About Us


The Italian Association of Labor Economics (AIEL) was established in 1985 by a group of academics, the Profs. Carlo Dell''Aringa, Renato Brunetta, Marina Schenkel, Paolo Garonna, Enrico Pugliese, Paola Villa, Fabio Neri. The Statutory Board of Directors included them all, together with the Profs. Sebastiano Brusco and Michele Salvati. The Board of Auditors comprised the Profs. Luigi Frey, Gino Faustini and Pier Angelo Mori. Prof. Carlo Dell'Aringa was the first president.

AIEL is a non-profit Association open to all the lecturers, research fellows and scholars interested in Labor Economics. It has the aim of promoting the activities of study, teaching and theoretical and applied research in Labor Economics. The Association pursues these objectives driving the knowledge and discussion among its members and scholars of linked subjects, stimulating researches, disseminating the results and encouraging the publication of scientific studies. In addition, it stages meetings and scientific conferences and promotes the award of scholarships for the study and analysis of labor market issues. Moreover, every year it awards a prize to the best research report in Labor Economics presented to the scientific meeting of the Association.Once every few years, it awards a prize to the academic career.

There are individual or corporate members.

Those who, sharing the principles and aims of the Association, subscribe to it and pay the recommended subscription rate are individual members.

The Institutions, Agencies and Research Centers interested in the study of Labor Economics admitted to the Association by the overall majority of its Executive Board are corporate members.

The Association's Bodies are:

  • The General Meeting, including all the individual and corporate members that have regularly paid their subscription rates;

  • The Executive Board, including the President, the Secretary and five advisors, has the task of promoting and organizing the Association 'activity, as well as of managing the Association to the best attainment of its ultimate goals;

  • The General Meeting in a secret ballot elects the President. He has the signature and acts on behalf of the Association towards and against third parties and in court, having the power of underwriting letters of attorney to others;

  • The General Meeting in a secret ballot elects the Secretary. The Secretary manage to execute the resolutions of the Executive Board and supervise the implementation of all the Association’ activities;

  • The Board of Auditors, including three official members and two substitutes, is elected by the General Meeting on the basis of specific applications. The Board of Auditors have the duty of controlling the Association’ economic and financial administration and must express their opinion in a yearly relation to the budget. 

During the years of activity, AIEL’ members have been increasing steadily, up to present 200 subscribers.

Once per year, AIEL organises a National Conference in an Italian University and with the defence and financial support of various Agencies and Institutions in order to promote the scientific debate on labour economics issues of particular interest and to provide a regular occasion to its members to meet, present and discuss the results of their research work.

In particular, the Conference aims to: 

  1. promote the deepening of specific issues of particular interest from a theoretical, empirical and policy standpoint 
  2. drive the discussion of the results of in-progress or complete research work carried out by individuals and groups of scholars 
  3. provide the occasion to deepen some of the internationally most debated issues 
  4. provide a discussion place for economists, scholars and operators to stimulate the interdisciplinary research in labour economics 
  5. provide the place to sharing views between Italian and non-Italian scholars to build research networks on specific projects of international relevance.  

During the Annual Conference, two Prizes of Labor Economics are assigned to the best contribution presented in the previous Conference (Tarantelli Prize) and in the Annual Conference (Dell''Aringa Young Economist Award).