Konstantinos Pouliakas is an Expert on Skills and Labour Markets at the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen Business School. He is the main expert of Cedefop's skill mismatch and future of work projects and leads its country support programs on governance of skills anticipation in the EU. He has designed and steered the data collection of the European skills and jobs survey.

A graduate of St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, he completed his PhD studies as part of the Scottish Graduate Program in Economics in 2007, under a fully-funded EU Fellowship. He has held positions as Invited Professor at University Roma Tre, Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen and Invited Lecturer at the University of Cyprus. He has also been a Research Intern at the Bank of Greece and HM Treasury.

His current interests lie within the fields of Skills, Applied Labour and Personnel Economics, with emphasis on financial incentives, human capital theory and flexible forms of work. He has published widely in high-profile policy reports (e.g. European Commission, World Economic Forum) and in academic journals, including Economica, Journal of Economic Surveys, Research in Labor Economics, Regional Studies, Education Economics, Industrial Relations, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Kyklos and International Labour Review.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in September 2009.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10786
Revised version 'Skills mismatch: Concepts, Measurement and Policy Approaches' forthcoming in: Journal of Economic Surveys

The term skill mismatch is very broad and can relate to many forms of labour market friction, including vertical mismatch, skill gaps, skill shortages, field of study (horizontal) mismatch and skill obsolescence. In this paper we provide a clear overview of each concept and discuss the measurement and inter-relatedness of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9698
published in Solomon W. Polachek , Konstantinos Pouliakas , Giovanni Russo , Konstantinos Tatsiramos (ed.) Skill Mismatch in Labor Markets (Research in Labor Economics, Volume 45) Emerald Publishing Limited, pp.81 - 127

This paper uses data from the Cedefop European Skills and Jobs (ESJ) survey, a new international dataset of adult workers in 28 EU countries, to decompose the wage penalty of overeducated workers. The ESJ survey allows for integration of a rich, previously unavailable, set of factors in the estimation of...

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. 7915
Revised version published in: Pouliakas, K. and Psifidou, I. 2015, 'Greece: Vocational education and training in economic change', Education in the European Union Pre-2003 Member States: Bloomsbury Publishing

This paper provides an evidence-based assessment of the current situation prevailing in the Greek market for skills and jobs. The synthesis of available skills intelligence for Greece, the country most severely affected by the global economic crisis of 2008, is crucial as it is currently faced with tough decisions regarding...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5941
published in: Research in Labor Economics, 2012, 36, 109-157

We estimate the effect of variable pay schemes on workplace absenteeism using two cross sections of British establishments. Private sector establishments that explicitly link pay with individual performance are found to have significantly lower absence rates. This effect is stronger for establishments that offer variable pay schemes to a greater...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4734
revised version published as 'The Economics of Health and Safety at Work: An Interdisciplinary Review of the Theory and Policy' in: Journal of Economic Surveys, 2011, [Early View]

This paper engages in an interdisciplinary survey of the current state of knowledge related to the theory, determinants and consequences of occupational safety and health (OSH). First, it synthesizes the available theoretical frameworks used by economists and psychologists to understand the issues related to the optimal provision of OSH in...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4713
published in: Kyklos, 2010, 63 (4), 597-626

Using ten waves (1998-2007) of the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS), this paper investigates the ceteris paribus association between the intensity of incentive pay, the dynamic change in bonus status and the utility derived from work. After controlling for individual heterogeneity biases, it is shown that job utility rises only...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4648
published in: Regional Studies, 2014, 48(2), 318-338

The paper uses a regional Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model to analyse the effects of immigration on three small remote EU regions located within Scotland, Greece and Latvia. Two migration scenarios are assessed. In the first, total labour supply is affected. In the second, the importance of migratory flows by...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4636
published as 'Educational segregation and the gender wage gap in Greece' in: Journal of Economic Studies, 2012, 39 (5), 554-575

This study investigates the extent to which differences in the subject of degree studied by male and female university graduates contributes to the gender pay gap, and the reasons underlying their distinct educational choices. The case of Greece is examined due to the fact that it is an EU country...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4442
published in: Education Economics, 2010, iFirst published on 24 March 2010

This paper examines the wage returns to qualifications and academic disciplines in the Greek labour market. Exploring wage responsiveness across various degree subjects in Greece is interesting, as it is characterised by high levels of graduate unemployment, which vary considerably by field of study, and relatively low levels of wage...