Breaking news: GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann has accepted to serve as the President of the Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES). He will take office in this role on January 1, 2019. Zimmermann will remain in his position as the President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO).
On July 15, 2018, representatives of the Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES) and the Global Labor Organization (GLO) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) about establishing a long-term collaboration on educational and research activities between both organizations. Among other issues, the cooperation includes the exchange of academic documents, the organization of events, joint publications and other means to foster research.
GLO intends to organize a session at the Bali EBES 27 conference on January 9-11, 2019: Extended deadline is November 9, 2018.
GLO will also organize three sessions at the May 29-31, 2019 EBES conference in Coventry, UK, following the very successful experiences of the first joint event organized in May 2018 in Berlin (EBES 25).
New research in the Discussion Paper Series of the Global Labor Organization (GLO): In its Labor Contract Law introduced in 2008, China strengthened the labor protection for workers. As a consequence, temporary work contracts have to be permanent after 10 years of work duration. Randall Akee (University of California, Los Angeles) with GLO Fellows Ligiu Zhao and Zhong Zhao (both Renmin University of China) have presented evidence that Chinese companies have often dismissed workers to avoid such permanent contracts resulting in large welfare losses among those workers.
GLO Fellow Zhong Zhao, Renmin University of China, Beijing, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Population Economics
China’s new Labor Contract Law, which intended to strengthen the labor protection for workers, went into effect on January 1, 2008. The law stipulated that the maximum cumulative duration of successive fixed-term (temporary) labor contracts is 10 years, and employees working for the same employer for more than 10 consecutive years are able to secure an open-ended (permanent) labor contract under the new law, which is highly desirable to employees. However, in order to circumvent the new Labor Contract Law, some employers may have dismissed workers, after the passage of the new law, who had worked in the same firm for more than 10 years. Using data from the 2008 China General Social Survey, we find strong evidence that firms did in fact dismiss their formal-contract employees who have been employed for more than 10 years. Additionally, using a regression discontinuity design based on this exogenous change in unemployment status for this particular group of workers, we show that the dismissed workers suffered significant welfare loss in terms of happiness. Our results are robust to various specifications and placebo tests.
On October 18, 2018, the China Institute for Employment Research (CIER) at Renmin University of China had celebrated its 10th Anniversary during a regular seasonal meeting to analyze the employment situation at the Chinese labor market. GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann gave one of the invited keynotes. More details. More pictures of the event:
First row from the left: GLO Fellows and Professors Shi Li (Beijing Normal University) & Xiangquan Zeng (Renmin University, Director CIER), former Chinese Minister of Labor Xiaojian Zhang, and GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann
During the debate
Several further GLO Fellows participated at the event, including Renmin University Professors Liqin Zhao and Fei Wang.
Beijing, 21 October 2018. Capital University of Economics and Business, Beijing/China. During the Third Annual Conference of Labor Economics in China, GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann provided a keynote speech on “Migration and Wellbeing”.
Zimmermann also provided information about GLO, the Journal of Population Economics, where he serves as Editor-in-Chief and made references to the recent research work in these outlets on China. See for the material.
At the gate of Capital University of Economics and Business, Beijing.
Before the keynote in the lecture room.
Announcement of the keynote.
Welcome by Prof. Xiliang Feng, Chairman of the School of Labor Economics (left). Comments and summary by Prof. Yufen Tong of the School of Labor Economics
The School of Labor and Human Resources at Renmin University of China (Beijing) and the Global Labor Organization (GLO) have published the program of their forthcoming conference on the Chinese labor market. The event will take place on 20 and 21 October 2018 at Renmin University of China, Beijing, in Conference Room 2, Yifu Conference Hall, Renmin University. Program Announcement (Chinese link). Program Flyer
The Renmin University / GLO Conference provides a platform for researchers working on topics related to the Chinese labor market, including migration, discrimination, health and well-being, education, environment, labor market policies. The event is part of the Chinese Labor Market Cluster of GLO headed by GLO Cluster LeadCorrado Giulietti (University of Southampton).
———————— Keynote speakers are Xin Meng (Australian National University & GLO) Junsen Zhang (Chinese University of Hong Kong & GLO ) Klaus F. Zimmermann (UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University & GLO )
———————— Program Committee Sylvie Démurger (French National Centre for Scientific Research& GLO ), Shuaizhang Feng (Jinan University & GLO ), Corrado Giulietti (University of Southampton & GLO ), Jun Han (Renmin University of China& GLO)
Corrado Giulietti (University of Southampton & GLO) Jun Han (Renmin University of China & GLO)
Entrance to Renmin University
From above: GLO activists Feng, Meng, Zhang, Zimmermann, Giulietti & Han
Klaus F. Zimmermann, Co-Directors of POP at UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University and President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), participated on June 26 – 28, 2018 at the UNU-MERIT Internal Conference 2018 and discussed with colleagues recent research activities. Zimmermann presented two papers:
Migration Policy as Development and Innovation Policy (with GLO FellowsAlessio J. G.Brown and Marco Vivarelli)
Evaluating Intergenerational Persistence of Economic Preferences: A Large Scale Experiment with Families in Bangladesh (with GLO Fellows ShyamalChowdhury and Matthias Sutter)
and acted as a discussant of
Racky Balde (UNU-MERIT): The Effects of a Tougher Regulation of the Informal Sector: Evidence from South Africa
Zimmermann presenting paper on economic preference formation.
(Picture courtesy of GLO Fellow Franziska Gassmann, UNU-MERIT.)
At this important event, GLO – Fellow Wim Naudé, Maastricht University, and GLO Cluster Lead “Occupations and Development” presented his paper “Start-Up Accelerators as Tool to Facilitate Adaptation to Climate Change in Developing Countries: A Critical Assessment”:
Wim Naudé speaking.
Naudé and Zimmermann after a discussion of research & GLO issues in front of UNU-MERIT.
Klaus F. Zimmermann also met and spoke with GLO Fellow Alessio J. G. Brown, Co-Director of POP at UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University about long-term GLO strategies and their joint research paper with GLO FellowMarco Vivarelli.
On 1 July 2018, Erdal Tekin becomes the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM). His role as Editor of the Journal of Population Economics will be taken by Oded Galor. For an interview with Erdal Tekin see below.
Erdal Tekin is a Professor of Public Policy in the School of Public Affairs at American University. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a Fellow of the Global Labor Organization (GLO). His research focuses on health economics and the economics of crime. More information about Erdal Tekin’s research and his other professional activities can be found on www.erdaltekin.com.
The Journal of Population of Economics is the top journal in the field of population economics. It is an international research journal that publishes original theoretical and applied contributions on the economics of population, household, and human resources. It is owned by Springer Nature and operates from POP at UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, The Netherlands. It is published in collaboration with the Global Labor Organization (GLO) and the European Society for Population Economics (ESPE).
The Journal of Population Economics is one of the top ranked Springer Nature journals in economics. In 2017 it has published 40 research papers out of 524 submissions, which implies a 92.4% final rejection rate. Submissions have significantly increased, eg. doubled in the last decade from below 300 to nearly 600 this year. The impact factor has increased from 0.5 in 2007 to an expected 1.3 in 2017. For more details of the actual performance of the journal see this post and the just published Report of the Editor-in-Chief 2018.
Number of Submissions to the Journal of Population Economics:
The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) is the top field journal in public policy and published on behalf of the Association for Public Policy and Management(APPAM). It has been ranked number 21 for 2016 among economics journals by the impact factor (IF: 3.415) with Journal of Economic Growth rank 20 (IF: 3.440) and Econometrica rank 22 (IF: 3.379).
Erdal Tekin has served as an Editor for the Journal of Population Economics between 2000 and 2018 together with the acting editors Alessandro Cigno and Junsen Zhang and Editor-in-Chief Klaus F. Zimmermann. For nearly two decades, Erdal Tekin took responsibility for papers dealing with risky behavior, family and labor. Together with the full team, he considerably shaped the profile and extraordinary success of the Journal of Population Economics. He also supported the development of the European Society of Population Economics(ESPE) by contributing to their annual meetings and making the connections to the local team organizing the very successful 2015 annual ESPE congress at Izmir University of Economics, Izmir, Turkey.
As Editor-in-Chief Klaus F. Zimmermann, who is also the GLO President, stated:
“Erdal has been of invaluable help in developing new areas like risky behavior for the journal, ensuring the highest quality standards and always providing the requested team spirit. The remaining editorial team is grateful for his long-term contributions and will miss his advice, ambitions and inspirations. We wish him all the best in his new role as Editor-in-Chief of this major journal, JPAM.”
The appointment of Oded Galor of Brown University as Editor of the Journal of Population Economics will be detailed in a separate post!
Interview with Erdal Tekin
Questions are by Klaus F. Zimmermann.
What makes policy research so important at this historical time?
Erdal Tekin: The U.S. society and many societies across the globe are facing an increasingly complex set of pressing problems, ranging from climate change and health care to immigration and gun violence. Unfortunately, we sometimes see that the so-called solutions to these problems are debated or evaluated through the lenses of ideology and faith. These non-scientific approaches both prolong these problems and make any remedial efforts later less likely to succeed and much costlier for the public. This is unfortunate because, thanks to the analytic tools developed by social scientists and the availability of large scale and rich data sources, we are in a position to identify effective and efficient solutions to many of these problems today. What we need is less ideology and more data-driven, evidence based approaches that are formulated based upon on policy research.
What does one learn from journal editing?
Erdal Tekin: Editing a journal is a big job – it is extremely time consuming and comes with tremendous responsibility. But at the same time, it is a very gratifying experience to be at a position where you can have an influence the way in which your discipline evolves. In my own experience serving as an editor for the Journal of Population Economics for more than eight years, I have learned tremendously from reading hundreds of papers and thousands of referee reports, which has improved my sense of what constitutes good scientific work. As a result, I believe, or I hope, that I have become a better researcher myself. Editing a journal also forces one to become more disciplined, organized, and patient.
What kind of research do you wish to attract to the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management?
Erdal Tekin: The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) already enjoys a well-deserved reputation of publishing innovative and empirically rigorous research that meets the highest standards of scholarship across disciplines and policy domains. JPAM is not only the most visible journal in the academic community concerned with issues related to public policy and management, but it is also one of the most prominent journals across all social sciences with respect to its reputation and impact factor. I view it as my utmost critical responsibility to ensure that the journal continues to advance in its current trajectory and solidify its reputation as the “go to” outlet for the very best scientific contributions in public policy and management. Accordingly, a key goal of my editorship would be to continue practices that ensure that priorities of high quality and inclusivity of various disciplines and policy domains are met. The vision of JPAM that I embrace is one that emphasizes high standards, wide visibility and impact, inclusivity, and diversity.
Editorial meeting during the 2015 annual ESPE congress at Izmir University of Economics, Izmir, Turkey. From the left: Sandro Cigno, Klaus F. Zimmermann, Katharina Wetzel-Vandai (Economics Editor of Springer Nature) and Erdal Tekin.
The Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics (AASLE) was founded to promote research and cooperation in Labour and Applied Economics across Asia and Australasia. The inaugural conference of the AASLE brought together over 400 researchers and over 120 papers from around the world and was hosted by the Australian National University Research School of Economics in Canberra, Australia, from 7-9 December 2017. The event has been impressive and was a huge success.
The event was organized by Christian Dustmann, University College London; Bob Gregory, Australian National University and GLO; Xin Meng, Australian National University and GLO; John Tang, Australian National University; Matthew Gray, Australian National University.
The Global Labor Organization (GLO) had early on welcomed this initiative and has supported it through a special GLO session. A large number of GLO Fellows were participating in the event and were presenting papers in other sessions. The session was chaired by GLO Country Lead Australia, John Haisken-DeNew (Melbourne University). Here is the GLO session:
1‐H GLO Session on “Human Capital”
Thursday 7th December 2017
NPC Bourke Chair: Haisken‐DeNew John
Klaus F. Zimmermann (Co-Director of POP at UNU-MERIT & Maastricht University & President of the Global Labor Organization, GLO) continues his lecture series on migration topics in Australia. In the 47th calendar weekhe presents at the following places and meets with GLO Fellows, colleagues and interested general audience to talk about research and policy issues:
November 20: Public Lecture at the University of Wollongong.
November 22: Public Lecture in the Lighthouse Lecture Series of Macquarie University in Sydney.
November 23: Research seminar at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.
In front of the Melbourne Exhibition Building: Klaus F. Zimmermann
Zimmermann is currently visiting Australia for research and seminar presentations on migration issues for the research community and/or a broader public audience.
Previous presentations have been:
November 10: Research seminar at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth.
November 16: Research and policy seminar at the Melbourne Institute & Melbourne University.
A book launch of ‘A Second chance for Europe: Economic, Political and Legal Perspectives of the European Union’, edited by Prof. Jo Ritzen.
The event will take place at the Maastricht University Campus Brussels on Wednesday 22 November 2017, in the presence of guests of honor Mr. Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission, Ms. Annemarie Penn-te Strake, Mayor of Maastricht, and Prof. Mathieu Segers, Professor of Contemporary European History and European Integration at Maastricht University.
Alessio Brown is Co-Director of POP at UNU-MERIT, GLO Fellow, GLO Advisory Board Member, Founding Director of the GLO and Honorary Professor in Labour and Macroeconomics, Maastricht University. He had served as Managing Editor of the Journal of Population Economics since 2016.
Michaella Vanore, incoming Managing Editor of the Journal of Population Economics, is Research Fellow at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance/ UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University; affiliated Scholar of POP at UNU-MERIT and GLO Fellow.
Klaus F. Zimmermann (UNU-MERIT and President of the GLO) is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Population Economics.
At the occasion of this change, Zimmermann has pointed out: “Alessio Brown has done an excellent job as Managing Editor of the Journal of Population Economics supporting the publication of this high-quality scientific outlet. We need to express our large gratitude for his effective, competent and friendly collaboration and his great professional spirit. We wish him the best for his further career. At the same time we are excited to welcome Michaella Vanore as his successor. We are convinced that she brings the talent and spirit to execute this interesting and crucial position and are looking forward to working with her.”
Michaella Vanore, incoming Managing Editor of the Journal of Population Economics.
Alessio Brown (right) former Managing Editor of the Journal of Population Economics and Klaus F. Zimmermann, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal.
The Global Labor Organization (GLO) and the International Network of Business & Management Journal Editors (INBAM) share the mission to support young researchers as early and later career academics around the globe in the development, composition and publishing of their research papers in reputable journals. They provide support through training workshops which event organizers might want to use. A permanent link is provided at the GLO website.
INBAM, a UK registered charity, is an association of current and former editors of Thomson Reuter ISI-rated journals and an institutional member of the GLO. A central INBAM objective is the support of young researchers, early and later career academics around the globe, in the development, composition and publishing of their research papers in reputable journals.
To this end, INBAM brings together its editor members and academic researchers in a mutually supportive system of workshops, conferences and training sessions in different countries, especially where the supportive framework is in a development phase.
While INBAM makes presentations at major international conferences, its main thrust lies in running one or two–day tailor-made workshops, comprising formal presentations, hands-on break-out sessions and advisory clinics on a one-to-one basis. INBAM’s services are provided free of charge, but operating costs are to be covered by Workshop sponsors.
GLO South-East Asia Cluster Head and Malaysia Lead Niaz Asadullah is participating in the Indonesia Development Forum (IDF) on “Fighting Inequality for Better Growth”, which will be held in Jakarta on 9 and 10 August 2017. He’ll talk about the role of education in reducing inequality in Malaysia as well participate in a panel discussion on multidimensional inequality.
GLO Fellow Dr Maliki had invited papers for presentation. The Indonesia Development Forum (IDF), initiated by the Ministry of National Planning Agency/ BAPPENAS, is a platform for government, private sector, academia, and other members of society to collaborate for shaping development agendas.
GLO is organizing a special session in the Inaugural International Conference on Applied Economics and Policy (ICAEP) 2017 , to be held at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur on August 21-22, 2017. Four papers will be presented on topics related to women’s labor market participation and performance in three Asian countries (China, Bangladesh, and Malaysia) as well as the impact of demographic change on labour supply and economic growth in APEC region. The session will be chaired by GLO Fellow Niaz Asadullah.
GLO Fellow Niaz Asadullah is Professor at the University of Malaya and GLO South-East Asia Cluster Head and GLOMalaysia Lead.
The Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES) was founded in early 2008 as a truly global organization. EBES brings together worldwide researchers and professionals in the areas of business and economics, encourages scholars, provides network opportunities for conference attendees to foster long-lasting academic co-operations and offers publication opportunities. In its successful work, EBES benefits from its high-ranked advisory board which consists of well-known academicians from all over the world. EBES opeates two academic journals which are both published by Springer: Eurasian Economic Review (EAER) and Eurasian Business Review (EABR).
In 2015, the EBES Executive Board decided to honor academicians once a year for their lifetime contributions to their fields. The EBES Fellows Award is given to acknowledge a lifetime of contributions to the corresponding academic field. Contributions may be theoretical, empirical, or methodological. The recipients for the EBES Fellow Awardare determined by the EBES Executive Board and the Award is given every year at the EBES Conference in May.
Klaus F.Zimmermann also serves as Co-Director of POP at UNU-MERIT in Maastricht and as Honorary Professor of Maastricht University, Renmin University of China and the Free University of Berlin. Further, Zimmermann is the President of the GLO.
Zimmermann in front of UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Zimmermann is a 2017 Rockefeller Foundation Policy Fellow.
The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency Program offers distinguished academics, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work, and the unparalleled opportunity to establish new connections with fellow residents from a wide array of backgrounds, disciplines, and geographies. The hospitality and impact of The Bellagio Center in Italy has been legendary.
Klaus F. Zimmermann, Princeton University and UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University, has been granted Rockefeller Foundation Policy Fellow to visit the Bellagio Center in October 2017 to execute his research and discuss it with his fellow residents. Zimmermann, who is also the President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), will work on migration and global labor economics.