Enhancing and Celebrating Equity Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in the Labour Market: The Role of Socioeconomic Research and Public Policy


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Given that the current EDI issues are in flux and there have been pervasively subpar outcomes for the vulnerable groups (indigenous people, racialized minorities, recent immigrants, 2SLGBTQ people, and people with disabilities), there is paucity of research examining the impacts of such policy changes on labour market outcomes. 

This special issue seeks labour economics and public policy research that may shape EDI policies and programs, and how subsequently, EDI policies and programs may impact labour market outcome of the vulnerable groups. Examples include: labour market trends and patterns; wage inequality, income distribution, and poverty; gender and racial disparities in the labour market; labour market policies and their impact on employment outcomes; EDI practices in education, training and skills development; immigration and newcomer assimilation into labour market; workplace diversity, inclusion, and organizational performance; and public policy approaches to promote EDI in the labour market. Through careful examination of these important topics, this special issue strives to produce evidence-based research to advance theory and inform policy at this critical junction in history. 

List of Topic Areas

We are particularly interested in research that address the following topics: 

  • The economics of EDI and/or immigration from either a micro-, macro- or holistic perspective (e.g., impacts on growth, productivity, earnings, employment, etc.); 
  • The impact of EDI and EDI management strategies on businesses, including but not limited to effects on organizational and worker performance; 
  • The labour force participation of underrepresented groups, including skill underutilization of immigrants and other workers, and what role(s) public policy and socioeconomic research can play in ensuring the full participation of those who want to work and put their skills to use;  
  • The role of education and communication in public policy, practice and discourse surrounding EDI. 

Submissions Information

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Author guidelines must be strictly followed. Please see here.
Authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue title at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to ““Please select the issue you are submitting to”. 
Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

Key Deadlines

Closing date for manuscripts submission: 30/04/2024