Globalization, work, and distributional tensions in Europe and Central Asia





Zielna Conference Centre, Zielna 37 Str.

We welcome the submission of papers to the workshop organised by the IBS and the World Bank - Warsaw, 16-17 of January.
The institutions that helped to achieve a remarkable degree of equity and prosperity over the course of several decades now face considerable challenges presented by the emerging forms of inequality in Europe and Central Asia. Labour market polarization and occupational change, inequality of incomes and opportunities, and the growing concentration of wealth put the social contracts under immense pressures. The aim of the conference is to deepen the understanding of how technological and demographic changes interact with policy choices in shaping these new dimensions of inequalities and their consequences for social cohesion and political outcomes. It will also be an opportunity to present and discuss novel policy responses to these emerging challenges. The conference will have an international focus and will facilitate the exchange of ideas between researchers and policy-makers from around the world. 
  • Intergenerational gaps in employment outcomes and incomes
  • Challenges of youth employment
  • Inequality of opportunity
  • Technology, offshoring and their effects on employment outcomes
  • New perspectives on gender gaps in the labour market
Key-note talk will be given by Marc Fleurbaey, Robert E. Kuenne Professor in Economics and Humanistic Studies, Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University. Professor Fleurbaey will speak about “Welfare policy and beyond”.
Please submit a full paper or an extended abstract of approximately 1000 words, outlining the research questions, research design and policy conclusions. Intersectoral, interdisciplinary approaches and policy relevant papers on the themes outlined above are most welcome. English is the required language for the proposals and papers. Preference will be given to full papers.   The proposals should be submitted by e-mail:   Authors of the selected papers will be invited to present them at the conference. Accommodation (for up to two nights: January 15 and 16) will be provided by the organisers.
  • November 18, 2018  -  Deadline for submission of papers
  • November 30, 2018  -  Announcement of accepted papers
  • December 31, 2018  -  Deadline for full papers
  • January 16-17, 2019  -  Conference

For further questions please contact:


IBS: Piotr Lewandowski and Iga Magda

World Bank: Maurizio Bussolo and Iván Torre

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