Call for Papers


5th IZA Workshop: Environment and Labor Markets

Organizers: Olivier Deschenes (University of California, Santa Barbara and IZA), Nico Pestel (IZA)
Location:IZA, Bonn
Date:August 31 - September 01, 2017

Submission Deadline:May 28, 2017
Notification of Acceptance:June 09, 2017
Final Papers Due:August 20, 2017

Event Manager:

Viola Hartmann

About the Workshop

We are pleased to invite submissions for the 5th IZA Workshop on Environment and Labor Markets.

Optimal environmental policy aims at equalizing benefits and costs of improving environmental quality. While the benefits generally accrue in form of increased health, worker productivity and human capital, quality of life, and amenity values, the costs of environmental regulations are mostly borne through potential impacts on industrial activity and employment. Successful policy development requires detailed information on the magnitude and determinants of these benefits and costs. IZA's Environment and Labor Markets program area aims at providing credible empirical evidence on the impact of environmental factors and policies on labor market outcomes, human capital outcomes, industrial activity, production decisions, and demographic outcomes.

The aim of the 2017 workshop of the program area is to bring together researchers analyzing wider labor market impacts of environmental quality and environmental policies. We particularly encourage submissions of papers that provide credible empirical evidence on the following issues:

  • Effects on sectoral energy prices, industrial output and employment;
  • Effects on individual productivity, human capital acquisition and well-being;
  • Labor market effects of structural transitions towards renewable energy sources;
  • Design of optimal public policies, such as taxation of energy consumption, with regard to their distributional impacts.


Researchers interested in participating should submit a full paper or extended abstract by May 28, 2017 using our Online Application Form.


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 and discussants 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.