EALE Newsletter December 2016, Issue 53

Message from the President

The 2016 conference in Ghent was the 28th conference of EALE. The conference was a great success, both intellectually and socially, as well as being extremely well organised. The 2016 EALE Conference was hosted at the Ghent University in the beautiful Aula Academica and in its surrounding buildings. Many of us were surprised by the beauty of Ghent and its historic centre with panoramas of water surrounded by centuries-old grand houses.


I very much like to thank all those involved in the organisation, in particular the conference local organisers, Stijn Baert and Bart Cockx and their supporting team. Furthermore I would like to thank Margo from the EALE secretariat, and the scientific program committee members. They all put an enormous effort into making the conference an unforgettable experience for all who attended.

In parallel, poster and invited sessions many interesting papers were presented across a broad range of labour market topics, and at a consistently high standard. During the conference we were privileged to hear the key-note lectures presented by Nicole Fortin on ‘Earnings inequality and the gender wage gap’, Philip Oreopoulos on “Behavioral barriers to postsecondary education” and the ‘Adam Smith’ lecture given by Armin Falk on ”Determinants and consequences of economic preferences”. In addition to these lectures we had the honour to welcome Marianne Thyssen, EU commissioner of Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility. In her speech she highlighted the role of the European pillar of social rights in relation to societies and labour markets in transition. Other highlights of the conference were the invited sessions on “Behavioural economics in the laboratory”, “Data for labour market research in Europe” and the panel discussion on “The implications and issues arising from Brexit for labour markets”.

This year we also introduced two job market sessions for job market candidates. With this new initiative we would like to offer job market candidates whose research is in the field of labour economics, a platform for presenting their job market paper. We will continue with this at our future conferences and will organize a meeting moment during the conference where job market candidates and conference participants can meet and greet in an informal way.

The 2016 Young Labour Economist prize was awarded to one of our job market candidates Jan Nimczik for his paper “Job Mobility Networks and Endogenous Labor Markets”. The 2016 Best Poster Award, was won by Eirin Mølland, Aline Bütikofer and Kjell Salvanes, for their poster “Introducing a Free Nutritious School Breakfast Long-Term Impacts on Education and Adult Earnings”. The Labour Economics prize awarded by Elsevier was won by Metin Akyol, Michael Neugart and Stefan Pichler for their paper “A tradable employment quota” published in Labour Economics volume 36.

During the conference, and as a result of the 2016 elections, we welcomed three new members of the executive committee: Michèle Belot and Núria Rodríguez-Planas as elected member and Peter Fredriksson as re-elected member. We also thank our leaving members of the executive committee Alexandra Spitz-Oener and Uwe Sunde.

This conference could not have been successful without the financial support of the following sponsors: Ghent University, The Department of Economy, Science and Innovation of the Flemish Government (EWI), The Research Foundation Flanders, The National Bank of Belgium, Eurofound, Elsevier, The Italian Bank and the German Bundesanstalt für Arbeit. We are grateful to these bodies for their generous contribution.

Next year we will hold our 29th annual conference in St. Gallen, Switzerland. The event will take place during 21 – 23 September 2017 at the University of St. Gallen. The submission site is already open for submitting your paper to this conference. The submission deadline is February 1, 2017.

I very much look forward to seeing you all at the 2017 conference in St. Gallen.

Christian Dustmann
President of the European Association of Labour Economists

EALE 29th Annual Conference Call for papers

We are pleased to invite all labour economists to submit papers for presentations at the 29th Annual Conference of the European Association of Labour Economists, to be held in St. Gallen, 21 – 23 September 2017.

The conference will be hosted by the Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research (SEW- HSG) of the University of St. Gallen.  Keynote speakers will be Josef Zweimüller (University of Zürich) and Hillary Hoynes (University of California Berkeley).  In addition, there will be invited, parallel and poster sessions. Lastly, the conference will allow for informal research collaborations and some time to enjoy  St. Gallen, located  between Lake Constance and the mountains of the Appenzell Alps.

Deadline paper submission February 1, 2017 

(Please read the instructions below for details and used topics while submitting your paper)

Type of presentations at EALE conferences There are different ways to present research output at a conference. The usual way is through presentations in a parallel session in which 3 to 4 researchers talk about their work using a presentation program such as PowerPoint. At the end of the presentation there is time for questions. In a poster session the researcher presents information through a poster. Along with his fellow presenters, the researcher waits for passing colleagues to briefly present their work and answer questions. There are pros and cons to each format. In a parallel session the size of the audience is limited. In a poster session the presenter has to tell his/her story many times, but the potential audience is substantially larger and the interaction between presenter and audience can be more intense. At EALE conferences both formats are used and papers have the same status irrespective of the format. Papers presented in a poster session can be submitted to the special conference issue of Labour Economics and poster presenters can be rewarded with the Young Labour Economists’ Prize for the best paper at the conference. The council of EALE stimulates poster sessions by awarding a prize for the best poster presented at the conference.

Instructions for paper submission You are invited to submit papers for this conference. A scientific program committee will evaluate all submitted papers. Papers should be submitted electronically using the online submission form.  Please take into account that your paper will be randomly assigned to either a poster or parallel session. The paper submission site will open by November 1, 2016. The submission deadline is February 1, 2017 at 23:59 Central European time. Papers must be submitted on-line. Please note that no more than one submission by the same author will be considered. To each paper an abstract must be added. Both your abstract and complete paper should be submitted through the electronic submission process. Only complete (draft) papers will be considered. Please complete all the required fields and enclose your complete paper as one pdf file (no tables, figures, etc. as separate files). You will receive a confirmation e-mail message after your submission has been completed. If you are not receiving this message or you receive an empty message then please contact us at eale-sbe@maastrichtuniversity.nl. Acceptance decisions will be communicated by the 1st of March 2017. Accepted papers will only be included in the final programme if presenting authors have registered by May 1, 2017. Each participant may present at most one paper but may be a co-author of more than one paper in the programme.

The submission site is already open for submitting your paper to this conference.

Job market Candidates Please follow the instructions given at http://www.eale.nl/eale-job-market/

Special conference issue of Labour Economics Authors of an accepted paper for this conference (either a poster or parallel presentation) will be invited shortly after the conference to submit their accepted and presented paper again for publication in the annual Conference Volume of the journal Labour Economics.

EALE Young Economist Award The EALE grants an award of € 500 for an outstanding paper selected by a Scientific Committee. Researchers who have not completed their PhD yet, or have completed their PhD within three calendar years before the end of September 2016, are eligible for this Prize. Please note that your paper should be single authored.  If you meet the eligibility conditions and wish to be considered for the award, please tick the corresponding box on the paper submission form.

Best Poster Award In addition to the Young Economist Award, EALE grants a Prize for the best poster as well. All actual presented posters will be automatically considered for the best poster award.

For questions, please contact us at eale-sbe@maastrichtuniversity.nl

EALE Job Market Candidates

At the annual conferences, EALE will facilitate in job market sessions that offer job market candidates whose research is in the field of Labour Economics, a platform for presenting their job market paper. This presentation also enables candidates to prepare for the US Job Market. During the conference we also organize a meeting moment where job market candidates and conference participants can meet and greet in an informal way.

Candidates interested in presenting their paper under the EALE job market facility should not submit their paper through the regular submission process but mail it (or at least an extended abstract, as in most cases a paper may not yet be available) until February 1, 2017 to eale-sbe@maastrichtuniversity.nl

This channel is only open for students who intend to be on the job market at the end of 2017. The submission should be accompanied by a recommendation letter of the candidate’s supervisor, who should also confirm that the student will be on the market. Decisions on acceptance will be notified no later than March 1, 2017. Accepted submissions will only be included in the Job Market Sessions if the candidate has been registered for the conference by May 1, 2017. We expect candidates to send us their paper by September 1st 2017.

Job market candidates will be listed as candidates on the EALE job market website and the conference app. We will include the CV’s of the candidates and link to their home pages and/or contact details.


University departments and research departments of academic and non-academic institutions searching for graduate labour economists are requested to inform the EALE secretariat on their vacancies. We will post these vacancies on EALE’s website and inform the participating candidates on these vacancies.

Those who wish to hold interviews with job market candidates during the EALE conference should get in touch with eale-sbe@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Call for Candidates Elections 2017

EALE Elections 2017 for President and the Executive Committee

Nominations Committee Members: Alison Booth, Stephen Machin, Jan van Ours (chairperson).

Candidates are invited to run for the election for President or as member of the Executive Committee of the EALE. The term of office will expire for the current EALE President Christian Dustmann. Besides this seat, five seats for three years each will become vacant for member of the Executive Committee of the EALE. The first term of office has expired for Rafael Lalive, Helena Skyt-Nielsen and Andrea Weber.  The maximum term of office will expire for Andrew Clark and Erik Plug. Candidates should be members of EALE and should indicate in writing that they will accept to serve on the Executive Committee. Candidates should be aware of their duties as described in the guidelines EC-member EALE.

Nominations should be sent to the chairperson of the election committee, Jan van Ours at the address given below. The deadline for receipt of nominations is 31 December 2016.

Jan van Ours e-mail: vanours@gmail.com

Labour Economics
(the official journal of the European Association of Labour Economists)

Update on Labour Economics

Editors: Ghazala Azmat (Sciences Po), Michele Pellizzari (University of Geneva) and Wilbert van der Klaauw (Federal Reserve Bank of New York) have joined the editorial board of Labour Economics. Christopher Flinn has stepped down, while Barbara Petrongolo and Erik Sørensen will step down at the end of the year. They have served the journal well for many years.

From January the editorial board consists of: Ghazala Azmat, Albrecht Glitz, Steven Haider, Michele Pellizzari, Peter Rupert, Oskar Nordström Skans, Wilbert van der Klaauw, Conny Wunsch and Helena Skyt Nielsen (Editor-in-Chief). Editorial Assistant: Anne Brink Nandrup (Aarhus University)

Submission System: Elsevier has introduced a new submission system for Labour Economics in the autumn which has caused some delays. We are now on track again. We aim to give fast feedback to authors. Our goal is to give all authors the first decision within 3 months after submission. If papers are desk rejected, our goal is to inform authors within 3 weeks after submission.

Aims and Scope: Labour Economics is devoted to publishing international research on empirical, theoretical and econometric topics that are of particular interest to labour economists. In particular, Labour Economics gives due recognition to solid empirical work with a strong economic interpretation. From time to time Labour Economics publishes review articles and articles on comparative labour market policies. Special issues and special sections of Labour Economics are available for the publication of collections of high quality topical papers or conference papers

Special issue: In the December issue we published a special issue on Health and the Labour Market. Here is a link to the introduction “Health and the Labour Market – New Developments in the Literature” by Hilary Hoynes, Emilia Simeonova and Marianne Simonsen: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0927537116300707

Helena Skyt Nielsen, Editor in Chief, Labour Economics

 Other Conferences/Call for Papers/Abstracts

  •  Full Professor of Labor Economics Employer: WU Vienna University of Economics and Business Location: Austria Position Type: Professor Deadline: January 15, 2017.


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