In today’s ever-changing economic conditions, workers and firms are experiencing the constant pressure to adjust employment, wages, working hours, technology, and human capital to meet new needs. Often, workers and firms face the question of whether or not to migrate. Increasing international integration, changing demand for goods and services, as well as changing institutions require labour market flexibility. Government policies to secure the interests of workers and firms are being challenged by changes in goods and labour markets, and increasingly heterogeneous firms and workforces are questioning the efficiency of traditional institutions. This workshop invites empirical and theoretical contributions to this topic from all areas of labour economics and related fields such as the economics of education, industrial economics, health economics, international economics, or public finance. Micro- and macroeconomic papers are welcome.

Submission of Papers

  • Deadline for paper submission: 5 January 2010
  • Decision for acceptance made by: 1 February 2010

Please send a title and a paper in the form of an electronic copy to Kornelius Kraft:

Keynote Speaker

  • Stephen Machin (University College London/London School of Economics)
  • Jeffrey Smith (University of Michigan)
  • Bruce Weinberg (Ohio State University)

Scientific Committee

  • Christian Dustmann (University College London)
  • Bernd Fitzenberger (Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, ZEW)
  • Olaf Hübler (Leibniz University Hannover)
  • Kornelius Kraft (Technische Universität Dortmund, ZEW)
  • Stephen Machin (University College London/London School of Economics)

Call for Papers, (PDF Datei, 2.515 KB)

Travel and accommodation expenses for speakers of accepted papers (one speaker per paper)will be reimbursed. The conference is sponsored by the DFG-Priority Programme "Flexibility in Heterogeneous Labour Markets" (Flexibilisierungspotenziale bei heterogenen Arbeitsmärkten) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).


25.03.2010 - 27.03.2010

Event Location

ZEW, L 7,1 D-68161 Mannheim