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6th IZA Prize Conference on Frontiers in Labor Economics: The Economics of Well-Being and Happiness

Organizer: Marco Caliendo (IZA)
Location:Washington, DC
Date:October 23, 2009 - October 24, 2009

Event Manager:

Ulrike Maurer (IZA)

Thursday, October 22:†††

11:00 Registration

12:00 Buffet Lunch

13:00 Policy Forum "The Global Economic Crisis and the Labor Markets"

17:00 Welcome Reception and IZA Prize Book Series Presentation

18:00 Official Award Ceremony - IZA Prize in Labor Economics

21:00 Informal Get-Together

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+++ presentation: 30 minutes +++ floor discussion: 15 minutes +++

Friday, October 23:

09:29 - 09:30   Introduction and Welcome
Marco Caliendo (Director of Research, IZA)
09:30       Session 1
  Chair: Marco Caliendo (IZA)
09:30 - 10:15   Richard A. Easterlin (University of Southern California), Malgorzata Switek (University of Southern California)
  "Growth and Happiness in Latin America: Trends and Fluctuations"
10:15 - 11:00   Andrew J. Oswald (University of Warwick), Stephen Wu (Hamilton College US)
  "Well-Being across America: Evidence from a Random Sample of One Million U.S. Citizens"
11:00 - 11:15   Coffee Break
11:14       Session 2
  Chair: Richard Layard (London School of Economics)
11:15 - 12:00   Erzo F.P. Luttmer (Harvard University), Amy Finkelstein (MIT and NBER), Matthew J. Notowidigdo (MIT)
  "Health and Happiness"
12:00 - 12:45   Mary C. Daly (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco), Daniel Wilson (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco)
  "Happiness, Unhappiness, and Suicide: What Do the Data Reveal?"
12:45 - 14:00   Lunch
14:00 - 15:30   Poster Session
        Alpaslan Akay (IZA)
  "Sundays Are Blue: Arenít They? The Day-of-the-Week-Effect on Subjective Well-Being and Socio-Economic Status"
        Steffen Altmann (IZA), Armin Falk (University of Bonn and IZA)
  "Defaults in Social Interaction"
        Anne C. Gielen (IZA), Jan C. van Ours (Tilburg University and IZA)
  "Unhappiness and Job Finding Rates"
        Martin Kahanec (IZA), Klaus F. Zimmermann (IZA)
  "EU Labor Markets after Post-Enlargement Migration: Lessons and Challenges"
        Melanie Khamis (IZA)
  "Risk Attitudes, Time Preferences and the Incidence of Informality among Workers: Evidence from a Transition Country"
        Alexander Muravyev (IZA), Hartmut Lehmann (University of Bologna and IZA)
  "How Important are Labor Market Institutions for Labor Market Performance in Transition Countries?"
        Andreas Peichl (IZA), Mathias Dolls (University of Cologne and IZA), Clemens Fuest (University of Oxford and IZA)
  "Automatic Stabilizers and Economic Crisis: US vs. Europe"
        Zahra Siddique (IZA)
  "Partially Identified Treatment Effects under Imperfect Compliance: The Case of Domestic Violence"
        Konstantinos Tatsiramos (IZA), Lorenzo Cappellari (Universitŗ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
  "'With a Little Help from my Friends'. The Effects of Friendship Ties on Unemployment Transitions"
15:30 - 15:45   Coffee Break
15:44       Session 3
  Chair: Klaus F. Zimmermann (IZA, DIW Berlin and Bonn University)
15:45 - 16:30   Alois Stutzer (University of Basel), Rafael Lalive (University of Lausanne and IZA)
  "Economic Shocks, Labor Market Institutions and Workers' Welfare"
16:30 - 17:15   Carol Lee Graham (Brookings Institution)
  "Why Societies Stay Stuck in Bad Equilibrium: Insights from Happiness Studies amidst Prosperity and Adversity"
17:15 - 18:00   Rafael Di Tella (Harvard Business School)
  "Happiness for Central Banks"
19:30       Conference Dinner

Saturday, October 24:

08:59       Session 4
  Chair: Eileen Crimmins (University of Southern California)
09:00 - 09:45   David G. Blanchflower (Dartmouth College), Andrew J. Oswald (University of Warwick and IZA), Nicholas A. Christakis (Harvard Medical School)
  "Biomarkers, Well-Being, and Income"
09:45 - 10:30   Andrew E. Clark (Paris School of Economics), Stephen V. Burks (University of Minnesota, Morris and IZA)
  "Preferences over Pay Profiles: Evidence from a High-Quit Industry"
10:30 - 10:45   Coffee Break
10:44       Session 5
  Chair: John S. Earle (Upjohn Institute for Employment Research)
10:45 - 11:30   Justin Wolfers (University of Pennsylvania), Betsey Stevenson (University of Pennsylvania)
  "Inequality and Subjective Well-Being"
11:30 - 12:15   Rainer Winkelmann (University of Zurich), Liliana Winkelmann
  "Does Inequality Harm the Middle Class? Evidence From Switzerland"
12:15 - 13:30   Lunch
13:29       Session 6
  Chair: Amelie F. Constant (DIW DC, George Washington University)
13:30 - 14:15   Robert Frank (Cornell University)
  "Why Absolute Income and Relative Income Both Matter"
14:15 - 15:00   Claudia Senik (University Paris - Sorbonne), Guven Cahit (Deakin University), Holger Stichnoth (Paris School of Economics)
  "You can't be happier than your Wife. Inequality of Happiness in Couples and Divorce"
15:00 - 15:45   Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell (IAE Barcelona (CSIC)), Xavier Ramos (Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona and IZA)
  "Inequality Aversion and Risk Attitudes"
15:45 - 16:00   Coffee


Alpaslan Akay (IZA)
Steffen Altmann (IZA)
David Blanchflower (Dartmouth College)
Marco Caliendo (IZA)
Andrew Clark (Paris School of Economics)
Amelie F. Constant (DIW DC and George Washington University)
Eileen Crimmins (University of Southern California)
Mary C. Daly (Federal Reserve Bank San Francisco)
Rafael di Tella (Harvard Business School)
John Earle (Upjohn Institute)
Richard Easterlin (University of Southern California)
Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell (Institut d'Analisi Economica)
Robert H. Frank (Cornell University)
Anne Gielen (IZA)
Amanda Goodall (University of Warwick)
Carol Graham (Brookings Institution)
Martin Kahanec (IZA)
Melanie Khamis (IZA)
Anna Myunghee Kim (IZA)
Douglas Krupka (University of Michigan)
Richard Layard (London School of Economics)
Hartmut Lehmann (University of Bologna)
Erzo F.P. Luttmer (Harvard Kennedy School)
Alexander Muravyev (IZA)
Andrew Oswald (University of Warwick)
Sabrina Pabilonia (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Andreas Peichl (IZA)
Xavi Ramos (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)
Mark Regets (National Science Foundation)
Ulf Rinne (IZA)
Hilmar Schneider (IZA)
Claudia Senik (Paris School of Economics)
Zahra Siddique (IZA)
Betsey Stevenson (University of Pennsylvania)
Alois Stutzer (University of Basel)
Konstantinos Tatsiramos (IZA)
Rainer Winkelmann (University of Zurich)
Justin Wolfers (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)
Klaus F. Zimmermann (IZA, DIW Berlin and Bonn University)