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Workshop on the Future of Labor

Workshop on the Future of Labor

November 11-12 at ESMT Berlin


Over the past decades, the literature in labor economics has taken advantage of rich data to improve our understanding of labor markets. This offers important new insights into questions such as the determinants of individual labor supply decisions or the structure of labor markets.

In order to discuss recent developments, the workshop “Future of Labor” brings together young researchers working on novel questions related to labor economics. We are very happy that Andrea Weber (Central European University) has agreed to attend the workshop and give a keynote address. The workshop is sponsored by the CRC TRR 190 and the Joachim Herz Foundation. All researchers with an affiliation in Germany are in addition warmly invited to apply to the Herz Foundation’s German Prize for Economics 2020, which will be awarded for research on labor economics.

Event overview

  • Program

    Workshop program

    This is the link to the downloadable program.

    Monday, November 11, 2019, ESMT


    9:00 am Welcome and introduction

    Session 1

    9:30 am - 10:15 am

    Sydnee Caldwell (Microsoft Research)
    Outside options, bargaining, and wages: Evidence from coworker networks (joint with Nikolaj Harmon)

    10:15 am -11:00 am

    Felix König (Princeton University)
    Technical change and superstar effects: Evidence from the Roll-Out of TV

    11:00 am- 11:15 am

    Short break

    11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Keynote: Andrea Weber (Central European University)
    Female leadership and gender gaps within firms: Evidence from an Italian Board Reform (joint with Agata Maida)

    12:15 pm - 1:30 pm



    Session 2

    1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

    Alexandra Roulet (INSEAD)
    Gender differences in job search: trading off commute against wage (joint with Thomas Le Barbanchon and Roland Rathelot)

    2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

    Anna Raute (Queen Mary University of London)
    Wind of change? Societal determinants of maternal labor supply – Evidence from the German reunification (joint with Barbara Boelmann und Uta Schönberg)

    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Short break


    Session 3

    3:30 pm- 4:15 pm

    Hedvig Horváth (University College London (UCL))
    Classroom assignment policies and implications for teacher value- added estimation

    4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

    Jan Bietenbeck (Lund University)
    Extensive and intensive margin effects of tuition fees in higher education (with Jan Marcus and Felix Weinhardt)

    5:00 pm - 5:15 pm

    Short break


    Session 4

    5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

    Sebastian Findeisen (University of Mannheim)
    Labor reallocation and wage growth: Evidence from East Germany

    6:00 pm- 6.45 pm

    Ines Helm (Stockholm University)
    Displacement effects in manufacturing: The role of firms (joint with Alice Kuegler and Uta Schoenberg)

    7:30 pm



    Tuesday, November 12, 2019, ESMT



    Session 5

    9:00 am - 9:45 am

    Simon Jäger (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT))
    Labor in the boardroom (with Benjamin Schoefer and Joerg Heining)

    9:45 am - 10:30 am

    Jan Stuhler ( University Carlos III de Madrid )
    Estimating intergenerational and assortative processes in extended family data (with M. Dolores Collado and Ignacio Ortuno-Ortin)

    10:30 am - 11:00 am



    Session 6

    11:00 am - 11:45 am

    Georg Graetz (Uppsala University)
    Wage growth across occupations, industries, and regions, joint with Adrian Adermon (IFAU) and Yaroslav Yakymovych (Uppsala University)

    11:45 am - 12:30 pm

    Attila Lindner (University College London (UCL))
    Technological change and skill- Demand in non- competitive labor markets

    12:30 pm

    Lunch and end of workshop


  • Contact

    Your academic contact: Jan Nimczik

    For further questions concerning the event and it's organization, please contact us Sanda Engels

  • About ESMT

    The conference takes place at the ESMT Berlin, which was founded in 2002 by 25 leading global companies and institutions. The international business school offers a full-time MBA, an executive MBA, a master's in management, as well as open enrollment and customized executive education programs. ESMT is a private business school with the right to grant PhDs and is accredited by the German state, AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS, and FIBAA.

    Locate in the former GDR “Staatsratsgebäude” at Schlossplatz 1, which was built in 1964, the building hosted the headquarters of the East German government, the Staatsrat (GDR’s National Council), until 1989. A noteworthy example of Germany’s modern architectural heritage, the building was used in varying functions after reunification and was the temporary office of the German Chancellor from 1999 to 2001. It has since been renovated and transformed into one of Germany’s most modern educational centers.


    Please see the How to get there page for further information.


Public transport tickets

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How do I get there?

Jointly hosted by

Markus Nagler

Assistant Professor of Economics, Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU) Erlangen-Nuremberg

Jan Nimczik

Assistant Professor of Economics, European School of Management and Technology Berlin (ESMT)

Katharina Werner

Economist, ifo Center for the Economics of Education
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