April 7 was World Health Day which highlighted the need for universal health coverage. At least half the world's population do not receive the essential health services they need and 100 million are pushed into poverty by healthcare costs.
“It is well established that job insecurity, like unemployment, has causal detrimental effects on mental and physical health,” says Francis Green. “Governments should count the health cost of restrictive policies that generate unemployment and insecurity, while promoting employability through skills training. Policy should also encourage forms of employee participation and social support in workplaces.”
In relation to mental illness, Lord Richard Layard recommends that “Providing evidence-based therapies for people with a mental illness should be at the heart of public policymaking…By keeping so many people from working or from working productively, mental illness costs billions in welfare payments and lost taxes. By contrast, therapy boosts both employment and output, with gains exceeding the cost of treatment. It also produces savings in physical health care—as much as 20% of an individual’s annual costs—and improves life-satisfaction.”
ILO: Polarisation(s) in Labour Markets, June 19. The Directorate for Research, Studies and Statistics (DARES) of the French Ministry of Labour and the Research Department of the International Labour Organization (ILO) are organizing an international conference on “Polarisation(s) in Labour Markets”.
Call for papers: IZA/CEPR Annual Symposium in Labour Economics 2018, September 20-21. The goal of the symposium is to provide a forum for high-quality work in labor economics and to bring together economists in the field from across Europe as well as key researchers from outside the region.Submission deadline: April 20, 2018
Call for papers: 3rd IZA Workshop: The Economics of Education, October 4-6. The aim of the workshop is to bring together about 30 researchers working on the economics of education, in particular on the theme “Education and the Labor Market”. Submission deadline: May 31