IZA World of Labor
Stefano Scarpetta

OECD, France, and IZA, Germany

This is a new, innovative project and I am very happy to be part of it. It enables policymakers to have easy access to the main insights of a vast academic and policy-oriented literature on a wide range of key labor issues. It also has the potential to promote further interactions among researchers and decision makers

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, France

Research interest

Comparative economic systems, the analysis of labor market policies and institutions, the role of regulations and institutions for productivity growth, creative destruction, job reallocation

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Member of the Expert Group sur la revalorisation annuelle légale du salaire minimum interprofessionnel de croissance (SMIC) in France; Member of the Scientific Committee of the Mission Travail et Emploi, Direction de l’animation de la recherche, des études et des statistiques (DARES), Ministère de l'Économie, de l’Industrie et de l’Emploi, France

Past positions

Professor at the PhD Course on “Applied Macroeconomics” of the Institute for Advanced Studies (IMT), Lucca (2009–2012); IBM Chair at the Master in Economics of the University of Milan, with a course on labor economics (November, 2012)


PhD Economics, Département et Laboratoire d’Economie Théorique Appliquée (DELTA) of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Science Sociales, 1997

Selected publications

  • “Cross country differences in job reallocation: The role of industry, firm size and regulations.” Labour Economics 26 (January 2014) (with J. Haltiwanger and H. Schweiger).

  • “Cross-country differences in productivity: The role of allocation and selection.” American Economic Review 103:1 (2013) (with E. Bartelsman and J. Haltiwanger).

  • “Employment effects of product and labour market reforms: Are there synergies?” Economic Journal 122:558 (2012) (with G. Fiori, G. Nicoletti, and F. Schiantarelli).

  • “Credit constraints as a barrier to the entry and post-entry growth of firms: Lessons from firm-level cross country panel data.” Economic Policy 52 (2007) (with P. Aghion and T. Fally).

  • “Regulation, productivity and growth: OECD evidence.” Economic Policy 36 (April 2003) (with G. Nicoletti).