EALE Newsletter, December 2018, Issue 57

Message from the President

The conference in Lyon was the 30th conference of EALE. I think the conference was a great success, both intellectually and socially, as well as being very well organised. The 2018 EALE Conference was hosted at the Lyon Convention Centre and organised by GATE (Group d’Analyse et de Théorie Economique). I very much like to thank all those involved in the organisation, in particular the conference local organisers from GATE, Sylvie Démurger, Florence Goffette-Nagot, Sonia Paty, Marie Claire Villeval 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 parallel and poster 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 Sascha Becker on ‘Forced Migration and Human Capital’ and the Frisch-Tinbergen lecture presented by Roland Fryer on ‘When Black Lives Matter: The Racial Differences in Police Use of Force’. Other highlights of the conference were the invited sessions on ‘Field Experiments on Labour Markets’, ‘Gender Identity’ and ‘The integration of Migrants: a challenge for Europe.

This year we also organised three job market sessions in which job market candidates presented their job market paper. 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 kind of events during our future conferences and hope that new job market candidates will apply for presenting at the next conference.

The Young Labour Economist prize was awarded to Dylan Glover, (INSEAD, France) for his paper ‘Job search and intermediation under discrimination: Evidence from terrorist attacks in France’. The Best Poster Award was won by Melanie Arntz (ZEW Mannheim), Sabrina Genz (IAB Nuremberg), Terry Gregory (ZEW Mannheim), Markus Janser (IAB Nuremberg), Florian Lehmer (IAB Nuremberg), Britta Matthes (IAB Nuremberg), Ulrich Zierahn (ZEW Mannheim) for their poster ‘Technology and jobs in the fourth industrial revolution-firm-level evidence’.

We also thank our leaving members of the executive committee Emilia Del Bono, Winfried Koeniger and Michael Lechner. As a result of the 2018 elections, we welcomed Anne Gielen as elected member and Wiji Arulampalam, Marco Caliendo, and Sandra McNally as re-elected member. Furthermore, we welcomed Per-Anders Edin and Oskar Nordström Skans as co-opted executive committee member as local organisers of the EALE 2019 annual conference in Uppsala.

This conference could not have been successful without the financial support of the following sponsors: ADRES, France Stratégie, Pôle Emploi, La Métropole de Lyon, ENS de Lyon, CNRS, Université Jean Monnet, Université Lumière Lyon 2, Elsevier, ILO, 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 31st annual conference in Uppsala, Sweden. The event will take place during 19-21 September 2019 at the University of Uppsala. The submission site is already open for submitting your paper to this conference. The submission deadline is February 1, 2019.

I very much look forward to seeing you all at the 2019 conference in Uppsala.

Erik Plug
EALE President

EALE 31st Annual Conference Call for papers

We are pleased to invite all labour economists to submit papers for presentations at the 31st Annual Conference of the European Association of Labour Economists, to be held in Uppsala, 19-21 September, 2019.

The conference will take place in the University town of Uppsala, Sweden, organized by the Uppsala Center of Labor Studies (UCLS) in cooperation with the Department of Economics at Uppsala University and the Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy (IFAU).

stadsmiljo_2_klein_txtKeynote speakers will be  Barbara Petrongolo, Queen Mary University and Philipp Kircher, European University Institute and University of Edinburgh.

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


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 on November 1, 2018. The submission deadline is February 1, 2019 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.
  • 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  March 1, 2019.
  • Accepted papers will only be included in the final programme if presenting authors have registered by May 1, 2019.
  • Each participant may present at most one paper but may be a co-author of more than one paper in the programme.

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

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, 2019 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 2019. 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, 2019. Accepted submissions will only be included in the Job Market Sessions if the candidate has been registered for the conference by May 1, 2019. We expect candidates to send us their paper by September 1, 2019. 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

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 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 due to the fact that the eligible submissions have already been accepted for the EALE conference. The 2018 EALE conference issue is edited by Eric Maurin, Paris School of Economics.

New Special Issue:  Child Development: The roles of Public Policies and the Family,
edited by Marianne Simonsen, Mari Rege

Editorial board:
Editor-in-chief:  Arthur van Soest, (Tilburg University)
Co-editors:  Ghazala Azmat (Sciences Po), Carlos Carrillo-Tudela (University of Essex), Bernd Fitzenberger (Humboldt University  Berlin), Luca Flabbi (University of North Carolina), Albrecht Glitz (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Michele Pellizzari (University of Geneva), Peter Rupert (University of California Santa Barbara), Oskar Nordström Skans (Uppsala University), Wilbert van der Klaauw (Federal Reserve Bank of New York), Conny Wunsch (University of Basel).
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

Executive committee 2018

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
  • Peter Fredriksson, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Anne Gielen, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 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
  • 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. 58 is 1 April 2019.

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