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About the Centre

The Centre for Labour Market Studies (CLMS) was founded as an HSE research unit in 2001 by Vladimir Gimpelson and Rostislav Kapeliushnikov on the initiative of the HSE administration and with intellectual support from Professor John Earle (George Mason University) and Professor Hartmut Lehmann (University of Bologna and IZA).

Over these years, the CLMS has become the leading Russian research team in labour economics. Its main mission is in basic and empirical research and evidence-based policy advice with the focus on labour markets in the post-transition countries. During 2001-2018, the CLMS published 6 monographs on various aspects of the Russian labour market and numerous articles in leading Russian and international academic journals covering a wide range of related issues. Together with “the HSE Publishing House” the CLMS issues the series of discussion papers WP3 "Problems of the Labour Market" with the total number of papers exceeding 120 (as at the end of 2018).

In Autumn 2018, the CLMS received the status of an HSE International Laboratory and Prof. Lehmann joined its research team. Prof. Lehmann has published extensively on labour market issues related to transition and emerging economies. Among them are informal employment, costs of workers displacement, the nexus between labour market institutions and labour market performance, and evaluation of active labour market policies. He is Professor of Economics at the University of Bologna, and also Program Coordinator in the area “Labor in Post-Transition and Emerging Economies” at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, Editor of “IZA Journal of Development and Migration” and Associate Editor of “Economic Systems”. In 2013, he was elected President of the Association of Comparative Economic Studies.

In 2018-2020, the CLMS plans to focus on three research areas:

  1. Human Capital. Human capital is a key prerequisite for sustainable economic growth and well-being of any society. The CLMS pays particular attention to the evolution and use of human capital in post-transition economies, including its cognitive and non-cognitive components, dynamics of returns to education and issues of over-education.
  2. Labour market institutions. This work focuses on major institutions such as the minimum wage, unemployment benefits, wage setting rules and practices, and employment protection regulations. The design of these institutions has a strong impact on labour market performance, composition of employment and wage dynamics. A key issue here is how labour market institutions operate, evolve over time, and complement each other.
  3. Demographic change and labour markets. The CLMS explores effects of population aging, school-to-work transitions, migration, and gender inequality. Rigorous analysis of these themes is crucial for sound policies in matters that are vital for the future well-being of many societies.

CLMS, together with the Laboratory for Labour Market Studies, holds regular research seminars on labour economics issues.


 

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