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26th EALE Conference Ljubljana

We are pleased to invite you to attend the 26th annual Conference of the European Association of Labour Economists to be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 18-20 September 2014.

This is the first time for the EALE conference to be hosted in Slovenia by Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana. The conference will include invited lectures, topic-related invited sessions, parallel and poster sessions. During the conference participants will be able to discuss relevant topics and research collaboration also informally and enjoy the beautiful city of Ljubljana, Bled and Postojnska jama for optional excursion.

Invited lectures:
Lawrence Katz (Harvard University)
Oriana Bandiera (London School of Economics)
Jan van Ours (Tilburg University)

Venue: THE FELU – Knowledge for Progress

The FELU is both a national leader and an internationally recognised education and research institution in the area of business and economics. By gaining the EQUIS and AACSB accredita- tions, it has been ranked among the world’s most distinguished business schools. The FELU’s aim is to become even better internationally recognized for its quality and achievements in education and research. English tracks have been introduced in all three Bologna cycles, and foreign students can attend numerous courses in the English language, or enrol in one of the international programs. In its strategy, the FELU has positioned itself as a centre of excellence in Southeast Europe. As such, it acts as a bridge between the east and the west, building on its ability to source knowl- edge globally and transfers it to the SE European region and vice versa.

Apart from education, research is a key activity at the FELU and a high priority given to research throughout the FELU’s history has led to a top quality output. The FELU is the leading research institution in Slovenia and in SE Europe in the field of business and economic sciences. Research activities are conducted within the Research Centre at the FELU and in 15 applied research institutes.

About Ljubljana

Ljubljana is the political and cultural centre of Slovenia. It is an important European commercial, business, exhibition, and congress centre. At the same time it is the Slovenian centre of transport, science, and education. Ljubljana is an old city with a lively and relaxed atmosphere. It is home to over 50,000 students who give it a special vibe. As its inhabitants and numerous visitors will tell you, Ljubljana is, indeed, a people-friendly city. Categorized as a medium-sized European city, it offers everything a metropolis does but at the same time it has preserved its small-town friendliness. It has managed to retain traces from all periods of its rich history. Here eastern and western cultures meet and the Italian concept of art is combined with the sculptural aesthetics of Central European cathedrals. In warmer months, the tables and chairs of numerous cafés fill the banks along the river Ljubljanica and the old city markets. As four Slovenian regions meet in Ljubljana, the city's numerous restaurants and inns offer a wide range of local delicacies, not to mention superb wines.

Welcome to the most beautiful city in the world!” Zoran Jankovic, Mayor of Ljubljana

Slovenia in brief

The Republic of Slovenia lies at the heart of Europe where the Alps and the Mediterranean meet the Pannonia plains and the mysterious Karst. Slovenia has a population of 2 million and its capital city is Ljubljana. The country’s offcial language is Slovenian. Apart from the singular and plural it employs the dual, a very rare phenomenon in linguistics. In nationally-mixed regions Italian and Hungarian are also spoken.

In Slovenia, the sun shines approximately 2,000 hours per year. And yes, there is plenty of snow in winter. As a beautiful and picturesque country, Slovenia makes a great tourist destination. Mountains, lakes, waterfalls, forests, caves, hills, plains, rivers and the sea – you name it, you can _nd it all within the country’s modest 20,273 km2, as well as many natural and landscape parks. You can ski in the morning and surrender yourself to the luxury of the Adriatic Sea in the afternoon. The highest mountain is called Triglav – the name means ‘three-heads’ – and it is 2,864m high. The mountain is a true national symbol and is featured on the national coat of arms and the _ag. Last but not least, Slovenia has 15 natural spas at which you can take care of your health with the help of their thermal mineral waters.

Slovenia proclaimed its Constitution in December 1991 and its constitutional system is a parliamentary democracy. Slovenia is one of the most successful countries in the transition from socialism to a market economy. It boasts stable GDP growth and ranks among those countries with the lowest degree of risk. The already completed privatization process and many other measures are adding to its competitiveness. Slovenia joined the EU on May 1, 2004.

SLOVENIA – A bridge between the East and West

Slovenia was the most developed republic of former Yugoslavia and today it is often hailed as a Balkan success story. Emerging relatively unscathed from the Balkan wars of the 1990s, it quickly gained independence, prospered, and then joined the EU and NATO by 2004. Today Slovenia enjoys general economic and political stability. Its geographic location along Europe’s virtual centreline sees the country linking east and west and that is what makes it so strategically well-positioned.


18 - 20 September 2014




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