2nd IZA/OECD Workshop: Labor Productivity and the Digital Economy - Call for papers

  • October 2023

    IZA/FCDO G²LM|LIC - Programme on Gender, Growth and Labour Markets in Low-Income Countries


    The IZA/FCDO Programme on Gender, Growth and Labour Markets in Low-Income Countries (G²LM|LIC) marks the extension of the successful IZA/DFID cooperation, which started as the Growth and Labour Markets in Low-Income Countries (GLM|LIC) programme in 2011. The extension aims at building a significant new body of evidence on gender, growth, and labour markets to help shape gender and labour market policies in low-income countries. Collaboration with researchers from low-income countries is strongly encouraged.

    18th IZA & 5th IZA/CREST Conference: Labor Market Policy Evaluation

    Paris, Palaiseau

    The 18th IZA & 5th IZA/CREST Conference will be on the topic of Labor Market Policy Evaluation. This conference is an initiative of the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) in Bonn in cooperation with CREST. The Program Committee invites submissions for about 12 presentations from academic researchers doing program evaluation research on policy issues related to the labor market. Papers that include innovative approaches or methodological contributions are of particular interest.

    IZA/ECONtribute Workshop on the Economics of Education

    Bonn, Germany

    The 7th IZA Workshop on the Economics of Education will be helf on October 19 – 20, 2023, in person at IZA Bonn, Germany. The conference will combine invited presentations with an additional poster session aimed at local researchers. Presentations and keynote are available via Zoom for an external audience.

    Labor Markets and Innovation during Times of War and Reconstruction


    The Russian aggression against Ukraine has brought incredible destruction in Ukraine and suffering for the Ukrainian population. In the first two months after February 24th, 2022, economic activities came to a standstill for most Ukrainian workers and firms. However, as time passed, the Ukrainian population has shown its resilience and tremendous courage as economic activity slowly but steadily recovered. Like in many prior conflicts, labor markets and economic production have continued to exist in Ukraine.

  • November 2023

    1st IZA/OECD Workshop: Labor Market Monopsony and Its Regulation


    The IZA/OECD workshops aim to increase synergies between researchers and OECD experts to promote the societal impact of academic research and the relevance of expertise. These workshops are organized twice a year and focus on topics of particular importance to the economy and society. They bring together researchers from the IZA network, OECD experts and policymakers. They take place by videoconference, over half a day, with presentations by experts, researchers and discussions with policymakers.

  • December 2023

    G²LM|LIC & BREAD Conference on Development Economics

    Nairobi, Kenya

    The IZA/FCDO Gender, Growth and Labor Markets in Low-Income Countries Programme (G²LM|LIC) and the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) are pleased to announce a joint Conference on Development Economics .The conference will consist of presentations of advanced stage research by senior or junior researchers, and presentations of early stage research by junior researchers.

2nd IZA/OECD Workshop: Labor Productivity and the Digital Economy - Call for papers
July 26, 2018 - July 27, 2018

The "digital revolution" offers both new opportunities as well as new challenges. It means different things to different economic agents. To firms, new technologies – AI, machine learning and other computer-based technologies – can generate increased profitability, consumer satisfaction and productivity. To consumers, the digital economy increases the convenience of market transactions, expands information sets and improves access to more and better products and services at lower prices. To workers, the digital transformation can mean new job opportunities in emerging sectors, greater flexibility in how and when to work and increased information about job opportunities. It can also represent a threat to established workflows and many forms of human capital. It may liberate workers from the constraints of the employment relationship but may also deprive them of traditional access to social insurance, collective bargaining and employment protection.

The digital economy has created new market platforms on which transactions can be executed. It involves the creation of new and weightless goods and services produced at near zero marginal costs and supplied to the market in radically new ways - either “free” (in exchange for the users' data) or at prices disturbingly close to each individual's marginal valuation. Valuation of these innovations is difficult with traditional GDP-accounting-based methods, but also may represent the new explanation of the global productivity slowdown. This deep and rapid transformation raises many analytical and policy questions. How are these changes affecting our traditional way to measures of productivity and value added? In particular, have we underestimated the value of these innovations? Do national income and product accounts need to be revised to reflect these alleged deficiencies? What do these innovations imply for long-run labor productivity, wages, employment, and the functional distribution of income? What is the balance between opportunities and costs of the digital transformation for workers, and how does the balance change across different socio-economic groups and across countries? Building on the very successful first joint OECD-IZA Workshop, we particularly encourage submissions of papers that provide good theory or empirical evidence on the following topics:

  • Technical progress over the long run and its labor market effects
  • Uneven adoption of ITC technologies across the OECD countries, and the impact on growth and labor productivity
  • Effects of digital technologies on the demand for labor and wage structures
  • Digital innovations and job search processes
  • Impact of the platform economy on working conditions, wages and access to social protection systems, as well as on tax collection
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