Zimmermann spoke at a conference of Asian and Australasian Labor Economists in Canberra

The Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics (AASLE) was created to promote research and cooperation in Labour and Applied Economics across Asia and Australasia. The inaugural conference of the AASLE brought together from 7-9 December 2017 over 400 researchers and over 120 papers from around the world. It was hosted by the Australian National University Research School of Economics in Canberra, Australia. The event has been impressive and was a huge success.

The Global Labor Organization (GLO) had supported this initiative and also organized a special GLO session chaired by GLO Country Lead Australia, John Haisken-DeNew (Melbourne University). A large number of GLO Fellows were participating in the event and were presenting papers in various sessions.

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.

Eminent Scholar and Visiting Professor at Melbourne University, Klaus F. Zimmermann (Co-Director of POP at UNU-MERIT & Maastricht University & President of the Global Labor Organization, GLO) was presenting two papers at this event on December 7 and 8, 2017.

Zimmermann presenting one of his AASLE papers in the National Press Club of Australia as part of the AASLE conference.

Zimmermann at the conference venue in the conference hotel Realm.

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Zimmermann delivered keynote at Australian Labour Economists event (ALMR) in Canberra

The 28th Australian Labour Market Research (ALMR) Workshop brought together high-quality labour economic research that engages actively with policy makers. The workshop took place on 6-7 December 2017 at The Realm Hotel, 18 National Circuit Barton, Canberra, Australia. The event was organized by GLO Fellow Boyd Hunter (Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian National University).

Eminent Scholar and Visiting Professor at Melbourne University and Macquarie University, Klaus F. Zimmermann (Co-Director of POP at UNU-MERIT & Maastricht University & President of the Global Labor Organization, GLO) had provided a keynote lecture on December 7, 2017 on “The European Migration Challenge”.

Final Program booklet for 2017 ALMR Workshop November 2017 A4

Zimmermann on his way by car from Melbourne to Canberra exploring the coast during a break close to the sea.

ALMR Head and GLO Fellow Boyd Hunter (right) with Zimmermann after his keynote lecture.

 

Observing Koalas in the Tidbinbilla National Park near-by Canberra.

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Zimmermann spoke at the University of Queensland, Brisbane

As part of his travel during his tenure as Eminent Scholar and Visiting Professor at Melbourne University and Macquarie University, Klaus F. Zimmermann (Co-Director of POP at UNU-MERIT & Maastricht University & President of the Global Labor Organization, GLO) has also visited Brisbane and spoke at the University of Queensland.

On November 30, 2017 Zimmermann gave a research seminar on “Arsenic Contamination of Drinking Water and Mental Health” in the Applied Economics Seminar Program of the School of Economics perfectly arranged by the Seminar Organizer, Rigissa Megalokonomou. Zimmermann interacted with a strong group of interested and competent applied development and labor economists and econometricians. He enjoyed and benefited from the discussions with Tina Rampino, Anton Pak and GLO Fellows Rigissa Megalokonomou, Jonas Fooken, Nancy Kong, Christiern Rose, and Haishan Yuan, among others.

View from dinner on the Brisbane River:

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Zimmermann in Adelaide: The Future of Government & Migration Challenges

During his tenure as Eminent Scholar and Visiting Professor at Melbourne University and Macquarie University, Klaus F. Zimmermann (Co-Director of POP at UNU-MERIT & Maastricht University & President of the Global Labor Organization, GLO) has also been in Adelaide. He had been invited by Kostas Mavromaras, President of the Economic Society of Australia (SA). Mavromaras has also been the Director of the National Institute of Labour Studies and a Professor at Flinders University. He his also a GLO-Fellow and a forthcoming Professor of Economics at the University of Adelaide.

On Monday, November 27, Zimmermann spoke to over 40 government staff members from various departments of the local Government of South Australia (SA) headed Stuart Hocking, Deputy Chief Executive of the Department of Treasury & Finance, SA, about the future of government in the face of globalization. In this exchange, he was supported by Kostas Mavromaras.

In his Public Lecture on November 28 in the Napier Lecture Theatre, the lecture hall of the University of Adelaide, Zimmermann spoke about “The European Migration Challenge”. He was introduced by Professor Gareth Miles, the Head of the School of Economics, who also moderated the discussion. Zimmermann also used the occasion to exchange views with further various distinguished individuals, including Professor Christopher Findlay, Executive Dean, Faculty of the Professions, Nigar Hashimzade (University of Durham), and GLO Fellows Stephane Mahuteau, Eran Binenbaum and Zhang Wei.

Zimmermann after the Public Lecture in Napier Lecture Theatre, the lecture hall of the University of Adelaide.

Kostas Mavromaras, Zimmermann and Gareth Myles in Napier Lecture Theatre

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Zimmermann discusses population issues in Sydney

Zimmermann discusses migration and aging issues at the ARC Center of Excellence in Population Aging Research in Sydney.

During his longer research and lecture journey through most larger Australian cities, Klaus F. Zimmermann (Co-Director of POP at UNU-MERIT & Maastricht University & President of the Global Labor Organization, GLO) has visited also the ARC Center of Excellence in Population Aging Research at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. On the invitation of GLO Fellow Alan Woodland, he provided a well-attended timely research seminar on “The Role of Status at Entry for the Labor Market Integration of Migrants” on November 23, 2017.

He also discussed research and policy issues in a reception and thereafter with many participants, including GLO Fellows John Piggott, Robert Holzmann, George Kudrna, Raja Junankar, and Mike Orszag. Some of them he met again at the conference of the Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics (AASLE) in Canberra in early December.

At the end of his Australia trip in the middle of December, Zimmermann returned to lovely Sydney to enjoy a few holidays at a near-by beach while also visiting museums, parks and the harbor area…..

Zimmermann after his research seminar in Sydney.

After the research seminar, see below. Zimmermann with GLO – Fellows John Piggott (left) and Alan Woodland (right). Both are at the Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales,  Australia.

Piggott and Woodland are the editors of the new state-of-the-art North Holland Handbook of the Economics of Population Aging . Zimmermann had contributed the chapter on “Migration and Demographic Shift” (with Anzelika Zaiceva) to this prominent handbook.

In holidays some days after….. at the beach near-by:

And at the Sydney Harbour Bridge:

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Zimmermann has been Visiting Professor at Macquarie University and provided a public lecture in the Lighthouse Lecture Series in Sydney

In November 2017, Klaus F. Zimmermann (Co-Director of POP at UNU-MERIT & Maastricht University & President of the Global Labor Organization, GLO) has been a Visiting Professor at Macquarie University in Sydney/Australia. He discussed research issues and policy perspectives with faculty including various local GLO Fellows (Zhiming Cheng, Natalia Ponomareva, Kompal Sinha and Ben Wang, among others), David Throsby and Associate Dean for Research, Lucy Taksa. 

On November 22, he provided a well-received Public Lecture in the Lighthouse Lecture Series of Macquarie University  on

Migration and Well-Being

introduced and directed by Lucy Taksa, also Professor of Management. The presentation ended with an intensive discussion. Overview and literature references:

Overview:

(1) The Value of Mobility

(2) GDP or Happiness?

(3) Measurement of Happiness and Wellbeing

(4) Research Questions

(5) Migration and the Wellbeing of the Natives

(6) Wellbeing of Migrants and Conditions at Home

(7) Migrants Abroad and the Wellbeing of the Left Behind

(8) Conclusions and Challenges

His overview was based on the following key publications:

(5) Wellbeing of the Natives:

►A. Akay, A. Constant and C. Giulietti: The Impact of Immigration on the Well-Being of Natives, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, (2014), 103, 72-92.

►A. Akay, A. Constant, C. Giulietti, and M. Guzi: Ethnic Diversity and Well-Being, Journal of Population Economics, (2017), 30, 265-306.

►M. Kuroki: Racial Diversity, Immigrants and the Well-being of Residents: Evidence from US Counties, Forthcoming, Journal of Population Economics, (2018). https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00148-017-0657-9; GLO Discussion Paper, No. 76.

►N. B. Simpson, Happiness and Migration, in. A. Constant and K. F. Zimmermann (Eds.), International Handbook on the Economics of Migration, Edward Elgar, (2013), 393-407.

►W. Betz and N. B. Simpson, The Effects of International Migration on the Well-being of Native Populations in Europe, IZA Journal of Migration, 2013,2.

(6) Migrants’ Wellbeing and Macroeconomic Conditions

Akay, O. Bargain and K. F. Zimmermann: Home Sweet Home? Macroeconomic Conditions in Home Countries and the Well-Being of Migrants, Journal of Human Resources, 52 (2017), 351-373.

(7) Migrants Abroad and the Wellbeing of the Left Behind

Remittances:

►A. Akay, C. Giulietti, J.D. Robalino and K. F. Zimmermann: Remittances and Well-Being among Rural-to-Urban Migrants in China, Review of Economics of the Household, 12 (2014), 517-546.

► M. Akgüc, C. Giulietti and K. F.Zimmermann: The RUMiC Longitudinal Survey: Fostering Research on Labor Markets in China, IZA Journal of Labor & Development, 2014, 3:5

► A. Akay, O. Bargain, C. Guilietti, J. D. Robalino and K. F.Zimmermann: Remittances and Relative Concerns in Rural China, China Economic Review, 37 (2016), 191-207.

Social Remittances:

►M. Nikolova, M. Roman and K. F. Zimmermann: Left Behind but Doing Good? Civic Engagement in Two Post-Socialist Countries. Journal of Comparative Economics, 45 (2017), 658–684.

 

Zimmermann after the lecture:

Zimmermann and Lucy Taksa, Professor and Associate Dean for Research,   Faculty of Business and Economics of Macquarie University.

Sydney after the hour from the Sydney Tower Eye nearby:
Sydney Townhall by night nearby:

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GLO President Zimmermann spoke in Wollongong/Australia on November 20, 2017.

Klaus F. Zimmermann (Co-Director of POP at UNU-MERIT & Maastricht University & President of the Global Labor Organization, GLO) visited the University of Wollongong on November 20 to discuss research issues with colleagues and various GLO Fellows. He provided a public lecture in the university, which was strongly attended by a large number of participants from various faculties.

Zimmermann was warmly welcomed and introduced by Executive Dean Charles Areni of the Business School of the University of Wollongong who also chaired the lecture event on “Global Migration Challenges”GLO Fellows Silvia Mendolia and Martin O’Brien (both University of Wollongong), among others, contributed significantly to the success of the visit.

 

 

…… back on holidays in the harbor of Wollongong on December 10, 2017:

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Defending Openness: GLO President Zimmermann Meets MP Andrew Leigh in Canberra for an Exchange of Views.

On December 8, 2017, Klaus F. Zimmermann,  President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO) met Andrew Leigh, Member of the Australian Federal Parliament, in his office in Canberra to discuss the merits of openness for Australia and the World, and the mission of the GLO.

GLO Fellow Andrew Leigh is the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Federal Member for Fenner. Prior to entering the Australian Parliament in 2010, he was a Professor of Economics at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. Andrew Leigh holds a PhD from Harvard University and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.

As Leigh (see right  below) and Zimmermann agree, global engagement has become a major political fault line around the world, where some argue that trade, investment and migration are threats rather than opportunities. The challenges to an open world are generated by global uncertainty, rising inequality and populism.

In his book, Andrew Leigh argues that Australia’s past prosperity has been the result of engaging with the world, a view that complements the evaluation of global economic progress by the GLO President, and is in line with the GLO mission. Not less, but more openness is required in the future for capital, goods, and people to stabilize and foster prosperity.

The Book: Discussion with MP Andrew Leigh on Globalism and his new book “Choosing Openness. Why global engagement is best for Australia” Penguin Books, Lowy Institute for International Policy 2017 (183 pages).

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New paper: How migration policies can foster development

This newly published paper explains how migration policy can be an effective development policy.

Klaus F. Zimmermann: “La migration en faveur du développement : des défis aux opportunités”, Revue d’économie du développement, 2017/1 (Vol. 25), 13-30. Published version in French. Prepublication version in English see below.

Résumé

Cette contribution étudie les opportunités de la migration pour les pays en développement. Les avantages de la migration pour les pays d’origine sont souvent sous-évalués. Mais les migrants peuvent stimuler le commerce, les transferts de fonds, les innovations, les investissements dans le pays d’origine, et même rentrer chez eux à un moment donné avec un meilleur capital humain. Les diasporas qui fonctionnent peuvent devenir des facteurs de développement stables. Les politiques vis-à-vis des migrants dans les pays d’accueil développés peuvent améliorer l’impact positif de la migration en faveur du développement. Il s’agit notamment de mesures visant à favoriser l’intégration précoce des migrants dans les systèmes éducatifs et sur les marchés du travail, y compris les emplois pour les demandeurs d’asile. La double nationalité et les contrats de migration circulaire sont également des instruments possibles. La politique migratoire peut être une politique de développement efficace.
Codes JEL : F22, F24, F66, J61, O15.

ENGLISH VERSION – Prepublication text: GLO DP 70.

Migration for Development : From Challenges to Opportunities.

This contribution investigates the opportunities of migration for developing countries. The benefits of migration for sending countries are often undervalued. But migrants may foster trade, remittances, innovations, investments back home, and even return home at some time with better human capital. Functioning diasporas can lead to stable factors of development. Policies in receiving developed countries towards migrants can enhance the positive impact of migration for development. Among those are measures to support the early integration of migrants into the educational systems and in the labor markets, including jobs for asylees. Dual citizenships and circular migration contracts are possible instruments. Migration policy can be an effective development policy.

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Publish or perish? Publishing is at least fun….

The Global Labor Organization (GLO) is collaborating with various journals like the International Journal of Manpower  and the Journal of Population Economics, among others. Here are recent products or new ventures of both journals:

Journal of Population Economics

  • Volume 31, Issue 1, January 2018 is PUBLISHED. Here is the access to the TABLE OF CONTENT of the ten top articles freshly published. (Editors are Alessandro Cigno, Erdal Tekin, Junsen Zhang and Klaus F. Zimmermann.)

International Journal of Manpower

  • Volume 38, Issue 7, 2017 is PUBLISHED. Special Issue: Labor adjustment in the European economic area during the Great Recession. Here is the access to the TABLE OF CONTENT of the eight top articles freshly published. (Special Issue Editors are Martin Kahanec, Martin Suster and Klaus F. Zimmermann.)
  • Call for Papers for a Special Issue on: “Sexual Orientation and the Labor Market”. Submissions will be accepted until the 31th of August 2018.  Please study details of the CALL HERE. (Special Issue Editors are Nick Drydakis and Klaus F. Zimmermann.)
  • Call for Papers for a Special Issue on: “The School to Work Transition: Cross-Country Differences, Evolution and Reforms”. Submissions will be accepted until the 15th of February 2018.  Please study details of the CALL HERE. (Special Issue Editors are Francesco Pastore and Klaus F. Zimmermann.)

Klaus F. Zimmermann, now operating from Melbourne, one of the nicest cities of the world….. Just chosen to be the “Most Liveable City of the World“. (I can fully endorse this.) (Picture near the Melbourne Museum.)

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