IZA World of Labor
Hartmut Lehmann

University of Bologna, Italy, and IZA, Germany

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

IZA World of Labor role

Author, Former Editor

Current position

Professor of Economic Policy in the Department of Economics at the University of Bologna, Italy

Research interest

Labor economics, transition economics, economic policy, applied microeconometrics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Consultant to the World Bank and the OECD, and formerly a consultant to UNDP

Past positions

Reader, Department of Economics, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK


PhD Economics, London School of Economics, 1993

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).