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3rd IZA/HSE University Workshop on Skills and Preferences and Labor Market Outcomes in Post-transition and Emerging Economies

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Hartmut Lehmann (University of Bologna, National Research University Higher School of Economics and IZA) 

Vladimir Gimpelson (National Research University Higher School of Economics and IZA) 

Rostislav Kapeliushnikov (National Research University Higher School of Economics and Russian Academy of Sciences) 

Alexander Muravyev (National Research University Higher School of Economics and IZA)



St. Petersburg, Russia


September 26-27, 2019

Call for papers deadline:

June 30, 2019

 About the Workshop

Most empirical research on skills (cognitive and non-cognitive) and preferences has largely relied on data from high-income, industrialized countries. There is, however, a growing literature that extends this line of research to post-transition and emerging economies, which 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 Third IZA/HSE University Workshop on the formation of skills and preferences and their impact on the labor market in post-transition and emerging 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 broad theme.

We strive for a regional balance regarding the presented research. Hence, we invite research from China, Central Asia, Latin America, North Africa, the post-Soviet region and Central and Eastern Europe.

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

  • The formation of cognitive and non-cognitive skills in early childhood and adolescence;
  • Measurement of preferences and skills using survey instruments and experiments;
  •  Malleability of preferences and cognitive and non-cognitive skills, and their rank order stability;
  • Preferences and skills as driving factors of selection into labor market states and geographic mobility;
  • Discrimination in labor markets;
  • Long-term effects of educational interventions targeted at cognitive and non-cognitive skills.

Hilmar Schneider  (CEO of IZA) will deliver the invited lecture.


The workshop programme and the list of participants of the workshop along with the selected papers can be found by following this link >>>.