EALE Newsletter, December 2019, Issue 59

Message from the President

The conference in Uppsala was the 31st conference of EALE. I think the conference was a great success, both intellectually and socially, as well as being very well organised. The 2019 EALE Conference was hosted at the department of Economics of Uppsala University and organised by IFAU (The Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy). I very much like to thank all those involved in the organisation, in particular the conference local organisers from IFAU, Olof Åslund, Per-Anders Edin, Oskar Nordström Skans and their supporting team. Furthermore, I would like to thank 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 different types of 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 Adam Smith Lecture presented by Barbara Petrongolo on ‘Gender in Local Labor Markets’ and the Frisch-Tinbergen lecture presented by Philipp Kircher on ‘Online Job Search – New Avenues for (Experimental) research. Other highlights of the conference were the invited sessions on ‘Economics of Crime’, ‘Technology and the Labour Market’ and ‘Immigration and Society – Past and Present’.

For the first time this year, we have added another type of session to our conference program: Flash talks. In this session type several short presentations were given followed by short discussions. We received a lot of positive feedback about these sessions and we will evaluate this experience for continuation in our future conferences.

Our job market activities are becoming more popular over the years. Job market candidates presented their job market papers in five job market sessions. With this initiative, we would like to offer job market candidates working in the field of labour economics a platform for presenting their job market paper. During a special ‘meet & greet job market breakfast’, these candidates further had the opportunity to meet with senior labour economists in an informal way. We will continue with this event during our regular annual conference in 2021. Since the next conference is a joint conference that takes place already in June, we will skip the conference job market for one year.

The Young Labour Economist prize was awarded to Sara Signorelli (Paris School of Economics) for her paper ‘Do skilled migrants compete with native workers? Analysis of a selective immigration policy’. The Best Poster Award was won by Stefanie Schurer (University of Sydney), Mary-Alice Doyle and Sven Silburn for their poster ‘Does welfare quarantining lead to better birth outcomes in Aboriginal communities? Evidence on the unintended consequences of Australia’s major welfare reform’.

We also thank our leaving members of the executive committee Peter Fredriksson, Sylvie Démurger, Núria Rodríguez Planas and Marie Claire Villeval. As a result of the 2019 elections, we welcomed Kristiina Huttunen and Francesco Fasani as elected member and Michèle Belot as re-elected member. Furthermore, we welcomed Bernd Fitzenberger and Alexandra Spitz-Oener as co-opted executive committee member as local organisers of the EALE/SOLE/AASLE 2020 annual conference in Berlin.

This conference could not have been successful without the financial support of the following sponsors: Uppsala Center for Labor Studies (UCLS), Elsevier, Frisch Centre, De Nederlandsche Bank, the Italian Bank and the German Bundesagentur für Arbeit. We are grateful to these bodies for their generous contribution.

Next year we will hold our 5th joint conference with SOLE and AASLE Berlin, Germany. The event will take place during 25-27 June 2020 in Berlin. I very much look forward to seeing you all at this conference in Berlin.

Erik Plug EALE President


Join us in Berlin for the 5th International conference of EALE, SOLE and AASLE.

Keynote speakers:
Michael Keane, University of New South Wales
Jessica Pan, National University of Singapore
Erik Plug, University of Amsterdam
Petra Todd, University of Pennsylvania

In addition, there will be invited, parallel and poster sessions and flash talk presentations.

The conference will take place at hotel Titanic, the hotel Berlin Mitte and the headquarter of the German Leibnitz Association, all located next to each other and in the former East Berlin.

The paper submission deadline for this conference has expired on December 1, 2019!

Labour Economics

Journal statistics: The number of submissions continues to increase. We now receive around 560 regular and special issue submissions per year. The rate of desk rejections is almost 50%, whereas the acceptance rate is between 12 and 13%. We aim to make a first decision within 3 months and we reach this goal for 75-80 % of all submissions. The impact factor has slightly risen over the past few years, to 1.327 in 2018.

Special issues:

  • EALE Conference Issue: After 18 years of publishing the EALE special issue, it has established itself as a popular channel of dissemination. The acceptance rate is a bit higher than for regular issues because the eligible submissions were already accepted for the EALE conference. The 2019 EALE special conference issue will be edited by Marco Caliendo (University of Potsdam).
  • AASLE Conference Issue: Besides the EALE conference issue, we will also intend to publish a special conference issue of The Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics (AASLE) that will be held in Singapore in December 2019.
  • Special Issue:  Labour Economics on “Technology and the Labour Market” Guest editors: Georg Graetz (Uppsala University), Pascual Restrepo (Boston University) Oskar Nordström Skans (Uppsala University).
  • Special Issue: Labour Economics on “Firms, Vacancies and Recruitment” Guest editors: Carlos Carrillo-Tudela (University of Essex), Leo Kaas (Goethe University Frankfurt).
    Submission deadline: March 1, 2020
  • Special Issue: The Economics of Migration
    Guest editors: Francesco Fasani (Queen Mary University London), Joan Llull (UAB, MOVE & Barcelona GSE), Cristina Tealdi (Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh)
    We expect this virtual special issue to be finalized this year.

Editorial board: We thank Ghazala Azmat  as outgoing co-editor for her great service and welcome one new editor: Thomas Dohmen (University of Bonn).
The editorial board currently (May 2019) consists of: Manuela Angelucci (University of Texas at Austin),  Carlos Carrillo-Tudela (University of Essex), Thomas Dohmen (University of Bonn),  Bernd Fitzenberger (Humboldt University of Berlin), Luca Flabbi (University of North Carolina), Albrecht Glitz (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Michele Pellizzari (University of Geneva), Peter Rupert (University of California), Wilbert van der Klaauw (Federal Reserve Bank of New York), Conny Wunsch (University of Basel) and Arthur van Soest (Tilburg University).

Arthur van Soest,
Editor in Chief

Other Conferences/Call for papers or 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 at eale-sbe@maastrichtuniversity.nl

18th “Brucchi Luchino” Labor Economics Workshop
3rd conference Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economists (AASLE)
12th  Ph.D. Workshop  “Perspectives on (Un-)Employment”
International Conference on “The German Labor Market in a Globalized World: Trade, Technology, and Demographics”
  •  Date: 23-24 March, 2020
  • Submission deadline: 20 December, 2019
  • Location: ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research, Mannheim, Germany
  • Contact: dfg1764@zew.de
  • More information: https://www.zew.de/VA3003-1
12th Workshop on Labour Economics


Executive committee 2019

President: Erik Plug, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Secretary: Andries de Grip, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Treasurer: Michèle Belot,  European University Institute, Florence, Italy


  • Wiji Arulampalam, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
  • Marco Caliendo, Potsdam University, Potsdam, Germany
  • Arnaud Chevalier, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, UK,
  • Sylvie Démurger, GATE/CNRS, Ecully, France
  • Per-Anders Edin, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Francesco Fasani, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK
  • Bernd Fitzenberger, Humboldt University of Berlin,  Berlin, Germany
  • Peter Fredriksson, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Anne Gielen, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Kristiina Huttunen, Aalto University School of Economics/VATT Institute for Economic Research, Helsinki, Finland
  • Rafael Lalive, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Sandra McNally, University of Surrey, Surrey, UK
  • Oskar Nordström Skans, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Helena Skyt Nielsen, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
  • Núria Rodríguez-Planas, City University of New York, Queens College, New York, US
  • Anna Sanz-de-Galdeano, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain
  • Alexandra Spitz-Oener, Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • Arthur van Soest, Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands
  • Marie Claire Villeval, GATE/CNRS, Ecully, France
  • Andrea Weber, European Central University, Budapest, Hungary

Contribute to the Newsletter

The EALE Newsletter provides information on the association’s activities, within the association’s framework. All members are kindly invited to use the EALE Newsletter to make announcements of events in the field of labour economics. Please send all contributions to the EALE secretariat. Deadline for copy for issue No. 60 is 1 April 2020.

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