European Summer Symposium in Labour Economics

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Ammersee, 14-18 September 1999. Hosted by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)


Teilnehmer des 1. Sommersymposiums in Labour Economics "ESSLE 1999"

Final Programme

Tuesday 14 September:

09.30 - 11.30  

1. Morning Session I  
Chair: Klaus F. Zimmermann


Evaluation of Labour Market Programmes 


James Heckman (University of Chicago and IZA)





15.30 - 17.00

2. Parallel Session A 
Chair: Lars Ljungqvist


Wages, Experience and Seniority 


Christian Dustmann (Institute for Fiscal Studies, University College London, CEPR and IZA)


Costas Meghir (Institute for Fiscal Studies, University College London, CEPR and IZA) 


17.00 - 18.30 

Household Characteristics, Ability and Education: Evidence from a Dynamic Expected Utility Model


Jörgen Hansen (IZA, Bonn) 


Christian Belzil (Concordia University and IZA) 



15.30 - 17.00 

3. Parallel Session B  
Chair: Gerard Pfann


Does Shorter Schooling Hurt Student Performance and Earnings? 


Jörn-Steffen Pischke (MIT, CEPR and IZA) 


17.00 - 18.30 

Transitions from School to Work: Search Time and Job Duration 


Espen Bratberg (University of Bergen) 


Øivind Anti Nilsen (University of Bergen and IZA) 







20.00 - 21.30 

4. Parallel Session C 
Chair: Pietro Garibaldi


The Evolution of Earnings Inequality in Italy and the Escalator Cause


Marco Manacorda (Centre for Labor Economics, University of California, Berkeley)



20.00 - 21.30

5. Parallel Session D  
Chair: Gil Epstein


Immigrant Labor and Workplace Safety


Thomas Bauer (IZA, Bonn and CEPR)


Andreas Million (University of Munich)


Ralph Rotte (University of Munich and IZA)


Klaus F. Zimmermann (IZA,  Bonn University and CEPR)


Wednesday 15 September:

 9.30 - 11.30

6. Morning Session II
Chair: Juan J. Dolado


Social Security Programs and Retirement Around the World


David Wise (NBER and Harvard University)







15.30 - 17.00

7. Parallel Session A
Chair: Michael Burda


How Do Layoff Costs Affect Employment?


Lars Ljungqvist (Stockholm School of Economics, CEPR and IZA)



17.00 - 18.30

Modelling Financial Incentives to Get Unemployed into Work


Jan Boone (CentER, Tilburg University and CPB)


Jan van Ours (CentER, Tilburg University, CEPR and IZA)



15.30 - 17.00

8. Parallel Session B
Chair: Barbara Petrongolo


On the Neutrality of Severance Payments in the Theory of Search Unemployment 


Pietro Garibaldi (International Monetary Fund and CEPR)


Gianluca Violante (University College London and CEPR)



17.00 - 18.30

Job Protection, Minimum Wage and Unemployment


Pierre Cahuc (University of Paris I, CEPREMAP, CREST-INSEE, Institut Universitaire de France and IZA)


André Zylerberg (CNRS and University of Paris I)







20.00 - 21.30

9. Parallel Session C
Chair: Marco Francesconi


General Training and Human-Capital Externalities


Alison Booth (University of Essex, CEPR and IZA)



20.00 - 21.30

10. Parallel Session D
Chair: Javier Ortega 


The Endogenous Determination of the Minimum Wage


Gil Epstein (Bar-Ilan University, CEPR and IZA)


Shmuel Nitzan (Bar-Ilan University)



Thursday 16 September:

9.30 - 11.30

11. Morning Session III
Chair: Costas Meghir


The Payoff to Education


Orley Ashenfelter (Princeton University and IZA)















20.00 - 21.30

12. Parallel Session C
Chair: Pietro Garibaldi


Screening vs. Training in General Equilibrium Search Models


Etienne Wasmer (ECARE, University of Bruxelles, CEPR and IZA)



20.00 - 21.30

13. Parallel Session D
Chair: Christian Dustmann


Corporate Downsizing and Efficient Quitting


Gerard Pfann (Maastricht University, CEPR and IZA)



Friday 17 September:

09.30 - 11.30

14. Morning Session IV
Chair: Alison Booth


The Future of Personnel Economics


Edward Lazear (Stanford University)







15.30 - 17.00

15. Parallel Session A 
Chair: Jennifer Hunt


Money for Nothing and Your Chips for Free? The Anatomy of the PC Wage Differential


John Haisken-DeNew (DIW, Berlin and IZA)


Christoph M. Schmidt (University of Heidelberg, CEPR and IZA)



17.00 - 18.30

Labor Market Assimilation and the Self-Employment Decision of Immigrant Entrepreneurs


Magnus Lofstrom (IZA, Bonn)



15.30 - 17.00

16. Parallel Session B
Chair: Thomas Bauer


Group Interactions and Individual Background: Explaining Regional Shirking Differentials in a Large Italian Bank


Andrea Ichino (European University Institute, Florence, IGIER, CEPR and IZA)


Giovanni Maggi (Princeton University and NBER)



17.00 - 18.30

Absenteeism and Employment Probation


Regina Riphahn (University of Munich, CEPR and IZA)


Anja Thalmaier (IZA, Bonn)







20.00 - 21.30

17. Parallel Session C
Chair: Jörn-Steffen Pischke


Employment and the Distributional Effects of Restricting Working Time


Ramon Marimon (European University Institute, Florence, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, NBER and CEPR)


Fabrizio Zilibotti (Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona and CEPR)



20.00 - 21.30

18. Parallel Session D
Chair: Jan van Ours


Re-employment Probabilities and Returns to Matching


Barbara Petrongolo (University Carlos III, Madrid, London School of Economics and CEPR)


Saturday 18 September:

09.30 - 11.30

Morning Session 
Chair: Zvi Eckstein


The Evolution of Labour Markets in Transitional Economies


Jan Svejnar (WDI, University of Michigan, CERGE-EI, Prague and CEPR)





15.30 - 17.00

19. Parallel Session A
Chair: John Haisken-DeNew


Post-Unification Wage Growth in East Germany


Jennifer Hunt (Yale University, CEPR and IZA)



17.00 - 18.30

Estimating Wage Losses of Displaced Workers in Germany


Michael Burda (Humboldt-University, Berlin, CEPR and IZA)


Antje Mertens (Max Planck Institute and Humboldt-University, Berlin)



15.30 - 17.00

20. Parallel Session B
Chair: Oivind Anti Nilsen 


Identifying the Effect of Unemployment on Crime


Steven Raphael (University of California)


Rudolf Winter-Ebmer (University of Linz, Vienna Institute for Economic Policy Research, CEPR and IZA)



17.00 - 18.30

Demand Uncertainty, Mismatch and (Un)Employment - A Microeconomic Approach


Mohamed Jellal (CES, University of Rabat)


Jacques-François Thisse (CORE, University Catholique de Louvain, CERAS, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and CEPR)


Yves Zenou (CERAS, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, GAINS, University of Maine, CEPR and IZA)





Juan J. Dolado (University Carlos III, Madrid, CEPR and IZA)
Klaus F. Zimmermann (IZA, Bonn University and CEPR)



Participation by invitation only - Teilnahme nur mit Einladung.