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Institut für Betriebswirtschaftslehre Business and Personnel Economics

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, 4 MB)

Booklet 20 Years of COPE (PDF, 38 MB)

Official COPE Website

25th Colloquium on Personnel Economics

Save the date:

The 25th Colloquium on Personnel Economics will take place in Amsterdam from March 22 to 24, 2023. 

For the call for papers (tba) and additional information please visit COPE conference website

Conference programs of past Colloquia on Personnel Economics:

2019 Conference program Augsburg (PDF, 1 MB)

2019 Conference Homepage Augsburg

Weiterführende Informationen


Lehrstuhl für BWL, insb. Empirische Methodik der Arbeitsbeziehungen und der Personalökonomik
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CH-8032 Zürich
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