Young Labour Economist Prize Winner 2016

The prize of € 500 is available for a single authored paper written by someone who has no PhD or received a PhD no longer than 3 years ago.

Jury: Christian Dustmann, Sandra McNally,  Andrea Weber

Prize awarded to:

Jan Sebastian Nimczik, (University of Mannheim)
Job Mobility Networks and Endogenous Labor Markets

There are a number of reasons why we like that paper. First, it looks at a really important issue in the current literature in Labor, which focusses a lot on local labor markets (such as papers that revisit Blanchard and Katz, agglomeration economies, local LS elasticities, inequality and local price indices, etc.). A problem has always been that we defined these labor markets according to some pre-defined measures, but that is not always appropriate – e.g. in case of AKM estimation. The idea behind the current paper is to use some measure of “connectiveness” based on worker mobility to define local labor markets – which is now possible with admin data that covers full populations. Second the method developed here opens up a new area of research, where endogenously determined local labor markets can be used to better predict responses to local demand and supply shocks – the example given in the paper is trade with China, but I could also think as an extension of migration induced local supply shocks. Third, the paper is very well done, and combines excellent modelling skills with economic intuition. We think this paper could be quite influential.

On behalf of the jury,

Christian Dustmann,
EALE President

Previous Young Labour Economist Prize winners:
2015
Joan Monras  (Sciences Po, Paris)
Economic Shocks and Internal Migration


2014
Alex Armand (University College London, UK)
Who Wears the Trousers in the Family? Intra-Household Resource Control, Subjective Expectations and Human Capital


2013
Susanne Ek
Gaining from Lower Benefits? Unemployment Insurance and Job Quality

2012
Effrosyni Adamopoulou
Peer Effects in Young Adults’ Marital Decisions
2011
Rasmus Landersø
Does incarceration length affect the labor market outcomes of violent offenders?
2010
Emma Tominey
The Timing of Parental income and Child Outcomes: The Role of permanent and Transitory Shocks
2009
Juanna Joensen
Timing and Incentives: Impacts of Student Aid on Academic Achievement
2008
Martin Halla
The Effect of Joint Custody on Marriage and Divorce
2007
Thomas Siedler
Family and politics: Does parental unemployment cause right-wing extremism?