Call for Papers


IZA Workshop on Inequality: Causes and Consequences

Organizers: Lorenzo Cappellari (UniversitÓ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and IZA), Solomon Polachek (Binghamton University, New York and IZA), Konstantinos Tatsiramos (University of Nottingham and IZA)
Location:IZA, Bonn
Date:March 20 - March 21, 2015

Submission Deadline:January 04, 2015
Notification of Acceptance:January 19, 2015
Deadline for Registration:January 21, 2015
Final Papers Due:February 22, 2015

Event Manager:

Dominik Spitza


About the Workshop

Inequality has long been a research area with important policy implications. Arguably, too narrow a wealth or income distribution impedes economic growth by stifling incentives to work hard or take risks, but too wide a distribution can cause political unrest and even a revolution. Over the last several decades inequality has been rising in many countries, and of late has been frequently highlighted in the popular press. Thus, comprehending the causes and consequences of inequality is crucial to understanding societies and their future.

Topics Include (but are not limited to):

  • Trends in wealth, income, wage, educational, and consumption inequality
  • Intergeneration transmission of inequality
  • Job tasks and inequality
  • Trade and inequality
  • Institutions and wage inequality
  • Politics and inequality
  • War and inequality
  • Inequality and happiness
  • Racial and ethnic differences in inequality
  • Unions and inequality
  • Industry structure and inequality

Confirmed Participants

Confirmed participants to the workshop include Anders Bj÷rklund, Andrea Brandolini, Daniele Checchi, Peter Gottschalk, Thomas Lemieux, Stephen Machin, Bhashkar Mazumder.

Paper Submission

The deadline for submission of complete papers is January 4, 2015.
A selection of papers presented at the workshop will be published in a volume of Research in Labor Economics. It is understood that all submissions to the conference imply submission to the RLE volume. The volume is expected to be published in early 2016.
Authors of submitted papers will be notified no later than January 11, 2015 as to whether their paper has been accepted for the workshop. Complete papers will be due February 22, 2015. The papers presented at the workshop can be revised after the workshop and before being submitted to the RLE volume. Publication decisions will be based on a standard peer-reviewing process.

Travel and Accommodation

IZA will cover all expenses related to travel and accommodation as spelled out in the IZA travel reimbursement guidelines.