Handbook “Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics”

The handbook in “Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics” provides an integrated picture of knowledge about the economic and social behaviors and interactions of human beings on markets, in households, in companies and in societies.

With a core basis in labor economics, human resources, demography and econometrics, it will provide a large and complete summary and evaluation of the scientific state of the art. Some of the chapters may have a policy focus or a multidisciplinary perspective.

The handbook relates to relevant fields in law, behavioral science, psychology, health, biology, sociology and political science, among others, where basic human processes are considered. For instance, the sub-field of human resource management will feature sections like entrepreneurship, incentive structures, labor law, unions, hiring processes, child care, and the like. Long survey chapters on core knowledge are combined with shorter frontier research chapters and those with a clear policy perspective.

This innovative research handbook will contain 30 sections (each edited by a section editor) with 20 chapters per section and average 20 pages in the range of 5,000 – 15,000 words per article. Each chapter will be freshly produced, immediately published on the handbook website after delivery and will/can be regularly updated. There will be also hardcover versions of the handbook. Production time will be 2-3 years in total.

Springer Nature is the publisher of this ambitious venture.  Springer Nature is one of the world’s leading global research, educational and professional publishers, created in 2015 through the combination of Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education and Springer Science+Business Media. See the recently published Palgrave Macmilan third edition “The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics” as example for the large experience Springer Nature has with such projects.

The Editor-in-Chief of the handbook is GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann. The influential GLO network with its high quality researchers provides a unique platform for support and debate of this exciting venture.