Call for Papers


IZA/Volkswagen Foundation Workshop: Preferences, Personality Traits and the Labor Market

Organizers: Hartmut Lehmann (University of Bologna and IZA), Maria Bigoni (University of Bologna and IZA), Marco Casari (University of Bologna and IZA)
Location:Conference Center of the University of Bologna in Bertinoro, Italy
Date:October 05 - October 07, 2017

Submission Deadline:July 01, 2017
Notification of Acceptance:July 21, 2017
Final Papers Due:October 01, 2017

Event Manager:

Viola Hartmann

About the Workshop

Until recently, empirical research on preferences and personality traits has largely relied on data from high-income, industrialized countries. Although data availability may have been behind such focus, we believe that extending this line of research to post-transition, emerging and developing countries may be of particular scientific interest because it gives the opportunity to study contexts with a much wider variability of conditions.

Therefore, we are very pleased to announce the IZA/Volkswagen Foundation Workshop on the impact of preferences and personality traits on the labor market in post-transition, emerging and developing economies. The aim of the workshop is to bring together a number of junior and senior researchers to discuss their recent empirical and experimental studies on the above theme.

Topics of the workshop will include (but are not limited to):

Measurement of preferences and personality traits using survey instruments and experiments
Malleability of preferences and personality traits, and their rank order stability
Preferences and personality traits as driving factors of selection into labor market states and geographic mobility
Discrimination in labor markets
Long-term effects of educational interventions targeted at non-cognitive skills

We are especially interested in papers that combine experimental and survey evidence.

Thomas Dohmen (University of Bonn and IZA) will deliver the invited lecture.


Researchers interested in participating should submit a full paper or extended abstract by July 1, 2017 using or 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 workshop participants who combine their trip with other destinations or extend their stay beyond the four-day window surrounding the event.