Second ZEW/IAB/RCEA Workshop on Spatial Dimensions of the Labour Market – The Relocation of Jobs


The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), and the Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA) are pleased to announce the second joint workshop on spatial dimensions of the labour market on March 13 and 14, 2013, in Nuremberg, Germany.

The rapid improvements of the information and communication technology change the nature of international trade and its effects on labour markets. These technological advances enable firms to spatially slice up their value chains through offshoring. In addition, firms are now able to trade tasks. Therefore, workers performing tradable tasks are directly exposed to these changes and threatened by a relocation of their jobs.

The second workshop on Spatial Dimensions of the Labour Market focuses on a broad range of topics revolving around these and further aspects of the relocation of jobs. The objective of the workshop, financed by funds of the SEEK research programme, is to bring together frontier research of labour economists, regional economists, geographers, and scholars from related fields.

Topics of Interest

Theoretical, empirical, and policy-oriented contributions are welcome. The workshop has a special focus on the relocation of jobs and the international outsourcing of economic activity (including foreign direct investment). Apart from this interest, a non-exhaustive list of topics is:

  • Trade in tasks and offshoring
  • Firms’ and workers’ exposure to trade
  • Web-based global labour markets
  • Spatial mismatch, unemployment and spatial job search
  • Mobility of labour
  • Regional dimensions of wage determination
  • Forecasting regional labour markets
  • Evaluation of regional labour market policies
  • Firms’ productivity, productivity growth and innovation
  • Effects of globalization and the financial crisis on regions

Keynote Speakers

  • Gilles Duranton, University of Pennsylvania
  • Marc-Andreas Muendler, University of California, San Diego
  • David Dorn, Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros, Madrid

Scientific Committee

  • Melanie Arntz, University of Heidelberg and ZEW
  • Uwe Blien, University of Bamberg and IAB Nürnberg
  • Gerald Carlino, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and RCEA
  • Gilles Duranton, University of Pennsylvania and RCEA
  • Marcus Kappler, ZEW
  • Joachim Möller, University of Regensburg and IAB Nürnberg
  • Marcello Pagnini, Bank of Italy and RCEA
  • Theodore Panagiotidis, University of Macedonia and RCEA
  • Roberto Patuelli, University of Bologna and RCEA
  • Gianluigi Pelloni, University of Bologna, Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo, and RCEA
  • Michael Pflüger, University of Würzburg and DIW Berlin

Paper Submission

The deadline for submission of extended abstracts (about 800 words) or full draft papers (if available) is December 1, 2013. Please submit documents in PDF or MS Word format to: Notification of acceptance will be given by December 15, 2013. Accepted participants have to send in full (preliminary) papers no later than March 1, 2014. Presenters will be asked to discuss another paper.

Conference Fee

The conference fee is € 80, which includes refreshments and lunches during the workshop, as well as the conference dinner on March 13 (excluding beverages).

Call for Papers

Call for Papers, (PDF file, 160 KB)


The key aim of the SEEK programme is to achieve an improved understanding how policy measures should be best conceived to promote innovation, human capital formation, IT adoption, and the responsible stewardship of natural resources, with the ultimate goal of supporting European productivity and competitiveness. This conferences is supported by funds of the SEEK research programme.




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