Special Issue "Towards More Sustainable Labour Markets: Concepts, Developments, Policies and Impact Evaluations"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic and Business Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Madalina Ecaterina Popescu
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1. The Informatics and Economic Cybernetics Department, The Faculty of Economic Cybernetics, Statistics and Informatics, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Piața Romană 6, București 010374, Romania
2. Wages, Income and Taxation Department, National Scientific Research Institute for Labour and Social Protection, Wages, 010643, Bucharest, Romania
Interests: Econometric Modeling; Econometric Analysis; Applied Econometrics; Forecasting; Microeconometrics; Economics Analysis; Applied Economics; Algorithms; Culture; Politics; Education Macroeconomics
Dr. Eva Militaru
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Wages, Income and Taxation Department, National Scientific Research Institute for Labour and Social Protection, Wages, 010643, Bucharest, Romania
Interests: Econometric Modeling; Economic Policy Analysis; Taxation; Microeconometrics; Poverty Analysis; Economic Forecasting; Public Policy Analysis; Developing Countries; Impact Assessment; Monitoring and Evaluation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Economic development is strongly linked with labour market and the goal of sustainable development cannot be achieved without increased employment quality, greater labour market flexibility, skilled labour force and integration of vulnerable groups in the labour market. Leading towards more sustainable labour markets implies an urgent need to properly estimate the main implications of public policies upon labour market and to conduct policy impact studies that could provide reliable and sound results.

Therefore, the purpose of this Special Issue consists in a) exploring and better understanding the factors leading to labour market sustainability and the effectiveness of the current public policies worldwide upon labour market, as well as b) in finding conceptual, methodological and empirical solutions in designing and assessing the effects of public policies on the labour market. 

Thus, this Special Issue of Sustainability invites research papers to discuss and analyse specific problems of labour market sustainability and public policy implications on one or more dimensions of socio-economic sustainability. We welcome both original empirical studies focusing on methodological approaches, as well as conceptual and research studies dealing with policy design and implementation worldwide in order to encourage socio-economic sustainable transformations of the labour markets to meet the Agenda 2030.

Being part of the “Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability” section of the Sustainability journal, we address new empirical findings that are of interest to a broader audience within the effects of sustainability issues. We encourage studies from various disciplines and broad scientific methods when discussing evidence-based policy trade-offs, socio-economic implications, challenges and opportunities.

Thematically, this special issue includes topics like: labour market governance, legislation and policies for sustainability, labour market integration of vulnerable groups, quality of employment, local labour markets and regional development, skills development and utilization of human capital to support socio-economic sustainability, aging population and demographic issues, corporate sustainability and fiscal policy implications, urbanization and labour market implications, as well as contributions to SDGs 2030.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Madalina Ecaterina Popescu
Dr. Eva Militaru
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Labour market governance, legislation and policies
  • Local labour markets and regional development
  • Quality of employment
  • Labour market integration of vulnerable groups
  • Skills and human capital utilization
  • Aging population and demographic issues
  • Corporate sustainability and fiscal policy implications
  • Urbanization and labour market implications
  • Contributions to SDGs 2030

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The Effects of Factors of Production Shocks on Labor Productivity: New Evidence Using Panel VAR Analysis
Sustainability 2020, 12(20), 8710; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208710 - 20 Oct 2020
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Labor productivity has an essential role in creating a more sustainable labor market platform, leading to better economic sustainability. However, the sluggish growth in labor productivity in Malaysia could hinder the vision in realizing the status of a high-income nation in the future. [...] Read more.
Labor productivity has an essential role in creating a more sustainable labor market platform, leading to better economic sustainability. However, the sluggish growth in labor productivity in Malaysia could hinder the vision in realizing the status of a high-income nation in the future. Thus, understanding how production shocks affect labor productivity sustainability is crucial for firms in managing their inputs (resources). This paper aims to elucidate how shocks in wage, capital intensity, and human capital may affect the dynamic of labor productivity in the Malaysian manufacturing industry. The study further explains the magnitude of this impact on labor productivity. This study employs the panel vector autoregression (PVAR) model in analyzing the propagation of the shocks through the impulse response function and variance decomposition. The main findings reveal that shocks in production factors have a positive and significant transitional impact on productivity and the cumulative effects are positive over time. The economic impact of wage shock is material, whereas capital intensity shock is moderate and only exerts a minor effect on labor productivity emanating from human capital shock. These findings provide further insights into assisting policymakers in amplifying the current labor market policy for sustainable economic growth. Full article
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Influence of Accession of the Visegrad Group Countries to the EU on the Situation in Their Labour Markets
Sustainability 2020, 12(16), 6694; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12166694 - 18 Aug 2020
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In 2004, ten new countries, including the Visegrad Group (V4) ones, accessed the European Union. These countries are ex-communist. They are still in the process of transition from a centrally planned to a free-market economy. It is interesting to check how their economies [...] Read more.
In 2004, ten new countries, including the Visegrad Group (V4) ones, accessed the European Union. These countries are ex-communist. They are still in the process of transition from a centrally planned to a free-market economy. It is interesting to check how their economies have changed after their accession to the EU. Reducing inequalities in labour markets is one of the aspects of sustainable development. The goal of this research is an assessment of the situation in the labour markets in the V4 countries with respect to the whole EU. The research was carried out on the data from Eurostat (2002–2019) and was conducted by means of the multidimensional scaling technique. Before joining the EU, the situation in the labour market in the V4 countries (excluding Czechia) was much worse than in most EU-member states. After joining the EU, the situation in these countries gradually improved. In 2019, the situation in the labour market in Czechia was one of the best in the EU and the remaining three V4 countries moved into the EU-average. The joining of the V4 countries to the EU had a positive impact on the situation in their labour markets. Full article
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Investigating Labor Market Discrimination in Romania
Sustainability 2020, 12(12), 4983; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12124983 - 18 Jun 2020
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An inclusive labor market, with equal opportunities for all, is a desideratum of all states, and one of the Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations for the year 2030. Discrimination can take many forms, based on many reasons, and has a [...] Read more.
An inclusive labor market, with equal opportunities for all, is a desideratum of all states, and one of the Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations for the year 2030. Discrimination can take many forms, based on many reasons, and has a strong impact on the living standards of individuals. Discrimination in the labor market can negatively affect economic performances. The aim of the research is to investigate the perception of individuals regarding discrimination, with a focus on the characteristics of the individuals who feel discriminated in Romania in a work-related context. In order to capture the relevant aspects, we turned to descriptive analysis and logistic regression. The analysis revealed that around 14% of the respondents participating in the survey faced a discriminating situation in a work-related context during the last year. Moreover, less than half of these individuals have taken any action against the discrimination act, the others believing that nothing would have changed. The logistic regression results indicated that Roma people have 6.7 times higher chances to be discriminated in a work-related context as compared to a Romanian individual. Moreover, higher educated individuals are more likely to experience discrimination in the labor market. Full article
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