2019 Australian Labour Market Research Workshop

WhereCurtin St Georges Terrace
137 St Georges Terrace, Perth
WhenMonday 9th - Tuesday 10th December


The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) together with the Centre for Labour Market Research invite the submission of papers for the forthcoming 2019 Australian Labour Market Research Workshop (ALMRW 2019) to be held on the 9th and 10th December in Perth.

The ALMRW is an annual conference designed to disseminate high quality research on Labour Economics and Labour Relations and promote informed debate among economists about current labour policy and market issues facing the Australian labour market.

You are invited to send a full paper or an extended abstract (800 words) to be considered for the workshop. We are particularly interested in receiving papers addressing the following broad themes and would also be pleased to support initiatives for organising special sessions related to these or other topics.

• Labour demand issues
• Labour supply issues
• Disadvantaged job seekers
• Labour market dynamics and adjustment
• Education, workplace training and skills

Authors may choose to have full papers considered for a special workshop proceedings issue of the Australian
Journal of Labour Economics.

Key Dates:
Submission deadline: Friday, 11 October 2019
Notice of acceptance: Friday, 18 October 2019

Prospective presenters are asked to email their paper or abstract to bcec@curtin.edu.au, along with the
completed ‘ALMR 2019 Call for Papers Form’ available for download below by cob Friday 11th October, 2019. Please include in the subject line: ‘ALMRW 2019 submission’.

Papers need only to be at ‘working paper’ stage and will be selected for their general interest both in topic and approach. Authors may opt to have their paper considered for a special issue of the Australian Journal of Labour Economics. Preference may be given to full papers and those addressing the following themes:

Labour Demand Issues
• Global economic forces and macro labour market outcomes
• Displaced workers (e.g. automation, artificial intelligence and other structural changes)
• Wage analysis (e.g. apprentices/trainees/juniors vs adults, gender pay gap)
• New forms of employment (e.g. gig economy) and labour force compositional shifts
Labour Supply Issues
• Labour supply impact of social policy change (e.g. paid parental leave)
• Population ageing, inter-generational human capital transfer
• Individual/household labour supply decisions (inc. retirement)
Disadvantaged Job Seekers
• Discrimination and income inequality (inc. Indigenous workforce, people with disabilities, equity groups
• Reducing long-term unemployment and underemployment among youth and mature-age people
Labour Market Dynamics and Adjustment
• Globalisation and the domestic labour market
• The geography of economic transition and regional adaptive capacity
• Technology adoption and the changing nature of jobs
• Shortages in critical workforces
• Labour Market Programmes, geographic mobility, low-paid workers
Education, Workplace Training and Skills
• Skill imbalances and substitution between vocational & higher education
• Re-skilling, emerging workforces and inter-industry/occupation job mobility
• Skills obsolescence and structural change
• The future of skills

Papers will be peer reviewed by the Scientific Committee of the 30th ALMRW:
• Chair: A/Prof Mike Dockery (Curtin University)
• A/Prof Rebecca Cassells (Curtin University)
• Dr Silvia Salazar (Curtin University)
• Dr Lixin Cai (Australian Government Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business)
• Dr Greg Connolly (Australian Government Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business)
• Professor Alan Duncan (BCEC Director, Curtin University)
• Professor Phil Lewis (University of Canberra)
• A/Prof Astghik Mavisakalyan (Curtin University)
• Professor Alison Preston (University of Western Australia)

Registration Details for the workshop will be available soon. If you would like further information about the workshop submissions please email bcec@curtin.edu.au