy. The Summer School aims to demonstrate the unity of theoretical and applied research on the Economics of Education and Education Policy. The main goal of the Summer School is to contribute to the development of theory and practice in the Economics of Education and Education Policy by foregrounding the latest international research and practice in this field.

The School Agenda will focus on:

— Challenges and opportunities in modern education policy
— Role of education in national socioeconomic development
— Role of governance in linking education and development
— Development of Human Capital 2.0 as a basis for the conceptual study of Economics of Education and Education Policy
— New trends in the labor market: the key challenges for the education system
— How to assess the effectiveness and returns on investment in education
— How to design, conduct and present research and applied projects.

The speakers are accomplished scholars and leading experts in the Economics of Education and Education Policy:

During the Summer School, students and young researchers will have the opportunity to build up their knowledge in the Economics of Education and Education Policy, as well as to discuss their individual research and applied projects.

The working language of the Summer School is English.

Requirements:

— Strong command of spoken and written English
— Current research or applied project in the Economics of Education and Education Policy.

Venue: 16/10 Potapovsky per., Institute of Education, HSE, Moscow, Russia.

Participants of the Summer School will be selected on a competitive basis. Please note that travel and accommodation are paid by participants. If necessary, a visa invitation can be arranged.

Applications are accepted until May 15, 2019.

The Organizing Committee will announce shortlisted participants by May 30, 2019.

To apply, please submit the following in English:

— Completed registration form
— Summary of the project that you will present at the Summer School (500–1,000 words)
— Motivational letter (300–500 words)
— CV.

Оnline registration form

The Organizing Committee:

I.A. Sloev (PhD, Chair of the Academic Council of the Master’s Programs “Education Economics and Management” and “Evidence-based Educational Policy,” Institute of Education, HSE), P.P. Zavalina (Consultant, Education Global Practice, World Bank), E.A. Savelyonok (PhD, Academic Director of the Master’s Program “Education Economics and Management,” Institute of Education, HSE), A.V. Garmonova (Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Institute of Education, HSE), I.D. Froumin (PhD, Head of the Institute of Education, HSE).

For questions, please contact:

— Igor Sloev: Tel: +7 (495) 772-9590*23086, email: isloev@hse.ru

— Polina Zavalina: Tel: +7 (499) 921-2054, email: pzavalina@worldbank.org

— Evgeniy Savelyonok: email: esavelyonok@hse.ru

GLO Director Matloob Piracha speakes on May 6, 2019 at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia on Ethnic Identity and the Labor Market

Invitation to the next seminar in the Centre for Workforce Futures Seminar Series, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, on May 6, 2019.

Topic:                   Ethnic Identity and Immigrants’ Labour Market Outcomes

Speaker:            Dr Matloob Piracha
Venue:                120 Lend Lease Room, 1 Management Drive, Macquarie University NSW 2109
When:                 Monday 6th May 2019
Time:                   2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Abstract:

In this seminar, Dr. Piracha will address the following questions: i) what are the determinants of ethnic identity, and (ii) whether those who identify with the host country culture have a higher probability of getting a job as well as better wages than those who identify more with the culture of their country of origin. The paper will use the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Australia (LSIA), which consists of data collected for two cohorts of immigrants. The first cohort entered the country in 1993–1995 while the second cohort entered in 2000–2001. The paper will consider what role ethnic identity plays in the labour market integration of immigrants. It will then compare the determinants of ethnic identity of the cohort that entered before the immigration policy change in 1995, when the level of English required in the selective (points-based) system increased, with the one that entered after the change.

Dr Matloob Piracha:

Dr Matloob Piracha is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the University of Kent, UK. He has extensive experience of working on migration and related issues and has published a number of papers on the impact of migration on sending and receiving countries as well as on migrants and their left-behind families. Matloob has acted as a consultant or a collaborator for a number of international organisations including the OECD, UK Department for International Development (DfID) and the World Bank. He is also Director of the Global Labour Organisation (GLO), a virtual network connecting eminent scholars and policymakers from around the world.

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GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann is George Soros Chair Professor at the School of Public Policy of the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest since April 1, 2019.

The Central European University (CEU) has appointed Klaus F. Zimmermann, who is also President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), the George Soros Chair Professor at the School of Public Policy of CEU for April-June (Spring Term) 2019. He took residence in Budapest on April 1, 2019 and teaches since then a class in “Global Labor Economics“. He will provide the public George Soros Lecture on “Global Labor Economics: Challenges and Benefits” on May 8, 2019 (see special announcement).

GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann (on the morning walk to work)

Budapest has played a particular role in the academic career of Klaus F. Zimmermann. Already early 1984, he received as academic youngster the honor of an invitation to the small-scale Winter Symposium of the Econometric Society, which took place in Budapest guided by Martin Hellwig, Janos Kornai and Jean-Jacques Laffont. In 1990 he came back as the then Secretary of the European Society for Population Economics (ESPE) to speak at the Workshop “Demographic Change and Social Policy” of the demographic institutes of the countries of the Eastern Socialist Block organized by the Hungarian Demographic Research Institute. Its then Director Istvan Monigl had invited Zimmermann and showed him also parts of Hungary in a personal tour. The ambitions of the two men was to initiate soon a big population economics congress in Budapest to foster change, which was achieved in 1993 when the annual ESPE congress took place in the city. Zimmermann came back regularly since then.

While 1984, 1990 and 1993 were visits in periods of change and transition with a high appreciation of freedom, mobility and collaboration, the current visit as a George Soros Chair Professor takes place in a period where free mobility, academic independence and European unity face declining popularity.

Half way to the office in Budapest: In the back the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Place of Work and Exchange

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GLO Supports World Talent Alliance: Zimmermann Represents his Organization in Hong Kong

Transnational movements of talent have become a key component of economic growth and international relationships. The global movement of talent fosters societal change, generates well-being of the public and promotes peace and development around the world.

On the initiative of Huiyao (Henry) Wang, the President of the Beijing-based Center for China and Globalization (CCG), a large number of participants representing global organizations met in Hong Kong to debate and foster the creation of a World Talent Alliance. The event, organized by the Center for China and Globalization Hong Kong Council, took place on April 10, 2019. Under the direction and leadership of Henry Wang, a larger number of speakers debated the needs and perspectives of global talent flows.

The President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), Klaus F. Zimmermann, who is currently the George Soros Chair Professor at the School of Public Policy of the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, was participating at the event. While representing GLO, he was given the honor to open the panel debate on the future of talent movements around the world. While being a long-term advocate of regulated (legal), but open global labor flows, Zimmermann explained the large potentials of talented worker flows for global welfare and regional development. He strongly welcomed the Chinese initiative fostered by Henry Wang, which would nicely complement the Chinese Belt & Road project.

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A Second Chance for Europe: German version of the book presented to the public in Berlin on April 5, 2019 by Jo Ritzen

On Friday, 5 April 2019, the Berlin Government Office (Landesvertretung) of the State of North Rhine – Westphalia hosted the launch of the German draft of the book ‘A Second chance for Europe: Economic, Political and Legal Perspectives of the European Union’ was presented by Jo Ritzen.

Jo Ritzen: “Eine zweite Chance für Europa: Wirtschaftliche, politische und rechtliche Perspektiven der Europäischen Union. Königshausen & Neumann, 2019.

The host, Stephan Holthoff-Pförtner, Minister of North Rhine – Westphalia in Berlin, introduced the event, and Christoph Schmidt, President of the RWI Leibniz Institute for Economic Research and Head of the German Council of Economic Experts, provided a keynote speech discussing the challenges for Europe and evaluated the solutions outlined in the book. The detailed agenda can be found here.

Author Jo Ritzen, who is a former Dutch Minister of Education, a former Vice-President of the World Bank and the Past-President of Maastricht University, and has been a Professor of Economics before his remarkable career in politics, is currently working as Honorary Professor of Maastricht University and Fellow of the Global Labor Organization (GLO). At the book launch, he was presenting the major contributions of the book, which is based on joint research with a number of GLO Fellows.

In the view of Ritzen, key challenges for Europe are (i) the social market economy, (ii) governance including corruption, (iii) internal and external labor mobility, (iv) the asylum issue, (v) the dept crisis and the Euro, and (vi) the knowledge society. It was common sense among the speakers that more Europe and not less is needed in the future to manage the current and forthcoming challenges.

Also present and contributing his views in a panel discussion after the book presentation were Alexander Kritikos, Research Director of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Professor at the University of Potsdam and GLO Fellow, and GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann, currently at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest as the George Soros Chair Professor. Zimmermann is also co-author of two chapters in the book.

Support for the policy proposals of Jo Ritzen

Latest news: The next version of the book, Jo Ritzen announced at the meeting, will be in Spanish.

Relaxed after work: Panelists Zimmermann, Ritzen und Kritikos

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GLO Malaysia Lead M. Niaz Asadullah Provides Public Lecture at University Malaysia Sabah in a Joint UMS-GLO Event on 17 April 2019.

The postgraduate section of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Accountancy (FBEA), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), organized the first UMS-GLO Joint Public Lecture on 17th April 2019 in East Malaysia. The objective of this event is to encourage research networking and exchange of ideas especially among labor economists in Malaysia.

Professor M Niaz Asadullah of the University of Malaya and the South East Asia Lead and the Malaysia Lead for the Global Labor Organization (GLO) presented the keynote paper entitled ‘The Changing Pattern of Wage Returns to Education in Post-Reform China’. In his lecture, Professor Asadullah emphasized the importance of human capital development in China’s post reform economy.

The keynote lecture was followed by two presentations: Dr. Borhan S Abdullah and Dr. James Alin, both UMS lecturers, spoke on migration and unemployment issues in Malaysia, respectively. A total of 30 postgraduate students and lecturers of FBEA UMS attended the event, including GLO Fellow and Head of the Human Resource Economics Program of the Faculty, Dr. Beatrice Lim.

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GLO recommends: Take Microeconometrics with Professor Jeffrey M. Wooldridge at Kent University. Deadline is April 30, 2019.

The Global Labor Organization (GLO) recommends a Course in Microeconometrics by Professor Jeffrey M. Wooldridge of Michigan State University. GLO Fellow Wooldridge is one of the most distinguished econometricians of our time. Venue is the University of Kent on 16-17 May 2019.

The course will cover several topics of interest to empirical researchers working primarily on micro-level data sets. There are a limited number of places available in the course for academics and research students working on micro-level data sets.

For further details examine the university announcement.

GLO Fellow Olena Nizalova of the University of Kent is one of the organizers of the event. GLO Fellows and Affiliates are invited to nominate potential participants, please contact Olena Nizalova before the end of April about your interest.

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Paper submission to Brasov conference on 31 May to June 1, 2019 still possible until April 26.

International Conference„Inclusive and sustainable economic growth. Challenges, measures and solutions” (ISEG 2019).

Place: 31 May-June 1: Brasov, Romania, at the Transilvania University of Brasov.

Organizers: Transilvania University of Brasov; Romanian Academy, Institute of Economic Forecasting; Global Labor Organization (GLO)

Invited Speakers are Filomena Maggino and  Klaus F. Zimmermann.

To participate: Register until April 26 through the conference website and send an abstract asap. CONTACT.

GLO is interested in research papers for a special session related to the Labor Markets of Countries in South East Europe; GLO members who wish to contribute to this are invited to send an abstract by April 20 to Klaus F. Zimmermann. (klaus.f.zimmermann@gmail.com)

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May 23-24, 2019: Bucharest. 5th International Conference on “Recent Advances in Economic and Social Research”

GLO Fellow Adrian Cantemir Calin of the Institute for Economic Forecasting, Romanian Academy, organizes the 5th International Conference on Recent Advances in Economic and Social Research on May 23-24, 2019 at the Romanian Academy in Bucharest. See below for more details.

The conference takes great pride in offering young researcher an opportunity to discuss their work in the current economic context. In this line, the organizers are continuing the tradition of the “young talent” section, aiming to provide a vehicle for scientific dissemination for an even younger audience. Under this section they welcome papers from PhD students, master students and even bachelor students that aim at a career in academic research.

May 25, 2019: FULL PROGRAM OF THE EVENT.

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Guangzhou, China; Jinan University, March 21-22, 2019. IESR-GLO Workshop on ‘Belt and Road’ – Labor Markets. What are the challenges on human resources issues? The exchange has begun.

GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann has visited the Institute for Economic and Social Research (IESR), Jinan University in Guangzhou, China, at IESR, Jinan University during 17 – 24 March, 2019. On March 21 – 22, he had organized IESR-GLO Workshop on ‘Belt and Road’ Labor Markets together with GLO Fellow Shuaizhang Feng, the Dean of IESR. The focus of the workshop was China, South Asia and South East Asia. For the workshop program see below. IESR Report LINK WEBSITE.


Shuaizhang Feng, Dean of IESR

March 21st, 2019
9:30-9:40 Welcome remarks by Shuaizhang Feng and Klaus F. Zimmermann
9:40-10:40 Michele Bruni: China and the BRI Countries at a Demographic Crossroad: Labour Market Implications, Challenges and Opportunities
10:40-11:10 Group Picture and Coffee Break
11:10-11:50 Asad Islam: Can Referral Improve Targeting? Evidence from a Training Experiment
11:50-13:50 Lunch
13:50-14:30 Jinseong Park: Parental Wealth, Time to First Job, and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from Housing Wealth Shocks in South Korea
14:30-14:50 Coffee Break
14:50-15:30 M Niaz Asadullah: Female Seclusion from Paid Work: A Social Norm or Cultural Preference?
15:30-16:10 Shuaizhang Feng: The Challenge of Internal Migration on China’s Long Term Sustainable Growth

Park, Ouch, Asadullah

Dinner with Associate Dean and GLO Fellow Sisi Zhang (second from right)
GLO Fellows (from left) Xue, Park, Assadullah, Bruni, Ouch, and Islam with Zimmermann

March 22nd, 2019
9:00-9:40 Chandarany Ouch: China’s BRI and Challenges and Opportunities for Cambodia’s Labour Market 9:40-10:20
Sen Xue: Institutional Restrictions on Migration and Migrant Consumption and Savings Response
10:20-10:40 Coffee Break
10:40-11:20 Klaus F. Zimmermann: Arsenic Contamination of Drinking Water in Bangladesh: Knowledge and Response
11:20-12:00 Round Table Discussion
12:00-14:00 Lunch

Zimmermann, Ouch & Feng

List of GLO Participants
Michele Bruni: Professor at Centre for the Analysis of Public Policies, University of Modena, Team Leader of EU-China Social Protection Reform Project
Shuaizhang Feng: Professor and Dean of IESR, Jinan University
Asad Islam: Associate Professor of Department of Economics, Monash University
M Niaz Asadullah: Professor, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Univ of Malaya
Chandarany Ouch: Research Fellow, Head of Economics Unit, Cambodia Development Resource Institute
Jinseong Park: Assistant Professor of IESR, Jinan University
Sen Xue: Assistant Professor of IESR, Jinan University
Klaus F. Zimmermann: Professor of Bonn University and UNU-MERIT, President of the Global Labor Organization

Group Photo of the Workshop

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GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann visited IESR in Guangzhou. IESR Dean Shuaizhang Feng appointed Editor of the Journal of Population Economics.

Arriving from Kuala Lumpur, where he had spent time as a Visiting Professor at the University of Malaya, GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann arrived on March 17 in Guangzhou, China, to work a full week at the Institute for Economic and Social Research (IESR), Jinan University.

Jinan University (JNU) was founded in 1906 by the Qing government in Nanjing as the first university in China to enroll overseas Chinese students. Now, it is the top university in mainland China for international students and it has fully devoted itself to creating a culture of openness, diversity and creativity among its faculty and students.

The Institute for Economic and Social Research (IESR) was created in December 2015 by appointing Yangtze River Scholar Professor Shuaizhang Feng appointed as the first Dean. The mission of IESR is to advance policy-oriented economic and social research addressing the most relevant challenges of the modern China. Within a short time, IESR has gained a strong faculty of significant researchers and a global reputation of excellence.

IESR has been an early supporter and collaborator of the Global Labor Organization (GLO) and Dean and Professor Shuaizhang Feng is a GLO Fellow of the first hour. During his second visit to IESR, Klaus F. Zimmermann met again with many IESR researchers to discuss their latest research.

Shuaizhang Feng was also recently appointed Editor of the Journal of Population Economics published by Springer Nature. The Journal, the leader of the academic field of Population Economics, is directed by Zimmermann, who is the Editor-in-Chief. Both Feng and Zimmermann had various talks about the further collaborations to strenghten IESR, GLO and the Journal of Population Economics.

At IESR, Zimmermann was working in the Jim Heckman room….

After discussions with visitor Wenkai Sun, Professor & Labor Economist of the Renmin University of China, Beijing, and GLO Fellow. As an Honorary Professor of Beijing University, Zimmermann has frequently visited Beijing.

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GLO President Zimmermann appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in March 2019. Highlights from the visit.

Klaus F. Zimmermann, Professor Emeritus of Bonn University, Co-Director POP at UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, and Honorary Professor Maastricht University, has been appointed Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Economics & Administration of the University of Malaya (UM) for his March visit to Malaysia. He provided academic lectures and debated research issues with colleagues and students. Zimmermann, who is also the President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), introduced this large academic network and promoted the Journal of Population Economics, which he is directing as the Editor-in-Chief. He also discussed research initiatives with GLO Fellow M. Niaz Asadullah, (UM), who is also the GLO South -East Asia Research Cluster Lead.

THE PROGRAM AT UM

  • March 10-17, 2019: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. University of Malaya (UM). Klaus F. Zimmermann has been Visiting Professor at UM. See for the warm welcome with the Dean. The detailed program in Malaysia was as follows:
  • March 12: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS).
    Klaus F. Zimmermann provided the public University Silver Jubilee Lecture on “Global Labor Economics: Challenges and Benefits” and a public Seminar on “Publishing in Good Journals”. See for details.
  • March 13: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. University of Malaya (UM). Joint GLO -UM public Seminar on “Introducing GLO –  Pushing the Research Frontier on Labor and Human Resources Issues”. See for more details.
  • March 14: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. University of Malaya (UM). Joint GU- World Bank Research Seminar of Klaus F. Zimmermann on “Economic Preferences Across Generations“. See for more details.
  • March 15: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. University of Malaya (UM). Klaus F. Zimmermann provides a public Seminar on “Publishing in Good Journals”. See for more details.
  • Farewell. See for details.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE VISIT


Arrived at the University of Malaya
University of Malaya
In front of the office

Zimmermann with Dean & Prof. Rohana Binti Jani and his host, GLO Fellow and Prof. M. Niaz Asadullah (left)
Lecturing
Zimmermann Lecture at the Joint UN – World Bank Seminar

UM Faculty and Word Bank Researchers from the left: Nai Peng Tey, Young Eun Kim, M. Niaz Asadullah, Noor Azina Ismail, Klaus F. Zimmermann, Ong Sheue Li, Vijayendra Rao and Lim Kian Ping. After lunch following the UM – World Bank Research Seminar.

UM Faculty of Economics and Administration, ‘his’ Visitor’s Committee. From the left: Pui Kiew Ling, Santha A/P Chenayah @ Ramu (Head of the Department of Economics), Lim Kian Ping, Klaus F. Zimmermann, M. Niaz Asadullah and Ong Sheue Li. After lunch in a great local Malaysian Restaurant celebrating the end of a very successful visit with the team.

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Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) in Kota Kinabalu: GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann delivered public University Silver Jubilee Lecture

March 11 -12, 2019. Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Island of Borneo, Malaysia. GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann was visiting the Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and the Faculty of Business, Economics and Accountancy to celebrate its 25th anniversary. On March 12, he provided the public University Silver Jubilee Lecture on “Global Labor Economics: Challenges and Benefits” and gave a public Seminar on “Publishing in Good Journals”. He was welcomed by a committee consisting of Dean & Associate Prof. Raman Noordin, GLO Fellow Dr. Beatrice Lim and GLO Affiliate & Lecturer Dr. Borhan Abdullah. Beatrice Lim is also a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Human Resource Economics Program of the Faculty. Zimmermann also used the possibility to discuss research and strategic university issues with key officials of UMS and the faculty.

Event banner from the street

About 400 people attended the festive ceremony around the Silver Jubilee Lecture and around 40 stayed to learn and discuss about the art of publishing in good academic journals. The two events were part of a day-long seminar (see below) of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Accountancy on “Global Labor Economics: Challenges and Benefits” with a series of paper presentations of local scholars in the afternoon.

The event was opened and chaired by Professor Dr. Rasid Mail, Deputy Vice Chancelor (Academic & International), and the introductory speech was delivered by Professor Datuk Dr. Kasim Mansur. The session on publishing was chaired by Senior Lecturer Dr. James Eng. A large number of academic staff, including those of other faculties of the university were attending the event and the discussions in the break.

THE PROGRAM

BROAD MEDIA COVERAGE


Welcome by Prof. Dr. Rasid Mail, Deputy Vice Chancelor (Academic & International)
Internal discussion with top faculty and university official
About 400 registered participants.

Dean Noordin, Zimmermann, Deputy Vice Chancellor Mail & Beatrice Lim

Ready to travel: With Dean & Associate Prof. Raman Noordin

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EBES & GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann met EBES activists in Malysia to discuss EBES business issues

Klaus F. Zimmermann (UNU-MERIT, Bonn University and Maastricht University) is the President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO) and the President of the Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES). EBES and GLO are academic partner organizations with a number of joint activities.

Zimmermann in his role as EBES President is the recent successor of Jonathan A. Batten, currently a distinguished Professor of University Utara Malaysia, who was serving in this function for many years. Batten is also a GLO Fellow.

Noor Azina Ismail, a Professor of Applied Statistics of the University of Malaya, is the local contact for the 30th EBES congress, which will take place on January 8-10, 2020 at the University of Malaya, Faculty of Economics and Administration.

Zimmermann used his visit at UM to meet with Jonathan A. Batten for dinner and with Noor Azina Ismail for lunch to discuss EBES business issues.

Noor Azina Ismail & Klaus F. Zimmermann after lunch.
Klaus F. Zimmermann & Jonathan A. Batten after dinner.

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Call for papers: Urban & Territorial Themes (NESPUTT 2019) 21-22 of November 2019 in Milan/Italy

Deadline for the submission of abstracts is 30 June 2019.

New Economic & Statistical Perspectives on Urban & Territorial Themes (NESPUTT 2019)

The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology and Social Sciences (CISEPS) and the Department of Economics, Management and Statistics (DEMS) at the University of Milan-Bicocca in collaboration with the Regional Economic Modelling Team (REMO) of the European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) are organizing an international workshop entitled New Economic & Statistical Perspectives on Urban and Territorial Themes (NESPUTT), which will take place in Milan on the 21st and 22nd of November 2019.

The workshop aims at fostering an interdisciplinary debate involving economists, statisticians, modellers and other social scientists towards a better understanding of contemporary regions and cities, viewed as complex socio-economic systems. The NESPUTT Workshop encourages contributions about new theoretical/methodological approaches and applied research from regional economics, behavioral economics, environmental economics, experimental economics, statistics and other quantitative disciplines.

The following list illustrates, but does not exhaust, possible topics applied to regional and urban themes:

  • Behavioral economics
  • Digital transformation
  • Environmental economics
  • Experimental economics
  • Inequality
  • Innovation and competitiveness
  • Migration
  • Nudging
  • Regional divide
  • Regional economic adjustment and development
  • Small areas
  • Social exclusion
  • Social mobility
  • Spatial modelling/statistics/econometric

Submissions of papers based on the application of behavioral, experimental and computational economics approaches to urban studies are also welcome. Special sessions devoted to particularly innovative approaches may be organized.

Participation of interested researchers and policy makers from all countries is welcome.

Proceedings: The NESPUTT2019 workshop will publish an electronic “Papers and Proceedings” edition with ISBN highlighting selected short papers (maximum 4 pages) from the meeting. You must indicate that your paper is to be included in the proceedings.

Location of the conference: University of Milan-Bicocca, Piazza dell’Ateneo Nuovo 1, Milan.

Scientific Committee: Riccardo Borgoni (UnimiB), Andrea Caragliu (PoliMi), Andrea Conte (European Commission JRC), André De Palma (ENS Paris Saclays), Giacomo Degli Antoni (University of Parma), Marco Faillo (University of Trento), Patrizio Lecca (European Commission, JRC), Alessandra Michelangeli (UnimiB), Nathalie Picard (University of Cergy-Pontoise).

Organizing Committee: Riccardo Borgoni (UnimiB), Antonella Carcagnì (UnimiB); Andrea Gilardi (UnimiB), Alessandra Michelangeli (UnimiB).

The link to the abstract submission site is https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nesputt2019

Important dates:

  • 30 June 2019 – Deadline for abstract submission.
  • 20 July 2019 – Acceptance notification.
  • 20 September 2019 – Deadline for early registration.
  • 30 October 2019 – Standard registration deadline.
  • 21-22 November 2019 – Workshop at University of Milan-Bicocca.

Further information will be available from April 2019 on the workshop website http://www.nesputt2019.unimib.it/

Should you have any questions, please send an email to nesputt2019@unimib.it

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