IZA - Conference Program


IZA Workshop and Topic Week: Institutions and the Employment Relationship

Organizers: W. Bentley MacLeod (Columbia University and IZA), David B. Huffman (University of Pittsburgh and IZA)
Location:IZA, Bonn
Date:July 03, 2006 - July 07, 2006

Event Manager:

Ulrike Maurer (IZA)

Modern labor markets are in a constant state of flux as they adjust to the challenge of effectively employing workers in this era of globalization. The purpose of this meeting was to contribute to our understanding of how labor market institutions adjust to the ever changing demand for labor services. We brought together a number of distinguished labor economists to explore this question, and to propose ways to improve labor market performance.

Questions that were addressed include how temporary help agencies enhance labor market performance, the impact that performance pay has upon wage and income inequality, and labor market performance, and the effect of workplace practices upon firm performance. An unusual aspect of the meeting was that it allowed an exchange between researchers that use a number different types of data to study these issues, including large-scale panel data, data from laboratory experiments, and firm-level field data. By bringing together corroborating evidence from a number of difference sources, and encouraging interaction between workshop participants, the topic week strongly enriched our understanding of these important issues.

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Monday, July 03:

12:00 - 14:00   Welcome Lunch

Tuesday, July 04:

11:45 - 12:15   Lunch
12:15 - 13:30   Janet Currie (Princeton University and IZA*))
  "Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise?: The Relationship Between Child Health and Human Capital Development"
17:00 - 18:15   Nicole M. Fortin (University of British Columbia, Vancouver and IZA*)), Sergio Firpo (PUC-Rio), Thomas Lemieux (UBC)
  "Unconditional Quantile Regressions"
19:00       Social Event

Wednesday, July 05:

11:45 - 12:15   Lunch
14:00 - 15:15   Thomas Lemieux (University of British Columbia, Vancouver and IZA*)), Bentley MacLeod (Columbia), Daniel Parent (McGill)
  "Performance Pay and Wage Inequality"
16:30 - 17:45   David Autor (MIT and IZA*)), Susan Houseman (Upjohn Insitute for Employment Research)
  "Do Temporary Help Jobs Improve Labor Market Outcomes for Low-Skilled Workers? Evidence from Random Assignments"
19:00       Dinner

Thursday, July 06:

11:45 - 12:15   Lunch
12:15 - 13:30   Daniel Parent (HEC Montreal*)), Thomas Lemieux (University of British Columbia), W. Bentley MacLeod (Columbia University)
  "Does Performance Pay Work?"
17:30 - 18:45   W. Bentley MacLeod (Columbia University and IZA*))
  "Reputations, Relationships and the Enforcement of Incomplete Contracts"
19:00       Dinner

Friday, July 07:

08:50 - 09:00   Introduction by W. Bentley MacLeod (Columbia University and IZA)
09:00 - 09:45   David B. Huffman (University of Pittsburgh and IZA*)), Armin Falk (IZA and University of Bonn), W. Bentley MacLeod (Columbia University and IZA)
  "EPL and Long Term Relations"
09:45 - 10:30   Till von Wachter (University of California, Los Angeles and IZA*)), Andrew Heisz (Statistics Canada), Philip Oreopoulos (University of Toronto)
  "The Short- and Long-Term Career Effects of Graduating in a Recession: Hysteresis and Heterogeneity in the Market for College Graduates"
10:30 - 10:45   Coffee Break
10:45 - 11:30   Gerd Muehlheusser (University of Hamburg and IZA*))
  "Regulating Damage Clauses in (Labor) Contracts"
11:30 - 12:15   Guy Laroque (Sciences Po, Paris and IZA*)), Philippe Choné (CREST-LEI)
  "Should Low Skilled Work Be Subsidized?"
12:15 - 13:30   Lunch
13:30 - 14:15   Iwan Barankay (University of Pennsylvania and IZA*)), Oriana Bandiera (London School of Economics), Imran Rasul (University College London)
  "How to Make Friends and Influence Them: Evidence on the Formation of Social Networks and Peer Effects"
14:15 - 15:00   Eric Verhoogen (Columbia University and IZA*)), Stephen V. Burks (University of Minnesota and IZA), Jeffrey P. Carpenter (Middlebury College and IZA)
  "Fairness and Freight-Handlers: Local Labor Market Conditions and Wage-Fairness Perceptions in a Trucking Firm"
15:00 - 15:15   Coffee Break
15:15 - 16:00   Takao Kato (Colgate University and IZA*)), Derek Jones (Hamilton College)
  "Tenure and Worker Performance: An Empirical Analysis Using Panel Data on Individual Worker Output"
16:00 - 16:45   Alexandre Mas (Princeton University and IZA*)), Enrico Moretti (University of California, Berkeley and IZA)
  "Peers at Work"
19:00       Workshop Dinner

*) current affiliation