New global network – the Global Labor Organization (GLO)

Today, the world faces a rising controversy about the benefits of globalization and international collaborations…. 

To deal with this challenge, we have now started a new initiative, the GLO, the Global Labor Organization. The catchword will be glabor, hence the new website is “glabor.org“. Please study the website for further information or examine the explanations attached below.

The GLO will organize platforms for the discussion of topics like inequality, job creation, development, migration and labor market reforms and also deal with regional issues in all parts of the world. Available instruments will include events, a new GLO Discussion Paper Series and the collaboration with data creating institutions, research and policy centers and journals. The GLO will also support a newly created large scientific handbook (with 600 freshly written chapters) published with Springer Nature.

We are an open network and you may wish to consider working with us. In this case you can register your interest through our website. There will be no particular obligations coming from this affiliation. We hope to get your advice and support at some time in particular in the context of global population and labor market issues and their policy implications; and hope to get your advice on how to strengthen our networks and our presence in your country of residence.

What you currently see on the website is just the beginning. If you wish to suggest initiatives or to contribute to activities, you are invited to approach us. If you have questions do not hesitate to contact us.

With best regards,

Klaus F. Zimmermann

GLO – President

The GLO in short

The Global Labor Organization (GLO) is a global, independent, non-partisan and non-governmental organization that has no institutional position. The GLO functions as an international 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. These topics are defined broadly to embrace the global diversity of labor markets, institutions, and policy challenges, covering advanced economies as well as transition and less developed countries.

The Global Labor Organization (GLO) aims to establish itself as the world’s leading and global research and policy network on labor, demographics and human resources.

The Global Labor Organization (GLO) is supported by individuals as well as organizations with a thematic interest and a strong ambition to contribute to an effective global network and to benefit from it.

GLO: The Mission Statement

The Global Labor Organization (GLO) is a global, independent, non-partisan and non-governmental organization that has no institutional position. The GLO functions as an international 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. These topics are defined broadly to embrace the global diversity of labor markets, institutions, and policy challenges, covering advanced economies as well as transition and less developed countries.

Globalization and digitization increase the global integration of labor markets. These processes result in an interdependence of policy issues across national borders, and create a continuous range of global labor challenges. There are many examples: Migration and refugee waves have started and impeding demographic challenges will materialize very concretely in the short run. Additional global developments and shocks for example as climate change and natural disasters, terrorism and conflicts as well as pandemics will strongly impact labor markets. Local and global labor markets will be subject to significant adjustments and lead to global reallocation of jobs and the labor force. Economic integration within several regions (EU, NAFTA, ASEAN) and trans-continental cooperation frameworks (TIPP) have implications that affect labor markets directly or indirectly. Not all benefit from these processes equally. Growing global inequalities engender tensions and cleavages with detrimental effects on economic development, but also security.

To address these developments to tackle unemployment, inequality and poverty as well as to promote the creation of good and well paid jobs and achieving high and balanced employment across gender, ages, skills, ethnicities and nationalities, and ultimately to promote sustainable and inclusive growth and a more cohesive and safer world, policy reforms are called for. The design of policies should be based on best practices and on solid scientific evidence rather than ideology to promote good public policies. The increasing global independence calls for globally oriented evidence-based policy making in addition to globally oriented science.

Since the demand for scientifically founded policy advice has been growing in the light of more complex economic processes, independent scientific research, evaluation and monitoring is more important than ever and needs to be based on ethical rules on the profession on research integrity.

The Global Labor Organization (GLO) aims to fill a significant gap in the global community between scientific research and evidence-based policy making. To this end as an international network and virtual platform the GLO aims to promote in the realm of labor with an explicit global perspective

  • high quality and policy relevant research and research collaboration,
  • on this basis evidence-based scientific policy advice,
  • dissemination of and debate on research results, evidence, best practices and the implications for policy and society to the wider public, and
  • vast virtual resources for the global network to stimulate contact, exchange and access to research, data, policy proposals, opportunities for collaboration as well as valuable information about funding opportunities and the job market.

The global network will provide research, evidence, best practice and on this basis concrete policy proposals and good information in context for the public at large. It will profit from the network synergies as well as the crucial collaboration and dissemination opportunities.

The virtual platform as the home of the network will act as an information source, enable contacts and will build bridges between the different communities with an intrinsic interest in labor, demographics and human resources: academia, policy-makers, business, employees, media and of course civil society and students. It could provide vast online services for communication, joint research projects and remote data processing.

The Global Labor Organization (GLO) aims to establish itself as the world’s leading and global research and policy network on labor, demographics and human resources.

The Global Labor Organization (GLO) is supported by individuals as well as organizations with a thematic interest and a strong ambition to contribute to an effective global network and to benefit from it. Appropriate events, instruments and products  will be developed as a consequence.

Individuals are either GLO Affiliates or specially appointed GLO Fellows. Organizations are either Supporters or Members.

GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann and GLO Director Alessio J. G. Brown in front of UNU-MERIT (Maastricht). Both have been recently appointed Honorary Professor at Maastricht University.

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New Responsibilities in Romania

New responsibilities for POP Co-Director Klaus F. Zimmermann (UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University and Princeton University): He recently became a member of the Editorial Board of the Romanian Journal of Economic Forecasting. In 2016, Zimmermann had visited the Institute for Economic Forecasting in Bucharest, which is part of the National Institute for Economic Research of the Romanian Academy. During his visit at the Institute for Economic Forecasting in Bucharest, he had presented a lecture on the “European Refugee Crisis”.

Zimmermann now joined the Scientific Board of the 3rd International Conference Recent Advances in Economic and Social Research, which will take place on May 11-12, 2017 in the Institute for Economic Forecasting in Bucharest organized by members of the Institute. Deadline for abstract submissions is April 8, 2017. For more details see:

RA call_for_papers_2017

In front of the Romanian Academy

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Does demographic change cause secular economic stagnation?

A substantial public debate is concerned about declining growth and secular stagnation with negative consequences for jobs and earnings.

A new published paper takes a global, long-run perspective on the recent debate about secular stagnation, which has so far mainly focused short-term issues:

Matteo Cervellati (University of Bologna), Uwe Sunde (University of Munich) & Klaus F. Zimmermann (Princeton University and UNU-MERIT)

Demographic Dynamics and Long-Run Development: Insights for the Secular Stagnation Debate

The analysis is motivated by observing the interplay between the economic and demographic transition that has occurred in the developed world over the past 150 years. To the extent that high growth rates in the past have partly been the consequence of singular changes during the economic and demographic transition, growth is likely to become more moderate once the transition is completed.

At the same time, a similar transition is on its way in most developing countries, with profound consequences for the development prospects in these countries, but also for global comparative development.

The evidence presented in the paper suggests that long-run development dynamics have potentially important implications for the prospects of human and physical capital accumulation, the evolution of productivity and the question of secular stagnation.

View from my office on the Robertson Hall, part of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs of Princeton University

 

The paper was previously presented in preliminary versions in the following Discussion Papers:

Working Paper #604, Princeton University, Industrial Relations Section  UNU – MERIT Working Paper # 2016-049                                                                    ZEF Discussion Papers on Development Policy #226

 

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Latin America Migration Dynamics

In the wake of a dramatic regime switch in US migration policy towards Latin America, Klaus F. Zimmermann (Princeton University and UNU-MERIT) was visiting the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC on January 25, 2017. As a member of the Steering Committee of a new large research project on international migration dynamics in Central America and Mexico, he was able to discuss the developments and to advice research.

Near-by, the  newly elected US President Donald Trump announced executive orders against illegal immigration. The measures include the ‘immediate construction of a border wall’, enforcement of deportations, eliminating federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities — a loose term that refers to communities that shield undocumented immigrants from deportation -, and restrictions for refugees from Muslim countries. Some experts and observers have found those initiatives unnecessary, others ‘symbolic’. Time will show how long it is possible to ignore reality.

In front of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC

 

In the entrance hall of the bank

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Princeton Economics Moved to New Building

Effectively on January 1, 2017 the entire Economics Department and its sections moved to a new building, the Louis A. Simpson International Building, on Washington Road 20, Princeton. Hence, my new postal address is:

Klaus F. Zimmermann, Department of Economics, Industrial Relations Section, Louis A. Simpson International Bldg., Washington Road 20, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544

 

Orientation in the new building

 

On the way to the Industrial Relations Section

 

Entering the Industrial Relations Section

 

View from my office on the Robertson Hall, part of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs

 

Ready to work

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Zimmermann spoke at ASSA 2017 on the Refugee Crisis

January 6, 2017 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, USA: As part of the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association (ASSA 2017), the largest gathering of economists world-wide (with over 13,000 participants), which took place in Chicago, IL on January 5-8, 2017, Klaus F. Zimmermann, Princeton University, UNU-MERIT & Maastricht University, and on leave from Bonn University, spoke on the European refugee crisis. The talk was part of a session organized by the Washington DC based Society of Government Economists.

The crowded session featured some of the best migration economists, including session chair Madeline Zavodny, (Agnes Scott College), Giovanni Peri (University of California, Davis), Pia M. Orrenius (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas), Amelie Constant (Princeton University and UNU-MERIT) and Klaus F. Zimmermann (Princeton University, Maastricht University and UNU-MERIT). The prominent discussants were Laura M. Argys (University of Colorado Denver), Todd A. Sorensen (University of Nevada, Reno),  Joseph Cordes, (George Washington University)  and Madeline Zavodny, (Agnes Scott College).

The session program: Policy Callenges of Migration (Refugees and EVerify)

Giovanni Peri (University of California, Davis): The Labor Market Effects of a Refugee Wave: Synthetic Control Method Meets the Mariel Boatlift (with Vasil Yasenov, University of California, Davis)

Pia M. Orrenius (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas): The Effects of State Work Eligibility Verification Laws on Labor Market Turnover (with Madeline Zavodny, Agnes Scott College)

Amelie F. Constant (Princeton University and UNU-MERIT): Internal and External Migration Patterns in the United States and the European Union: Some Policy Considerations

Klaus F. Zimmermann (Princeton University and UNU – MERIT): Refugee Flows, Labor Mobility and Europe

Zimmermann at the 2017 ASSA meeting, Chicago. He was recently appointed Honorary Professor at Maastricht University.

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Kuznets Prize to Binnur Balkan and Semih Tumen

January 5, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago: At a reception organized by Springer Nature, a major scientific publisher, a large crowd of scientists and members of the publication and think tank communities were celebrating the 30th birthday of the Journal of Population Economics. The Journal is now at the forefront of research publication in economic demography. The event took place as part of the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association (ASSA 2017), the largest gathering of economists world-wide (with more than 13,000 participants), which took place in Chicago, IL on January 6-8, 2017 (Friday, Saturday, & Sunday).

Kuznets Prize 2017

At the reception, the 2017 Kuznets Prize for the best article published in the 2016 volume of the Journal of Population Economics and selected by the editors was granted to Binnur Balkan and Semih Tumen from the Central Bank of Turkey for their article “Immigration and prices: quasi-experimental evidence from Syrian refugees in Turkey,” Journal of Population Economics (2016), 29(3), pp. 657-686.

Read more: Kuznets Prize 2017

The article exploits the regional variation in the unexpected (or forced) inflow of Syrian refugees as a natural experiment to estimate the impact of immigration on consumer prices in Turkey. Using a difference-in-differences strategy and a comprehensive data set on the regional prices of CPI items, the authors find that general level of consumer prices has declined by approximately 2.5 % due to immigration. Prices of goods and services have declined in similar magnitudes. The authors highlight that the channel through which the price declines take place is the informal labor market. Syrian refugees supply inexpensive informal labor and, thus, substitute the informal native workers especially in informal-labor intensive sectors. The authors document that prices in these sectors have fallen by around 4 %, while the prices in the formal labor-intensive sectors have almost remained unchanged. Increase in the supply of informal immigrant workers generates labor cost advantages and keeps prices lower in the informal labor-intensive sectors.

Semih Tumen (author left) receives the prize from Klaus F. Zimmermann (Editor-in-Chief) of the Journal of Population Economics.

Editor-in-Chief Klaus F. Zimmermann, Princeton University, UNU-MERIT & Maastricht University, on leave from Bonn University, was also presenting the first issue 2017 of the Journal of Population Economics, where the prize is documented. Zimmermann created the Journal with a team 30 years ago together with the publisher, Springer. Publisher Nicholas Philipson of Springer New York was introducing the event.

Nicholas Philipson (left) and Zimmermann

About the authors

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Binnur Balkan is a first year PhD student at Stockholm School of Economics (SSE).

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Semih Tumen is an Economist and Director General at the Structural Economic Research Department at the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey.

 

Read more about the Kuzents Prize and previous winners here.

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Chicago: ASSA 2017 Celebrates 30 Years of Population Economics Research

January 5, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago: At a reception organized by Springer Nature, a major scientific publisher, a large crowd of scientists and members of the publication and think tank communities were celebrating the 30th birthday of the Journal of Population Economics. The Journal is now at the forefront of research publication in economic demography. The event took place as part of the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association (ASSA 2017), the largest gathering of economists world-wide (with more than 13,000 participants), which took place in Chicago, IL on January 6-8, 2017 (Friday, Saturday, & Sunday).

30 years of JOURNAL OF POPULATION ECONOMICS

Three decades of dedication in publishing outstanding theoretical and insightful applied research in all areas of population economics were celebrated. The Journal of Population Economics, an independent and international quarterly journal that publishes original theoretical and applied research in all areas of population economics, has been hosted by the ‘POP Centre‘ at UNU-MERIT since April 2016.

Issue 1/2017, already published on 29 October 2016, marks an important landmark for the journal, as it enters its 30th year of successful academic service. The article “Three decades of publishing research in population economics” highlights and reviews selected developments in the very successful 30 years of publishing high-quality research in population economics.

Read more: Celebrating 30 Years of the Journal of Population Economics

Read more: Some views on the Journal of Population Economics by Nobel Laureates and leading academics from economics, history, sociology, political science and demography.

Editor-in-Chief Klaus F. Zimmermann, Princeton University, UNU-MERIT & Maastricht University, on leave from Bonn University, is presenting the first issue 2017 of the Journal of Population Economics. He created the Journal with his team 30 years ago together with the publisher, Springer, and lead it to success.

 

Time to party: Publisher Nicholas Philipson of Springer New York was introducing Zimmermann and expressed his gratitude for the long-term successful, cooperative and reliable partnership. Zimmermann thanked Springer for the ongoing trust and support over the decades, which was the basis for the ongoing success story. He also thanked his co-editors, the entire editorial team, thousands of referees and authors who trusted in the future of the journal.

It is done; something to be proud of…..

 

To share the success with so many of the present long-time supporters of the event ….

 

Number of submissions and articles over the last 20 years.                            Source: Brown/Zimmermann (2017)                                                                                               In 2016, the Journal has received many more than 500 submissions! 

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Acceptance Rates                                                                                                                Source: Brown/Zimmermann (2017)

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SSCI Impact Factor                                                                                                                Source: Brown/Zimmermann (2017)

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For further details on the performance of the journal see (open access):

The article “Three decades of publishing research in population economics” highlights and reviews selected developments in the very successful 30 years of publishing high-quality research in population economics.

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Zimmermann Honorary Professor Maastricht University

Klaus F. Zimmermann, Princeton University and UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, has been granted an honorary appointment for the honorary chair “Economics and Human Resources Innovation”. As an Honorary Professor, he will be associated with the Department of Economics of the School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University.

Zimmermann in front of UNU-MERIT, Maastricht

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Zimmermann spoke in New Delhi on Mental Health Challenges

On December 19-21, 2016, the Economics and Planning Unit at the Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi had organized its prestigious 12th Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development. (See the conference program for further details.)

At the conference, Klaus F. Zimmermann (Princeton University and UNU-MERIT) spoke on December 21 about his paper (with Shyamal Chowdhury and Annabelle Krause) on Arsenic Contamination of Drinking Water and Mental Health and chaired a session on Environment.

The paper can be accessed here:

Chowdhury, Shamal, Annabelle Krause & Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2016,                              Arsenic Contamination of Drinking Water and Mental Health,                                      Working Paper #607, Princeton University, Industrial Relations Section                                  UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-037;                                                                                        ZEF -Discussion Papers on Development Policy, No.222

Zimmermann at the Indian Statistical Institute

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