Call for Papers


4th IZA/HSE University Workshop: Thirty Years after the Fall of the Iron Curtain: The Contribution of Labor Market Adjustment to Transition and Convergence

Organizers: Hartmut Lehmann (University of Bologna, HSE University and IZA), Vladimir Gimpelson (HSE University and IZA), Alexander Muravyev (HSE University and IZA)
Location:IZA, Bonn
Date:October 22 - October 23, 2020

Submission Deadline:June 30, 2020
Notification of Acceptance:July 31, 2020
Final Papers Due:October 01, 2020

Event Manager:

Viola Hartmann

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About the Workshop

The collapse of the centrally planned economies in Central and Eastern Europe and in the Soviet Union and the profound reforms of the Chinese economy have changed the social, political and economic landscape of the world in a fundamental way. All of the former centrally planned economies embarked on a journey of transition and convergence towards developed market economies. It strikes us, therefore, as interesting to take stock of the transition and convergence processes that played out in a very heterogeneous fashion in labor markets across the transition region. How did labor market institutions, labor market policies and systemic reform in the labor market taking shape in the last thirty years contribute to transition and convergence processes?

This fourth IZA/HSE University workshop will bring together labor economists who are working on labor market adjustment in the post-Soviet states that emerged from the breakup of the Soviet Union, post-transition countries of Central and Eastern Europe as well as China. We will attempt to select papers that guarantee a geographical balance of the mentioned areas of the post-Soviet space and of China. While the main focus of the workshop relates to a long-term view of labor market adjustment since the onset of transition, papers on other labor market themes pertinent in emerging and post-transition economies will also be considered.


Submission deadline is June 30, 2020. While extended abstracts are also welcome, we prefer full-fledged papers. Please use our online application form for submissions. We will send out acceptance notifications by July 31, 2020.

Travel and Accommodation

Those authors who are invited are expected to participate in the entire two day workshop. Economy class airfares and up to 3 nights of lodging for presenting authors will be covered according to the 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.

Please be sure before applying that your visa status will allow you to attend the event.