The Global Day of Parents is observed on June 1 every year and honors parents throughout the world. It provides an opportunity to focus on the complex relationship between working life and family life as well as the impact of different employment and leave policies on family and societal outcomes.
Daniela Del Boca, in her article Childcare choices and child development, writes, “Child development is the outcome of inputs from parents, formal and informal childcare providers, and schools. Especially when children are young, mothers’ and fathers’ care is the most valuable input. When both parents work, formal childcare is the best substitute, especially for low-income families…Consequently, generous parental leave policies that promote affordable and high-quality formal childcare are likely to have a positive impact on children’s abilities and outcomes in the near and long term.”
President Trump campaigned on promises to slash regulation. His new EPA head said that some regulations need to be rolled back in a very aggressive way since they have cost jobs and prevented economic growth. On the other hand, environmental regulations have greatly improved air and water quality, providing substantial benefits to society over the years in terms of lives saved and ecosystems protected. While in most cases the direct costs of pollution abatement represent no more than 1% or 2% of a firm’s total production costs, regulations also affect business decisions when they result in delays and uncertainty. How costly are environmental regulations, and how do their costs compare with their benefits? Read the full opinion piece.
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.
Chatham House Future of Work 2017, June 23, London. Senior policymakers and business leaders will discuss labor market strains and their drivers, technological trends and their implications for employment, skills provision and enhancing human capital alongside growth, and the rise of the independent worker. Read the agenda.
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: IZA Workshop: Labor Productivity and the Digital Economy, October 30-31. The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers analyzing wider labor market impacts of the digital economy, i.e. how these technological changes have directly and indirectly affected the world of work, in particular labor productivity. Submission deadline: July 1.