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IZA-EBRD International Conference on Labor Market Dynamics, the Role of Institutions and Internal Labor Markets in Transition and Emerging Market Economies

Organizers: Hartmut Lehmann (University of Bologna and IZA), Simon Commander (IE Business School, Altura Partners and IZA), Katherine Terrell (University of Michigan and IZA)
Location:University of Bologna, Italy
Date:May 05, 2005 - May 08, 2005

Event Manager:

Ulrike Maurer (IZA)

Practical info about locations and how to get there


We wish to thank the EBRD for financial support and the University of Bologna for logistics.

Program

+++ presentation: 40 minutes +++ discussion: 10 minutes +++ floor discussion: 10 minutes +++


Thursday, May 05:

        Arrival of participants
 

Friday, May 06:

09:45 - 10:00   Greetings from Anna Stagni (Dean, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Bologna)
Opening remarks by Paolo Onofri (Director, Department of Economics, University of Bologna)
 
10:00       Invited Speaker Session
  Chair: Paolo Onofri (University of Bologna)
 
10:00 - 11:00   Dale T. Mortensen (Northwestern University and IZA*)), Rasmus Lentz (Boston University)
  "An Empirical Model of Growth Through Product Innovation"
 
11:00       Session on Labor Market Regulation in Brazil
  Chair: Anna Maria Gentili (University of Bologna)
 
11:00 - 12:00   Rita K. Almeida (World Bank and IZA*)), Pedro Carneiro (University College London and IZA)
  "Does Labor Flexibility Affect Firm Performance? Evidence from Brazil"
  Discussant: Saul Estrin (London School of Economics and IZA)
 
12:00 - 13:00   Jasper Hoek (Federal Reserve Board of Governors*))
  "Does Labor Market Regulation Impede Adjustment to Product Market Reform? Evidence from Brazil"
  Discussant: Saul Estrin (London School of Economics and IZA)
 
13:00 - 14:00   Buffet Lunch
 
14:00       Session on Job Flows and Matching
  Chair: Riccardo Rovelli (University of Bologna and IZA)
 
14:00 - 15:00   Stefano Scarpetta (OECD and IZA*)), Eric Bartelsman (Free Univ. Amsterdam, Tinbergen Institute), John Haltiwanger (University of Maryland and IZA)
  "Microeconomic evidence of creative destruction in industrial and developing countries"
  Discussant: Tito Boeri (Bocconi University and IZA)
 
15:00 - 16:00   Jan Svejnar (Columbia University and IZA*))
  "Job Matching"
  Discussant: Tito Boeri (Bocconi University and IZA)
 
16:00 - 16:15   Coffee/Tea Break
 
16:15       Session on the Informal Economy
  Chair: Piergiorgio Ardeni (University of Bologna)
 
16:15 - 17:15   Yulia Rodionova (EBRD, London*)), Simon Commander (EBRD, London Business School and IZA)
  "Determinants of the Informal Economy: Ukraine"
  Discussant: Felix FitzRoy (University of St. Andrews and IZA)
 
17:15 - 18:15   Ira N. Gang (Rutgers University and IZA*)), Ralitza Dimova (Catholic University of Leuven), John Landon-Lane (Rutgers University)
  "The Informal Sector during Crisis and Transition"
  Discussant: Felix FitzRoy (University of St. Andrews and IZA)
 
20:00       Dinner
 

Saturday, May 07:

09:00       Session on Minimum Wages
  Chair: Simon Commander (IE Business School, Altura Partners and IZA)
 
09:00 - 10:00   Miguel Jaramillo (GRADE*))
  "Minimum Wage Effects Under Endogeneous Compliance: Evidence from Peru"
  Discussant: Katherine Terrell (University of Michigan and IZA)
 
10:00 - 11:00   Sara Lemos (University of Leicester and IZA*))
  "The Effect of the Minimum Wage on Prices across Income Levels in Brazil"
  Discussant: Katherine Terrell (University of Michigan and IZA)
 
11:00       Session on Imperfect Labor Markets
  Chair: Jan Svejnar (Columbia University and IZA)
 
11:00 - 12:00   Atanas Christev (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and IZA*)), Felix FitzRoy (University of St. Andrews and IZA), Hartmut Lehmann (University of Bologna and IZA)
  "Is there Monopsony in the Russian Labor Market?"
  Discussant: Dale T. Mortensen (Northwestern University and IZA)
 
12:00 - 13:00   Giulia Faggio (London School of Economics*)), Simon Commander (London Business School and EBRD)
  "Labour Market Reallocation in Central Europe, Russia and Ukraine during the 1990s: A Review of the Evidence"
  Discussant: Pedro Carneiro (University College London and IZA)
 
13:00 - 14:00   Buffet Lunch
 
14:00       Session on Wages and Human Capital
  Chair: Hartmut Lehmann (University of Bologna and IZA)
 
14:00 - 15:00   Christina Gathmann (Heidelberg University and IZA*))
  "Understanding Changes in Relative Wages during East Germany;s Transition"
  Discussant: Jennifer Hunt (Rutgers University and IZA)
 
15:00 - 16:00   Štepán Jurajda (CERGE-EI and IZA*))
  "Are there Increasing Returns to Local Concentration of Skills?"
  Discussant: János Köll? (Hungarian Academy of Sciences and IZA)
 
16:00 - 16:15   Coffee/Tea Break
 
16:15       Session on Labor Market Dynamics
  Chair: Felix FitzRoy (University of St. Andrews and IZA)
 
16:15 - 17:15   Brahim Boudarbat (University of Montreal and IZA*))
  "Job-Search Strategies and the Unemployment of University Graduates in Morocco"
  Discussant: Francesco Pastore (Universitŕ della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli and IZA)
 
17:15 - 18:15   Benoit Dostie (HEC Montreal and IZA*)), David E. Sahn (Cornell University)
  "Labor Market Dynamics in Romania and the Social Safety Net"
  Discussant: Francesco Pastore (Universitŕ della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli and IZA)
 
20:00       Dinner
 

Sunday, May 08:

09:00       Session on the Ukrainian Labor Market
  Chair: Ira N. Gang (Rutgers University and IZA)
 
09:00 - 10:00   Olga Kupets (Kyiv School of Economics and IZA*))
  "Determinants of Unemployment Duration in Ukraine"
  Discussant: Jonathan Wadsworth (Royal Holloway, University of London and IZA)
 
10:00 - 11:00   Hartmut Lehmann (University of Bologna and IZA*)), Norberto Pignatti (University of Bologna and IZA), Jonathan Wadsworth (Royal Holloway, University of London and IZA)
  "The Incidence and Cost of Job Loss in the Ukrainian Labor Market"
  Discussant: Andrew T. Newell (University of Sussex and IZA)
 
11:00 - 12:00   Ina Ganguli (Stockholm School of Economics*)), Katherine Terrell (University of Michigan and IZA)
  "What Drives Changes in Wage Inequality in Ukraine's Transition"
  Discussant: Andrew T. Newell (University of Sussex and IZA)
 



*) current affiliation