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GLO Discussion Paper on ‘Monopsony Power and Guest Worker Programs’

Guest workers in the United States may have difficulties to quit bad employers. They face concentrated labor markets and lower wages.

GLO Discussion Paper No. 339, 2019

Monopsony Power and Guest Worker Programs  Download PDF
by Gibbons, Eric M. & Greenman, Allie & Norlander, Peter & Sørensen, Todd

GLO Fellows Peter Norlander & Todd Sørensen

Author Abstract: Guest workers on visas in the United States may be unable to quit bad employers due to barriers to mobility and a lack of labor market competition. Using H-1B, H-2A, and H-2B program data, we calculate the concentration of employers in geographically defined labor markets within occupations. We find that many guest workers face moderately or highly concentrated labor markets, based on federal merger scrutiny guidelines, and that concentration generally decreases wages. For example, moving from a market with an HHI of zero to a market comprised of two employers lowers H-1B worker wages approximately 10 percent, and a pure monopsony (one employer) reduces wages by 13 percent. A simulation shows that wages under pure monopsony could be 47 percent lower, suggesting that employers do not use the extent of their monopsony power. Enforcing wage regulations and decreasing barriers to mobility may better address issues of exploitation than antitrust scrutiny.

GLO Discussion Papers are research and policy papers of the GLO Network which are widely circulated to encourage discussion. Provided in cooperation with EconStor, a service of the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, GLO Discussion Papers are among others listed in RePEc (see IDEAS, EconPapers)Complete list of all GLO DPs downloadable for free.


New GLO Discussion Paper: The Economics of Hategoatism Needed.

The GLO Discussion Paper proposes a new term, “HATEGOATISM,” for the simultaneous existence of scapegoatism and dehumanization, and a new Economics of Hategoatism. Currently only one subfield of economics regularly embraces hategoatism, which is Libertarianism.

GLO Discussion Paper No. 365, 2019

The Urgent Need for an Economics of “Hategoatism – Download PDF
by Payson, Steven

GLO Fellow Steven Payson

Author Abstract: The word “scapegoat” is defined as “a person made to bear the blame for others,” and similarly, “scapegoatism” refers to “the act or practice of assigning blame or failure to another, as to deflect attention or responsibility away from oneself” (Collins English Dictionary and, respectively.) While these definitions do not mention economics specifically, in most cases the blame on the scapegoat is economic in nature. Scapegoatism also provides a convenient, though extremely inferior, substitute for valid analyses of economic problems. Scapegoatism, however, has a partner, dehumanization, which is the process of demonizing certain people as less than human and unworthy of humane treatment. Scapegoatism is not only accompanied by dehumanization, but it is often motivated by it. Thus, “scapegoatism” is a euphemism and it is understudied as a result, because there is no single term of art that combines scapegoatism and dehumanization. This paper offers a solution to this semantic dilemma by proposing the new term, “HATEGOATISM,” for the simultaneous existence of scapegoatism and dehumanization. Only one subfield of economics regularly embraces hategoatism, which is Libertarianism (where the “HATEGOAT” is government workers). Economists must lead by example by combating hategoatism, and that requires cleaning their own house first.

GLO Discussion Papers are research and policy papers of the GLO Network which are widely circulated to encourage discussion. Provided in cooperation with EconStor, a service of the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, GLO Discussion Papers are among others listed in RePEc (see IDEAS, EconPapers)Complete list of all GLO DPs downloadable for free.


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.


28th EBES conference takes place at Coventry/UK on May 29-31, 2019.

May 29-31: Coventry, UK. 28th EBES conference. The Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES) meets 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, will open the EBES congress on Wednesday. GLO members are involved in two important conference panel sessions, among others, on Wednesday May 29:

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

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


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)


EBES & GLO intensify collaboration: GLO President will also become EBES President

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.

Zimmermann had received the EBES Fellow Award 2018, is already a member of the Executive Board of EBES and a member of the Editorial Board of one of the EBES Journals, the Eurasian Economic Review (EAER, since 2017).

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).







China Research promoted by the GLO Discussion Papers series: On the Chinese transition to permanent work contracts

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

GLO Discussion Paper No. 242

Unintended Consequences of China’s New Labor Contract Law on Unemployment and Welfare Loss of the WorkersDownload PDF
by Akee, Randall & Zhao, Liqiu & Zhao, Zhong


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.

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Interested in other research on China? Recent Papers on the Chinese Labor Market.


Update: More on the 10th CIER Anniversary on 18 October 2018 in Beijing

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


Conference Hall During the debate Conference participants

Several further GLO Fellows participated at the event, including Renmin University Professors Liqin Zhao and Fei Wang.


GLO President Zimmermann delivered keynote speech at Beijing Capital University

Beijing, 21 October 2018. Capital University of Economics and Business, Beijing/China. During the Third Annual Conference of Labor Economics in ChinaGLO 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


Renmin University of China & GLO Conference on the Chinese Labor Market on October 20-21: Program is out!

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 Lead Corrado 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






GLO Fellows Wim Naudé & Alessio J. G. Brown with GLO President Zimmermann at UNU-MERIT annual internal research conference

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 Fellows Alessio J. G. Brown and Marco Vivarelli)
  • Evaluating Intergenerational Persistence of Economic Preferences: A Large Scale Experiment with Families in Bangladesh (with GLO Fellows Shyamal Chowdhury and Matthias Sutter)

and acted as a discussant of

  • Racky Balde (UNU-MERIT): The Eff ects 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 Fellow Marco Vivarelli.


Erdal Tekin (American University) leaves position as Editor of the Journal of Population Economics. Followed by Oded Galor of Brown University. Interview with Erdal Tekin about public policy research and journal editing.

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

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.


GLO Session at the Inaugural Conference of the Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics (AASLE) in Canberra

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.

See here for the conference program.

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
Unawareness and Selective Disclosure: The Effect of School Quality Information on Property Prices
John Haisken-DeNew*1, Syed Hasan2, Nikhil Jha3, Mathias Sinning4
1University of Melbourne, Australia, 2Australian National University, Australia, 3University of Melbourne, Australia, 4Australian National University, Australia
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Chess and Children in Rural Bangladesh: Effects on Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Skills
Asadul Islam1, Wang-Sheng Lee*2, Aaron Nicholas2
1Monash University, Australia, 2Deakin University, Australia
View Full Paper
Status at Entry and the Labor Market Integration of Migrants
Amelie F. Constant1, Klaus F. Zimmermann*2
1Princeton University and GLO, USA, 2UNU-MERIT, The Netherlands and GLO
View Full Paper
 * Paper presenter.


John Haisken-DeNew chairing the GLO session at the AASLE meeting in Canberra.

GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann was presenting a paper in the GLO session and another one in a general parallel session.


GLO President Zimmermann speaks in Wollongong & Sydney

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 week he 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.
  • GLO President Zimmermann has been granted the prestigious Australian Eminent Research Scholar Award and is resident at The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research of the University of Melbourne all over November and December.

John Haisken-DeNew (left) of The Melbourne Institute and Melbourne University. He is the GLO Country Lead Australia and the host of Klaus F. Zimmermann (right) in Melbourne.


Jo Ritzen: GLO Fellow presents his new book on Europe in Brussels

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.

FURTHER DETAILS on the book and the launch in Brussels.


Following Alessio Brown, Michaella Vanore is the New Managing Editor of the Journal of Population Economics

Journal of Population Economics:  Michaella Vanore follows Alessio Brown as Managing Editor of the Journal of Population Economics. In this role she supports the Editor-in-Chief, Klaus F. Zimmermann. The Journal of Population Economics published by Springer Nature is affiliated with the Global Labor Organization (GLO).

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.


Career Training & Scientific Publications: INBAM & GLO Collaborate

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.

Further information available from:

INBAM website:


August GLO Activities in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur

GLO members organize, lead and present in scientific activities in August 2017 in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.

Indonesia Development Forum (IDF) conference on “Fighting Inequality for Better Growth”, Jakarta, August 10 and 11,2017

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.

Inaugural International Conference on Applied Economics and Policy (ICAEP) 2017, Kuala Lumpur, August 21-22, 2017

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.


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GLO Fellow Niaz Asadullah is Professor at the University of Malaya and GLO South-East Asia Cluster Head and GLO Malaysia Lead.


GLO President Zimmermann is EBES Fellow 2018

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)

EBES, EAER & EABR all collaborate with the Global Labor Organization (GLO).

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 Award are determined by the EBES Executive Board and the Award is given every year at the EBES Conference in May.

The EBES Executive Board selected Klaus F. Zimmermann as the recipient of the EBES Fellow Award 2018 for his outstanding contribution to the areas of labor, population economics, and migration. The award will be presented at the 25th EBES Conference in Berlin, May 23-25, 2018.

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.

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Prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for GLO President Zimmermann

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.