Giovanni Russo

Research Fellow

European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop)

Giovanni Russo received his PhD from the Free University of Amsterdam in 1996 then he moved to Utrecht University, where he remained till 2004, to become Associate Professor. He has taught at Turin University and he is now at the Free University (Amsterdam) and has a complementary teaching appointment at Trieste University.

He is an applied labor economist and his research interests are: i. labor demand and in particular firms' recruitment behaviour and the way it changes to adapt to changing labor market conditions (in terms of the availability of job seekers and of the types of skills sought); ii. gender differences in labor market behaviour and outcomes with particular attention to career consequences of workers' choices. Iii. the impact of stereotypes (context) on workers' labor market outcomes; iii. structural economic change and the growth of the service industries.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in August 2008.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10207

We investigate the relationship between job complexity and the skills development of adult workers in Europe using the Cedefop European Skills and Jobs Survey (ESJS). The results suggest that challenging workplaces, workplaces in which jobs are designed to include complex tasks, and which place high demands on workers' skills, also...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9392

We use information from the new OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) to investigate the link between job tasks and cognitive skill demand in 22 advanced economies. Skill demand is operationalized by the assessed literacy and numeracy skills of workers with well-matched skills to their job duties. Jobs are categorised...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5828
published in: Industrial Relations, 2012, 51 (4), 892–915

Both vertical (between job levels) and horizontal (within job levels) mobility can be sources of wage growth. We find that the glass ceiling operates at both margins. The unexplained part of the wage gap grows across job levels (glass ceiling at the vertical margin) and across the deciles of the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4858

This paper examines the gender composition of the flow of new hirees along the organizational hierarchy of jobs. We find that women have a reduced chance to be hired at higher hierarchical levels. We refer to this phenomenon as the "glass door". The glass door consists of an absolute and...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4412
published in: Journal of Economic Psychology, 2011, 32 (1), 103-119

The paper empirically expounds the richness of the identity approach to labor market behavior by allowing individuals to experience identity conflict. Specifically, it investigates the relationship between the importance individuals attach to labor-market activities – which is influenced by the identity to which they adhere – and their preferences for...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4008

In the extensive job search literature, studies assume either sequential or non-sequential search. Which assumption is more reasonable? This paper introduces a novel method to test the hypothesis that firms search sequentially based on the relationship between the number of (rejected) job applicants and the number of employees hired. We...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1468
published as "The Part-Time Wage Gap: a Career Perspective" in: De Economist, 2008, 156 (2), 145-174

Part-time employment has become an extremely popular work arrangement in the Netherlands because it renders employment compatible with non-work activities. We posit that there may be a downside to part-time employment, which is related to its negative effects on workers’ career. This may be the case when firms use promotions...