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IFAU/IZA Conference Labor Market Policy Evaluation

Organizers: Gerard J. van den Berg (University of Groningen and IZA), Holger Bonin (IZA), Katarina Richardson (IFAU), Erik Mellander (IFAU)
Location:Uppsala, Sweden
Date:October 06, 2006 - October 07, 2006

Event Manager:

Ulrike Maurer (IZA)

Local Information

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Friday, October 06:

09:00 - 09:05   Welcome Address: Peter Fredriksson (IFAU)
09:05 - 10:20   Session 1: Instruments
        Edward Vytlacil (Yale University*)), Jay Bhattacharya (Stanford University), Azeem Shaikh (University of Chicago)
  "Treatment Effect Bounds: An Application to Swan-Ganz"
        Peter J. Kuhn (University of California, Santa Barbara and IZA*)), Chris Riddell (Queen's University, Kingston Canada)
  "The Long-Term Effects of a Generous Income Support Program: Unemployment Insurance in New Brunswick and Maine, 1940-1991"
10:20 - 10:45   Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:45   Session 2: Unemployment
        Marc Ferracci (CREST-INSEE*))
  "Training the Unemployed in France: Impact on Unemployment Duration and Recurrence"
        Anders Forslund (IFAU*))
  "(How) Do Swedish Youth Labour Market Policies Help the Unemployed Youth?"
        Rafael Lalive (University of Lausanne and IZA*))
  "How do Extended Benefits and Early Retirement Rules Affect Unemployment Duration? Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design"
12:45 - 13:45   Lunch
13:45 - 15:45   Session 3: Structural Analysis
        Annette Bergemann (University of Groningen and IZA*)), Gerard J. van den Berg (Free University of Amsterdam and IZA)
  "From Childbirth to Paid Work: A Structural Analysis of the Effects of Adult Education on Labor Market Outcomes of Prime-Aged Mothers"
        Bas van der Klaauw (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and IZA*)), Gerard van den Berg (Free University of Amsterdam and IZA)
  "Structural Empirical Evaluation of Job Search Monitoring"
        Jeffrey A. Smith (University of Wisconsin-Madison and IZA*)), Shannon Seitz (Boston College), Jeremy Lise (University College London)
  "Equilibrium Policy Experiments and the Evaluation of Social Programs"
15:45 - 16:15   Coffee Break
16:15 - 18:15   Session 4: Labor Market Policies I
        Dario Sciulli (University of Rome Tor Vergata*))
  "Making the Italian Labor Market More Flexible: An Evaluation of the Treu Reform"
        Olof Aslund (Uppsala University and IZA*)), Per Johansson (Uppsala University and IFAU)
  "Virtues of SIN - Effects of an Immigrant Workplace Introduction Program"
        Helmut Rainer (University of Munich*)), Marco Francesconi (University of Essex), Wilbert van der Klaauw (Federal Reserve Bank of New York)
  "The Impact of the 'In Work' Benefit Reform in Britain on Married Couples: Theory and Evidence from Panel Data"
19:30       Conference Dinner

Saturday, October 07:

09:00 - 10:15   Session 5: Experiments
        Hilary W. Hoynes (University of California, Berkeley*)), Marianne P. Bitler (Public Policy Institute of California and IZA), Jonah B. Gelbach (University of Maryland)
  "Distributional Impacts of the Self-Sufficiency Project"
        Zhong Zhao (Renmin University of China and IZA*)), Yingyao Hu (University of Texas at Austin)
  "Labor Supply Response to Work Incentive Programs: Evidence from Three Randomized Experiments"
10:15 - 10:30   Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:30   Keynote Speech
Geert Ridder (University of Southern California)
"Average Redistributional Effects"
11:30 - 12:45   Session 6: Labor Market Policies II
        Rosalia Vazquez-Alvarez (Dubai Economic Council*)), Michael Lechner (University of St. Gallen and IZA)
  "Stochastic Labour Market Shocks and Active Labour Market Policies: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis"
        Jochen Kluve (KfW Development Bank and IZA*))
  "The Effectiveness of European Active Labor Market Policy"
12:45 - 13:45   Lunch
13:45 - 15:00   Session 7: Methodological Advances
        Oscar A. Mitnik (Inter-American Development Bank and IZA*)), Richard K. Crump (University of California at Berkeley), V. Joseph Hotz (University of California at Los Angeles), Guido W. Imbens (Harvard University)
  "Moving the Goalposts: Addressing Limited Overlap in Estimation of Average Treatment Effects by Changing the Estimand"
        Alexander Whalley (University of Calgary*)), Jeffrey Smith (University of Michigan), Nathaniel Wilcox (University of Houston)
  "Are Program Participants Good Evaluators?"
15:00 - 15:30   Coffee Break
15:30 - 17:30   Session 8: German Labor Market Reforms
        Aderonke Osikominu (University of Hohenheim and IZA*)), Martin Biewen (University of Frankfurt), Bernd Fitzenberger (University of Frankfurt), Marie Waller (University of Frankfurt)
  "Employment Effects of Short and Medium Term Further Training Programs in Germany in the Early 2000s"
        Stephan L. Thomsen (Leibniz University of Hannover and IZA*)), Reinhard Hujer (University of Frankfurt, ZEW Mannheim and IZA), Christopher Zeiss (University of Frankfurt)
  "The Effects of Short-Term Training Measures on the Individual Unemployment Duration in West Germany"
        Hilmar Schneider (University of Luxembourg and IZA*)), Marton Csillag (University Toulouse), Arne Uhlendorff (DIW Berlin and IZA), Zhong Zhao (IZA)
  "The Impact of Labor Market Reform on the Effectiveness of Training Programs in Germany"
17:30       Final Words: Gerard van den Berg (Free University of Amsterdam and IZA)

*) current affiliation

List of Participants

Aslund, Olof (IFAU, Uppsala)
Bergemann, Annette (Free University Amsterdam)
Bonin, Holger (IZA)
Ferracci, Marc (University Paris I)
Figerl, Jürgen (University of Vienna)
Fitzenberger, Bernd (University of Frankfurt)
Forslund, Anders (IFAU, Uppsala)
Fredriksson, Peter (IFAU, Uppsala)
Grönqvist, Hans (Uppsala University)
Hopstadius, Jasmina (Ministry of Finance, Sweden)
Hoynes, Hilary (University of California)
Jacobsen, Rasmus Hojbjerg (CEBR)
Jespersen, Svend Torp (CEBR)
Johansson, Per (IFAU, Uppsala)
Kluve, Jochen (RWI, Essen)
Kuhn, Peter (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Lalive, Rafael (University of Zurich)
Mellander, Erik (IFAU, Uppsala)
Mitnik, Oscar (University of Miami)
Nilsson, Peter (Uppsala University)
Osikominu, Aderonke (University of Frankfurt)
Pekkarinen, Tuomas (IFAU, Uppsala)
Persson, Kristian (Ministry of Finance, Sweden)
Rainer, Helmut (University of St. Andrews)
Richardson, Katarina (IFAU, Uppsala)
Ridder, Geert (University of Southern California)
Schneider, Hilmar (IZA)
Sciulli, Dario (University of Tor Vergata, Rome)
Smith, Jeffrey (University of Michigan)
Thomsen, Stephan (ZEW, Mannheim)
van den Berg, Gerard (Free University Amsterdam)
van der Klaauw, Bas (Free University Amsterdam)
Vazquez-Alvarez, Rosalia (University of St. Gallen)
Vikström, Johan (Uppsala University)
Vytlacil, Edward (Columbia University)
Whalley, Alexander (University of Maryland)
Zhao, Zhong (IZA)