Background and History since 1998

The Colloquium on Personnel Economics (COPE) is an annual conference of German-speaking and since 2010 also of international researchers who focus on the economic analysis of personnel policies, often including aspects of vocational education and training.
The Colloquium was established in 1998 by Prof. Dr. Uschi Backes-Gellner and Prof. Dr. Matthias Kräkel. Over the years the organizing team has been extended and changed. As of 2014, the core organizing team consists of Prof. Dr. Uschi Backes-Gellner, Zurich University, Prof. Dr. Alex Bryson, UC London, Prof. Dr. Oliver Fabel, Vienna University, and Prof. Dr. Kerstin Pull, Tuebingen University.

Celebrating 20 Years of COPE (PDF, 4131 KB)

Booklet 20 Years of COPE (PDF, 39048 KB)

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The 23rd Colloquium on Personnel Economics will take place at the University College London from April 2 to 3, 2020. The local host for the next Colloquium will be Prof. Dr. Alex Bryson.

Conference programs of past Colloquia on Personnel Economics: