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17th Conference of the International Association for the Economics of Participation (IAFEP)

Date

Wed, 2014-07-16 - Fri, 2014-07-18

The 17th Conference of the International Association for the Economics of Participation (IAFEP) will be held at the Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay, on July 16-18, 2014. Keynote Speakers are John Pencavel (Stanford University) and Louis Putterman (Brown University). The deadline for submission is March 31, 2014.

IAFEP

The International Association for the Economics of Participation (IAFEP) is dedicated to exploring the economics of democratic and participatory economic organisations, such as labor-managed firms, cooperatives and 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.  
 

Call for papers

Submissions for the 2014 conference are invited from all relevant fields of study including comparative economic systems, industrial and labor economics, organisational studies, management studies, institutional economics, evolutionary economics, development economics, sociology, psychology, political science, law, and philosophy. We also invite proposals for complete sessions.

Extended Abstracts (max. 1000 words) in English should be sent by e-mail to iafep2014@iecon.ccee.edu.uy or by post to Andrés Dean or Gabriel Burdín, Instituto de Economía, Joaquín Requena 1375, CP 11200, Montevideo, Uruguay by March 31, 2014.

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.

Authors will be notified by April 30, 2014 whether their papers are accepted for presentation.

Complete drafts should reach us by June 15, 2014 in order to be handed out to Conference participants.

Papers are invited on the following themes:

  • The incidence of firms and workers with broad-based financial participation (employee ownership, profit sharing, stock options, and other forms of equity and profit participation) and decision-making participation (autonomous work teams, flat organisations, non-managers on boards of directors, and other employee involvement processes).
  • The effects on firm performance (productivity, profitability, investment, and employment) and individual performance of various forms of financial and decision-making participation, and the individual and group behaviors that link participation to performance
  • The effects on worker outcomes (such as pay, job security, training, turnover, stress, satisfaction, loyalty, relations with management) of various forms of financial and decision-making participation
  • The role of cooperatives (worker, consumer, and other forms) in modern market economies
  • Related studies of the sociological, psychological, political, legal, and philosophical issues relevant to financial and decision-making participation
  • Evolution and implications of financial and decision-making participation in industrialized, post-industrial, transition, and developing economies
  • The creation, growth, survival, and stability of firms with financial and/or decision-making participation
  • The development and dynamics of financial and decision-making participation within both small and large firms
  • Financial and decision-making participation of low-income, historically disadvantaged, or marginalised populations · Issues facing expanding and transnational corporations using financial and/or decision-making participation
  • The social and economic history of financial and decision-making participation in different countries, industries, regions, and periods
  • The relation of financial and decision-making participation to corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, and sustainability of political democracy
  • The role of financial and decision-making participation in emerging industries such as biotech, alternative energy, and environmentally-friendly ‘green’ technologies
  • Worker-management relations and human resource practices in firms with financial and/or decision-making participation
  • The implications of research in this area for practical decisions on work organization, human resource practices, investment, and other issues
  • Analysis of past, present, and proposed public policies on financial and decision-making participation

Horvat-Vanek Prize

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, 2014 to iafep2014@iecon.ccee.edu.uy. 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).

There will be an additional prize of a value of US$ 1,000 for Latin-American researchers. In order to be considered for the prize, researchers should submit one research paper in English (maximum length 10,000 words) by May 15, 2014 to iafep2014@iecon.ccee.edu.uy. Please include your institutional affiliation and an abstract, and indicate clearly on the paper that you wish it to be considered for the prize.

Conference Website

http://www.iecon.ccee.edu.uy/17th-conference-of-iafep/contenido/80/es/

Conference Dates

The conference will consist of full day sessions on July 16th and July 17th and a half-day session on July 18th. There will be an informal reception during the evening of July 15th.

Registration and Accommodations

Detailed information on registration (including fees) and local accommodations will be available on the conference website in late January.

Participants from Developing and Transition Economies and Students

A small amount of funding is available for participants from developing and transition economies and students. In order to be considered for the funding, researchers should clarify it in the abstract submission.

Organization

International Association for the Economics of Participation

The main function of the IAFEP is to explore the economics of participation. Typical topics that members work on include employee ownership, cooperatives, labor-management decision-making, co-determination, profit-sharing, non-profit organizations, and economic democracy. For years we published the...

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