EALE Newsletter December 2017, Issue 55

Message from the President

2017 was a very good year for EALE. Our annual conference was held in St.Gallen and hosted by the University of St.Gallen. It was a great success, both intellectually and socially. It was also extremely well organised. I would therefore like to very much thank all those involved in the organisation, in particular the conference local organisers from the Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research, Michael Lechner, Winfried Koeniger, Christine Schönenberger, Conny David and their supporting team. I would also like to thank the EALE secretariat, and the scientific program committee members. They all put in an enormous effort to make the conference an unforgettable experience for all those attended. StiftsbezirkN

We have seen many interesting papers, at a consistently high standard, in both parallel and poster sessions. Particularly, I think EALE has been very successful in creating poster sessions as a serious alternative to traditional parallel sessions. The poster sessions are, by now, extremely well attended and widely appreciated among presenters as well as attendees. We have also been privileged to hear the Frisch-Tinbergen lecture presented by Hilary Hoynes on ‘The Social Safety Net as an Investment’ and the Adam Smith Lecture presented by Josef Zweimüller on ‘Unemployment Insurance and the Labour Market’. These were inspiring lectures. Other highlights of the conference were the invited sessions on ‘Empirical Labour Economics with Large Data’ and ‘The Labour Market for Older Workers’.

EALE is always trying to improve the quality of its annual conference. What was (relatively) new this year is, that we also organised four job market sessions in which job market candidates presented their job market paper. With this initiative we would like to offer job market candidates whose research is in the field of labour economics, a platform for presenting their paper. I particularly liked the special ‘meet & greet job market breakfast’ where the job market candidates had the opportunity to meet with senior labour economists in an informal way. We will continue with this kind of events during our future conferences and hope that new job market candidates will apply for presenting at the next conference.

We further awarded several prizes. The Young Labour Economist prize was awarded to Ines Helm (Stockholm University) for her paper ‘National Industry Trade Shocks, Labor Markets and Agglomeration Spillovers, that she presented at the conference. The Best Poster Award was won by Michael Christl (Agenda Austria) for his poster entitled: ‘Gender Wage Gap and the Role of Skills: Evidence from PIAAC Dataset’.

This was Christian Dustmann’s last conference as President. He served 3 years as President and received an honorary EALE fellow membership to express our gratitude for his enthusiasm and committed support for the smooth running of the association. We also thank our leaving members of the executive committee Andrew Clark, Bart Cockx and Stijn Baert. As a result of the 2017 elections, we welcomed Anna Sanz-de-Galdeano and Arnaud Chevalier as elected member and Rafael Lalive and Helena Skyt Nielsen as re-elected member. Furthermore we welcomed Sylvie Démurger and Marie Claire Villeval as co-opted executive committee member as local organisers of the EALE 2018 annual conference in Lyon.

I am very honoured and happy to be elected as the new President of EALE. I look forward to the next 3 years serving as President of the EALE and especially the conferences in Lyon 2018, Uppsala 2019 and the 5th joint EALE/SOLE Conference in Berlin 2020.

I very much hope to see you all again next year in Lyon.

Erik Plug
President of the European Association of Labour Economists

EALE 30th Annual conference Call for papers

We are pleased to invite all labour economists to submit papers for presentations at the 30th Annual Conference of the European Association of Labour Economists, to be held in Lyon, 13-15 September 2018.

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The conference will take place at the Centre de Congrès de Lyon and is organized by Groupe d’Analyse et de Théorie Economique (GATE).  Keynote speakers will be  Sascha O. Becker (University of Warwick) and Roland G. Fryer (Harvard University).

In addition, there will be invited, parallel and poster sessions. Lastly, the conference will allow for informal research collaborations and some time to enjoy  the vibrant city of Lyon and its rich historical heritage.

Deadline paper submission February 1, 2018

(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/her fellow presenters, the researcher waits for passing colleagues to briefly present his/her 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 according to the list of themes below. 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, 2017. The submission deadline is February 1, 2018 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 2018. Accepted papers will only be included in the final programme if presenting authors have registered by May 1, 2018. 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. The guest editor of this special conference issue is Eric Maurin (Paris School of 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

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 can submit their paper (or at least an extended abstract, as in most cases a paper may not yet be available) through the regular submission process (selecting ‘ job market session’ at the topic list)  The submission deadline is February 1, 2018 at 23:59 Central European time. This channel is only open for students who intend to be on the job market at the end of 2018. 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.  Please send this recommendation letter to eale-sbe@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Decisions on acceptance will be notified no later than March 1, 2018. Accepted submissions will only be included in the Job Market Sessions if the candidate has been registered for the conference by May 1, 2018. We expect candidates to send us their paper by September 1st 2018. 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

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

Update on Labour Economics

Journal statistics: The number of submissions continues to increase. We now receive a total of around 500 regular and special issue submissions every year. The rate of desk rejection is almost 50%, whereas the acceptance rate is 12-13%. We aim to make a first decision within 3 months and we reach this goal for 75-80 % of all submissions.

EALE Conference Issue: After 17 years of publishing the EALE special issue, it has established itself as a popular channel of dissemination. The number of submissions has grown steadily year by year and is now above 80 submissions per issue. The acceptance rate is a bit higher than for regular issues due to the fact that the eligible submissions have already been accepted for the EALE conference.

New editors: We welcome three new editors from January 2018:
Editor-in-chief:  Arthur van Soest, Tilburg University.
Co-editor: Carlos Carrillo-Tudela, University of Essex.
Co-editor: Luca Flabbi , University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
We thank Steven Haider as outgoing co-editor for his great service.
From January 2018, the editorial board consists of:
Ghazala Azmat (Sciences Po), Carlos Carrillo-Tudela (University of Essex), Bernd Fitzenberger (Humboldt University of Berlin), Luca Flabbi (University of North Carolina), Albrecht Glitz (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Michele Pellizzari (University of Geneva), and Peter Rupert (University of California), Oskar Nordström Skans (Uppsala University), Wilbert van der Klaauw (Federal Reserve Bank of New York), Conny Wunsch (University of Basel) and Arthur van Soest (Tilburg University).

Special issue: In the January 2018 issue we publish a special issue on Search and Matching with contributions from among others: Elisa Guglielminetti, Jean Marc Robin, Pieter Gautier, Pietro Garibaldi, Anna Zaharieva, Jason Faberman and Carlos Carrillo-Tudela. Here is a link to the introduction “Search in macroeconomics” by Etienne Wasmer and Peter Rupert: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.labeco.2017.12.001

Call for papers: Special issue on the Economics of Migration
Call for papers: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/labour-economics/call-for-papers
Guest editors are: Francesco Fasani (Queen Mary University London), Joan Llull (UAB, MOVE & Barcelona GSE) And Cristina Tealdi (Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh)
Submission deadline: September 15, 2018

Helena Skyt Nielsen
Editor in Chief, Labour Economics

Other Conferences/Call for papers/abstracts

Here you will find  a selection of conferences, meetings and other events in the field of labour economics collected by the European Association of Labour Economists (EALE). If you wish to put your announcement on the bulletin board please send an e-mail to the EALE secretariat eale-sbe@maastrichtuniversity.nl


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