Call for Papers


FEDEA/Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti/IZA Conference: Dual Labor Markets and the Single Contract

Organizers: Samuel Bentolila (CEMFI, Madrid), Pierre Cahuc (Ecole Polytechnique, Paris and IZA), Juan J. Dolado (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and IZA), Konstantinos Tatsiramos (University of Leicester and IZA)
Location:Milan, Italy
Date:April 13, 2012

Submission Deadline:December 15, 2011
Notification of Acceptance:January 08, 2012
Final Papers Due:March 26, 2012

Event Manager:

Ulrike Maurer


About the Conference

European Governments made substantial efforts to reform labor market institutions when walking away from the Eurosclerosis of the 1980s. To achieve political viability, the reforms mostly entailed changing the rules only for new hires and introducing a wide array of new flexible, fixed-term, contractual types or expanding their scope where they already existed. There were hardly any changes in rules on regular, open-ended, contracts. This created two parallel labor markets a labor market largely insulated from shocks (workers with permanent contracts) and a labor market of temporary workers, where all risks are concentrated. In order to complete the reform path, Governments should now fight dualism in European labor markets.
The aim of the workshop is to analyze reforms targeted at fighting dualism. Particular attention will be devoted to the modelling of a single contract that makes job security provisions increase smoothly as workers acquire tenure and to evaluations of its political feasibility. Both theoretical and empirical work will be considered.


Those who wish to participate in the workshop are invited to submit a complete paper (extended abstracts will also be considered) using our online application form.
The deadline for submission is December 15, 2011.
Decisions of acceptance or rejection by the program committee will be announced no later than January 8, 2012. Complete papers will be due by March 26, 2012.


Economy class air travel costs for presenters of papers that have been accepted will be reimbursed according to IZA travel guidelines. Accommodation and meals will also be provided at the workshop venue.