IZA/Ministry of Finance, Slovak Republic (IFP)/Council for Budget Responsibility (CBR)/CELSI Conference on Fiscal Policy Tools and Labor Markets during the Great Recession

Organizers: Martin Filko (Ministry of Finance, Slovak Republic (IFP)), Martin Kahanec (Central European University, CELSI and IZA), Ludovit Odor (Council for Budget Responsibility (CBR)), Klaus F. Zimmermann (IZA and University of Bonn)
Location:Bratislava, Slovakia
Date:October 26 - October 27, 2015

Submission Deadline:June 15, 2015
Notification of Acceptance:June 30, 2015
Deadline for Registration:July 31, 2015

Event Manager:

Dominik Spitza

About the Conference

Labor supply and demand responses, wage flexibility, and institutional factors have been shaping the adjustment of European labor markets to systemic and idiosyncratic economic shocks during the Great Recession. To revisit how fiscal policy has affected labor market adjustment during the Great Recession, and what policy toolbox might governments have at hand to achieve favorable outcomes, the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), the Institute for Financial Policy of the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic (IFP), Council of Budget Responsibility of Slovakia, and Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI) seek research papers for a joint conference “Fiscal policy tools and labor markets during the Great Recession” to be held on October 26-27, 2015, in Bratislava, Slovakia.
The main objective of the conference is to discuss cutting-edge evidence about the role of fiscal policies (e.g. taxes, social insurance and benefits, public spending programs) on the capacity of labor markets to absorb asymmetric economic shocks. The focus will be on the effects of fiscal policy tools on labor supply, labor demand, employment and (long-term) unemployment, skill matching, and wage adjustment. The implications of various aspects of labor market adjustment for fiscal policy will also be discussed.
Keynote speakers include:
Torben M. Andersen (Aarhus University and IZA)
We specifically welcome paper submissions on the following topics:

  • Tax/benefit policies and labor supply, employment
  • Fiscal integration in the EU and its effects on EU labor markets
  • National unemployment insurance (UI) policies and perspectives of EU-wide UI-provision
  • The interactions of fiscal policies with nominal and real rigidities
  • The impacts of budgetary policies on vulnerable groups (minorities, migrants, etc) in the labor market
  • Simulations of the effects of fiscal policy on labor supply and employment
  • Experimental evaluation of fiscal interventions in labor markets
  • Comparative studies about labor market adjustment across European fiscal contexts

Selected papers will combine rigorous research with an applied policy focus with practical implications for fiscal policy making.
Members of the Program Committee:
Martin Filko (Institute for Financial Policy, Slovak Ministry of Finance (IFP))
Martin Kahanec (Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI), CEU and IZA)
Ľudovít Ódor (Council for Budget Responsibility of Slovakia)
Klaus F. Zimmermann (IZA and Bonn University)

Travel and Accommodation

Authors of papers accepted for presentation will be provided with travel expenses and accommodation in Bratislava for the period of the conference.


Proposals for papers (in the form of extended abstracts (1-2 pages)) should be uploaded via the online application form by June 15, 2015. The Program Committee will aim to communicate its decisions to the authors by the end of June, 2015.