Vladimir Gimpelson, Ph.D., is Director of the Centre for Labour Market Studies at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, the Russian Federation. He received his primary degree in Economics in 1979; his doctoral degree was received from the Institute of Economic Problems of Moscow in 1986. His doctoral dissertation was concerned with the use of working and leisure time in Moscow.

His book 'The Russian Labour Market: Between Transition and Turmoil' (co-authored with D.Lippoldt) was published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers in 2001. His papers on Russian labour markets appeared in 'LABOUR: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations', 'Economic and Industrial Democracy', 'Les cahiers Internacionaux de Sociologie', 'Slavic Review', 'Post-Soviet Affairs', 'Communist Economies and Economic Transformation', 'The Economics of Transition', 'British Journal of Political Science', 'World Politics', among others.

In 1994-1997, he worked as a consultant in a number of OECD projects. In 1998-99, he was a Professor at the Economics Department, University of Tokyo, Japan. The current work is focused on issues of political economy of labor market adjustment, on employment and informal employment (both in Russia).

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in December 1999.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11126

This paper deals with age and educational dimensions of the labour supply in Russia and explores two time periods: from 2000 to 2015 (retrospective), and the next 15 years (prospective). For our analysis we exploit the micro-census (2015) data and all LFS waves covering the retrospective period. Combining demographic projections...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9100
Forthcoming in: Economics and Politics, 2018

Since Aristotle, a vast literature has suggested that economic inequality has important political consequences. Higher inequality is thought to increase demand for government income redistribution in democracies and to discourage democratization and promote class conflict and revolution in dictatorships. Most such arguments crucially assume that ordinary people know how high...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8688
Russian Journal of Economics, 2016, 2 (2), 192-218

This paper discusses the structural change in the Russian employment and explores whether the evolution of employment over 2000-2012 followed the scenario of progressive upgrading in job quality or brought about the polarization of jobs in terms of their quality. Jobs are defined here as occupation-industry cells and their quality...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8279
published in: S.Oxenstierna (ed.), The Challenges for Russia's Politicized Economic System: Routledge, 2015

Economic growth in Russia in the first decade of this century almost doubled the country's GDP but was accompanied by substantial reallocation of labor to the unregulated sector while formal employment was on gradual decline. The paper overviews evolution of the Russian labour market during the period of 2000-10 and...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7703
revised version published in: Economics of Transition, 2015, 23(2), 299–341

Informality is a defining characteristic of labor markets in developing and transition countries. This paper analyzes patterns of mobility across different forms of formal and informal employment in Russia. Using the RLMS household panel we estimate a dynamic multinomial logit model with individual heterogeneity and correct for the initial conditions...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6422

Contrary to the experiences of other countries, perceptions of job insecurity in Russia were not correlated with the rates of unemployment and the business cycle over the last decade. We develop the theoretical framework that predicts that the individual perceptions of job insecurity depend on regional unemployment rates and on...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5588
published in: The Oxford Handbook of the Russian Economy, Oxford, OUP, 2013

The paper discusses how the Russian labor market has been evolving over two decades of the transition. It starts with tracing key labor market indicators such as employment, unemployment, labor force participation, working hours, and real wages. Their dynamics indicate that the labor market tends to operate in a non-conventional...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4484
published in: Comparative Economic Studies, 2010, 52 (4), 611-636

Since formal laws can be observed or ignored to varying degrees, the actual enforcement regime shapes incentives and constraints. Most of the studies exploring EPL effects on labour market performance implicitly assume that EPL compliance is near to complete and therefore all firms bear full adjustment costs incurred by the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3941

The paper starts with discussing institutional framework for public sector wage setting in Russia. Given that individual choice of the sector is endogenous to wages, the authors recommend alternative econometric techniques for the public-private wage gap estimation. Applying switching regression that allows correcting for non-random sector selection, the paper provides...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3934
published in: Labour, 2010, 24(3), 311–332

In order to remain competitive, firms need to keep the quantity and composition of jobs close to the optimal for their given output. Since the beginning of the transition period, Russian industrial firms have been widely reporting that the quantity and composition of hired labor is far from being close...