Report on the 3rd IZA European Summer School in Labor Economics, 2000


The Ph.D. students participating in the third IZA Summer School in Labor Economics presented their research either through giving a formal presentation or through explaining their work in poster sessions. The scientific committee preparing the summer school had selected eight papers to be presented in one-hour sessions. To let the participants gain experience in chairing sessions and discussing papers, each session was chaired by one student and discussed by two others. Those who presented received numerous useful remarks on their work, both from the assigned discussants and from the open discussion at the end of each presentation.


Those students not selected to give a formal talk were asked to present their work in poster sessions. During each poster session five to six students at the same time were given the opportunity to display a poster summarizing the content of their research, and to explain it informally to individual groups of students and senior researchers. This way of presenting one?s research, still quite unusual in economics, prompted a great deal of creative effort from the students to visualize and communicate their scientific messages. Thus, the poster sessions proved highly successful, generating a very lively and communicative atmosphere.


It would overload this report to give a detailed account of all the papers presented at the summer school this year, which covered a very wide range of labor market issues. Instead, we would like to refer you directly to the papers you might be interested in. The titles of the presentations and poster sessions can be found in the program of the third IZA Summer School in Labor Economics where many of the papers presented are downloadable. If the paper you require is not downloadable, or if you require further information, we advise you to get into contact with the participants directly.