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Unemployment Insurance Schemes in Developing Countries

This proposed research project will study the most efficient form of unemployment support using a large data set on the employment history of over 400,000 workers. This employment data will be combined with expenditure and unemployment compensation data for the study. The researchers will categorize different types of unemployment compensation (unemployment insurance, lump sum payments, and no insurance) and use sophisticated methods to analyze how the type of unemployment compensation unemployed workers receive affects affect their consumption over time.

Unbundling worker and manager preferences for workplace organization: understanding support for new forms of labor representation

The rate of unionization remains low in the United States, and as new forms of worker representation emerge, we need to better understand what workers want from labor organizations and how employee preferences differ across industries and occupations. This project will field a relatively large-scale survey, with embedded survey experiments, to examine what aspects of labor organization are preferred by workers and management.

Languages, laws and labor contracts

The decline in bargaining power for large groups of workers is at the core of rising inequality. This research aims to provide some of the first causal evidence that contractual language is not merely cheap talk but rather meaningfully shapes the decisions of contracting parties in the labor market. The grant will support an effort to digitize union contracts stored at the Kheel Center at Cornell University. In addition to digitization, the researchers will use language processing tools to extract norms, commitments, and entitlements from the text.

Growth and Labor Markets in Low Income Countries

Research projects can be proposed for the following research areas:
Growth and Labor Market Outcomes
Active Labor Market Policies, Labor Market Institutions and Labor Market Frictions
Human Capital and Labor Productivity
Migration and Labor Markets
Labor Market Dimensions of Population Dynamics, Urbanization, and the Environment

There are three cross-cutting themes that researchers are encouraged to address under any of the above research areas:
Gender
Fragile States and Region
Improving Data for Labor Market Research

Deadline: 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Non-Standard Employment

Areas of interest include the measurement and classification of non-standard work; trends in non-standard employment; causes of the increase in alternative work arrangements; effects of non-standard employment on workers; and the changing social contract.

Deadline: 

Monday, August 20, 2018

Labor Economics Research

IZA is an independent economic research institute that conducts research in labor economics and offers evidence-based policy advice on labor market issues. Supported by the Deutsche Post Foundation, IZA runs the world’s largest network of economists, whose research provides answers to the global labor market challenges of our time.

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