CALL FOR PAPERS
14th Conference of the
International Association for the Economics of
(Clinton, New York)
July 15-17 2008
The International association for the Economics of Participation (IAFEP) is dedicated to exploring the economics of democratic and participatory economic organizations, such as labor-managed firms, cooperatives and with firms with broad-based employee share-ownership, profit-sharing and worker participation schemes, as well as democratic nonprofit, community and social enterprises. The IAFEP Conferences, which take place every two years, provide an international forum for the presentation and debate of current research and scholarship on the economics of participation. For additional information about the IAFEP, see our website: http://ocean.st.usm.edu/~w300388/index.html
The major themes of the 2008 conference will be:
- The incidence of democratic economic organizations in industrialized, transition and developing economies
- The effects on firm performance (productivity, profitability, investment, employment and compensation) of various forms of financial and decision-making participation
- The creation, growth and survival of employee-owned firms
- The development and (in)stability of employee share ownership in conventional firms
- The evolution of employee ownership in transition economies
- Participation and discriminated or marginalised groups
- Issues facing expanding and transnational employee-owned firms
As in the past IAFEP conferences, presentations in the following areas are welcome:
- Worker participation
- Self-management, labor-managed firms
- Employee ownership
- Profit sharing and stock options
- Employee involvement programs (self-directed teams, quality circles, works councils)
- Economic and industrial democracy
- Community and social enterprises
Call for papers
Submissions are invited from all relevant fields of study including comparative economic systems, industrial and labor economics, organizational studies, management studies, economic sociology, institutional economics, evolutionary economics, development economics and studies of economics in transition. We also invite proposals for complete sessions.
(max. 400 words) in English should be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or by post to Jeffrey Pliskin, Department of Economics, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY 13323 by May 15, 2008. Abstracts should include full details of institutional affiliations and e-mail and postal addresses. Proposals for complete sessions should include a brief description of the theme of the session and an abstract for each paper.
The Horvat-Vanek prize is awarded every two years for a research paper of exceptional quality written by a young scholar in one of the areas of interest to IAFEP. The prize, of a value of US $1,000, will be awarded during the conference.
In order to be considered for the prize, researchers and doctoral students aged 35 or under should submit one research paper in English (maximum length 10,000 words) by May 15, 2008 to email@example.com
. Please include your institutional affiliation and an abstract, and indicate clearly on the paper that you wish it to be considered for the Horvat-Vanek prize (the recipient will be requested to provide a passport or other official evidence of their date of birth in order to receive the prize).
The conference will consist of full day sessions on July 15th and July 16th and a half-day session on July 17th. There will be an informal reception during the evening of July 14th.
Participants from developing and transition Economies and Students
A small amount of funding
is available for participants from developing and transition economies and students. Details about how to apply for these funds will be available on the conference website.
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