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Celebrating 20 Years of Labor Market Research: BeNA Conference Recap

Last week, the Berlin Network of Labor Market Research (BeNA e.V.) celebrated its 20th birthday with a vibrant conference held at the School of Business and Economics of the HU Berlin. Spanning over two days, from March 14th to 15th, the event brought together multiple generations of BeNA members and friends of the network.

The conference featured an inspiring keynote lecture by Abi Adams-Prassl (University of Oxford) on the topic “Firm Concentration & Job Design: The Case of Schedule Flexible Work Arrangements” to kick off the event on Thursday morning.

Throughout the conference, attendees had the opportunity to engage in a rich array of presentations and flash talks covering a diverse range of topics in the area of labor economics such as education and family, social security, health, inequality, discrimination, and migration. The conference also featured a practicioners talk where recent graduates shared insights about their career paths after the PhD in institutions outside academia. Participants furthermored engaged in a mentoring session between senior reserachers and junior members of the network.

One of the highlights of the event was the BeNA birthday party held on the evening of March 14th. Attendees gathered at Brauhaus Südstern for an informal conference dinner, where they had the chance to network, exchange ideas, and celebrate two decades of impactful research and collaboration within the Berlin labor market research community. The conference was supported by INSIGHTS, the knowledge transfer program of the Berlin School of Economics.

As we reflect on the past 20 years of BeNA’s journey, this conference served as a testament to the organization’s dedication to advancing labor market research and fostering meaningful connections within the academic and professional community. Here’s to another two decades of innovation, collaboration, and impactful insights!

We invite you to relive some of the memorable moments from the conference through the photo gallery below:

For those who couldn’t attend or wish to revisit the discussions, the conference program is available for download here.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to making this milestone event a resounding success. Here’s to the next 20 years of BeNA’s continued growth and impact in labor market research!