Economic Stars 2017: Journal of Population Economics strongly represented

The Economic Stars present the top cited, highly downloaded, and most shared journal articles published 2016 in the Springer economics journals.

Klaus F. Zimmermann, Princeton University & UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, is President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO) and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Population Economics.

GLO Supporter the Journal of Population Economics has 2 articles in the top 15 articles most shared in the Social Web, 2 articles among the 15 top cited articles and 3 in the 15 highly downloaded articles reported in the Economic Stars 2017.

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Among the top 15 articles most shared in the Social Web:

Unconditional government social cash transfer in Africa does not increase fertility, by Tia Palermo, Sudhanshu Handa, Amber Peterman, Leah Prencipe, David Seidenfeld, on behalf of the Zambia CGP Evaluation Team, Journal of Population Economics October 2016, Volume 29, Issue 4,  pp 1083–1111.

Immigration and crime: evidence from victimization data, by Luca Nunziata, Journal of Population Economics July 2015, Volume 28, Issue 3,  pp 697–736.

Among the 15 top cited articles:

Migration and young child nutrition: evidence from rural China, by Ren Mu, Alan de Brauw, Journal of Population Economics July 2015, Volume 28, Issue 3,  pp 631–657.

Can’t buy mommy’s love? Universal childcare and children’s long-term cognitive development, by Christina Felfe, Natalia Nollenberger, Núria Rodríguez-Planas, Journal of Population Economics April 2015, Volume 28, Issue 2,  pp 393–422.

Among the 15 highly downloaded articles

Parental choice, neighbourhood segregation or cream skimming? An analysis of school segregation after a generalized choice reform, Anders Böhlmark, Helena Holmlund, Mikael Lindahl, Journal of Population Economics October 2016, Volume 29, Issue 4,  pp 1155–1190.

The importance of family background and neighborhood effects as determinants of crime, Karin Hederos Eriksson, Randi Hjalmarsson, Matthew J. Lindquist, Anna Sandberg, Journal of Population Economics January 2016, Volume 29, Issue 1,  pp 219–262.

Immigration and prices: quasi-experimental evidence from Syrian refugees in Turkey, by Binnur Balkan, Semih Tumen, Journal of Population Economics July 2016, Volume 29, Issue 3,  pp 657–686.

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From the 2015 editorial board meeting of the Journal of Population Economics at Izmir University of Economics with Editor Sandro Cigno, Editor-in-Chief Klaus F. Zimmermann, Springer Editor Katharina Wetzel-Vandai, and Editor Erdal Tekin present (from the left).

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Central European University: Existence in Danger

Budapest, Hungary: The Central European University (CEU) fights for survival.

“Concerned citizens in Hungary, Europe, and around the world, express their solidarity with Central European University (CEU) and express concern at proposed legislative changes to CEU’s status in Hungary. These changes would endanger the academic freedom vital for CEU’s continued operation in Budapest and would strike a blow against the academic freedom that enables all universities, including those in Hungary, to flourish.

In twenty-five years, Central European University has established itself as a private international university with a global reputation for teaching and research in the social sciences and humanities. It attracts students from 117 countries and faculty from 40. The University as a whole is accredited by the US Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), and its masters and doctoral programs are registered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Its programs are also certified by appropriate Hungarian authorities and it has complied in full with all Hungarian laws.

In international rankings, some of CEU’s departments are rated among the top 50 in the world. CEU also makes Hungary a regional leader in winning highly competitive European Research Council grants. Several of its faculty, in fields as various as medieval studies, network and cognitive science, have won the most prestigious awards in their disciplines.

CEU is a valued member of the international academic community and its presence in Hungary has added to the reputation of Hungarian academic life on the international stage. The government’s proposed legislation to alter its statute of operation in Hungary would compromise its academic freedom and set a dangerous precedent for academic life in other countries.

Those who share those concerns should urge the government to withdraw the proposed legislation and enter consultation with CEU, bearing in mind the damage such legislation might do to Hungary’s well-founded international academic reputation, to its relationships with its European partners and with the United States.”

Adapted text following the proposed letter in https://www.ceu.edu/node/17842 , where you also find the addresses where to send statements of solidarity.

Supporting the struggle for survival of CEU is at the core of the vision of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), although the GLO has no institutional position. The President of the GLO, Klaus F. Zimmermann, as its Director, Alessio Brown, and many members of the GLO, which assembles about 500 distinguished scientists in more than 80 countries around the world, do support this struggle.

What can individuals do:

Write a letter as suggested in https://www.ceu.edu/node/17842

Show your support for academic freedom on: #IStandWithCEU

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European Governance in Face of the Migration Crisis

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 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 oneline here.  (Maxwell School of Syracuse University YouTube Channel)

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

Zimmermann in front of the main building at Syracuse University.

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Zimmermann speaks on Development in US Universities

Klaus F. Zimmermann, Princeton University and UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, gave research seminars on:

Arsenic Contamination of Drinking Water and Mental Healthon

  • March 24, 2017: Economics Department, Rutgers University
  • March 29, 2017: Economics Department, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

He is also the President of the newly created Global Labor Organization (GLO).

Zimmermann has been invited to deliver on March 30, 2017, at 4 pm Syracuse time, the prestigious

Andrew F. Smith Lecture in International Economics and Development

on

European Governance in Face of the Migration Crisis

The lecture will be broadcasted live and taped.

For more information, Signage.SmithLecture-2.

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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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