GLO President visits Budapest at critical times for Europe. Klaus F. Zimmermann is appointed George Soros Visiting Chair at the Central European University (CEU) for the Spring Term.

The Central European University (CEU) has appointed Klaus F. Zimmermann as the George Soros Visiting Chair at the School of Public Policy for April-June (Spring Term) 2019. He will take residence in Budapest on April 1, 2019. Zimmermann is a Professor of Economics at Bonn University, a Honorary Professor at Maastricht University, Free University of Berlin, Renmin University of China, and directs POP at UNU-MERIT in Maastricht. He is also President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO).

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IESR-GLO Workshop on ‘Belt and Road’ – Labor Markets on March 21-22 at Jinan University in Guangzhou, China.

GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann has spent the week after March 17 in Guangzhou, China, at IESR, Jinan University. He attended the IESR-GLO Workshop on ‘Belt and Road’ Labor Markets he had organized together with Shuaizhang Feng, the Dean of IESR and a GLO Fellow. A focus of the workshop was on China, South Asia and South East Asia. For the workshop program see below.

Feng (right) and Zimmermann
Group Photo

March 21st, 2019
9:30-9:40 Welcome remarks by Shuaizhang Feng and Klaus F. Zimmermann
9:40-10:40 Michele Bruni: China and the BRI Countries at a Demographic Crossroad: Labour Market Implications, Challenges and Opportunities
10:40-11:10 Group Picture and Coffee Break
11:10-11:50 Asad Islam: Can Referral Improve Targeting? Evidence from a Training Experiment
11:50-13:50 Lunch
13:50-14:30 Jinseong Park: Parental Wealth, Time to First Job, and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from Housing Wealth Shocks in South Korea
14:30-14:50 Coffee Break
14:50-15:30 M Niaz Asadullah: Female Seclusion from Paid Work: A Social Norm or Cultural Preference?
15:30-16:10 Shuaizhang Feng: The Challenge of Internal Migration on China’s Long Term Sustainable Growth

Workshop Dinner with Associate Dean and GLO Fellow Sisi Zhang (second from right)
GLO Fellows (from left) Xue, Park, Assadullah, Bruni, Ouch, and Islam with Zimmermann

March 22nd, 2019
9:00-9:40 Chandarany Ouch: China’s BRI and Challenges and Opportunities for Cambodia’s Labour Market 9:40-10:20
Sen Xue: Institutional Restrictions on Migration and Migrant Consumption and Savings Response
10:20-10:40 Coffee Break
10:40-11:20 Klaus F. Zimmermann: Arsenic Contamination of Drinking Water in Bangladesh: Knowledge and Response
11:20-12:00 Round Table Discussion
12:00-14:00 Lunch

List of Participants
Michele Bruni: Professor at Centre for the Analysis of Public Policies, University of Modena, Team Leader of EU-China Social Protection Reform Project
Shuaizhang Feng: Professor and Dean of IESR, Jinan University
Asad Islam: Associate Professor of Department of Economics, Monash University
M Niaz Asadullah: Professor, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Univ of Malaya
Chandarany Ouch: Research Fellow, Head of Economics Unit, Cambodia Development Resource Institute
Jinseong Park: Assistant Professor of IESR, Jinan University
Sen Xue: Assistant Professor of IESR, Jinan University
Klaus F. Zimmermann: Professor of Bonn University and UNU-MERIT, President of the Global Labor Organization

Islam, Park, Zimmermann, Ouch and Xue

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GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann visits Jinan University in Guangzhou, China, for the week March 17 – 24, 2019.

Arriving from Kuala Lumpur, where he had spent time as a Visiting Professor at the University of Malaya, GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann arrived on March 17 in Guangzhou, China, to work a full week at the Institute for Economic and Social Research (IESR), Jinan University.

Jinan University (JNU) was founded in 1906 by the Qing government in Nanjing as the first university in China to enroll overseas Chinese students. Now, it is the top university in mainland China for international students and it has fully devoted itself to creating a culture of openness, diversity and creativity among its faculty and students.

The Institute for Economic and Social Research (IESR) was created in December 2015 by appointing Yangtze River Scholar Professor Shuaizhang Feng appointed as the first Dean. The mission of IESR is to advance policy-oriented economic and social research addressing the most relevant challenges of the modern China. Within a short time, IESR has gained a strong faculty of significant researchers and a global reputation of excellence.

IESR has been an early supporter of the Global Labor Organization (GLO) and Dean and Professor Shuaizhang Feng is a GLO Fellow of the first hour. During his second visit to IESR, Klaus F. Zimmermann has met again with many IESR researchers to discuss their latest research.

Shuaizhang Feng was also just appointed Editor of the Journal of Population Economics published by Springer Nature. The Journal, the leader of the academic field of Population Economics, is directed by Zimmermann, who is the Editor-in-Chief. Both Feng and Zimmermann had various talks about the further collaborations to strenghten IESR, GLO and the Journal of Population Economics.

Arriving at the Jinan University entry gate.

Working from the Jim Heckman room….

Discussions with another visitor: Professor Wenkai Sun, Labor Economist of the Renmin University of China, Beijing, and GLO Fellow.

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“International Migration Encourages Social and Political Change” …. and other fresh research from the GLO Global Network. All GLO research papers freely accessible.

Morocco, a North-African country that has become a major emigration hub to Europe, has seen many calls for political change over the last few years. The “GLO Discussion Paper of the Month of February 2019” is using micro data to confirm that social remittances induced by international migration are indeed drivers of social and political change in the context of Morocco.

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: February 2019

GLO DP 309 International Migration as Driver of Political and Social Change: Evidence from Morocco – Download PDF
by Tuccio, Michele & Wahba, Jackline & Hamdouch, Bachir

GLO Fellows Bachir Hamdouch, Michele Tuccio and Jackie Wahba.

Abstract: This paper focuses on the impact of international migration on the transfer of political and social norms. Exploiting recent and unique data on Morocco, it explores whether households with return and current migrants bear different political preferences and behaviours than non-migrant families. Once controlling for the double selection into emigration and return migration, findings suggest that having a returnee in the household increases the demand for political and social change, driven by returnees mostly from Western European countries, who have been exposed to more democratic norms at destination. However, we find a negative impact of having a current migrant on the willingness to change of the left-behind household, driven by migrants to non-West countries, where the quality of political and social institutions is lower. Our results are robust to also controlling for destination selectivity.  

GLO Discussion Papers of February 2019

328 Short-Run Health Consequences of Retirement and Pension Benefits: Evidence from China Download PDF
by Nikolov, Plamen & Adelman, Alan

327 Tracking the Sustainable Development Goals: Emerging Measurement Challenges and Further Reflections – Download PDF
by Dang, Hai-Anh H. & Fu, Haishan & Serajuddin, Umar

326 Public Employment Decline in Developing Countries in the 21st Century: The Role of Globalization – Download PDF
by Gözgör, Giray & Bilgin, Mehmet Huseyin & Zimmermann, Klaus F.

325 The Nativity Wealth Gap in Europe: a Matching Approach – Download PDF
by Ferrari, Irene

324 The Evolution of Factor Shares: Evidence from Switzerland – Download PDF
by Baldi, Guido & Pons, Martina

323 Timed to Say Goodbye: Does Unemployment Benefit Eligibility Affect Worker Layoffs? – Download PDF
by Albanese, Andrea & Ghirelli, Corinna & Picchio, Matteo

322 Beyond the Average: Ethnic Capital Heterogeneity and Intergenerational Transmission of Education – Download PDF
by Chakrabortya, Tanika & Schüller, Simone & Zimmermann, Klaus F.

321 The Growing Divergence in U.S. Employee Relations: Individualism, Democracy, and Conflict – Download PDF
by Norlander, Peter

320Innovation, Automation, and Inequality: Policy Challenges in the Race against the Machine – Download PDF
by Prettner, Klaus & Strulik, Holger

319 English skills, labour market status and earnings of Turkish women – Download PDF
by Di Paolo, Antonio & Tansel, Aysit

318 Improving Access and Quality in Early Childhood Development Programs: Experimental Evidence from The Gambia – Download PDF
by Blimpo, Moussa P. & Carneiro, Pedro & Jervis, Pamela & Pugatch, Todd

317 Motherhood, Migration, and Self-Employment of College Graduates  – Download PDF
by  Cai, Zhengyu & Stephens, Heather M. & Winters, John V.

316 Whither the evolution of the contemporary social fabric? New technologies and old socio-economic trends – Download PDF
by  Dosi, Giovanni & Virgillito, Maria Enrica

315 Are there gains to joining a union? Evidence from Mexico – Download PDF
by  Gutiérrez Rufrancos & Héctor Elías

314 Home advantage in European international soccer: Which dimension of distance matters? – Download PDF
by  Van Damme, Nils & Baert, Stijn

313 Twelve eyes see more than eight. Referee bias and the introduction of additional assistant referees in soccer – Download PDF
by  Verstraeten, Olivier & Baert, Stijn

312 Works Councils and Workplace Health Promotion in Germany – Download PDF
by Jirjahn, Uwe & Mohrenweiser, Jens & Smith, Stephen C.

311 Does Society Influence the Gender Gap in Risk Attitudes? Evidence from East and West Germany – Download PDF
by Chadi, Cornelia & Jirjahn, Uwe

310 Immigration and unemployment in Europe: does the core-periphery dualism matter?  – Download PDF
by Esposito, Piero & Collignon, Stefan & Scicchitano, Sergio

309 International Migration as Driver of Political and Social Change: Evidence from Morocco – Download PDF
by Tuccio, Michele & Wahba, Jackline & Hamdouch, Bachir

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 GroningenDP@glabor.org  

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Farewell Kuala Lumpur: Thanks for a great visit! GLO President has left Malaysia and reached Guangzhou in China.

After visiting Malaysia for one week with a very intensive travel and lecture program, it is time to reflect, be grateful for the wonderful treatment and the very many fruitful interactions, and move on …. to China. GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann left Kuala Lumpur on March 17 to arrive in Guangzhou for the next step of his Asia tour.

Looking back at the University of Malaya
UM Faculty of Economics and Administration, ‘his’ Visitor’s Committee. From the left: Pui Kiew Ling, Santha A/P Chenayah @ Ramu (Head of the Department of Economics), Lim Kian Ping, Klaus F. Zimmermann, M. Niaz Asadullah and Ong Sheue Li. After lunch in a great local Malaysian Restaurant celebrating the end of a very successful visit with the team.

Final views from the hotel.

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Publishing in good journals: Large interest among University of Malaya (UM) scholars in a seminar with UM Visiting Professor Klaus F. Zimmermann

The University of Malaya expects scholars to participate in the world-wide efforts to push the research frontier with good publications in respected academic journals. Hence, about 90 members of the university had registered for a seminar on March 15, 2019 with UM Visiting Professor Klaus F. Zimmermann (UNU-MERIT, Maastricht and GLO), who is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Population Economics, the leading outlet in that field. He is or has been involved as editorial board member with a few dozens of good journals and has published over 150 articles in refereed international journals. He explained the editorial process from all sides and pointed at key factors to increase the chances of publication success. The session continued by many questions of participants and the presentation of the results of a survey among the participating scholars about their interests and ambitions. The responses signaled a significant motivation of the UM scholars for the publication challenge.

Last preparations

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EBES President Klaus F. Zimmermann meets Noor Azina Ismail of the University of Malaya and Jonathan A. Batten of Universiti Utara Malaysia during his tenure as Visiting Professor at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur.

Klaus F. Zimmermann (UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University) is the President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO) and the President of the Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES).

Zimmermann in his role as EBES President is the recent successor of Jonathan A. Batten, a Professor of University Utara Malaysia, who was serving in this function for many years. Batten is also a GLO Fellow.

Noor Azina Ismail, a Professor of Applied Statistics of the University of Malaya, is the local contact for the 30th EBES congress, which will take place on January 8-10, 2020 at the University of Malaya, Faculty of Economics and Administration.

Zimmermann used his visit at UM to meet with Jonathan A. Batten for dinner and with Noor Azina Ismail for lunch to discuss EBES business issues.

Klaus F. Zimmermann & Jonathan A. Batten after a joint dinner.

Klaus F. Zimmermann & Noor Azina Ismail after a joint lunch.

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GLO President and Visiting Professor of the University of Malaya (UM), Klaus F. Zimmermann, spoke in a joint UM – World Bank Seminar on the Transfer of Economic Preferences Across Generations

March 14, 2019: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. University of Malaya (UM). Joint UM – World Bank Research Seminar with GLO President and UM Visiting Professor Klaus F. Zimmermann on “Economic Preferences Across Generations“. About 90 registered participants. The presentations was followed by a long, interested and intense discussion followed by joint lunch of some core participants of the World Bank and the UM Faculty.

Extended abstract of “Economic preferences across generations: Identifying family clusters from a large-scale experiment”. Economic preferences – like time, risk and social preferences – have been shown to be very influential for real-life outcomes, such as educational achievements, labor market outcomes, or health status. The paper contributes to the recent literature that has examined how and when economic preferences are formed, putting particular emphasis on the role of intergenerational transmission of economic preferences within families in Bangladesh. The paper is the first to run incentivized experiments with fathers and mothers and their children by drawing on a unique dataset of 1,999 members of Bangladeshi families, including 911 children, aged 6-17 years, and 544 pairs of mothers and fathers. It finds a large degree of intergenerational persistence as the economic preferences of mothers and fathers are significantly positively related to their children’s economic preferences. Importantly, it finds that socio-economic status of a family has no explanatory power as soon as we control for parents’ economic preferences. A series of robustness checks deals with the role of older siblings, the similarity of parental preferences, and the average preferences within a child’s village. One can also classify whole families into one of two clusters with either relatively patient, risk-tolerant and pro-social members or relatively impatient, risk averse and spiteful members – and show that socio-economic background variables can explain whether a family belongs to the one or the other cluster. The presented paper is a substantial revision of GLO Discussion Paper No. 183 and available on request.

UM Faculty and Word Bank Researchers from the left: Nai Peng Tey, Young Eun Kim, M. Niaz Asadullah, Noor Azina Ismail, Klaus F. Zimmermann, Ong Sheue Li, Vijayendra Rao and Lim Kian Ping. After lunch following the UM – World Bank Research Seminar.

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GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann took office as Visiting Professor at University of Malaya (UM), March 10 to 17, 2019. And provided a talk in the joint UM-GLO Labor Economics Seminar on March 13.

The well attended research seminar on March 13 (about 60 participants) of Zimmermann on “Pushing the Research Frontier on Labor and Human Resource Issues: Introducing the Global Labor Organization (GLO)” was introduced and chaired by the Dean of the Faculty of Economics & Administration, Prof. Rohana Binti Jani.

Zimmermann stressed the importance of establishing and developing academic networks for the progress of the discipline and the needed publication success. He explained the functioning of the Global Labor Organization. The regular UM – GLO Research Seminars were established in Summer 2018.

The GLO is an international, independent, non-partisan and non-governmental organization that has no institutional position. It deals with the the challenges and benefits of globalization and international collaborations and functions as a global network and virtual platform for researchers, policy makers, practitioners and the general public interested in scientific research and its policy and societal implications on global labor markets, demographic challenges and human resources.

UM requires from staff regular publications in good research journals. GLO Fellow and UM Prof. M. Niaz Asadullah introduced the GLO South-East- Asia Research Cluster he is successfully leading.

Zimmermann and Dean Rohana Binti Jani

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Celebrating 25 years of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) in Kota Kinabalu: GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann delivers the public University Silver Jubilee Lecture

March 11, 2019. Early evening in Kota Kinabalu, Island of Borneo in Malaysia. GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann enjoyed a joint dinner with members of the Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Faculty of Business, Economics and Accountancy, in Sabah, the Northern Malaysian state on Borneo Island, including Dean & Associate Prof. Raman Noordin, his host, GLO Fellow Dr. Beatrice Lim and GLO Affiliate & Lecturer Dr. Borhan Abdullah. Beatrice Lim is also Senior Lecturer and Head of the Human Resource Economics Program of the Faculty.

In the morning of March 12, Klaus F. Zimmermann provided the public University Silver Jubilee Lecture on “Global Labor Economics: Challenges and Benefits” and after a longer break to discuss issues with many prominent faculty members, a public Seminar on “Publishing in Good Journals”. About 400 people attended the festive ceremony around the Silver Jubilee Lecture and around 40 stayed to learn and discuss about the art of publishing in good academic journals. The two events were part of a day-long seminar (see below) of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Accountancy on “Global Labor Economics: Challenges and Benefits” with a series of paper presentations of local scholars in the afternoon.

The event was opened and chaired by Professor Dr. Rasid Mail, Deputy Vice Chancelor (Academic & International), and the introductory speech was delivered by Professor Datuk Dr. Kasim Mansur. The session on publishing was chaired by Senior Lecturer Dr. James Eng. A large number of academic staff, including those of other faculties of the university were attending the event and the discussions in the break. Some downloadable references to the talk of Klaus F. Zimmermann:

Walls and Fences: A Journey Through History and EconomicsDownload PDF by Vernon, Victoria & Zimmermann, Klaus F.
Global Labor Organization Discussion Paper No. 330.

Social Cohesion and Labor MobilityDownload PDF by Zimmermann, Klaus F.
Global Labor Organization Discussion Paper No. 249.

Migration for Development: From Challenges to Opportunities – Download PDF by Zimmermann, Klaus F.
Global Labor Organization Discussion Paper No. 70.

Event banner from the street
Internal discussion with top faculty and university official
About 400 registered participants.
Dean Noordin, Zimmermann, Deputy Vice Chancellor Mail & Beatrice Lim
Excited students….

BROAD MEDIA COVERAGE

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