IZA - Conference Program


1st IZA Workshop: The Economics of Education: Higher Education

Organizers: Ian Walker (Lancaster University and IZA), Arnaud Chevalier (IZA), Ingo E. Isphording (IZA)
Location:Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 5-9, 53113 Bonn, Germany
Date:September 30, 2016 - October 01, 2016

Event Manager:

Dominik Spitza (IZA)


+++ presentation: 30 minutes +++ floor discussion: 10 minutes ++++

Friday, September 30:

08:30 - 09:00   Registration
09:00 - 09:15   Opening Remarks
09:15 - 11:15   Session A: Returns to Higher Education
    Robert G. Valletta (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and IZA)
  "Recent Flattening in the Higher Education Wage Premium: Polarization, Skill Downgrading, or Both?"
    Ricardo Espinoza (University of Maryland), Sergio Urzua (University of Maryland and IZA)
  "The Economic Returns to Higher Education: Funding, Coverage and Quality in Latin America"
11:15 - 11:30   Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:30   Poster Session
    David A. Jaeger (CUNY Graduate Center and IZA), Theodore Joyce (CUNY Graduate Center), Gregory Coleman (Pace Univesity), Dhaval M. Dave (Bentley College and IZA)
  "Do Honors Programs Improve Student Outcomes?"
    Ulf Zölitz (briq and IZA)
  "Majors, Math & Marks - Gender Peer Effects in University"
    Benjamin Elsner (IZA), Ingo E. Isphording (IZA)
  "Rank Bias in the Estimation of Peer Effects"
    Ian Walker (Lancaster University and IZA), Yu Zhu (University of Dundee)
  "Wages, Higher Education Institution, and Major in the UK"
    Miguel Portela (University of Minho and IZA), Hugo Figueiredo (University of Aveiro), Andre Almeida (Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies), Joao Cerejeira (University of Minho), Carla Sa (University of Minho), Pedro N. Teixeira (University of Porto and IZA)
  "Returns to Postgraduate Education in Portugal: Holding on to a Higher Ground?"
    Chris Ryan (University of Melbourne), Buly Cardak (La Trobe University)
  "Evidence on Credit Constraints and University Attendance"
    Pia Pinger (briq and IZA)
  "Why Do Women Expect Less? On the Gender Gap in Student Wage Expectations"
12:30 - 13:30   Lunch
13:30 - 15:30   Session B: Peer Effects and Incentives in Higher Education
    Pierre Mouganie (American University of Beirut), Mark Hoekstra (Texas A&M University and IZA), Yaojing Wang (Texas A&M University)
  "Peer Quality and the Academic Benefits to Attending Better Schools"
    Dinand Webbink (Erasmus University Rotterdam and IZA), Matthijs Oosterveen (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Sacha Kapoor (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  "The Effect of Compulsory Tutorial Groups on Student Performance"
    Ghazala Azmat (Queen Mary, University of London and IZA), Manuel Bagues (Aalto University and IZA), Antonio Cabrales (University College London), Nagore Iriberri (Basque Country University)
  "What You Don't Know...Can't Hurt You? A Field Experiment on Relative Performance Feedback in Higher Education"
15:30 - 16:00   Coffee Break
16:00 - 18:00   Session C: Higher Education and Labor Market Dynamics
    Wiljan Van den Berge (CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis), Arne Brouwers (CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis)
  "A Lost Generation? The Wage, Employment and Demographic Effects of Graduating during a Recession"
    Inna Grinis (London School of Economics)
  "The STEM Requirements of “Non-STEM” Jobs: Evidence from UK Online Vacancy Postings and Implications for Skills & Knowledge Shortages"
    Greta Morando (University of Essex), Emilia Del Bono (ISER, University of Essex and IZA)
  "For Some, Luck Matters More: The Impact of the Great Recession on Early Careers of Graduates from Different Socio-Economic Backgrounds"
19:30       Workshop Dinner

Saturday, October 01:

09:00 - 11:00   Session D: Major Choice in Higher Education
    Ioana E. Marinescu (Harris School, University of Chicago and IZA), Rachel Baker (University of California, Irvine), Eric Bettinger (Stanford University), Brian Jacob (University of Michigan)
  "The Effect of Labor Market Information on Community College Students’ Major Choice"
    Nicola Bianchi (Northwestern University)
  "The Indirect Effects of Educational Expansions: Evidence from a Large Enrollment Increase in STEM Majors"
    Tyler Ransom (Duke University)
  "Selective Migration, Occupational Choice, and the Wage Returns to College Majors"
11:00 - 11:30   Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:30   Keynote
    Stephen Machin (London School of Economics and IZA), Richard Murphy (University of Texas at Austin)
  "Paying Out and Crowding Out? The Globalization of Higher Education"
12:30 - 13:30   Lunch
13:30 - 15:30   Session E: Fees and Loans in Higher Education
    Gill Wyness (University College London), Richard Murphy (University of Texas at Austin)
  "Testing Means-Tested Aid"
    Douglas A. Webber (Temple University and IZA)
  "Risk-Sharing and Student Loan Policy: Consequences for Students and Institutions"
    Stefanie Herber (University of Bamberg)
  "The Role of Information in the Application for Merit-Based Scholarships: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment"
15:30 - 16:00   Coffee Break
16:00 - 18:00   Session F: Access and Effort in Higher Education
    Frauke Peter (DIW Berlin), Vaishali Zambre (DIW Berlin)
  "Intended College Enrollment and Educational Inequality: Do Students Lack Information?"
    Claire Crawford (University of Warwick)
  "Socio-Economic Differences in University Outcomes in the UK: Drop-Out, Degree Completion and Degree Class"
    Loris Vergolini (IRVAPP), Antonio Schizzerotto (University of Trento), Nadir Zanini (Cambridge Assessment)
  "The Role of Financial Aid in Shaping University Participation and Academic Performances: Evidence from a Small-Scale Program"