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IZA/UCPH Workshop: Evaluation of Labor Market Policies: New Data and New Approaches

Organizers: Steffen Altmann (IZA and University of Copenhagen), Thomas Dohmen (University of Bonn and IZA), Bert van Landeghem (University of Sheffield and IZA), Robert Mahlstedt (University of Copenhagen and IZA), Alexander Sebald (University of Copenhagen)
Location:Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen, Gammeltoftsgade 17, Copenhagen, Building No 26, Room 26.2.21
Date:September 12, 2019 - September 13, 2019

Event Manager:

Dominik Spitza (IZA)

The workshop is a joint initiative by the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) in Bonn/Germany and The Center of Behavioral Economics and Labor Market Performance (BELP).


Thursday, September 12:

08:30 - 09:00   Registration
09:00 - 09:30   Welcome by the Organizers

Welcome Address
Morten Fønsskov Greising
(Vice Director of the Danish Agency for Labor Market and Recruitment)
09:30 - 10:00   Richard Dorsett (University of Westminster), Lucy Stokes (National Institute of Economic and Social Research)
  "The Impacts of Pre-apprenticeship Training for Young People"
10:00 - 10:30   Amelie Schiprowski (IZA)
  "The Role of Caseworkers in Unemployment Insurance - Evidence from Unplanned Absences"
10:30 - 11:00   Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:45   Roland Rathelot (University of Warwick), Thomas Le Barbanchon (Bocconi University und IZA), Alexandra Roulet (INSEAD)
  "Gender Differences in Job Search: Trading off Commute against Wage"
11:45 - 12:30   Patrick Arni (University of Bristol and IZA), Rafael Lalive (University of Lausanne and IZA), Pierpaolo Parrotta (IÉSEG School of Management and IZA)
  "Are Weak Ties Strong? How Information on Social Search Affects Job Finding"
12:30 - 13:45   Lunch
13:45 - 14:15   Gesine Stephan (Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Nuremberg and IZA)
  "RCTs in the German Federal Employment Agency"
14:15 - 14:45   Stefano Lombardi (Uppsala University and IZA)
  "Threat Effects of Monitoring and UI Benefit Sanctions: Evidence from two Reforms"
14:45 - 15:15   Giulia Santangelo (European Commission, Joint Research Centre)
  "Evaluation of European Social Funds Interventions: Data, Limitations and Methodological Approaches"
15:15 - 15:45   Coffee Break
15:45 - 16:45   Group Discussion: What's the Agenda?
16:45 - 17:00   Coffee Break
17:00 - 17:30   Cyril Nouveau (French National Employment Agency – Pôle Emploi)
  "Evaluation in Pôle Emploi: Issues and Opportunities"
17:30 - 18:00   Philippe Zamora (Ministry of Labor, France)
  "The 'Plan d’Investissement dans les Compétences' 2018-2022: 15 Billion € to Transform the French Training System for Low-qualified Unemployed People. How to Evaluate this Program?"
18:00 - 18:30   Thomas Gross Havsager (Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment)
  "New Data and Insights in the Field of Labor Market Policy"
19:00       Dinner

Friday, September 13:

09:15 - 09:45   Bart Cockx (Ghent University and IZA), Michael Lechner (University of St. Gallen), Joost Bollens (VDAB)
  "Heterogeneous Effects of the Active Labor Market Policies for Unemployed - A Causal Forest Based Approach"
09:45 - 10:15   Robert Mahlstedt (University of Copenhagen and IZA), Steffen Altmann (IZA and University of Copenhagen), Sofie Cairo (University of Copenhagen), Alexander Sebald (University of Copenhagen)
  "Complexity and the Effectiveness of Public Policies"
10:15 - 10:45   Bert van Landeghem (University of Sheffield and IZA)
  "Do High-Frequency Meetings between the Unemployed and Their Coaches Improve Transition into Work? Evidence from a Large-scale Randomized Field Experiment"
10:45 - 11:00   Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:20   Mike Daly (Department for Work and Pensions, UK)
  "Developing an 'Employment Data Lab' in the Department for Work and Pensions"
11:20 - 11:40   Angelo Valerio (Department for Work and Pensions, UK)
  "Universal Credit In-Work Progression Randomised Control Trial - Impact Assessment"
11:40 - 12:00   Conor O'Loan (Department for Work and Pensions, UK)
  "The Impact of Benefit Sanctions on Unemployment Exit"
12:00 - 13:15   Lunch
13:15 - 14:00   Bas van der Klaauw (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and IZA), Nynke de Groot (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  "A Randomized Experiment on Improving Job Search Skills of Older Unemployed Workers"
14:00 - 14:45   Charles Bellemare (Université Laval and IZA), Marion Goussé (Université Laval ), Guy Lacroix (Université Laval ), Steeve Marchand (University of California, Berkeley)
  "Video CV and Job Search of Persons with and without Disabilities : A Field Experiment"
14:45 - 15:00   Coffee Break
15:00 - 16:00   Group Discussion: Challenges for Evidence-based Labor Market Policy
16:00       Concluding Remarks