IZA/Upjohn/WDI Research Conference on Microeconomic Analyses of Labor Reallocation

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Jointly organized by:
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
William Davidson Institute (WDI) at the University of Michigan Business School

Place: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Date: August 21-23, 2003
Organizers: John Earle, Hartmut Lehmann, and Katherine Terrell
Deadline: April 15, 2003

Studies of labor reallocation have been spurred by a number of recent developments: the perceived increasing pace of structural change, the availability of new microeconomic data (particularly involving the demand side of the labor market), and the example of drastic shifts and dislocation in the transition economies of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. This conference is sponsored jointly by IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor), Upjohn Institute for Employment Research; and WDI (William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan Business School) to promote applied research that uses micro-level data from a variety of economies, including the U.S. and other industrialized countries, and developing and transition economies.


Conference Program


Thursday, August 21


5:30
Reception [Doctor's Cottage]

7:00 Keynote Address: Daniel Hamermesh (University of Texas and IZA)

8:00

Dinner [Dining Hall]



Friday, August 22


9:00 - 11:15

Session I [Conference Hall]

Chair: Randall Eberts (Upjohn Institute for Employment Research)

Papers:
Henry Farber (Princeton University): “Job Loss in the United States, 1981- 2001”
Arnaud Lefranc (Université de Cergy-Pontoise): “Labor Market Dynamics and Wage Losses of Displaced Workers in France and the United States”
Nuria Rodriguez-Planas (Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.): “Playing Hard to Get: New Evidence on Layoffs, Recalls, and Unemployment”

Discussants:
Stephen Woodbury (Michigan State University and Upjohn Institute for Employment Research)
Jeff Biddle (Michigan State University)
Ira Gang (Rutgers University and IZA)*

11:15 - 11:30

Break

11:30 - 13:00 Session II [Conference Hall]

Chair: Katherine Terrell (William Davidson Institute and IZA)

Papers:
Peter Kuhn (University of California, Santa Barbara and IZA): “Use It or Lose it? Human Capital Investment Strategies and the Earnings of Displaced Workers” (with Arthur Sweetman)
Donald Storrie (Göteborg University): “The Echo of Job Displacement” (with Marcus Eliason)

Discussants:
Jonathan Wadsworth (Royal Holloway College, University of London, CEP, LSE and IZA)
Jean Kimmel (Western Michigan University)

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 16:15

Session III [Conference Hall]

Chair: Hartmut Lehmann (Heriot-Watt University and IZA)

Papers:
Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes (San Diego State University): “Employment Expectations and Gross Flows by Contract Type” (with Miguel Á. Malo)
Anders Frederiksen (Aarhus School of Business and IZA): “Explaining Individual Job Separations: An Econometric Analysis Applying Employer-Employee Data”
Pekka Ilmakunnas (Helsinki School of Economics): “Worker Inflow, Outflow, and Churning at the Plant Level” (with Mika Maliranta)

Discussants:
Susan Houseman (Upjohn Institute for Employment Research)
Atanas Christev (Heriot-Watt University)
John Jackson (University of Michigan)*

16:15 - 16:30

Break

16:30 - 18:00

Session IV [Conference Hall]

Chair: Gerard Pfann (University of Maastricht and IZA)

Papers:
Hartmut Lehmann (Heriot-Watt University and IZA): “Trade Liberalization and Employment Effects in Ukraine” (with Atanas Christev and Olga Kupets)
Patrick Paul Walsh (Trinity College Dublin and IZA): “Employment Responses to Trade Liberalisation: Ireland’s Industrial Development 1972-2000” (with Ciara Whelan)


Discussants:
John Haltiwanger (University of Maryland and IZA)
Ramon Gomez-Salvador (European Central Bank)

18:30

Reception [Dining Hall]

19:30

Dinner [Dining Hall]

 



Saturday, August 23


9:00 - 11:15

Session V

Chair: Stephen Woodbury (Upjohn Institute for Employment Research)

Papers:
Takao Kato (Colgate University): “The Effects of Employee Involvement on Firm Performance: Evidence from an Econometric Case Study” (with Derek C. Jones)
Klara Sabirianova (William Davidson Institute and IZA): “Skill-Biased Transition”
Katherine Terrell (William Davidson Institute and IZA): “Returns to Job Mobility” (with Daniel Munich and Jan Svejnar)

Discussants:
Álmos Telegdy (Budapest University of Economics and Central European University)
Vladimir Gimpelson (CLMS, Higher School of Economics and IZA)*
Theresa Devine (Independent Budget Office for New York City)

11:15 - 11:30

Break

11:30 - 13:00 Session VI

Chair: John Earle (Upjohn Institute for Employment Research and IZA)

Papers:
Paul Devereux (UCLA): “Do Employers Provide Insurance Against Low Frequency Shocks? Industry Employment and Industry Wages”
Gerard Pfann (University of Maastricht and IZA): “Organizational Change and Worker Heterogeneity” (with Ben Kriechel)

Discussants:
Daniel Hamermesh (University of Texas and IZA)
Henry Farber (Princeton University)

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 15:30

Session VII

Chair: Klara Sabirianova (William Davidson Institute and IZA)

Papers:
R. Jason Faberman (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics): “Job Flows Establishment Characteristics: Variations across U.S. Metropolitan Areas”
Roberto Torrini (Bank of Italy): “Firm Size Distribution and EPL in Italy” (with Fabiano Schivardi)

Discussants:
Randall Eberts (Upjohn Institute for Employment Research)
Timothy Bartik (Upjohn Institute for Employment Research)


15:30 - 15:45

Break

15:45 - 17:15

Session VIII

Chair: Susan Houseman (Upjohn Institute for Employment Research)

Papers:
J. David Brown (Heriot-Watt University and IZA) “Interfirm Employment Reallocation and the Effects of Privatization and Liberalization: Evidence from Four Transition Economies” (with John S. Earle and Álmos Telegdy)
John Haltiwanger (University of Maryland and IZA) “Reallocation, Firm Turnover and Efficiency: Selection on Productivity or Profitability (with Lucia Foster and Chad Syverson)

Discussants:
Robert Gitter (Ohio Wesleyan University)
Gerard Pfann (University of Maastricht and IZA)


18:00

Dinner Event
 

* to be confirmed

 

Conference venue: Brook Lodge, a conference center developed around the late Dr. W.E. Upjohn's summer cottage in the early 20th century. About 20 minutes from Kalamazoo, 60 minutes from Lake Michigan, and 80 minutes from Ann Arbor.

Please direct any questions regarding the conference to the organizing committee:
John Earle (earle@upjohn.org), Hartmut Lehmann (h.lehmann@hw.ac.uk), and Katherine Terrell (terrell@umich.edu).

 

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