Invited Speakers

We are pleased to announce that distinguished colleagues Klaus F. Zimmermann and Marco Vivarelli will join the conference as keynote speakers:

Klaus F. Zimmermann
is a visiting professor at Princeton University; Full Professor of Economics at Bonn University (on leave); Co-Director of POP at UNU-MERIT; Honorary Professor at Maastricht University, Free University of Berlin, and Renmin University of China, Beijing. Previously, he has held several positions in top research institutions such as Harvard University (USA), Dartmouth College (USA), University of Pennsylvania (USA), Tilburg University (Netherlands) etc. Professor Zimmermann is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Population Economics. He is also the founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) and has held editorial positions in top journals such as Managing Editor in Journal of Population Economics and Economic Policy, Founding Editor-in-Chief in IZA Journals (i.e. IZA Journal of Labor Economics, IZA Journal of Labor Policy) and Associate Editor/Editorial Board in journals such as Journal of Applied Econometrics, European Economic Review, and Journal of Applied Econometrics. He has over 200 publications published in leading scientific journals such as American Economic Review, Econometrica and European Economic Review, 55 books and many collected volumes in the areas of labor, population economics, migration, and econometrics. RePEc currently ranks Prof. Zimmermann as one of top 100 economists on its world list of more than 48K economists.

Marco Vivarelli
, (, Ph.D. in Economics and Ph.D. in Science and Technology Policy, is full professor at the Catholic University of Milano, where he is also Director of the Institute of Economic Policy. He is Professorial Fellow at UNU-MERIT, Maastricht; Research Fellow at IZA, Bonn; Fellow of the Global Labor Organization (GLO). He is member of the Scientific Executive Board of the Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES, Istanbul); member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO, Vienna) and has been scientific consultant for the International Labour Office (ILO), World Bank (WB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the European Commission.


He is Editor-in-Chief of the Eurasian Business Review, Editor of Small Business Economics, Associate Editor of Industrial and Corporate Change, Associate Editor of Economics E-Journal, member of the Editorial Board of Sustainability and he has served as referee for more than 70 international journals. He is author/editor of various books and his papers have been published in journals such as Cambridge Journal of EconomicsCanadian Journal of Economics, Economics Letters, Industrial and Corporate Change, International Journal of Industrial OrganizationJournal of Economics, Journal of Evolutionary   EconomicsJournal of Productivity Analysis, Labour Economics, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Regional Studies, Research Policy, Small Business Economics, Southern Economic Journal, World Bank Research Observer, World Development.

His current research interests include the relationship between innovation, employment and skills; the labour market and income distribution impacts of globalization; the entry and post-entry performance of newborn firms.

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