New Managing Editor of the Journal of Population Economics: Michaella Vanore follows Alessio Brown

On 15 September 2017, Michaella Vanore follows Alessio Brown as Managing Editor of the Journal of Population Economics. In this role she supports the Editor-in-Chief, Klaus F. Zimmermann. The Journal of Population Economics published by Springer Nature is affiliated with the Global Labor Organization (GLO).

Alessio Brown is Co-Director of POP at UNU-MERIT, GLO Fellow, GLO Advisory Board Member, Founding Director of the GLO and Honorary Professor in Labour and Macroeconomics, Maastricht University. He had served as Managing Editor of the Journal of Population Economics since 2016.

Michaella Vanore, incoming Managing Editor of the Journal of Population Economics. She is Research Fellow at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance/ UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University; affiliated Scholar  of POP at UNU-MERIT and GLO Fellow.

Klaus F. Zimmermann (UNU-MERIT and President of the GLO) is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Population Economics.

At the occasion of this change, Zimmermann has pointed out: “Alessio Brown has done an excellent job as Managing Editor of the Journal of Population Economics supporting the publication of this high-quality scientific outlet. We need to express our large gratitude for his effective, competent and friendly collaboration and his great professional spirit. We wish him the best for his further career. At the same time we are excited to welcome Michaella Vanore as his successor. We are convinced that she brings the talent and spirit to execute this interesting and crucial position and are looking forward to working with her.”

Michaella Vanore, incoming Managing Editor of the Journal of Population Economics.

Alessio Brown (right) former Managing Editor of the Journal of Population Economics and Klaus F. Zimmermann, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal.

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Kyiv Conference 14-15 September on Population Wellbeing in Post-Transition Economies

International Conference “People Matter: Quality of Life and Population Wellbeing in Post-Transition Economies organized by the Kyiv School of Economics and VoxUkraine on September 14-15, 2017 in Kyiv in Ukraine. It is supported by the Global Labor Organization (GLO). Available: full program of the conference.

This is the first conference in the region which will bring together researchers from around the world who have been studying population well-being and its various aspects in post-socialist countries during the transition period and beyond. It will provide an opportunity for extended dialogue among academic and policy researchers, government officials and policy makers to promote use of evidence and scientific analysis in the decision making at all levels.

The organizing committee of the conference includes GLO Fellow Olena Nizalova (University of Kent), Yuri Gorodnichenko (University of California, Berkley), Tymofiy Mylovanov (Kyiv School of Economics and University of Pittsburgh), Mariya Aleksynska (ILO), and Olga Kupets (Kyiv School of Economics).

Klaus F. Zimmermann (UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University and President of GLO) will provide a keynote lecture on “Migration and Well-being” on September 14. He will also chair a policy panel on “Migration caused by conflicts: Wellbeing of refugees and internally displaced people”.

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Call for papers until September 30: Labour Conference in Kerela/India

The 59th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Labour Economics (ISLE) will be held during 16-18 December 2017 in the premises of Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation (GIFT), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The conference is organized for ISLE by  GIFT in collaboration with the Department of Economics, Kerala University, and the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram.

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.

Submission of Papers:  Papers along with a summary of about 500 to 750 words should be submitted online at www.isleijle.org/59isleconference or emailed to conference.isle@gmail.com. Selected papers are considered for publication in the Indian Journal of Labour Economics after peer reviewing. Submission deadline is 30 September 2017.

The GLO will 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).

INDIAN SOCIETY OF LABOUR ECONOMICS (ISLE)   

NOTE: Submission deadline extended to 30 September 2017.

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The Core of Global Scientific Policy Advice: op-ed by Klaus F. Zimmermann

Evidence-based policy making is under attack, evidence-free policy making is on the move.This challenge has been debated in Budapest on two scientific events: (i) The  Academia Europaea 29th Annual Conference 2017 in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, on Tuesday September 4-6, 2017. Academia Europaea (AE) is the Academy of Europe. (ii) A workshop with a high-ranked panel of scientists  engaged in policy advice and policy-making and concerned about the future of the Central European University (CEU). See for workshop details.

Klaus F. Zimmermann (UNU-MERIT, Maastricht & Bonn University) is President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO) and Member of the AE. The AE Council of Academia Europaea has just confirmed his position as Chair of the AE Section “Economics, Business and Management Sciences”.  On this occasion, Zimmermann writes on:

The Core of Global Scientific Policy Advice

“Scientific research does not have to follow socio-political concerns, but it is often inspired by practical challenges. While science cannot help policymakers in cases where hard evidence and convincing findings are lacking, both sides should nonetheless engage in evidence-based policy advice. National and international labor market policies provide a number of good examples how this concept can work.

The concept has, however, come more under pressure in recent years leading to an age of evidence-free policy making at a time when fake-news became fashionable.

The world has learned a lot from the evidence-based policy making of the successful German labor market reforms. This has been a great step forward. On the other hand, many in Europe still fear the economic and social consequences of open and mobile labor markets – despite the proven success of EU enlargement and the available evidence from numerous international migration studies. Unfortunately, the new refugee issue has led people to increasingly ignore such findings after 2015.

But even though the success and the potential of evidence-based policy advice have been widely shown, the concept is subject to criticism from various sides. The necessary independence cannot be guaranteed, a common arguments goes. From this point of view, any policy recommendations are ultimately driven by political and economic interests and dependencies. This allegation is an attack on the scientist’s professional ethos, which includes compliance with the principles of good scientific practice, the pursuit of robust findings, and the impartial communication of these findings. New ethics codes, which the profession has recently adopted, ensure that these principles are upheld.

While good science is always global, some claim that good policy advice must be primarily national in scope. To be sure, national contexts and institutional differences are relevant for a policy advisor. But the increasing global interdependence leaves no room for provincial strategies. For highly open economies like Germany, policy is no longer national. Since globally oriented science ensures the competitiveness of national policy advisors, the quality of German policy advice would be threatened if it were to concentrate on national peculiarities alone.

Evidence-based policy advice, moreover, requires a combination of research and advice: The researcher also acts as an advisor, while the advisor also conducts research. In Germany, the Science Council and other scientific organizations have always stressed the need for this dual role, and the Academies of Science have been practicing it worldwide. Opponents of this concept claim that the dirty business of policy making only keeps scientists from doing good research. Likewise, the demands of policymakers are better met, according to the argument, if they free themselves from the constraints of seeking science-based advice.

Of course, there will always be scientists who shy away from offering policy advice, just as well as policy advisors who do not want to do research. This is not to be condemned. But these two types cannot be considered actors of evidence-based policy advice. And in the long run, this is likely to result in policies of inferior quality. Only the best scientific findings should provide the foundation for important economic policy decisions. Only genuine scientists, i.e., those who contribute to the advancement of science through their own publications, can produce such output, inspired by the challenges of their advisory role, and communicate their results as evidence-based policy advice. This superiority is owed to global competition both in research and policy advice, which ensures the use of the best methodology and findings.”

Revised version of an op-ed of Zimmermann published in IZA Compact 4/2015, p. 16, and on the website of the Academia Europaea, The Academy of Europe.

Related literature:

Klaus F. Zimmermann, Advising Policymakers Through the Media, Journal of Economic Education, 35 (2004), 395-405.

Klaus F. Zimmermann, Evidenzbasierte wissenschaftliche Politikberatung (Evidence-based policy advice), Journal of Applied Social Science Studies, 134 (2014), 259-270.

 

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Zimmermann in front of the Hungarian Academy of Science, Budapest

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# I stand with CEU! Academicians and GLO Fellows debate at CEU in Budapest.

Evidence-free policy making is on the move. This is a particular challenge for the relationship between scientists and policymakers. A workshop with a high-ranked panel of scientists in Budapest engaged in policy advice and policy-making was debating this in the face of the ongoing discussion about the future of the Central European University (CEU). The open event took place on September 6, 2017 on the premises of CEU hosted by the CEU School of Public Policy.

The issue was also debated during the  Academia Europaea 29th Annual Conference 2017 in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, September 4-6, 2017. Academia Europaea (AE) is the Academy of Europe.

Klaus F. Zimmermann (UNU-MERIT, Maastricht & Bonn University) is President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO) and Member of the AE. The AE Council of Academia Europaea has just confirmed his position as Chair of the AE Section “Economics, Business and Management Sciences”. GLO, the Section of the AE and the CEU School of Public Policy had jointly organized the event.

The distinguished panel of the event consisted of prominent members of the Academia Europaea (MAE) and the Global Labor Organization (GLO).

EVENT ACTORS:

Panel Chair: Klaus F. Zimmermann, UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University & MAE; President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), Section Chair of the Academia Europaea for “Economics, Business and Management Sciences”; Former President of DIW Berlin & Founding Director of IZA.

Martin Kahanec, Central European University (CEU), CELSI, MAE; Acting Head of the School of Public Policy; Fellow of the Global Labor Organization (GLO); Founding Scientific Director of CELSI.

Andreu Mas-Colell, University Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and Barcelona GSE, MAE & GLO; Recipient of the Erasmus Medal of the Academia Europaea 2017; former Minister for Universities and Research and former Minister of Economy and Knowledge of the Government of Catalonia.

Sergiu Hart, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem & MAE;   Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Rationality.

Frederick van der Ploeg, Oxford University, MAE  & GLO ; Former State Secretary of Education, Culture and Science, the Netherlands, former Member of the Dutch Parliament.

THE DEBATE: van der Ploeg; Mas-Colell; Zimmermann; Hart & Kahanec

HOST AND ACTING HEAD: Kahanec

PANEL CHAIR: Zimmermann (left: van der Ploeg)

 

Kahanec (left) & Zimmermann in front of CEU

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Now Published: Left Behind, but Doing Good! Article by Nikolova, Roman & Zimmermann

Nikolova, Milena, Monica Roman & Klaus F. Zimmermann. Left Behind but Doing Good? Civic Engagement in Two Post-Socialist Countries. Journal of Comparative Economics, 45 (2017) 658–684.

Now published, article available under: 2017 Nikolova Roman Zimmermann

The authors document that migration can affect the values and norms of those left behind in the home country. This is shown for two post-socialist states (Bulgaria & Romania):

See a recent Gallup Blog. And a related  Linkedin blog.

Abstract

The fall of socialism in Central and Eastern Europe restored ordinary citizens’ rights and freedoms and ended their political and social isolation. While the freedom of movement was quickly embraced, civil society revival lagged due to the eroded civic norms, declining social capital, and worsening economic conditions. This paper examines the link between the out-migration of relatives and friends and the pro-social behavior of the left behinds in two post-socialist countries—Bulgaria and Romania—the EU’s poorest, and among the least happy and most corrupt member states. It shows that having close contacts abroad is consistently positively associated with civic engagement and that the cultural transmission of norms from abroad could be driving the results. Specifically, the strength of the civic engagement culture of the family or friend’s destination matters for the pro-social behavior of respondents in the home countries. The results imply that the emigration of family and friends may have positive but previously undocumented consequences for the individuals and communities left behind in Bulgaria and Romania. Given civil society’s role for development in post-socialist Europe and the socio-economic and institutional challenges that Bulgaria and Romania face compared with the rest of the EU, understanding the channels fostering civil society and well-being are important for national and EU policymakers.

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Andreu Mas-Colell speaks on the future of work

The Academia Europaea (AE), The Academy of Europe, has awarded its prestigious Erasmus Medal in 2017 to Andreu Mas-Colell.  Andreu is a Member of Academia Europaea (MAE) and its section “Economics, Business and Management Sciences”, a Fellow of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), and one of the most prominent European economists of our time. For more details on the medal and the award winner.

In response to this honor, Andreu Mas-Colell will deliver a lecture on

“Is the era of work ending?”

during the Academia Europaea 29th Annual Conference 2017 in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, on Tuesday September 5, 2017.

Andreu Mas-Colell delivers a speculative talk on the future of work – and jobs – in economies subject to the scientific and technological advances associated with mechanization. Three propositions are defended: (i) that if it is made an overwhelming priority of public policy, the minimization of work is a possibility in the long-run, (ii) that the natural development of our managed economies will not necessarily lead to this outcome, and (iii) that this minimization of the role of work is an undesirable outcome that should not be fostered.

GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann, who is the Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), which he had created in 1998 to investigate among others the future of labor, will be an interested participant and student of this lecture. A recent public speech on this issue of Zimmermann has been:

PUBLIC SPEECH of Klaus F. Zimmermann                                                                             International Labor Day May 2015 on “The Big Trade-Off in the World of Labor”     (Linkedin Comment, TextVIDEO)

 

Andreu Mas-Colell

Andreu Mas-Colell, University Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and Barcelona GSE, MAE & GLO; Recipient of the Erasmus Medal of the Academia Europaea 2017; former Minister for Universities and Research and former Minister of Economy and Knowledge of the Government of Catalonia.

Zimmermann before attending the lecture of Mas-Colell  in the Hungarian Academy of Science

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Council of Academia Europaea re-elects Klaus F. Zimmermann as Section Chair “Economics, Business and Management Sciences”

The Academia Europaea (AE) is The Academy of Europe, Klaus F. Zimmermann (UNU-MERIT Maastricht, Bonn University, and Rockefeller Foundation Policy Fellow) is the President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO) and Section Chair of “Economics, Business and Management Sciences” of the AE.

The Academia Europaea 29th Annual Conference 2017 takes place from September 3 – 6, 2017 in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest. During this meeting on September 4, 2017, Zimmermann has been confirmed as Section Chair of “Economics, Business and Management Sciences” by the AE Council for another period of three years until the end of 2020.

Zimmermann in front of the Hungarian Academy of Science, Budapest

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Amsterdam: WageIndicator Conference Discussed the Future of Work Relations Worldwide

In their  2017 Annual Conference on

Wages in Global Perspective: Monitoring Wages Worldwide through WageIndicator“,

the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) and the WageIndicator Foundation demonstrated successfully the large and many contributions the venture has made with the supply of data and serious workplace information about employer-employee relations around the world. Various speakers presented milestones of the research over the years. The conference took place on September 1, 2017 at KIT Royal Tropical Institute, Mauritskade 63, 1092 AD Amsterdam. The conference program can be found HERE.

The event was chaired by WageIndicator Foundation Director Paulien Osse.  The very successful WageIndicator movement had been initiated by Osse and AIAS Research Professor Kea Tijdens in 1999, and has now activities with websites in more than 92 countries around the world and provides detailed information on all kinds of self-reported wages and salaries.

AIAS and the WageIndicator Foundation are also partner institutions of the Global Labor Organization (GLO). Hence, the WageIndicator project is strongly supported by the GLO. Osse and Tijdens are both GLO Fellows, while WageIndicator Foundation Director Paulien Osse also serves as a member of the GLO Founding Council and the GLO Advisory Board. Among the conference speakers were also GLO Fellow Martin Guzi (Masaryk Uni Brno and CELSI, Bratislava), GLO Fellow Martin Kahanec (Central European University, Budapest, and CELSI, Bratislava) and GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann (GLO & UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University), among others.

Paulien Osse, Wage Indicator Foundation & GLO Fellow & Klaus F. Zimmermann, GLO President.

Klaus F. Zimmermann in front of the conference venue, the KIT Royal Tropical Institute.

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Umag Conference Ended: GLO Bosses Matloob Piracha & Klaus F. Zimmermann enjoyed exciting conference in Croatia

The Experimental Economics Lab presented the 1st International Scientific Conference on Economics in a Changing World.  The conference was jointly organized with the Adriatic Economic Association and supported by the Global Labor Organization (GLO) and the World Academy of Art and Science.

The impressive media coverage and further event pictures can be found here.

The organizational team of the event was lead by Dejan Kovac (Princeton University and GLO) and Boris Podobnik  (Zagreb University and GLO), who is also President of the Adriatic Economic Association (AEA). Keynote speakers Joshua Angrist (MIT and GLO), Alan B. Krueger (Princeton University and GLO) and Henry Farber (Princeton University) together with a larger number of contributed papers were part of an impressive conference program that took place on August 27-28 2017 in Umag/Croatia in one of the best holiday resorts of the country.

Among the conference papers were contributions of GLO Managing Director Matloob Piracha (Kent University) and GLO President Klaus F. Zimmermann (UNU-MERIT; Maastricht University and Bonn University).

Matloob Piracha (right) and Klaus F. Zimmermann (left) in Umag/Croatia in the conference hotel.

 

 Harbor in Umag

 Harbor in Rovinj

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