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29th Australian Labour Market Research Workshop

The Australian Labour Market Research (ALMR) Workshop is an annual conference designed to disseminate high quality research on Labour Economics and Labour Relations and to promote informed debate among economists about current labour market issues facing the Australian labour market.

The organising committee invites the submission of papers to be presented at the 29th ALMR Workshop in Adelaide.

The Workshop will be held 10 - 11 December 2018 at the University of Adelaide.

The Keynote Speaker is Professor Giulio Zanella whose presentation will be "Results of a randomised evaluation of alternative Active Labour Market Policies: lessons from Italy on the benefits of policy evaluation".

Giulio Zanella is a Professor of Economics at the University of Adelaide. His research focuses on Labour Economics, Social Economics, and Applied Econometrics, with a special emphasis on the evaluation of labour market and other social policies.

Call for Papers

The Organising Committee invites the submission of papers to be presented at the 29th ALMR Workshop.

You are invited to send a full paper or an extended abstract of around 800 words with a statement of whether the paper is to be completed before the Workshop. Preference will be given to submissions that include a full paper.

Call for Papers – Information

Offer of Paper - Form


Preference may be given to papers on the following broad 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 

  • Globalization and domestic labour market
  • Technology adoption and the changing nature of jobs
  • Shortages in critical workforces 
  • Labour Market Programmes, geographic mobility, low paid workers

Education, work-place training and skills 

  • Skill imbalances and substitution between vocational & higher education
  • Equity in education
  • Re-skilling, emerging workforces and inter-industry/occupation job mobility
  • Skills obsolescence and structural change
  • The future of skills

Scientific Committee

  • Dr Elisa Birch (The University of Western Australia)
  • Dr Lixin Cai (Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business)
  • Dr Terence Cheng (The University of Adelaide)
  • Dr Greg Connolly (Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business)
  • Associate Professor Michael Dockery (Curtin University)
  • Dr Boyd Hunter (Australian National University)
  • Professor Phil Lewis (University of Canberra)
  • Associate Professor Stéphane Mahuteau (The University of Adelaide)
  • Associate Professor Russell Ross (The University of Sydney)
  • Dr Danielle Venn (Australian National University)
  • Dr Zhang Wei (The University of Adelaide)

Key Dates

Registration opens: Monday, 3 September 2018

Submission deadline: Sunday, 14 October 2018

Notice of acceptance: Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Registration closes: Friday, 30 November 2018

Workshop dates: Monday, 10 and Tuesday, 11 December


Australian Journal of Labour Economics

Special subscription rates are offered to ALMR Workshop delegates for the Australian Journal of Labour Economics.

  • Standard $120 (1 year)
  • Student $75 (1 year)

Purchase of subscription can be made when paying for workshop registration.

After selecting your ticket type and going to checkout  the subscription can be added to your order. 

Link to registration (Eventbrite)



Previous Events


Dr Michael Plumb - Current Economic Conditions

Breakfast event with special guest speaker Dr Michael Plumb presented by the Economic Society of Australia (SA Branch).

Sponsored by the Future of Employment and Skills research centre.

Dr Michael Plumb is Deputy Head of Economic Analysis at the Reserve Bank of Australia and has recently been appointed as Chief Representative of the RBA’s New York office. He has also held senior positions in the RBA’s Economic Research and International departments. Prior to joining the RBA, Dr Plumb worked at the University of Sydney, the Economic and Social Research Institute in Ireland, and the University of Oxford in the UK.

Date: Thursday 16 August
Time: 7.45am to 9.00am
Location: 126 SANTOS Lecture Theatre, Level 1, Nexus 10 tower, 10 Pulteney St, Adelaide 
Enquiries: Contact Dr Zhang Wei, Secretary of the SA Branch of the Economic Society of Australia for further information