Inequality in Post-Transition and Emerging Economies
October 27, 2022 - October 28, 2022

Inequality in Post-Transition and Emerging Economies

October 27, 2022 - October 28, 2022
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Organizers: Hartmut Lehmann (Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) and IZA), Natalia Danzer (Free University of Berlin and IZA), Alexander Muravyev (IZA)
Submission Deadline: July 07, 2022
Notification of Acceptance: August 08, 2022
Event Manager: Viola Hartmann

About the Workshop

In the last decade we have seen rising inequality in earnings and incomes in many post-transition and emerging economies, which has been exacerbated by the CORONA pandemic. A greater incidence of temporary employment, informal employment and a rise in the importance of the Gig Economy have all contributed to this trend. The CORONA crisis has exacerbated inequality trends along the formal-informal divide and by gender. This crisis has also amplified the divergence in the access to education for children with long-term consequences of human capital formation for children from poorer households resulting in even more inequality in the long run.

The workshop, organized by IZA, will focus on the determinants of inequality in post-transition and emerging economies. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • The role of labor market segregation along the formal-informal divide
  • Temporary jobs as transit to permanent employment or dead-end jobs
  • Trading off job insecurity for higher wages in the Gig Economy
  • Drivers of job polarization in post-transition and emerging economies
  • Gender inequality in the face of the CORONA crisis or changing social norms
  • Inequality in educational opportunities for children in the CORONA crisis and long-term consequences
  • Policy interventions to combat rising inequality: Success and failures


Please make your submission by using the online application form. While extended abstracts are also welcome, complete papers are strongly preferred.

Submission deadline is June 30, 2022. We will send out acceptance notification by July 31, 2022.

Complete papers will be due on September 30, 2022.


If you are interested in the workshop feel free to sign up to live-stream the event. We welcome to share this call for papers with other interested researchers.

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