The theme of this year’s World Health Day (April 7) was depression. According to the UN, more than 300 million people are now living with depression, and it is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, says the World Health Organization.
Lord Richard Layard writing on The economics of mental health says “Because mental illness is especially a disease of working age, it causes not only massive suffering but also great economic waste…If mentally ill people worked at the same rate as the rest of the population, total employment would be more than 4% higher, boosting production and tax revenues.”
In his article on the health effects of job insecurity, Francis Green says, “…economic deterioration may be less important than the psychological loss of identity and meaning attached to jobs. Studies of unemployment have found that its impact on health is much greater than can be explained simply by the loss of income resulting from unemployment.”
The public finance debate on immigration tends to focus on its effect on wages and employment. It typically fails to consider the effects of immigration on working conditions that are known to affect employees' health. There is growing evidence that, for a number of different reasons, immigrants are more likely than native workers to work in risky jobs. For example, immigrants may have a different perception of job risks than native workers do, because they arrive from countries where they typically faced worse working conditions.
ILO: International Conference on Jobs and Skills Mismatch, May 11-12. This conference, held in Geneva, aims to deepen understanding of the labor market effects of various types of skill mismatch and how they can be best measured in different country contexts. It will include ILO research and also present the work of other partner international organizations.
Second World Congress of Comparative Economics, June 15-17. The Congress, held at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in St Petersburg, will include plenary sessions, workshops, as well as the editors’ panel and special events. There will also be a small exhibition area which will give participants the opportunity to meet with vendors who specialize in providing e-resources.
Call for abstracts: Work and Pensions Labour Economics study group, July 27-28. The annual WPEG conference will take place at the University of Sheffield. The Programme Committee invites submissions of abstracts from academic, government, and business economists in any field of labor economics and related research areas which are aligned with DWP strategic objectives. Abstract submission deadline: April 28.
Call for papers: AIEL XXXII National Conference of Labour Economics, September 14-15. We are pleased to invite you to attend the 32nd annual Conference of the Italian Association of Labour Economists to be hosted by the Department of Economics, Statistics and Finance “Giovanni Anania” at the University of Calabria in the Arcavacata Campus in Rende (Cosenza), on September 14-15, 2017. Submission deadline: June 15.
Call for papers: 2nd IZA Workshop: The Economics of Education, September 25-27. The aim of the workshop is to gather 30 researchers working on the economics of education, in particular on the theme "Making schools work better". Submission deadline: May 31.
Call for papers:IZA Workshop: Labor and Development, October 9-10. The Program on Labor and Development is concerned with the functioning of labor markets in developing countries, with a particular focus on employment and earnings both in wage employment and in self-employment. Submission deadline: May 28.