The purpose of the 2019 workshop of IZA's "Labor Statistics" program area is to bring together senior and junior researchers to discuss their recent empirical research related to contract work.
3rd IZA Labor Statistics Workshop: Contract Work
July 2019Upjohn Institute, Kalamazoo, USA
September 2019IZA, Bonn
The aim of this year’s meeting is to bring together senior and junior researchers to discuss their most recent research related to labor market institutions.Bochum, GermanyIZA, Bonn
The aim of the workshop is to bring together about 25 researchers working on the economics of education.
3rd IZA/HSE Workshop on Skills and Preferences and Labor Market Outcomes in Post-transition and Emerging EconomiesSt. Petersburg, Russia
Most empirical research on skills (cognitive and non-cognitive) and preferences has largely relied on data from high-income, industrialized countries. There is, however, a growing literature that extends this line of research to post-transition and emerging economies, which may be of particular scientific interest because it gives the opportunity to study contexts with a much wider variability of conditions.
October 2019Paris, France
The joint Cedefop/OECD symposium on apprenticeship brings together policy makers, practitioners and researchers from around the world to consider new research exploring the next steps for apprenticeship provision. The symposium organisers would welcome contributions on how apprenticeship provision is changing or would need to change in response to external mega trends, such as socio-demographic and socio-economic changes, new technologies and labour market changes, new forms of work organisation, trends in education and training.London, United Kingdom
The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, and to mark the occasion they will be holding a series of events throughout the year where they draw on this experience to consider these big issues and discuss what evidence-based analysis can tell us about how to understand and respond to them. Events in this series will feature expert insight from IFS researchers and key commentators on each topic, and there will be plenty of time for discussion and debate.IZA, Bonn
The Program Committee invites submissions for about 14 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.
November 2019IZA, Bonn
The workshop will focus on the causes and effects of heterogeneity among workers, households, or firms on macroeconomic outcomes.
Call for papers: 'Labour is not a commodity', today: the value of work and its rules between innovation and traditionBergamo, Italy
ADAPT’s International Conference this year is on the topic of “'Labour is not a commodity', today: the value of work and its rules between innovation and tradition". The X international conference on the new Great Transformation of Work is organized in partnership with the ILO and CIELO Laboral Network and under the auspices of the World Employment Confederation (WEC).
In lieu of hiring employees, firms may hire workers as independent contractors or freelancers, who are treated as self-employed; hire workers through temporary help firms or other third-party intermediaries; or outsource work to contract companies whose employees do tasks previously performed by in-house employees. The recent development of mobile apps and online platforms that connect workers with clients (e.g., Uber, Lyft, and Mechanical Turk) reflects a new business model based on independent contractor, or "gig" work. In addition, the franchise model represents a variant of contracting out in which the franchisor largely retains control of the intellectual property and dictates operations at its franchises, which employ most of the workers. Although firms have always outsourced work, some evidence points to a substantial recent growth in the use of these various types of contract work in advanced economies. Available measures of the scope and nature of these changes are often limited, however, and our understanding of their implications for workers and businesses is incomplete.
The purpose of the 2019 workshop of IZA's "Labor Statistics" program area is to bring together senior and junior researchers to discuss their recent empirical research related to contract work. We particularly encourage submissions of papers that present new evidence on:
- The prevalence of and trends in various types of contract work including independent contractor and freelance work, "gig" work associated with mobile apps and online platforms, "off the books" work, outsourcing to contract companies, and franchising.
- The types of firms using these arrangements and the characteristics of workers in them.
- Implications of outsourcing for firms' productivity and profitability and for workers' compensation, working conditions, and earnings inequality.
Preference will be given to papers that have an explicit measurement focus or that develop or make use of novel data - including data from surveys, administrative records, linked data sets, or proprietary sources - to produce better measurements or fill data gaps while addressing substantive questions related to contract work.
Keynote Speaker - David Weil
David Weil, Dean and Professor of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, will be the keynote speaker at the workshop. Weil was the Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor under President Barack Obama. He is author of The Fissured Workplace: Why Work Became So Bad for So Many and What
Can Be Done to Improve It (Harvard University Press), which examines the growth of outsourcing by large companies and argues that this trend has led to lower wages and benefits, unsafe working conditions, and higher inequality.
Researchers interested in participating should submit a full paper or extended abstract by March 15, 2019.
Notification of acceptance will be provided by April 5, 2019.
Travel and Accommodation
Those authors who are invited are expected to participate in the entire 2-day workshop. Economy class airfares and up to 3 nights of lodging for presenting authors and discussants will be covered according to the IZA Reimbursement Guidelines.
Please note that tax regulations prohibit IZA from fully reimbursing the travel expense of conference participants who combine their trip with other destinations or extend their stay beyond the four-day window surrounding the event.