SINAPPSI: Call for papers

​Call for papers

Labor market policies during crisis years

During the last two decades, labor markets around the world underwent unprecedented pressures to bear the consequences of the financial crash first, of the sovereign debt crisis later on, and more recently of the COVID-19 pandemic. Workers at the margin – young, female, migrant, those with non-standard work arrangements – often paid the highest costs. Different countries reacted combining different policies, depending on their specific economic conditions and – not less importantly – international constraints. Comparing the evidence on the specific strategies and related (un)successes represents a chance to identify valuable guidelines for the years to come.

Sinappsi, the official journal of the Italian Institute for Public Policy Analysis – INAPP, is opening a call for papers on Labor market policies during crisis years, for a special issue to be published in Spring 2021. Topics include, but are not limited to, employment protection legislation (thereby including non-standard work, part-time and other forms of labor market deregulation), wage policies (including hiring subsidies), unemployment and short-time work benefits, collective bargaining, and ALMPs. 

Interested authors are invited to submit an extended abstract – in Italian or in English – of between 500 and 1,000 words to by September 30th, 2020. Authors of selected proposals will be invited to submit a full draft of between 6,000 and 8,000 words by December 31st, 2020. Double-blinded reports are expected by January 31st, 2021 and revised versions of non-rejected papers by February 28th, 2021. The final deadline for accepted articles will be March 31st, 2021.

Contributions in English, with a comparative scope and/or highlighting continuities and discontinuities in the labor policies implemented during the crisis years will be privileged, although papers in Italian and single-country case studies (in Italian or English) will be considered too. Accepted articles exceeding the space available for the special issue will be published in the following issues of Sinappsi.


The editorial staff:

The managing editors: Fabio Berton, Università di Torino, Italy ( and Jesús Ferreiro, Universidad del País Vasco, Spain (