Upcoming Activities

Date Events
Seminar: Beneficial Health Insurance and healthcare utilization: new evidence from a large-scale field experiment

On Tuesday August 28th 2018, Raf van Gestel (EUR) will give a presentation titled: “Beneficial Health Insurance and healthcare utilization: new evidence from a large-scale field experiment”

The Hague, Netherlands
IHS Internal Seminar: Beate Littig

Green jobs, sustainable work or the ecology of labour – rising discursive stars?

The links between sustainable development and work have been marginalized for decades. This has changed in the last 10 years, since the concept of the “green economy” and “green jobs” has been promoted by various UN-organizations and became parts of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While supra- and international as well as national politics mainly refer to these concepts other discursive strands have been developed which focus on “sustainable work”, an approach which is particularly discussed in socio-ecological research institutions and NGOs critical to economic growth. This concept demands a broad socio-ecological transformation of the current non-sustainable working societies towards sustainability. Within the (German) trade unionist context the “ecology of labour” has been presented just recently, linking the concept of good labour to ecological issues. The presentation will give an overview of the various strands of the discourse of sustainable development and work and discuss their political perception.

To register please send an email to event(at)ihs.ac.at.

Vienna, Austria
Inequality and Social Relations

LISER together with many partners in Luxembourg co-organizes the following lecture.

The last few decades have seen a rise in income inequality. This rise has generated concerns about inequality and its policy implications. Economic inequalities can be evaluated based on fairness. But fairness can be inconsistent with economic efficiency; and it can depend on social relations. This lecture examines the linkages between fairness, economic efficiency and social relations, along with their implications for policy.

Prof. Jean-Paul Chavas (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Gender Inequalities in Extending Working Lives

Considerable efforts have been made by policymakers to encourage individuals to extend their working lives, both in the UK and across Europe. While remaining in work for longer can bring benefits for individuals as well as for society more broadly, there is increasing recognition that impacts may differ for different groups.

The Fairer Active Ageing for Europe (FACTAGE) project is exploring the emerging inequalities associated with longer working lives. This one-day workshop will focus particularly on issues relating to gender inequalities associated with the extension of working lives, including emerging findings from the FACTAGE project, along with presentations from invited speakers.

London, United Kingdom
Save the Date: Health and Environment Conference

Speakers from the ESRI and UCD will present the latest findings from research on the environment and health funded by the EPA and HSE. The conference will also include Dr Katharina Janke from the University of Lancaster who will provide an overview of research on the health and economic impacts of air pollution.

Dublin, Ireland

Past Activities

Date Events
Seminar: On the sources of slow wage growth on both sides of the Atlantic

Wage growth has been sluggish in both the US and EU over the past six years. This initially looked like a ripple effect of the Great Recession and part of a cyclical adjustment of labor markets on both sides of the Atlantic. Now, however, lackluster wage growth continues in spite of very tight labor markets in many countries. This suggests that we are seeing a slow rate of trend wage growth in both the EU and the US. In this presentation, we briefly review the potential cyclical adjustments that might still affect wage growth in some countries. We then provide a framework to think about trend wage growth in terms of (i) inflation, (ii) relative price movements, (iii) productivity growth, and (iv) changes in labor shares (real unit labor costs). We use this framework to review the literature on each of these drivers of wage growth and discuss common factors that might subdue wage growth on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Hague, Netherlands
IPEPS Final Conference: What education and jobs for the next generation of students?

For three years running, CEPS has organised the Integrated Programme in European Policy Studies (IPEPS), as a complement to master’s degree programmes in universities across Europe. Thanks to financial support from the Erasmus+ programme, IPEPS has increased the understanding among European students of real-life policy issues facing EU leaders, built valuable networks of students from many different backgrounds and improved their understanding of the internal and external workings of the EU. Based on a partnership with nine universities across the EU, IPEPS has also taken up the challenge of using innovative learning methods to foster teamwork, dialogue and constructive exchange of ideas.

How to educate future generations and equip them with the knowledge and skills required to perform the jobs of tomorrow? What are the implications of the digitalisation of the labour market for industrial business models? What can the EU do to help the new generation of students to become better integrated into the labour market? Please join us at the IPEPS Final Conference on July 4th to explore these and other important questions.

Brussels, Belgium
Digitized Labor: the Impact of the Internet on Employment

Book Presentation:

Digitized Labor: the Impact of the  Internet on Employment” by Lorenzo Pupillo, Eli Noam and Len Waverman

This book provides new evidence for the Impact of the Internet on jobs. All of the empirical articles indicate that the Internet has indeed created many new jobs, but that a large number of jobs may have been destroyed or downgraded, at least in the short run. Furthermore, routinization, job market polarisation and new labour market inequalities have emerged. Thus, while the diffusion of the Internet is generating opportunities it also comes with ambiguous trends that by themselves will not generate a more resilient and inclusive labour market. These changes cannot be dealt with as business-as-usual by governments and the private sector. Failing to mitigate short-term job losses risks pushbacks and restrictive policy responses that threaten to slow down the ICT Revolution.

Brussels, Belgium
Discussion: The entrepreneurial capacity of knowledge driven institutions for improving the competitiveness of regions

Introduction by Ludovit Garzik

Many economies invest heavily into their education and research ecosystem. In order to keep these investments the regional innovation system has to transform the knowledge into economic models to design products and services that have in the end macro-economic impacts and create the money that can be furthermore invested into new knowledge. Following the stream of money pouring in the knowledge ecosystem we should be able to find the best spots where to bridge the gaps to innovation: Universities, research institutions, as well as industry. Human capital working in these institutions seems not to be motivated to implement their knowledge. One of the key findings is that the majority stream of human capital getting available each year flows into career models that are risk averse and do not call for transforming the knowledge into innovation. The impetus for that development is to be found in the cultural framework of the respective ecosystem. The hypothesis is that the mindset of the management of the respective knowledge driven institutions plays a major role. Entrepreneurial spirit is inherited and transferred top-down and is therefore a major driver of the capacity of those institutions for improving competitiveness of regions.

Ludovit Garzik is Managing Director of the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development (RFTE). Prior to this position, he worked for the Managing Board of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency and served as Head of Galileo Unit at the Austrian Space Agency. He holds a PhD from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, an MBA from the Danube University Krems, and a Master of Science in Geodesy from the Technical University of Vienna. Ludovit Garzik is Guest Professor in Shanghai University. In 2015, he founded the company InnovationOrbit.com, which provides Executive Education programs for Innovation Culture in Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA.

Vienna, Austria
Seminar: An Up-to-Date Joint Labor Supply and Child Care Choice Model

Norwegian parents of preschool children make their care choices from a completely different choice set compared to what their predecessor did. Now, there is essentially only one type of nonparental care, center-based care, and at the parental side fathers take a more pivotal role in the early childhood care. In the present paper we develop and estimate a joint labor supply and child care choice model that accounts for these new characteristics, assuming that this model points to current and future modeling directions for several other economies too. Estimations suggest that the average wage elasticity for mothers is 0.25–0.30.

The Hague, Netherlands
The Broken Housing Market Conference

A joint NIESR/RICS/CaCHE/CFM conference 

This free one-day conference will bring together leading academics, policymakers and practitioners to discuss what is “broken” about the UK housing market and how we might go about fixing it. The event will take place at the Institution of Civil Engineers, Westminster, SW1P 3AA.

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
London, United Kingdom