ZEW Mannheim is pleased to announce the fifth workshop on spatial dimensions of the labour market, jointly organised with the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), on 5 and 6 October 2022 in Nuremberg. This year, a special focus is on aspects revolving around the Covid-19 crisis. The pandemic causes enormous economic and social disruptions which might affect regional labour markets in various ways in the short and long term.

The workshop aims to bring together frontier research of labour economists, regional economists, sociologists, geographers and scholars from related fields. Theoretical, empirical and policy-oriented contributions are very welcome. Please submit a full draft paper or extended abstract (about 1200 words) in PDF format to IAB.Spatial-LM@iab.de no later than 15 May 2022.

Keynote speakers

  • Christina Gathmann (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER), Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxemburg)
  • Diego Puga (Center for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI), Madrid, Spain)

Topics of interest

The workshop has a special focus on the spatial dimension of the consequences of the pandemic and changing economic activity. Apart from this interest, a non-exhaustive list of topics is:

  • Covid-19 pandemic, its impact on local labour markets
  • Telecommuting
  • Spatial distribution of activities, disparities and inequalities
  • Spatial mismatch, unemployment and spatial job search
  • Mobility of labour and imperfect labour markets
  • Location decisions and urban amenities
  • Neighbourhoods, proximity, and urban density
  • Regional dimensions of wage determination
  • Evaluation of regional labour market policy and urban or regional policy
  • Effects of globalisation and technological change
  • Methodological and data-driven innovations (e.g. use of geo-coded data)

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