Second IZA/SOLE Transatlantic Meeting of Labor Economists

The second IZA/SOLE TransAtlantic Meeting of Labor Economists took place in Buch on Lake Ammersee, Germany, June 5-7, 2003. Again a large number of well-known economists discussed recent progress in labor economics and econometrics. They also used this opportunity to develop future research cooperation in these fields. Several specialized sessions dealt with "Economics of the Family", "Women and the Labor Market", "Search and Matching", "Firm Behavior and Work", "Wage Determination" and "Natural Experiments". This broad variety of topics reflects the main goal of the annual TransAtlantic Meeting, which is to foster further research in all areas of labor economics.


Thursday, June 5
  Session I: Search and Matching
Chair: Winfried Koeniger (IZA)

15:00 - 15:40 Melvyn Coles (University of Essex and IZA) and Barbara Petrongolo (London School of Economics and IZA)
"A Test between Unemployment Theories Using Matching Data"

15:40 - 16:20 John T. Addison (University of South Carolina), Mario Centeno (University of Lisbon and Bank of Portugal) and Pedro Portugal (Bank of Portugal)
"Reservation Wages, Search Duration, and Accepted Wages in the European Union"

16:20 - 17:00 Simon Burgess (University of Bristol and IZA) and Helene Turon
"Unemployment Equilibrium and On-the-Job Search"

19:30 Dinner

Friday, June 6
  Session II: Firm Behaviour and Work 1
Chair: Gerard Pfann (IZA and Maastricht University)

8:30 - 9:10 Chaim Fershtman (Tel Aviv University), Hans K. Hvide (Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration) and Yoram Weiss (Tel Aviv University and IZA)
"Status Concerns and the Organization of Work"

9:10 - 9:50 Piero Cipollone (Bank of Italy) and Paolo Sestito (Italian Ministry of Labour)
"Firm Specific Wage Policies"

9:50 - 10:30 Barton Hamilton (Washington University in St. Louis), Jack A. Nickerson and Hideo Owan (John M. Olin School of Business)
"Diversity and Productivity in Teams"

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break

  Session III: Wage Determination 1
Chair: Dan Hamermesh (University of Texas and IZA)

11:00 - 11:40 Christian Belzil (Concordia University Montreal and IZA)
"On the Specification of Mincerian Wage Regressions"

11:40 - 12:20 Conchita D’Ambrosio (Bocconi University) and John Haisken-DeNew (RWI Essen and IZA)
"ICT and Socio-Economic Exclusion"

12:20 - 13:00 David N. Margolis (University of Paris and IZA) and Veronique Simonnet (University of Paris)
"Educational Track, Networks and Labor Market Outcomes"

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch

  Session IV: Women and the Labor Market
Chair: Ken Troske (IZA and University of Missouri Columbia)

14:30 - 15:10 June O'Neill (City University of New York)
"Recent Trends and Current Sources of the Gender Wage Gap in the U.S."

15:10 - 15:50 Amanda Gosling (University of Essex)
"The Changing Distribution of Male and Female Wages: 1978-2000"

15:50 - 16:30 Astrid Kunze (Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration and IZA) and Ken Troske (IZA and University of Missouri Columbia)
"An Empirical Examination of the Male/Female Wage Gap in an Equilibrium Search Framework"

16:30 - 17:00 Tea Break

  Session V: Economics of the Family
Chair: Ken Troske (IZA and University of Missouri Columbia)

17:00 - 17:40 Terra McKinnish (University of Colorado at Boulder)
"Occupation, Sex-Integration and Divorce"
17:40 - 18:20 Emek Basker (University of Missouri Columbia)
"Education, Job Search and Migration"

18:20 - 19:00 Alexandru Voicu and Hielke Buddelmeyer (IZA)
"Children and Women's Participation Dynamics"

19:30 Dinner

Saturday, June 7
  Session VI: Natural Experiments
Chair: Thomas Dohmen (IZA)

8:30 - 9:10 Dean Hyslop (New Zealand Treasury) and Steven Stillman (New Zealand Department of Labour and IZA)
"Youth Minimum Wage Reform and the Labour Market"

9:10 - 9:50 Jeremy Lise (Queen's University), Jeffrey Smith (University of Maryland and IZA) and Shannon Seitz, (Queen's University)
"Equilibrium Policy Experiments and the Evaluation of Social Programs"

9:50 - 10:30 Philip Oreopoulos (University of Toronto)
"Do Dropouts Drop Out Too Soon? Evidence from Changes in School-Leaving Laws"

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break

  Session VII: Firm Behaviour and Work 2
Chair: Thomas Bauer (IZA)

11:00 - 11:40 Francisco Lima (Universidade Lusofona de Humanidades e Tecnologias) and Mario Centeno (University of Lisbon and Bank of Portugal)
"The Careers of Top Executives and Firm Openness: Internal Versus External Labour Markets"

11:40 - 12:20 Pablo Ruiz Verdu (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
"Corporate Governance and the Division of Rents among Shareholders, Managers and Workers"

12:20 - 13:00 John M. Barron (Purdue University West Lafayette) and Glen R. Waddell (University of Oregon)
"Hard Work Versus Good Intentions: Stock Options as Compensation"

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch

  Session VIII: Wage Determination 2
Chair: Dan Hamermesh (University of Texas and IZA)

14:30 - 15:10 Maria Guadalupe (London School of Economics and IZA)
"Does Product Market Competition Increase Wage Inequality?"

15:10 - 15:50 Tracy L. Regan (University of Arizona), Ronald L. Oaxaca (University of Arizona and IZA) and Galen Burghardt
"A Human Capital Model of the Effects of Abilities and Family Background on Optimal Schooling Levels"

15:50 - 16:30 Marco Leonardi (IZA)
"Firms' Heterogeneity in Capital/Labor Ratios and Wage Inequality"

19:00 Barbecue Dinner Party