Conference

International conference on personnel economics

This week, AU Herning is host to the international conference Global Aspects of Personnel Economics. Professor Edward P. Lazear, former Chief Economic Advisor to President George W. Bush, is keynote speaker at the conference. He is the first researcher to conduct research on this area.


From 27 to 28 August, School of Business and Social Sciences (AU Herning) will be visited by a number of international top researchers within the field of personnel economics. Over the course of two days, they will share their knowledge, network and challenge each other’s research in connection with the conference Global Aspects of Personnel Economics.

Personnel economics is an area of research focused on employer and employee relations. On one side, the researchers are concerned with the means by which companies motivate their employees, and on the other, they examine the employees’ career progression.

It is an innovative field of research, as it takes into account the perspectives of both the employers and employees and uses the valuable knowledge to improve the conditions for both companies and employees. The research results contribute to a better understanding of how to conduct business in such a way that it increases the value, motivation and level of success for the employer as well as the employees.

Former Chief Economic Advisor to President George W. Bush

The keynote speaker is Professor Edward P. Lazear from Stanford University, who is former Chief Economic Advisor to President George W. Bush. He is a pioneer within the field of personnel economics and the first researcher ever to conduct research in this area.

“I hope that the conference will help boost the research field and improve our understanding of the relationship between employers and employees. The goal is to get more researchers and more companies to see the potential within this field and realise how important it is. The research is very closely focused on the companies themselves and therefore very useful for them, and many people will benefit from this work. A lot of companies have gathered a lot of data, which can be used to study their specific approaches to personnel economics,” explains Professor Anders Frederiksen from Aarhus University’s School of Business and Social Sciences (AU Herning), who is one of organisers of the conference.

The participants represent the elite within the research area of personnel economics, and there will be researchers from the US (Yale and Stanford), Japan, several European countries and so on. The conference is organised by School of Business and Social Sciences as a collaborative effort between the department in Herning (AU Herning), the Department of Economics and Business and the Interdisciplinary Center for Organizational Architecture (ICOA).

Further information

  • Professor Anders Frederiksen, Aarhus University, School of Business and Social Sciences, AU Herning: 6162 0207 / afr@auhe.au.dk