Young Labour Economist Prize Winner 2019

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: Peter Fredriksson, Sandra McNally, Helena Skyt Nielsen and Erik Plug

2019 winner:

Sara Signorelli (Paris School of Economics)

Do skilled migrants compete with native workers? Analysis of a selective immigration policy

Sara has written a clever paper on how a selective immigration policy targeted at selected occupations in France affected the long-run wages and employment prospects of both native and immigrant workers. While the jury recognizes that Sara is (certainly) not the first to work on the impact of immigrants, the jury values her study for three distinctive reasons. Sara dares to ask important questions: she tackles a topic that is hotly debated and highly relevant in almost all OECD countries. Sara applies a transparent and credible identification strategy: her differences-in-differences graphs  are insightful and convincingly show that employment and earnings pre-trends in targeted and non-targeted occupations run parallel. And Sara provides clear conclusions: the new immigrants did not take jobs away from natives and other immigrants; the new immigrants may have depressed the wages of natives and other immigrants (in the short run, not the long run) but only if the financial crisis affected targeted and non-targeted occupations in the same way.

Previous Young Labour Economist Prize winners:

2018
Dylan Glover, (INSEAD Paris)
Job Search and Intermediation under Discrimination: Evidence from Terrorist Attacks in France


2017
Ines Helm, (Stockholm University, Stockholm)
National Industry Trade Shocks,Local Labor Markets and Agglomeration Spillovers


2016
Jan Sebastian Nimczik, (University of Mannheim)
Job Mobility Networks and Endogenous Labor Markets


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?