Temple University entered into a memorandum of understanding with IZA – The Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany, to establish a formal collaboration and platform for exchange between the Economics Department at Temple and IZA. IZA is the world’s premier center for research in labor economics. This link will help in the Department’s strategic pursuit to become internationally recognized in labor economics. Specific benefits to the Department include exchange opportunities, improved access to data maintained at IZA and the presence of visiting scholars enriching the intellectual life of the Department. The Department currently host one of IZA’s Program Directors, Dr. Amelie Constant, as a visiting faculty member. Drs. Webber and Das, newly hired labor economists, have just been named new IZA Research Fellows. One benefit extended to research fellows is the ability to circulate their working papers through the IZA Discussion Paper series, one of the world’s largest and most influential. IZA’s Director, Dr. Klaus Zimmermann, came to Temple on February 27th to give a seminar and participate in a memorandum of understanding signing ceremony with College of Liberal Arts Dean Teresa Scott Soufas.

About IZA: Established in 1998 in Bonn, Germany, IZA is a private independent economic research institute focused on the analysis of global labor markets. It operates an international network of about 1,200 economists and researchers spanning across more than 45 countries. Based on academic excellence and an ambitious publication strategy, IZA serves as a place of communication between academic science and political practice. The institute provides a wide array of publications and events, contributes its findings to public debates, and advises policymakers on labor market issues. Headed by Professor Klaus F. Zimmermann, IZA is a non-profit organization supported by the Deutsche Post Foundation.