Bank of Lithuania
October 15 08:30 - 17:00
Vilnius Hilton Garden Inn Vilnius City Centre (Gedimino pr. 44B, Vilnius)

In the European context, Lithuania stands out by the rate of decline in its working age population, this being the result of prolonged high emigration, high mortality and past fertility declines. In addition, the country’s peripheral regions experience rapid outflows of young population to the largest cities. The economy is also facing structural shifts and automation-related changes for which the labour market seems to be ill-prepared. These trends are already causing noticeable labour shortages, skill mismatches, regional economic disparities and rising income inequality. In the longer term, such developments may undermine the sustainability of certain socio-economic frameworks, e.g. social security, and adversely affect economic convergence. These problems require rethinking of migration, regional, and education policies.

By organising this conference, the Bank of Lithuania seeks to gather policy advisors and academics to discuss best practices and solutions to these pressing labour market challenges. We expect that the ideas and insights shared at the event will aid Lithuania’s policy makers in adopting adequate and effective policy actions.

 

Agenda (preliminary)

08:30-09:00

Registration and welcome coffee

09:00-09:10

Welcome remarks Vitas Vasiliauskas, Chairman of the Board, Bank of Lithuania

09:10-09:40

Keynote speech  Werner Eichhorst, Honorary Professor of European and International Labor Market Studies, University of Bremen, Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy (Socium)

SESSION 1
(english)

HOW SHOULD LABOUR MARKETS ADAPT TO THE SHIFTING ECONOMIC LANDSCAPE AND CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS?

09:10-09:40

 

Moderator – TBC

Speakers:

  • Ljubica Nedelkoska, Research Fellow,  Harvard University. “Immigration and its economic effects on the receiving countries – is there an optimal  immigration policy?”  
  • Joanna Tyrowicz, Associate Professor (tenured), University of Warsaw. “Structural changes and urbanization – the case for sectoral and regional mobility”
  • Karen Maguire, Head of the Local Employment, Skills and Social Innovation Division, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities. “Job creation and local economic development – preparing for the future of work”

10:40-11:10

Coffee break

11:10-12:10

Panel discussion and Q&A

12:10-13:30

Lunch break

SESSION 2
(lithuanian)

LITHUANIAN LABOUR MARKET: BIGGEST CHALLENGES AND WAYS FORWARD

13:30-14:20

Moderator – TBC

Speakers:

  • TBC, Bank of Lithuania. “Labour market challenges: can we wait any longer?”
  • Giedrius Viliūnas, Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre, MOSTA. “How well Lithuanian education system serves the needs of the modern economy?”

14:20-14:40

Coffee break

14:40-15:20

  • Mantas Katinas, Invest Lithuania. “Success formula for peripheral regions: foreign investors' experience and changing employer needs”
  • Boguslavas Gruževskis, Deputy Director for Public Relations and Development, Lithuanian Social Research Centre“Immigration: country-specific practices and immigrant integration”

15:20-16:20

Panel discussion and Q&A

16:20-16:35

End of the conference, closing remarks

Last update: 09-07-2019