Social Protection Reforms: Where to go in China and the EU?

Demographic change is a huge challenge for many countries around the globe and calls for social protection initiatives in particular in China and the European Union (EU). Klaus F. Zimmermann, President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), and currently Visiting Professor at Renmin University of China, participated on October 12 in a workshop of the “EU-China Social Protection Reform Project” in Beijing. Measures in the EU and China have to be taken now to be effective in time, but the way to go is still subject of debate. International exchange helps for a better understanding of the issue.

Zimmermann used this occasion to join forces again with Michele Bruni, EU Resident Expert and Team Leader, EU-China SPRP. Bruni is also a GLO Fellow, a renowned migration expert and an old friend. Both discussed in separate talks joint initiatives to promote solutions for the world-wide migration challenges to come over the next decades.

Professor Michele Bruni (right) and Zimmermann.

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New Research on Human Resources: GLO Discussion Papers September 2018 & Discussion Paper of the Month

GLO is the Global Labor Organization and Klaus F. Zimmermann is the President.

The discussion paper of the month (see below) presents a new method to estimate non-pecuniary returns to adult education.

Titles and free access/links to GLO Discussion Papers

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 Discussion Paper of the Month: September

Ruhose, Jens & Thomsen, Stephan L. & Weilage, Insa, 2018. “The Wider Benefits of Adult Learning: Work-Related Training and Social Capital,” GLO Discussion Paper Series 250, Global Labor Organization (GLO). FREE Download PDF

Abstract: We propose a regression-adjusted matched difference-in-differences framework to estimate non-pecuniary returns to adult education. This approach combines kernel matching with entropy balancing to account for selection bias and sorting on gains. Using data from the German SOEP, we evaluate the effect of work-related training, which represents the largest portion of adult education in OECD countries, on individual social capital. Training increases participation in civic, political, and cultural activities while not crowding out social participation. Results are robust against a variety of potentially confounding explanations. These findings imply positive externalities from work-related training over and above the well-documented labor market effects.

GLO Discussion Papers of September 2018

255 Natural hazards and internal migration: The role of transient versus permanent shocksDownload PDF
by Pavel, Tanvir & Hasan, Syed & Halim, Nafisa & Mozumder, Pallab

254 Globalization, Structural Change and Innovation in Emerging Economies : The Impact on Employment and SkillsDownload PDF
by Vivarelli, Marco

253 The Impact of Compulsory Schooling on Earnings. Evidence from the 1999 Education Reform in PolandDownload PDF
by Liwiński, Jacek

252 Transitioning towards more equality? Wealth gender differences and the changing role of explanatory factors over timeDownload PDF
by Sierminska, Eva & Piazzalunga, Daniela & Grabka, Markus M.

251 The Wage Premium from Foreign Language SkillsDownload PDF
by Liwiński, Jacek

250 The Wider Benefits of Adult Learning: Work-Related Training and Social CapitalDownload PDF
by Ruhose, Jens & Thomsen, Stephan L. & Weilage, Insa

249 Social Cohesion and Labor MobilityDownload PDF
by Zimmermann, Klaus F.

248 Fertility Transitions in Developing Countries: Convergence, Timing, and CausesDownload PDF
by Papagni, Erasmo

247 Country of Origin, Earnings Convergence, and Human Capital Investment: A New Method for the Analysis of U.S. Immigrant Economic AssimilationDownload PDF
by Duleep, Harriet & Liu, Xingfei & Regets, Mark

246 Who Benefits from Local Oil and Gas Employment? Labor Market Composition in the Oil and Gas Industry in TexasDownload PDF
by Cai, Zhengyu & Maguire, Karen & Winters, John V.

245 The effect of self-employment on health: Instrumental variables analysis of longitudinal social security dataDownload PDF
by Gonçalves, Judite & Martins, Pedro S.

244 The effect of culture on home-ownershipDownload PDF
by Marcén, Miriam & Morales, Marina

243 Is Unemployment on Steroids in Advanced Economies?Download PDF
by Di Bella, Gabriel & Grigoli, Francesco & Ramírez, Francisco

M.M. (Magdalena) Ulceluse, PhD

GLO DP Team
Senior Editors:
Matloob Piracha (University of Kent) & GLO; Klaus F. Zimmermann (UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University and Bonn University).
Managing Editor: Magdalena Ulceluse, University of Groningen. DP@glabor.org

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GLO President Zimmermann visits Renmin University of China in October 2018

Renmin University of China, Beijing, is one of the most prominent and influential of the country. Since 2006, Klaus F. Zimmermann is Honorary Professor of the university and has visited the institution a larger number of times (see for more details). He now just took office at the School of Labor and Human Resources of Renmin University, and will be present there all over October to meet for research and policy events and to discuss issues of joint interest with colleagues. Zimmermann, President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), Co-Director of the population research group POP at UNU-MERIT and Honorary Professor at Maastricht University, will also provide a keynote speech to a joint GLO-Renmin University conference on 20 and 21 October 2018.

 

 

 

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New scientific book: Wealth and homeownership – gender and family perspectives

Two Fellows of the Global Labor Organization (GLO) have just published a new study on “Wealth and Homeownership: Women, Men and Families” with the prominent publisher Palgrave Macmillan. In this timely book, Mariacristina Rossi and Eva Sierminska analyze the complex relationship between gender, wealth and homeownership. By providing a conceptual framework to insert homeownership and housing decisions within an economic rationale, the authors explore how gender and family types have shaped wealth accumulation and homeownership.​

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GLO Fellow Mariacristina Rossi is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Turin, Italy. Her research interests include intertemporal saving and consumption choices, household finance, development and gender economics.


GLO Fellow Mariacristina Rossi

GLO Fellow Eva M. Sierminska is Senior Researcher at the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research, Luxembourg. She is a labor economist and has extensive research experience in the area of labor markets, inequality, household finance and population economics.


GLO Fellow Eva M. Sierminska

Comments on the book cover:

‘Recently, economists studying wellbeing have widened their lenses beyond income to include wealth. Here, economists Rossi and Sierminska tap new high-quality datasets to assess how wealth and homeownership vary across countries, over time, and among household types. Economists and policy-makers interested in wealth will find much of interest in this book.’
Janet C. Gornick, City University of New York, USA

‘This book attacks crucial issues, presenting well-documented facts and rigid analysis. It reveals time-trends and cross-national differences and explains the decisive role of wealth accumulation over lifetimes.’
Klaus F. Zimmermann, Maastricht University, the Netherlands

Klaus F. Zimmermann (UNU-MERIT, Maastricht) is also President of the GLO.


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Highlight of the Year 2018: EBES-25 & GLO Conference in Berlin – update

The 25th Conference of the Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES) took place on May 23-25, 2018 in Berlin/Germany. It was jointly organized with the Global Labor Organization (GLO) and hosted by the FOM University of Applied Sciences in their Berlin study center. During the conference, 316 papers by 525 researchers from 60 countries were presented. On May 23, GLO had organized three sessions reviewing research on (i) Africa, (ii) well-being and (ii) the research agenda of a selection of various GLO clusters presented by the GLO Cluster Leads. EBES has given the 2018 EBES Fellow Award to GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann.

Further information can be found here: Conference call; EBES Fellow Award; GLO Activities; Highlights EBES.

EBES25 & GLO at a plenary session

Below is a collection of pictures from the conference with GLO activists:

Family picture from the left: Marco Leonardi (GLO Cluster Lead Labor Reform Policies and University of Milan); Francesco Pastore (GLO Cluster Lead School-to-Work Transitions and University of Napoli); Milena Nikolova (GLO Fellow and University of Groningen); Klaus F. Zimmermann (GLO President and UNU-MERIT); Kea Tijdens (GLO Fellow, University of Amsterdam and WageIndicator Foundation); Corrado Giulietti (University of Southampton, GLO Research Director and GLO Cluster Lead Chinese Labor Market); Martin Kahanec (Central European University and GLO Cluster Lead EU Mobility); and Olena Nizalova (GLO Fellow and University of Kent).
In the back: Ugur Can (EBES Director and GLO Fellow), working.

From the right: Matloob Piracha (University of Kent and GLO Managing Director) and Klaus F. Zimmermann discussing GLO perspectives for the years to come.

From the left: Olena Nizalova (GLO Fellow and University of Kent) and Klaus F. Zimmermann discussing further GLO research initiatives on happiness.

From the right: Corrado Giulietti (University of Southampton, GLO Research Director and GLO Cluster Lead Chinese Labor Market) and Klaus F. Zimmermann. They have discussed the future activities on the China program of GLO. Details of the program.

From the left: Almas Heshmati (Jönköping International Business School, Sweden, and Sogang University, South Korea; GLO Cluster Lead (i) Labor Markets in Africa and (ii) Green Employment Creation) and Klaus F. Zimmermann. Almas and Klaus discussed the perspectives of GLO initiatives in Africa. Details of the Africa program.

From the right: Natig Shirinzade (Institute of Global Economic Problems and GLO Country Lead Azerbaijan) and Klaus F. Zimmermann. They have discussed joint initiatives in Azerbaijan. Zimmermann will visit Baku in November 2018.

Left: Lucian-Liviu Albu (Romanian Academy of Sciences and GLO Country Lead Romania). GLO has supported various research activities in Romania, eg. in 2017 Bucharest and Brasov and in 2018 in Bucharest.

From the left: Mehmet Huseyin Bilgin (EBES Vice President, Istanbul Medeniyet University and GLO Country Lead Turkey); Klaus F. Zimmermann, receiving the 2018 EBES Fellowship Award; Marco Vivarelli (Università Cattolica-Milano and GLO Cluster Lead Technological Change of the Labor Market), who was presenting the award.

GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann presenting his research about humanitarian migration at he EBES conference.

Conference reception on the invitation of GLO.

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GLO President Zimmermann at GLO – supported conferences in 2018

GLO is the Global Labor Organization; Klaus F. Zimmermann is the GLO President.

Zimmermann will participate and speak at the forthcoming 2018 conferences (see below for more details): at Renmin University (October 20-21) and visit Beijing for most of October; Hong Kong (October 31 – November 2); Xiamen (December 8-9); Seoul (December 13-15) and Mumbai (December 19-21).

Zimmermann will also speak at the African Economic Conference 2018 (December 3-5) in Kigali, Rwanda. The African Economic Conference, a collaborative annual event hosted by the African Development Bank, Economic Commission for Africa, and the United Nations Development Program will meet this year on the topic: “Regional and Continental Integration for Africa’s Development”.

REMINDER –  forthcoming GLO – supported events in 2018:

Past GLO – supported events 2018

Klaus F. Zimmermann (GLO and UNU-MERIT)

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European leaders still do not find a proper response to the refugee issue. Nevertheless, Europeans wish to help those fleeing violence and war.

EU leaders again failed to reach progress on the burden sharing allocation of refugees across member states in their meeting in Salzburg this week (19-20/09/2018).

Nevertheless, Europeans are more open to help those fleeing violence and war than in other parts of the world. The chart below provided by statista on the basis of PEW Research Center data shows this. In key countries like Sweden, Germany and Spain over 80% of the respondents of a survey are open to support this position with Hungary as an exception. But the PEW study shows that Europeans disapprove the handling of the issue by policymakers.

Infographic: Support For Refugees Highest In Western Europe | Statista

Klaus F. Zimmermann (GLO & UNU – MERIT): “It remains a European tragedy, since a solution through a quota system would be straightforward and doable. A long way to go for a better European solidarity on the refugee issue!”

Zimmermann is the President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), which takes no institutional position.

REFERENCES

Zimmermann, Klaus F. (2018), Social Cohesion and Labor Mobility, forthcoming in: Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ) (2018), Economic and Monetary Union – Deepening and Convergence, Proceedings of the 5 -7 July 2018 International Conference in Linz. Prepublication.

Zimmermann, Klaus F., La migration en faveur du développement: des défis aux opportunités, Revue d’Économie du Développement, 25 (2017), No. 1, 13-30.
Migration for Development: From Challenges to Opportunities, Revue d’Économie du Développement, 25 (2017), No. 1, 13-30. (English Issue.) Pre-publication version (in English): GLO Discussion Paper, No. 70, 2017.

Zimmermann, Klaus F., Refugee and Migrant Labor Market Integration: Europe in Need of a New Policy Agenda. Mimeo. Presented at the EUI Conference on the Integration of Migrants and Refugees, 29-30 September 2016 in Florence. Published in: Bauböck, R. and Tripkovic, M.,  The Integration of Migrants and Refugees.  An EUI Forum on Migration, Citizenship and Demography, European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Florence 2017, pp. 88 – 100.

Zimmermann, Klaus F., Migrationspolitik im Mediensturm (Migration Policy in the Media Storm), Wirtschaftspolitische Blätter, 63 (2016), 497-508.

Constant, Amelie F. & Klaus F. Zimmermann, Towards a New European Refugee Policy that Works. UNU – MERIT Working Paper # 2016-062, CESifo DICE Report – Journal of International Comparisons, 2016, 4, pp. 3-8.

Holger Hinte, Ulf Rinne und Klaus F. Zimmermann: Flüchtlinge in Deutschland: Herausforderungen und Chancen (Refugees in Germany: Challenges and chances), Wirtschaftsdienst, 95 (2015), 744-751.

Ulf Rinne und Klaus F. Zimmermann: Zutritt zur Festung Europa? Neue Anforderungen an eine moderne Asyl- und Flüchtlingspolitik (Access to Fortress Europa? New demands on a modern asylum and refugee policy), Wirtschaftsdienst, 95 (2015), 114-120.

Klaus F. Zimmermann: Migration, Jobs and Integration in Europe, Migration Policy Practice, Vol. IV, Number 4, October – November 2014, 4 – 16.

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Emigration and the subjective well-being of those staying behind: New research

New research forthcoming in the Journal of Population Economics finds: Having family members abroad is associated with greater well-being of those staying behind!

Milena Nikolova, Carol Graham, and Artjoms Ivlev:

Emigration, remittances, and the subjective well-being of those staying behind

The authors are: Artjoms Ivlevs ( University of the West of England), Milena Nikolova (University of Groningen) & Carol Graham (The Brookings Institution). Milena Nikolova & Carol Graham are also Fellows of the Global Labor Organization (GLO).

The paper is open access/freely downloadable and already pre-published online. It is forthcoming 2019 in the Journal of Population Economics.

A Brookings blog has just introduced and detailed the analysis and contribution of the paper: International migration: What happens to those left behind?

Full Abstract:
We offer the first global perspective on the well-being consequences of emigration for those staying behind using several subjective well-being measures (evaluations of best possible life, positive affect, stress, and depression). Using the Gallup World Poll data for 114 countries during 2009–2011, we find that having family members abroad is associated with greater evaluative well-being and positive affect, and receiving remittances is linked with further increases in evaluative well-being, especially in poorer contexts—both across and within countries. We also document that having household members abroad is linked with increased stress and depression, which are not offset by remittances. The out-migration of family members appears less traumatic in countries where migration is more common, indicating that people in such contexts might be able to cope better with separation. Overall, subjective well-being measures, which reflect both material and non-material aspects of life, furnish additional insights and a well-rounded picture of the consequences of emigration on migrant family members staying behind relative to standard outcomes employed in the literature, such as the left-behind’s consumption, income, or labor market outcomes.

Journal of Population Economics

GLO Fellow Milena Nikolova
Carol Graham
GLO Fellow Carol Graham

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Sexual orientation and school-age & workplace bullying: A GLO research paper reveals facts & implications for job satisfaction

Just announced by GLO. The GLO Discussion Paper of the Month for August 2018 deals with the important societal challenge of BULLYING, a serious and long-lasting problem in particular for school aged children. The GLO study confirms the relevance, the correlation between school age and workplace bullying and the consequences for the individual well-being of sexual orientation minorities. The paper with a free download can be accessed here.

What is bullying?

GLO Discussion Paper of the Month: August

Drydakis, Nick, 2018. “School-age bullying, workplace bullying and job satisfaction: Experiences of LGB people in Britain,” GLO Discussion Paper No. 237, Global Labor Organization (GLO). FREE Download PDF

Abstract: Using a data set that contains information on retrospective school-age bullying, as well as on workplace bullying in the respondents’ present job, the outcomes of this study suggest that bullying, when it is experienced by sexual orientation minorities tends to persist over time. According to the estimations, it seems that school-age bullying of LGB people is associated with victims’ lower educational level and occupational sorting into non-white-collar jobs, especially for gay/bisexual men. In addition, the outputs suggest that for both gay/bisexual men and lesbian/bisexual women, school-age bullying is positively associated with workplace bullying and negatively associated with job satisfaction. Additional results suggest a negative association between workplace bullying and job satisfaction. However, the outcomes show a positive association between the existence of an LGBT group in the workplace and job satisfaction.

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Nick Drydakis (Anglia Ruskin University, University of Cambridge & GLO) is the Lead of the GLO ClusterGender, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation and Labor Market Outcomes“.

With GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann, Nick Drydakis is editing a special issue of the International Journal of Manpower  on: “Sexual Orientation and the Labor Market“. For Details. Submissions will be accepted until March 30, 2019.

The full list of GLO Discussion Papers of August 2018 (also free access):

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

241 The labour-augmented K+S model: a laboratory for the analysis of institutional and policy regimesDownload PDF
by Dosi, G. & Pereira, M. C. & Roventini, A. & Virgillito, M. E.

240 Workers’ awareness context in Italian 4.0 factoriesDownload PDF
by Cirillo, Valeria & Rinaldini, Matteo & Staccioli, Jacopo & Virgillito, Maria Enrica

239 From Engineer to Taxi Driver? Language Proficiency and the Occupational Skills of ImmigrantsDownload PDF
by Imai, Susumu & Stacey, Derek & Warman, Casey

238 Returns to higher education subjects and tiers in China – Evidence from the China Family Panel StudiesDownload PDF
by Kang, Lili & Peng, Fei & Zhu, Yu

237 School-age bullying, workplace bullying and job satisfaction: Experiences of LGB people in BritainDownload PDF
by Drydakis, Nick

236 When the market drives you crazy: Stock market returns and fatal car accidentsDownload PDF
by Giulietti, Corrado & Tonin, Mirco & Vlassopoulos, Michael

Titles and free access/links to ALL GLO Discussion Papers

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.

M.M. (Magdalena) Ulceluse, PhD

GLO DP Team
Senior Editors:
Matloob Piracha (University of Kent) & GLO; Klaus F. Zimmermann (UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University and Bonn University).
Managing Editor: Magdalena Ulceluse, University of Groningen. DP@glabor.org

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Large gender differences for alcohol attributable deaths

Bad news for alcohol consumers: As a new study just published in The Lancet finds, the optimal quantity for health is zero. Alcohol use is a leading risk factor for death and disability. Drinking does not pay for health at any level, but there are large gender differences for mortality.

“Alcohol use and burden for 195 countries and territories, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016”, GBD 2016 Alcohol Collaborators. Published Online August 23, 2018 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ S0140-6736(18)31310-2

The Lancet is a weekly peer-reviewed medical journal with a top academic reputation and global visibility. One of the very best.

The article (PDF) summarizes: “Alcohol use is a leading risk factor for global disease burden and causes substantial health loss. We found that the risk of all-cause mortality, and of cancers specifically, rises with increasing levels of consumption, and the level of consumption that minimises health loss is zero.”

The research also reveals gender differences in alcohol – attributable mortality and a ranking of countries with males leading by far:

https://infographic.statista.com/normal/chartoftheday_15215_the_countries_with_the_highest_number_of_deaths_attributable_to_alcohol_n.jpg

Source LINK.

 

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