IZA - Conference Program


Social Policy Evaluation Annual Conference (SPEAC)

Location:Canberra, Australia
Date:February 23, 2005 - February 25, 2005

Event Manager:

Ulrike Maurer (IZA)

We are pleased to start an IZA Social Policy Evaluation Annual Conference (SPEAC). The aim of the meeting is to establish an active network in the IZA focus area Evaluation of Labor Market Programs by bringing together leading international researchers in a relaxed atmosphere.

The goal of this workshop is to discuss international experiences with social policies and reforms, and to exchange ideas about methodological advances in program evaluation. The focus is on papers undertaking evaluation of non-standard social policies and/or using non-standard methods. We cover a broad range of topics including: the evaluation of income-support or educational policies, the evaluation of social reforms, and the evaluation of health policies.

For speakers traveling from overseas to Australia, we expect to make a contribution to travel that is sufficient to cover an inexpensive air fare and one week’s accommodation. There is also the opportunity for individuals to be hosted by ANU or to visit other Australian universities before or after the workshop.


Wednesday, February 23:

08:45 - 09:00   Welcome
09:00 - 09:45   Michael Fertig (ISG, Cologne and IZA*)), Jochen Kluve (RWI Essen and IZA)
  "The Effect of Age at School Entry on Educational Attainment in Germany"
  Discussant: Andrew Leigh (Parliament of Australia and IZA)
09:45 - 10:30   Chris Ryan (University of Melbourne*))
  "The Impact of Early Schooling on Subsequent Literacy and Numeracy Performance: Estimates from a Policy-Induced 'Natural' Experiment"
  Discussant: Christina Gathmann (LISER and IZA)
10:30 - 11:00   Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:45   Ian Walker (Lancaster University and IZA*)), Yu Zhu (University of Kent)
  "Child Support and Partnership Dissolution: Evidence from the UK"
  Discussant: Garry F. Barrett (University of Sydney and IZA)
11:45 - 12:30   Avner Ahituv (University of Haifa*)), Robert Lerman (American University)
  "Job Turnover, Wage Rates, and Marital Stability: How are they Related?"
  Discussant: Denise Doiron (University of New South Wales)
12:30 - 14:00   Lunch
14:00 - 14:45   Marianne P. Bitler (University of California, Davis and IZA*)), Jonah B. Gelbach (University of Maryland), Hilary W. Hoynes (University of California)
  "What Mean Impacts Miss: Distributional Effects of Welfare Reform Experiments"
  Discussant: Christoph M. Schmidt (RWI and IZA)
14:45 - 15:30   Michael Lechner (University of St. Gallen and IZA*)), Markus Frölich (University of St. Gallen and IZA)
  "Regional Treatment Intensity as an Instrument for the Evaluation of Labour Market Policies"
  Discussant: Steven Stillman (Free University of Bozen/Bolzano and IZA)
15:30 - 16:00   Coffee Break
16:00 - 16:45   Jochen Kluve (KfW Development Bank and IZA*)), Hartmut Lehmann (University of Bologna and IZA), Christoph M. Schmidt (RWI Essen and IZA)
  "Disentangling Treatment Effects of Active Labor Market Policies: The Role of Labor Force Status Sequences"
  Discussant: Tue Gorgens (Australian National University)
19:00       Dinner

Thursday, February 24:

08:45 - 09:00   Coffee
09:00 - 09:45   Thomas Kaplan (University of Wisconsin-Madison*))
  "Extending Health Care Coverage to the Low Income Population: The Effect of the Wisconsin Badger Care Program on Insurance Coverage"
  Discussant: Elizabeth Savage (CHERE, University of Technology, Sydney)
09:45 - 10:30   Dean Karlan (Yale University*)), Nava Ashraf (Harvard University), Wesley Yin (Princeton University)
  "Tying Odysseus to the Mast: Evidence from a Commitment Savings Product in the Phillipines"
  Discussant: Alison L. Booth (Australian National University and IZA)
10:30 - 11:00   Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:45   Steven Stillman (Free University of Bozen/Bolzano and IZA*)), Dean Hyslop (Statistics New Zealand), Sarah Crichton (Statistics New Zealand)
  "The Impact of Employment Experiences and Benefit-Spell Duration on Benefit-to-Work Transitions"
  Discussant: Lutz C. Kaiser (North Rhine-Westphalia University of Applied Sciences and IZA)
11:45 - 12:30   Jeff Borland (University of Melbourne*)), Yi-Ping Tseng (University of Melbourne)
  "Does a Minimum Job Search Requirement for Unemployment Payment Recipients reduce their Time on Payments? Evidence from the Job Seeker Diary in Australia"
  Discussant: Holger Bonin (IHS - Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna and IZA)
12:30 - 14:00   Lunch
14:00 - 14:45   Christina Gathmann (LISER and IZA*)), Richard Blundell (University College London and IZA), Alan Duncan (University of Nottingham), Costas Meghir (University College London and IZA)
  "The Effect of Welfare Reform on Labor Supply and Childcare Choices: Evidence from the Working Family Tax Credit"
  Discussant: Ian Walker (Lancaster University and IZA)
14:45 - 15:30   Rebecca Edwards (University of Sydney*))
  "Maternity Leave and the Evidence for Compensating Wage Differentials in Australia: Do Women Eligible for Maternity Leave Face a Wage Trade-Off?"
  Discussant: Trevor Breusch (Australian National University)
15:30       Excursion

Friday, February 25:

08:45 - 09:00   Coffee
09:00 - 09:45   Guido Friebel (Goethe University Frankfurt and IZA*))
  "Parental Leave - A Policy Evaluation of the Swedish "Daddy-Month" Reform"
  Discussant: Hielke Buddelmeyer (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research and IZA)
09:45 - 10:30   Andrew Leigh (Parliament of Australia and IZA*))
  "Can Progressive State Taxes Reduce Inequality?"
  Discussant: Sher Verick (ILO International Labour Organization and IZA)
10:30 - 11:00   Coffee
11:00 - 11:45   Robert W. Fairlie (University of California, Los Angeles and IZA*)), Kenneth Y. Chay (University of California, Berkeley)
  "The Effects of Set-Asides on Minority-Owned Businesses"
  Discussant: Michael Lechner (University of St. Gallen and IZA)
11:45 - 12:30   Rodrigo R. Soares (Insper, São Paulo and IZA*))
  "The Welfare Cost of Violence"
  Discussant: Timothy J. Hatton (University of Essex and IZA)
12:30 - 14:00   Lunch
14:00 - 14:45   Stefan Bender (*)), Thomas K. Bauer (University of Bochum, RWI Essen and IZA), Holger Bonin (IZA)
  "Do Firms outsource Training to active Labor Market Policies"
  Discussant: Jeff Borland (University of Melbourne)
14:45 - 15:30   Analia Schlosser (Tel Aviv University and IZA*)), Victor Lavy (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  "Targeted Remedial Education for Under-Performing Teenagers: Costs and Benefits"
  Discussant: Deborah A. Cobb-Clark (University of Sydney and IZA)
15:30 - 16:00   Coffee

*) current affiliation