Hartmut Lehmann

  • Current position:
    Professor of Economic Policy in the Department of Economics at the University of Bologna, Italy
  • Positions/functions as policy advisor:
    Consultant to the World Bank and the OECD, and formerly a consultant to UNDP
  • Research interest:
    Labor economics, transition economics, economic policy, applied microeconometrics
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  • Affiliations:
    University of Bologna, Italy, and IZA, Germany
  • Past positions:
    Reader, Department of Economics, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
  • Qualifications:
    PhD Economics, London School of Economics, 1993
  • Personal statement about IZA World of Labor:
    Policymakers and pundits in emerging and transition countries have a special need for concise and comprehensible advice regarding labor market policies and labor market reform. IZA World of Labor is precisely the tool that provides this advice with short articles written in layman’s language that identify the most pressing labor market issues in emerging and transition economies while summarizing the most pertinent literature
  • Selected publications:
    • “Wage policies of a Russian firm and the financial crisis of 1998: Evidence from personnel data–1997 to 2002.” Industrial Labor Relations Review 67:2 (2014): 504–531 (with T. Dohmen and M. E. Schaffer).
    • “The wage and non-wage costs of displacement in boom times: Evidence from Russia.” Journal of Comparative Economics 41:4 (2013): 1185–1201 (with A. Muravyev, T. Razzolini, and A. Zaiceva).
    • “Labor market institutions and labor market performance: What can we learn from transition countries?” Economics of Transition 20:2 (2012): 235–269, April 2012 (with A. Muravyev).
    • “The impact of Chernobyl on health and labour market performance.” Journal of Health Economics 30:5 (2011): 843–857 (with J. Wadsworth).
    • “Grime and punishment: Job insecurity and wage arrears in the Russian Federation.” Journal of Comparative Economics 27:4 (1999): 595–617 (with J. Wadsworth and A. Acquisti).
  • Articles

Worker displacement in transition economies and in China

Knowing which workers are displaced in restructuring episodes helps governments devise the right equity- and efficiency-enhancing policies

May 2014

10.15185/izawol.20 20

by Hartmut Lehmann Lehmann, H

Continuous enterprise restructuring is needed for the transition and emerging market economies to become and remain competitive. However, the beneficial effects of restructuring in the medium run are accompanied by large worker displacement. The costs of displacement can be large and long-lasting for some workers and for the economy. To devise the right policy interventions, governments need to fully understand which workers are displaced and what costs they bear.