Inequality, poverty and social justice are key issues in the policy debate in many countries, with much renewed interest over the last 1 ½ decades. This is due to economic internationalisation, increased global competition, the changing influence of labour market institutions and new technologies. This workshop focuses on theoretical and empirical research on inequality, poverty and the labour market.

This includes:

  • empirical research documenting changes in inequality and poverty, and how this is related to global trends
  • analysis of the determinants of inequality and poverty and theoretical work on potential causes
  • the interplay between poverty and inequality on the one hand, and institutions, anti-poverty policies, technological change and changing demands at the workplace on the other. Further, there is an interest in processes associated with poverty and inequality as well as its causes, like unemployment and gender differences.

Keynote speakers

  • Tony Atkinson (Nuffield College, Oxford)
  • Bruce Meyer (Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago)

Scientific committee

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

Call for papers, (as PDF file 349 KB)

  • Deadline for paper submission: 5th January 2009
  • Decision for acceptance made by: 1st February 2009

Please send a title and a paper as electronic copy to Kornelius

Travel and accommodation for speakers for accepted papers (one speaker per paper) will be paid for. 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).


27.03.2009 - 28.03.2009

Event Location

ZEW, L 7,1 D-68161 Mannheim