The conference focuses on technological change, in particular digitalization and the re-organization of production processes, and demographics in industrialized countries, as well as on the ways these phenomena interact with employment, wages, and participation in the labor market. Researchers are invited to submit empirical and theoretical contributions on this topic from all areas of economics and sociology.

The conference is sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG) as part of the Priority Program, “The German Labor Market in a Globalized World – Challenges through Trade, Technology, and Demographics” (SPP 1764) and by the University of Cologne.

Keynote Speakers

Tali Kristal

University of Haifa, Israel

Thibaut Lamadon

The University of Chicago, USA

Christopher Taber

University of Wisconsin, USA

Please submit full papers (preliminary versions are welcome) in PDF format to Angelika Ganserer via email to If possible include up to four JEL Codes. Travel and accommodation costs will be reimbursed for speakers (one speaker per paper).

  • Martin Abraham (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
  • Gerard van den Berg (University of Bristol)
  • Christian Dustman (University College London)
  • Bernd Fitzenberger (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin und ZEW)
  • Susanne Prantl (University of Cologne)
  • Alexandra Spitz-Oener (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Deadline for paper submission: 18 December 2018.
Selection decisions will be made by 24 January 2019.


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29.03.2019 - 30.03.2019

Event Location

University of Cologne

Albertus-Magnus-Platz 50923 Cologne

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