Meeting Beethoven & Goethe in Bonn

Bonn, Beethoven city in Germany. Since 17 May 2019, 700 green and golden Beethoven statues have occupied Münsterplatz in Bonn city center. The art installation is part of the run-up of the city to Beethoven’s anniversary in 2020 and finds much interest. Klaus F. Zimmermann, President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO) and currently the George Soros Chair Professor at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, has visited the Beethoven exhibition in Bonn on May 19 on his way to a business meeting in Uppsala, Sweden. The art installation is a forceful advertisement for the city and the 2020 Beethoven anniversary celebrations.

Zimmermann also visited the Bundeskunsthalle to study the new Goethe – Transformation of the World Exhibition. The exhibition details insights on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s views and contributions about the sorrows of young Werther, Faust, the Islam and open cultural communication, his theory of colors and his Italian journey. Very impressive and informative.

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Finishing the Teaching of a Global Labor Economics Class at the Central European University in Budapest

Finishing a stimulating interactive class in Global Labor Economics at the School of Public Policy of the Central European University (CEU) with George Soros Chair Professor Klaus F. Zimmermann in the Spring Term in Budapest, Hungary.

George Soros Chair Class Global Labor Economics 2019 at the School of Public Policy, Central European University (CEU), Budapest

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APRIL GLO Research Papers with the GLO DP of the Month on Stalin, forced labor camps and the origins of mistrust in former USSR countries.

The GLO Discussion Paper of the Month of April 2019 provides a historical explanation on within-country differences in levels of trust. Specifically, the paper finds that the lower trust levels present in former USSR countries can be traced back to the system of forced prison labor present during Stalin’s regime, which created terror and mass repression, causing individuals to lose trust in neighbors, institutions and society at large.

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: April

GLO Discussion Paper No. 344, 2019.344 Stalin and the origins of mistrust – Download PDF

by Nikolova, Milena & Popova, Olga & Otrachshenko, Vladimir 

GLO Fellows Milena Nikolova and Olga Popova 

Abstract:   We show that current differences in trust levels within former Soviet Union countries can be traced back to the system of forced prison labor during Stalin’s rule, which was marked by high incarceration rates, repression, and harsh punishments. We argue that those exposed to forced labor camps (gulags) became less trusting and transferred this social norm to their descendants. Combining contemporary individual-level survey data with historical information on the location of forced labor camps, we find that individuals who live near former gulags have low levels of social and institutional trust. Our results are robust to a battery of sensitivity checks, which suggests that the relationship we document is causal. We outline several causal mechanisms and test whether the social norm of mistrust near gulags developed because of political repression or due to fear that inmates bring criminality. As such, we provide novel evidence on the channels through which history matters for current socio-economic outcomes today.

GLO Discussion Papers of April 2019

344 Stalin and the origins of mistrust – Download PDF
by Nikolova, Milena & Popova, Olga & Otrachshenko, Vladimir

343 Intergenerational Mobility: An Assessment for Latin American Countries – Download PDF
by Doruk, Ömer Tuğsal & Yavuz, Hasan Bilgehan & Pastore, Francesco

342 The impact of Brexit on International Students’ Return Intentions – Download PDF
by Falkingham, Jane & Giulietti, Corrado & Wahba, Jackline & Wang, Chuhong

341 Labour mobility and interprovincial trade in Canada – Download PDF
by Aziz, Nusrate & Mahar, Gerry

340 Should I stay or should I go? Migration and job-skills mismatch among Italian doctoral recipients Download PDF
by Alfano, Vincenzo & D’Uva, Marcella & De Simone, Elina & Gaeta, Giuseppe Lucio

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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Klaus F. Zimmermann provided his George Soros Lecture on May 8, 2019 at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest on “Global Labor Economics: Challenges and Benefits”

Klaus F. Zimmermann is the George Soros Chair Professor at the School of Public Policy of the Central European University (CEU) offering a student class on Global Labor Economics. He is also the President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), the Section Chair for Economics, Business and Management of the Academia Europaea, the European Academy of Science and Professor Emeritus of Bonn University.

On May 8, 2019, Zimmermann gave a speech (George Soros Lecture) at CEU on “Global Labor Economics: Challenges and Benefits”, summarizing major aspects from his class. He explained why global labor economics can contribute forcefully to the wealth of nations. Connecting his work to Adam Smith, he suggested that global labor mobility is the ultimate consequence of the division of work which is the driving force behind economic development and global wellbeing. While most research on global labor economics documents that migration is beneficial for economic efficiency and the basis of wellbeing of the people, he thinks that it is necessary to develop a common multi-ethnic social and cultural identity to make this broadly effective in societies.

Martin Kahanec, Professor and Head of the School of Public Policy, was introducing Zimmermann to a larger group of interested participants, and chaired the discussion after the talk. Kahanec and Zimmermann had published various books and articles together dealing with global labor economics, in particular on the consequences of EU enlargement and migration.

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Easter holidays 2019 II: Bonn

Easter Monday, April 22, 2019. Hiking in the Seven Mountains nearby Bonn.

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Easter holidays 2019 I: Dresden

April 18-21, 2019. Visit of the Semperoper including the “Zauberflöte” (The Magic Flute) of Mozart; Frauenkirche, Hofkirche, Zwinger, historical walking tour, et al.; walk alongside the river Elbe to the Loschwitz Bridge, better known as the “Blue Wonder” due to the original color and being seen as a technological miracle at the time of construction (1893).

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REMINDER. George Soros Lecture in Budapest: Klaus F. Zimmermann speaks on May 8, 2019; 5.30 to 7.00 pm, CEU, Nador utca 9, Gellner. “Global Labor Economics: Challenges and Benefits”

To participate please register with Bernadett Ball of CEU at BallB@spp.ceu.edu

For more information about Klaus F. Zimmermann see at SPP of CEU or at Zimmermann’s personal website.

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Dinner for One & other Global Adventures “on the road” Budapest – Helsinki – Hong Kong – Helsinki – Budapest

Dinner for 1 in Hong Kong and in Helsinki on April 9 & 10, 2019.

Enjoying the flight to reach the Hong Kong event (see post) and returned.

Passing GLO at Helsinki Airport

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A future for global talent: GLO President & George Soros Chair Professor Zimmermann supports global labor mobility of talent at high profile event in Hong Kong

The President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), Klaus F. Zimmermann, is currently the George Soros Chair Professor at the School of Public Policy of the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, where he teaches a class in Global Labor Economics. On May 8, he will deliver a university-wide public lecture on “Global Labor Economics: Challenges and Benefits” (see here for further details and the possibility to participate).

Zimmermann at the World Talent Conference on April 10, 2019

On the initiative of Huiyao (Henry) Wang, the President of the Beijing-based Center for China and Globalization (CCG), a large number of participants representing global organizations recently met in Hong Kong to debate and foster the creation of a World Talent Alliance. The event, organized by the Center for China and Globalization Hong Kong Council, took place on April 10, 2019. Under the direction and leadership of Henry Wang, a larger number of speakers debated the needs and perspectives of global talent flows.

George Soros Chair and GLO President Zimmermann was participating at the event. Representing GLO, he was given the honor to open the panel debate on the future of talent movements around the world. While being a long-term advocate of regulated (legal), but open global labor flows, Zimmermann explained the large potentials of talented worker flows for global welfare and regional development. He strongly welcomed the Chinese initiative fostered by Henry Wang, which as he said would “nicely complement the Chinese Belt & Road project“.

Transnational movements of talent have become a key component of economic growth and international relationships. The global movement of talent fosters societal change, generates well-being of the public and promotes peace and development around the world.

Global Talent Organizers

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George Soros Lecture in Budapest: Klaus F. Zimmermann speaks on May 8, 2019; 5.30 to 7.00 pm, CEU, Nador utca 9, Gellner. “Global Labor Economics: Challenges and Benefits”

To participate please register with: BallB@spp.ceu.edu

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