IZA/OECD/World Bank/UCW Workshop: Job Quality in Post-transition, Emerging and Developing Countries

Organizers: Hartmut Lehmann (University of Bologna and IZA), Alexander Muravyev (Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg Branch and IZA), David A. Robalino (World Bank and IZA), Furio C. Rosati (University of Rome Tor Vergata, UCW, ILO and IZA), Stefano Scarpetta (OECD and IZA)
Location:Rome, Italy
Date:October 13 - October 14, 2016

Submission Deadline:May 31, 2016
Notification of Acceptance:June 30, 2016

Event Manager:

Dominik Spitza

About the Workshop

The labor economics literature has seen a growing interest in the role of job quality over the last years. To a large extent, this interest stems from substantial impacts of the quality of employment on important aspects of people‘s lives, ranging from productivity to health and life expectancy. Not surprisingly, the issue of job quality stays high on the public policy agenda, including national governments and international organizations. The G20 Leaders have adopted last year in Antalya the G20 framework on promoting quality jobs and asked the OECD and the ILO to assist monitoring progress in promoting not only more but also better jobs along the lines of the agreed framework. Work is ongoing at the World Bank, the OECD and the ILO on mapping different dimensions of job quality into concrete policies in different countries.
For the workshop, theoretical and empirical papers are both welcome. Selection will favor papers with innovative approaches, but the selection process will also attempt to reach a geographical distribution that covers post-transition, emerging and developing economies even-handedly.
Topics include (but are not limited to):
  • Earnings inequality and workers’ well-being
  • Precarious versus stable jobs
  • Informality and job quality
  • Innovative ways to measure the quality of the work environment
  • The impact of early entry into the labor market on job quality
  • Gender differences in job quality in post-transition, emerging and developing economies
  • Policies that further job quality and their evaluation


Those authors who are invited to present their papers are expected to participate in the 2-day workshop. Economy class airfares and up to 3 nights of lodging for presenting authors will be covered according to the following IZA Reimbursement Guidelines.

Kindly note that tax regulations prohibit IZA from fully reimbursing the travel expenses of conference participants who combine their trip with other destinations or extend their stay beyond the four-day window surrounding the event.