Call for Papers


2nd IZA Workshop: The Economics of Education

Organizers: Ingo E. Isphording (IZA), Ian Walker (Lancaster University and IZA)
Location:University Club, Bonn, Germany
Date:September 25 - September 27, 2017

Submission Deadline:May 31, 2017
Notification of Acceptance:June 30, 2017

Event Manager:

Dominik Spitza

About the Workshop

The aim of the workshop is to gather about 30 researchers working on the economics of education, in particular on the theme "Making schools work - better".

Highlight of the workshop is the keynote lecture, which will be delivered by Prof. David N. Figlio (Northwestern University and IZA).

Schools provide a primary source of skill production, and classroom environments are important (even if class size may not be) in shaping individuals’ careers and life outcomes. Thus, educational policy bears an enormous responsibility in ensuring that schooling systems provide effective opportunities for individual educational success. Of course, family background, financial constraints, and further disruptive influences may play a role in outcomes and it may be the case that school policy can address this at source - rather than relying on the tax and welfare system to fix the consequences later in life.

Against this background, the workshop aims to gather researchers to discuss (among others) the following themes:
  • Easing school-to-work transition
  • Evaluation of schooling reforms
  • School financing
  • Technological change in the classroom
  • Field Experiments in primary and secondary education
  • Peer effects in primary and secondary education

The program will consist of 24 individual talks and a poster session for local researchers.


Researchers interested in participating should submit an extended abstract or a full paper by May 31, 2017 using our online application form. Notifications will be send by June 30, 2017.


Those authors who are invited to present their papers are expected to participate in the entire two day workshop. Economy class airfares and up to 3 nights of lodging for presenting authors and discussants will be covered according to the IZA reimbursement guidelines.

Kindly note that tax regulations prohibit IZA from fully reimbursing the travel expenses of participants who combine their trip with other destinations or extend their stay beyond the four-day window surrounding the event.