Watching the Start of the Soccer World Cup From Lisbon

Three exciting days in an attractive European capital: Klaus F. Zimmermann (President of the Global Labor Organization, GLO) in Lisbon/Portugal

How much fun: Watching the amazing match in Lisbon: Portugal – Spain (3:3). Cristiano Ronaldo – what a player….

Now waiting for Germany – Mexico. Sorry, Mexico…. I hope that the German team will win!

In the longer breaks: Enjoying the wonderful city with great food and hospitality!

At the Castelo de Sao Jorge: I

At the Castelo de Sao Jorge: II

View on Lisbon from the balcony of my hotel room…..

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Klaus F. Zimmermann: Global Insights – MyView: Refugees: Save yourself if you can?

National unilateral moves in the refugee question put explosive devices to the European Union (EU). At the beginning of this crisis of European politics was the failure to proper implement the Dublin asylum agreement due to the common destiny of the continent. The obligation of the country of first arrival to administer humanitarian first aid would only work out if it were ultimately possible to distribute the burden appropriately among all European Member States. Due to a lack of solidarity with the southern states of Europe and the ignorance of the European Neighborhood Policy with the crisis areas in the Middle East and Africa, all dams broke in 2015. Merkel’s refugee policy was rightly needed to give Europe time to solve the European crisis. We have unfortunately not made the best use of it. If Germany now heads the “We close the border!” movement, then it gives up the claim to lead a solution. But with war games it is not done. Those who make right-wing populist approaches socially acceptable do not need to be surprised if elections are lost. Bavaria relies on verbal deterrence, as it can not secure its nationwide borders with a socially acceptable law and order policy. That can only go wrong and block the way for a European solution. What is needed is an orderly European-organized first aid in the regions of origin of the flight or in the European accession countries, which includes a recording of the profiles of threatened people from both a humanitarian and economic point of view. And the readiness for appropriate admission of refugees in all EU member states. If this does not succeed, it will harm the welfare of an export-oriented nation like Germany. In the end, the citizens will pay for it. (KFZ)

Klaus F. Zimmermann, Professor of Economics and President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO) expresses his own opinion here.

Literature:

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.

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.

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

Holger Hinte, Ulf Rinne und Klaus F. Zimmermann: Punkte machen?! Warum Deutschland ein aktives Auswahlsystem für ausländische Fachkräfte braucht und wie ein solches System aussehen kann, Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, 2016, 17(1): 68-87. Pre-publication version.

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.

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Global Insights – eine Meinung: Flüchtlinge: Rette sich wer kann?

Nationale Alleingänge in der Flüchtlingsfrage legen Sprengsätze an die Europäische Union (EU). Am Anfang dieser Krise der europäischen Politik stand das Versagen, die Dublin-Regelung der Asylfrage in der kontinentalen Schicksalsgemeinschaft solidarisch umzusetzen. Die Verpflichtung des Erstaufnahmelandes auf Regelung der humanitären Erstversorgung würde nur funktionieren können, wenn schlußendlich eine Verteilung der Lasten angemessen durch alle europäische Mitgliedsstaaten möglich würde. Aus mangelnder Solidarität mit den Südstaaten Europas und durch die Ignoranz der europäischen Nachbarschaftspolitik mit den Krisenherden im Nahen Osten und in Afrika brachen 2015 alle Dämme. Die Flüchtlingspolitik Merkels war zurecht nötig, um Europa Zeit für die Lösung der europäischen Krise zu geben. Sie wurde bisher leider nicht genutzt. Setzt sich Deutschland nun an die Spitze der “Wir schließen die Grenze” – Bewegung, dann gibt es den Führungsanspruch zur Lösung auf. Mit Kraftmeierei ist es aber nicht getan. Wer rechtspopulistische Ansätze salonfähig macht braucht sich nicht zu wundern, wenn dann Wahlen erst Recht verloren gehen. Bayern setzt auf verbale Abschreckung, da es seine gesamtdeutschen Grenzen gar nicht gesellschaftlich akzeptabel polizeistaatlich sichern kann. Das kann nur schiefgehen und den Weg zu einer europäischen Lösung verstellen. Nötig ist eine geordnete europäisch organisierte Erstversorgung in den Ursprungsregionen der Flucht und in den europäischen Zutrittsländern, die eine Erfassung der Profile bedrohter Menschen unter humanitären wie wirtschaftlichen Gesichtspunkten einschließt. Und die Bereitschaft zur angemessenen Aufnahme in EU Mitgliedsstaaten. Gelingt dies nicht, so schadet dies der Wohlfahrt einer Exportnation wie Deutschland. Am Ende werden die Bürger dafür bezahlen. (KFZ)

Klaus F. Zimmermann, Wirtschaftsprofessor und Präsident der Global Labor Organization (GLO) äußert hier seine Meinung.

Literaturhinweise:

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.

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.

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

Holger Hinte, Ulf Rinne und Klaus F. Zimmermann: Punkte machen?! Warum Deutschland ein aktives Auswahlsystem für ausländische Fachkräfte braucht und wie ein solches System aussehen kann, Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, 2016, 17(1): 68-87. Pre-publication version.

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.

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Forthcoming Summer School on Migration and Asylum in Bologna from 9 -14 July 2018. Application deadline is June 15, 2018!

The Global Labor Organization (GLO) supports the International Summer School on Migration and Asylum (migrationschool.eu) in Bologna. migrationschool.eu has joined GLO as an institutional supporter.

The International Summer School on Migration and Asylum is a high-level training organized every year in Bologna. The School is organized by the Italian NGO Africa e Mediterraneo with the support of a number of international partners and sponsors.

Starting from 2018, the Summer School focuses on labor market integration of migrants and asylum seekers, exploring this vast topic from several perspectives, such as: analysis and comparisons of current labor integration policies for migrants and refugees in Europe, certifications and recognition of qualifications, migrants’ self-employment and self-enterprise, and more. Lectures and seminars are integrated with field visits and meetings with experts and professionals working in the field, offering contributions and training on how labour integration of migrants and asylum seekers can be translated into practice in different social and economic contexts.

The next International Summer School on Migration and Asylum will be held in Bologna from 9 -14 July 2018.

The deadline for applications is June 15, 2018!                              LINK for Registration

After two successful events, to which around 300 people from more than 40 countries have applied and more than 100 participants were selected, the main focus of this year edition will be the labor integration of migrants and refugees. Participants will be social workers, researchers, students, journalists, members of international organizations and NGOs, national and European public officials, who will have the chance to be involved in moments of training and sharing of experiences, best practices and knowledge on the topic of labor integration of migrants and refugees under the direction of international experts, academics and professionals in the field.

Flyer Summer School 2018 – Labour Integration

Program 2018 of the Summer School.

Faculty.

GLO Founding Director Alessio J. G. Brown, Co‐Director of the Centre for Population, Development and Labour Economics (POP) at UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University, is a member of the Scientific Committee of the School. He is also a Speaker on this years program on “Labor Market Integration of Migrants in the European Union”.

Alessio J. G. Brown (left) with GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann.

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Second Conference of the Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics (AASLE) in Seoul on 13-15 December 2018

The Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics (AASLE) was founded in 2017 to promote research and cooperation in Labour and Applied Economics across Asia and Australasia.

The second conference will take place on

13 – 15 December 2018 at Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea.

Keynote speakers are Richard Blundell (University College London) and Henry Farber (Princeton University), who is also a Fellow of the Global Labor Organization (GLO).

For details see also the conference flyer: Flyer AASLE-Conference-2018

The inaugural conference 2017:

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 had 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; and 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).

 

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.

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Indian Labor Economists Celebrate Diamond Jubilee Year of the Formation of ISLE in Mumbai. Invitation to Present a Paper at the Event!

The Global Labor Organization (GLO) supports the annual conference of the Indian Society of Labour Economics (ISLE) and the associated Indian Journal of Labour Economics. Both are partner institutions of the GLO. Klaus F. Zimmermann is President of the GLO.

CALL FOR PAPERS

60th ISLE Annual Conference, 19-21 December 2018, Mumbai, India
Conference Flyer ISLE 2018

The 60th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Labour Economics (ISLE) will be held during 19-21 December 2018 in Mumbai, India, organized by the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR). The conference commemorates with the Diamond Jubilee year of the formation of ISLE.  Congratulations from GLO!

Conference Themes
– Emerging Labor Markets and Employment Challenges
– Inequality in Labor Markets and Wellbeing
– World of Work and Women

Submission of Papers:
– Submission deadline:  31 August 2018
– Submission details: Call for papers

GLO  intends to organize a special GLO session at this conference. Those GLO members interested to contribute to such a session are invited to contact GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann (klaus.f.zimmermann@gmail.com) with ideas or preliminary paper titles.

INDIAN SOCIETY OF LABOUR ECONOMICS (ISLE)   

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GLO President Zimmermann will soon visit Baku, Azerbaijan, to intensify local policy and research contacts.

Chairman Natig Shirinzade of the Institute of Global Economic Problems has recently participated at the GLO-EBES 25 conference on May 23-25, 2018 in Berlin to present a paper on “Migration and Social Mobility within and between Countries and its Economic Consequences in the Period of Globalization”. GLO is the Global Labor Organization, EBES the Eurasia Business and Economics Society. The full program of the conference is found here.

At the Berlin conference, Chairman Natig Shirinzade and GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann discussed intensively collaborations between both organizations.

Natig Shirinzade has accepted the position of GLO Country Lead Azerbaijan to represent GLO in this country.

GLO President Zimmermann accepted an invitation of Chairman Shirinzade to visit Baku and Azerbaijan soon to discuss research and policy projects.

The Institute of Global Economic Problems is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in Baku, Azerbaijan. Its mission is to provide scientists, political figures and society with true and confident information about the global economic processes, the global social problems, including migration problems, and other problems that affect economic sustainability problems. It aims to organize a live platform for discussions, dialogues, for assisting the exchange of opinions and views. The institute is considering a wide range of cooperation and collaboration with European and World think tanks and institutes. It believes that through tight connections of adequate dialogue between the scientists, organizations, countries and continents it will be able to achieve the goal to help society, the people, to overcome the forthcoming waves of globalization, which undoubtedly will influence everyone. With the help of attracted experts from the fields of sociology and economics, the Institute intends to prepare both theoretical and empirical articles on world social and economic problems.

Chairman Natig Shirinzade (right)and GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann on May 25, 2018 in Berlin.

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Milena Nikolova & Boris Nikolaev: Family matters for later life satisfaction. Fresh research from the GLO Paper of the month; and other GLO papers free to access.

In their GLO Discussion Paper of the month, Milena Nikolova & Boris Nikolaev find that the adverse effects associated with parental unemployment experienced at a young age tend to last well into young adulthood and are more nuanced than previously thought.

Read more and access all GLO DPs for free!

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: May

Nikolova, Milena; Nikolaev, Boris N., Family matters: involuntary parental unemployment during childhood and subjective well-being later in life, GLO Discussion Paper No. 212, May 2018. Free download.

Abstract: We are the first to examine how parental unemployment experienced during early-, mid- and late-childhood affects adult life satisfaction. Using German household panel data, we find that parental unemployment induced by plant closures and experienced during early (0-5 years) and late (11-15 years) childhood leads to lower life satisfaction at ages 18-31. Nevertheless, parental unemployment can also have a positive effect depending on the age and gender of the child. Our results are robust even after controlling for local unemployment, individual and family characteristics, parental job loss expectations, financial resources, and parents’ working time when growing up. These findings imply that the adverse effects associated with parental unemployment experienced at a young age tend to last well into young adulthood and are more nuanced than previously thought.

GLO Discussion Papers of May 2018

213 Microsimulation Analysis of Optimal Income Tax Reforms. An Application to New Zealand – Download PDF
by Creedy, John & Gemmell, Norman & Hérault, Nicolas & Mok, Penny

212 Family matters: involuntary parental unemployment during childhood and subjective well-being later in life – Download PDF
by Nikolova, Milena & Nikolaev, Boris N.

211 Just Like A Woman? New Comparative Evidence on the Gender Income Gap across Eastern Europe and Central Asia – Download PDF
by Blunch, Niels-Hugo

210 National Identity under Economic Integration – Download PDF
by Chiang, Chun-Fang & Liu, Jin-Tan & Wen, Tsai-Wei

209 A nudge to quit? The effect of a change in pension information on annuitization, labor supply and retirement choices among older workers – Download PDF
by Hagen, Johannes & Hallberg, Daniel & Sjögren Lindquist, Gabriella

208 The Last of the Lost Generations? Formal and Non-Formal Education in Ghana during Times of Economic Decline and Recovery – Download PDF
by Blunch, Niels-Hugo & Hammer, Jeffrey S.

Successful GLO team:
GLO Managing Director Matloob Piracha (University of Kent, right) and GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann (UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University and Bonn University, left).

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Join the Italian labor economists in September in Ancona: Submission deadline June 10, 2018!

The Global Labor Organization (GLO) collaborates with many institutions worldwide including joint sessions at conferences.  As in 2017, the GLO seeks to be present at the 2018 Italian Association of Labor Economists (AIEL) conference in Italy. This initiative is headed by the GLO Country Lead of Italy, Francesco Pastore (Seconda Università di Napoli). GLO Italy is one of the largest country groups and among the most active.

Message

Francesco Pastore and Klaus F. Zimmermann (GLO President and UNU-MERIT, Maastricht) encourage all GLO members to submit a paper to the forthcoming XXXIII AIEL  Conference to be held on the 20-21st of September 2018 at the University Politecnica of Marche, in Ancona.

The conference will host one or more AIEL-GLO joint sessions. Those who are interested in submitting their paper should specify that the paper is meant to be presented in the AIEL-GLO joint session.

Francesco and Klaus: “We hope you can make it to Ancona at the XXXIII AIEL Conference!”

The deadline for the submission of papers is the 10th of June!

There will be a discounted rate for early bird registrations (before the 1st of August) of accepted papers.

The theme of the AIEL 2018 plenary sessions is the analysis of population ageing and of the role of families in fertility decisions, labor market participation, and children’s education.

Keynote lectures will be delivered by GLO Fellow Jan van Ours (Erasmus University Rotterdam),  Andrea Ichino (European University Institute), and Rafael Lalive (University of Lausanne).

For further information regarding the conference, see the home page of the Association: http://www.aiel.it/page/news.php

The call for papers can be downloaded from here:
http://www.aiel.it/cms/cms-files/eventi/lavoratori_eventi_consiglio_20180319175932_CBACDADC.pdf


Left Francesco Pastore (GLO Country Lead Italy) and Klaus F. Zimmermann (GLO President)


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Informal job search is popular, but does not pay in China a new study in the Journal of Population Economics shows!

Informal search for jobs is typically for migrants around the world. Rural migrants in urban China also use largely informal methods. A new study in the Journal of Population Economics, the leading academic outlet in the field of population economics, is now establishing a significant wage penalty for those migrant workers who have conducted their search through informal channels, despite their popularity.

The authors are Yuanyuan Chen (Shanghai University of Finance and Economics), Le Wang (University of Oklahoma) & Min Zhang (East China Normal University).

Wang is also a Fellow of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), an international organization that supports academic international exchange and the work of the Journal of Population Economics. Wang had been recently awarded the prestigious Kuznets Prize 2018 of the Journal of Population Economics for his 2017 article in the Journal with Chunbei Wang on the economic effects of marriage delays. See also the interview on the prize paper.

The article was just published in the new issue of the Journal of Population Economics, , Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 836-876:

Informal search, bad search?: the effects of job search method on wages among rural migrants in urban China

Yuanyuan Chen, Le Wang & Min Zhang

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https://doi.org/10.1007/s00148-017-0672-x

Abstract
The use of informal job search method is prevalent in many countries. There is, however, no consensus in the literature on whether it actually matters for wages, and if it does, what are the underlying mechanisms. We empirically examine these issues specifically for rural migrants in urban China, a country where one of the largest domestic migration in human history has occurred over the past decades. We find that there exists a significant wage penalty for those migrant workers who have conducted their search through informal channels, despite their popularity. Our further analysis suggests two potential reasons for the wage penalty: (1) the informal job search sends a negative signal (of workers’ inability to successfully find a job in a competitive market) to potential employers, resulting in lower wages, and (2) there exists a trade-off between wages and search efficiency for quicker entry into local labor market. We also find some evidence that the informal job search may lead to low-skilled jobs with lower wages. We do not find strong evidence supporting alternative explanations.

Journal of Population Economics

Klaus F. Zimmermann; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Population Economics; President, GLO. The Global Labor Organization (GLO) supports the Journal of Population Economics.

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