EBES Keynote & the G7 Taormina event

The current G7 summit takes place in Sicily’s ancient hilltop resort of Taormina, Italy. The extraordinary view on the Mediterranean reminds the participants of this event about the importance of measures to find solutions to deal with the deadly flows of illegal migration from nearby Africa.

But tense discussions characterize this summit. The refugee issue had been pushed by the Italian host to revise current policies, but a veto by the US hindered any progress. Since a while, Italy had fostered internal debates to oblige refugees to work while asylum applications are processed.

The early integration of asylum seekers and migrants into educational systems and labor markets is a policy strategy that has been advocated for a while by Klaus F. Zimmermann. In his keynote to the 22. Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES) Conference, May 24-26, 2017 at Sapienza University of Rome, which he had delivered on May 24, he has summarized his views again. He spoke about:

“Migration for Development: From Challenges to Opportunities”

Klaus F. Zimmermann, Princeton University and UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University, is also the President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO). The background paper to the keynote has been made available as GLO Discussion Paper No. 70.

Migration in general has been largely positive for European economies – mobility within Europe and immigration from outside. But there are also benefits for the sending countries, which are often undervalued. 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 asylum seekers. Dual citizenship and circular migration contracts are possible instruments. Migration policy can be an effective development policy.

Hence, the early inclusion of refugees into the labor market as also suggested by the Italian government in the context of a new approach to migration policy by the G7 countries deserves support. In enables migrants to contribute to their living expenses, it reduces tensions against refugees among the native population and it is an investment into the economic future of refugees, since it increases the likelihood for a successful labor force participation both in the host or home countries.

As the World Bank has recently stated:

Efficient allocation of labor provides one of the most critical paths for development. Many countries stay poor and suffer from inequality because their labor force is stuck in low-productivity locations, occupations, and sectors. Migration lowers unemployment and underemployment, and creates access to more-productive and higher-paying jobs.In short, migration is a powerful tool for development…. This idea needs to occupy a general role in the migration policy debate, especially for low- and middle-income sending countries.”

World Bank Group (2016), Migration and Development, Washington, DC, p. 16.

GLO President Zimmermann in front of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

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Zimmermann delivers keynote to EBES conference in Rome

The keynote of the 22. Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES) Conference, May 24-26, 2017 at Sapienza University of Rome will be delivered by  Klaus F. Zimmermann.

On May 24 he will speak about

“Migration for Development: From Challenges to Opportunities”.

Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES) was founded in early 2008. In spite of the term “Eurasia”, the scope is understood as truly global. EBES brings together worldwide researchers and professionals, encourages scholars, provides network opportunities for conference attendees to foster long-lasting academic co-operations and offers publication opportunities. In its successful work, EBES benefits from its high-ranked advisory board which consists of well-known academicians from all around the world.

Klaus F. Zimmermann, Princeton University and UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University, is also the President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO). The background paper to the keynote has been made available as GLO Discussion Paper No. 70.

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Zimmermann receives prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship

Zimmermann is a 2017 Rockefeller Foundation Policy Fellow.

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency Program offers distinguished academics, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work, and the unparalleled opportunity to establish new connections with fellow residents from a wide array of backgrounds, disciplines, and geographies. The hospitality and impact of The Bellagio Center in Italy has been legendary.

Klaus F. Zimmermann, Princeton University and UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University, has been granted Rockefeller Foundation Policy Fellow to visit the Bellagio Center in October 2017 to execute his research and discuss it with his fellow residents. Zimmermann, who is also the President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), will work on migration and global labor economics.

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Economics in a Changing World Conference in Croatia: Deadline for Abstracts is May 15, 2017

GLO supports a conference organized by GLO Fellow Dejan Kovač and the Experimental Economic Lab (excel). GLO Fellows Francisco Gallego and Stepan Jurajda as well as GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann are members of the Scientific Board of excel.

Note that the first step is a submission of an abstract by May 15, 2017.

Agenda 2030: Economics in a Changing World, Umag, Croatia, August 27-28 2017

The Experimental Economics Lab presents the 1st International Scientific Conference on Economics in a Changing World. In the past decade, we have witnessed how different sets of events can trigger global economic changes. From the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis to today’s increasing number of political and conflict-related shocks, no nation’s economy has proven resistant to these changes. The complexity of interactions between economic and political factors has increased and these elements ought to be incorporated into future policies. A new development agenda should carry forward the spirit of active response to changes, seeking an answer to the questions of what should and can be done to anticipate changes and transform economies for the better. Practical focus of the Conference is highlighting the agenda of challenges, topics of migrations, national security, poverty, education, economic growth and healthcare to fulfil our vision of promoting sustainable development worldwide.

 

The deadline for abstracts is 15th of May. Please send in your abstracts and present on out prestigious conference. Topics of this years’s conference are:

  • Financial Economics
  • Health, Education and Welfare
  • Industrial Organization
  • International Economics
  • International Political Economy
  • Labor and Demographic Economics
  • Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics
  • Network science
  • Public Economics

Please send your abstracts to: abstracts@exelconference.eu

CALL FOR PAPERS

Important info

Due to high tourist demand during our conference we advise both presenting authors and participants to register and book early. Upon paying the registration fee, you will receive a discount coupon for accommodation in one of our three luxury hotels. Please use the coupon and book your accommodation through our website to utilize our up to 30% discounts. For late bookings we cannot vouch discounts or accommodations in our sponsored hotels.

Present a Paper | Deadline for complete papers is 1st of July, 2017.

Confirmation/acceptance e-mails will go out till 20th of July.

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GLO President Zimmermann spoke at Bonn University

Back at Bonn University: Klaus F. Zimmermann, is affiliated with Princeton University, UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University, and ZEF at Bonn University, among others. He is also President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO). He has been President of the DIW Berlin and is Founding Director of IZA.

On Thursday, May 11, 2017 Zimmermann spoke in a main building of Bonn University in front of a large number of registered participants in the lecture series “Evaluation and Evidence Based Policy Making in Germany“ about

Labor Migration and the Role of Evaluation

Zimmermann addressed the differences between public opinions about migration and scientific evidence. References to research output can be found on his website.

The meeting was chaired and introduced by Dr. Sven Harten, Deputy Director of the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval).

The lecture series “Evaluation and Evidence Based Policy Making in Germany“ is organized by the Coordination Unit “Sustainable Development in International Cooperation“ of the University of Bonn and the German Institute for Development Evaluation (Deutsches Evaluierungsinstitut der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit; DEval). In the lecture series, evaluation experts analyze and discuss the methods and role of evaluation in the context of German public policy. While the topics discussed are wide-ranging, the common thread that runs through the series is how complex issues of public policy can be assessed in a methodologically rigorous manner whilst assuring successful stakeholder management and yielding useful and timely results.

Zimmermann and DEval Deputy Director Harten (right) at Bonn University

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GLO – Präsident Zimmermann sprach an der TU Braunschweig

Globalisierung und Migration erzeugen Ängste und Hoffnungen zugleich. Sie sind häufig mit Mißverständnissen verbunden. Fakten und wissenschaftliche Evidenz werden gerne ignoriert. Was steckt dahinter? Darüber informierte eine öffentliche Vortragsveranstaltung.

Das Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre der TU Braunschweig organisiert unter  dem Titel „Ökonomie, Politik & Praxis“ eine Reihe offener Vortragsveranstaltungen mit dem Ziel, gesellschaftlich bedeutende, wirtschaftliche Themen in die Region zu tragen. Zielgruppe sind Persönlichkeiten aus Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft, Verwaltung und Politik, aber auch ganz “normale” Mitbürger und Mitbürgerinnen.

Im Rahmen dieser öffentlichen Vortragsreihe sprach Klaus F. Zimmermann am Dienstag, den 9. Mai 2017 um 18.30 Uhr in einer sehr gut besuchten Veranstaltung zum Thema

Migration und Globalisierungsängste in Zeiten evidenzfreier Wirtschaftspolitik

Ort: Haus der Wissenschaft, Veolia & Weitblick , Pockelsstr. 11 5. OG,38106 Braunschweig

Klaus F. Zimmermann (Princeton University, UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University und Universität Bonn) ist auch Präsident der Global Labor Organization (GLO).

Er war zuvor über ein Jahrzehnt Präsident des Deutschen Instituts für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW Berlin) und fast 20 Jahre Gründungsdirektor des Bonner Instituts zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA).

Vor dem Veranstaltungsort (von links): GLO-Fellow Franz Peter Lang (TU Braunschweig), Zimmermann und Christian Leßmann (Leiter des Instituts für Volkswirtschaftslehre der TU Braunschweig).

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Zimmermann spricht an der Technischen Universität Braunschweig

Globalisierung und Migration erzeugen Ängste und Hoffnungen zugleich. Sie sind häufig mit Mißverständnissen verbunden. Fakten und wissenschaftliche Evidenz werden gerne ignoriert. Was steckt dahinter? Darüber informiert eine öffentliche Vortragsveranstaltung.

Das Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre der TU Braunschweig organisiert unter  dem Titel „Ökonomie, Politik & Praxis“ eine Reihe offener Vortragsveranstaltungen mit dem Ziel, gesellschaftlich bedeutende, wirtschaftliche Themen in die Region zu tragen. Zielgruppe sind Persönlichkeiten aus Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft, Verwaltung und Politik, aber auch ganz “normale” Mitbürger und Mitbürgerinnen.

Im Rahmen dieser öffentlichen Vortragsreihe spricht Klaus F. Zimmermann am Dienstag, den 9. Mai 2017 um 18.30 Uhr zum Thema

Migration und Globalisierungsängste in Zeiten evidenzfreier Wirtschaftspolitik

Ort: Haus der Wissenschaft, Veolia & Weitblick , Pockelsstr. 11 5. OG,38106 Braunschweig

Klaus F. Zimmermann (Princeton University, UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University und Universität Bonn) ist auch Präsident der Global Labor Organization (GLO).

Er war zuvor über ein Jahrzehnt Präsident des Deutschen Instituts für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW Berlin) und fast 20 Jahre Gründungsdirektor des Bonner Instituts zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA).

Zimmermann in seinem Dienstzimmer an der Princeton University

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Evaluating Migration: Opinions and Facts

Klaus F. Zimmermann speaks on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Bonn University in a lecture series “Evaluation and Evidence Based Policy Making in Germany“ about

Labor Migration and the Role of Evaluation

The event takes place between 18.00 – 20.00 in the Main Building, Lecture Hall III.

Zimmermann will address the differences between public opinions about migration and scientific evidence. References to research output can be found on his website.

Klaus F. Zimmermann is affiliated with Princeton University, UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University, and ZEF at Bonn University, among others. He is also President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO).

The lecture series “Evaluation and Evidence Based Policy Making in Germany“ is organized by the Coordination Unit “Sustainable Development in International Cooperation“ of the University of Bonn and the German Institute for Development Evaluation (Deutsches Evaluierungsinstitut der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit; DEval). In the lecture series, evaluation experts analyze and discuss the methods and role of evaluation in the context of German public policy. While the topics discussed are wide-ranging, the common thread that runs through the series is how complex issues of public policy can be assessed in a methodologically rigorous manner whilst assuring successful stakeholder management and yielding useful and timely results.

Klaus F. Zimmermann in front of Bonn University

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Remittances Foster Growth and Development

Remittances provide developing economies with the means to grow. Therefore, migration contributes to development. And migration policy is development policy.

The 2017 David K Smith Symposium at Middlebury College deals with this issue. Prominent researchers speak (see program below) including Klaus F. Zimmermann, Princeton University, UNU-MERIT and Bonn University, who is also the President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO).

Conference program

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David K Smith ‘42 Economics Symposium at Middlebury College
“Economics of Remittances”

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 [Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room]
Welcome Remarks: 9:00 to 9:15 AM President Laurie L. Patton [Middlebury College]

I. AM Session 9:20 AM to 11:20 AM Remittances, Crime, and Racial Wealth Gap
Stephen Brito [International Monetary Fund]
“Remittances and the Impact on Crime in Mexico”
Darrick Hamilton [New School of Social Research]
“The Racial Wealth Gap: the roles of Remittance, Inheritance, Incarceration and Education”

Coffee Break 11:25 AM to 11:40 AM

II. Keynote Address: 11:45 AM to 12:55 PM Dilip Ratha [World Bank]
“The Global Agenda on Remittances”
Lunch 1:00 PM to 1:55 PM

III. PM Session: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Remittances, Income Inequality, and Well-being
James Bang [St. Ambrose University], Aniruddha Mitra [Bard College], and Phanindra V.
Wunnava [Middlebury College]
“Hollowing out the Middle? Remittances and Income Inequality in Nigeria”
Klaus F. Zimmermann [Princeton University/Bonn University/UNU-MERIT/GLO]
“Remittances and Well-being”

Closing Remarks: Phanindra V. Wunnava [Middlebury College]

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Maxwell School of Syracuse University Lecture now online

Klaus F. Zimmermann, Princeton University and UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), visited the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University on March 29-30, 2017.

He was invited to deliver the prestigious

Andrew F. Smith Lecture in International Economics and Development

on

European Governance in Face of the Migration Crisis

The lecture is now oneline here on the Maxwell School of Syracuse University YouTube Channel.

For more information see the Department of Economics Website on the Lecture Series.

Zimmermann also gave a research seminar on March 29, 2017 in the Economics Department, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, on: Arsenic Contamination of Drinking Water and Mental Health.

Zimmermann in front of the main building at Syracuse University.

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