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4th IZA/Higher School of Economics Workshop: Thirty Years after the Fall of the Iron Curtain: The Contribution of Labor Market Adjustment to Transition and Convergence

Organizers: Hartmut Lehmann (Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) and IZA), Vladimir Gimpelson (HSE University and IZA), Alexander Muravyev (HSE University and IZA)
Location:ONLINE
Date:October 22, 2021 - October 23, 2021

Event Manager:

Viola Hartmann (IZA)

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Program

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+++ presentation: 25 minutes +++ floor discussion: 15 minutes +++




Friday, October 22:

 
09:00 - 09:15   Opening Remarks by the Organizers
 
 
        Session A: Shocks, Mobility and Well-Being: Short-Run and Long-Run Perspectives
  Chair: Hartmut Lehmann (Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) and IZA)
 
09:15 - 09:55   Fanghua Li (University of New South Wales), Chenyang Ji (Renmin University of China)
  "Why the Low-Skilled Workers are Reluctant to Reallocate: Evidence from China during COVID-19"
 
09:55 - 10:35   Martin Guzi (Masaryk University and IZA), Stefan Mikula (Masaryk University)
  "Reforms that Keep You at Home: The Effects of Economic Transition on Migration"
 
10:35 - 11:15   Anna Nicinska (Warsaw University), Joan Costa-Font (LSE and IZA), Melcior Rosello-Roig (University of Perugia)
  "Equal before Luck? Well-Being Consequences of Personal Deprivation in Planned and Free-Market Economies"
 
 
11:15 - 11:30   Break
 
 
        Session B: Lessons from East Germany’s Economic Transition
  Chair: Alexander M. Danzer (Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and IZA)
 
11:30 - 12:10   Max Deter (University of Wuppertal), Martin Lange (ZEW Mannheim)
  "Are the Supporters of Socialism the Losers of Capitalism? Conformism in East Germany and Transition Success"
 
12:10 - 12:50   Irakli Sauer (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg), Regina Riphahn (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and IZA)
  "Earnings Assimilation of Post-Unification East German Migrants in West Germany"
 
12:50 - 13:30   Felix Wellschmied (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and IZA), Rudiger Bachmann (University of Notre Dame), Christian Bayer (University of Bonn and IZA), Heiko Stuber (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)
  "Monopsony Makes Firms Not Only Small but also Unproductive: Why East Germany Has Not Converged"
 
 
13:30 - 14:30   Break
 
 
        Session C: Productivity and Reallocation
  Chair: Piotr Lewandowski (Institute for Structural Research (IBS) and IZA)
 
14:30 - 15:10   Jose Garcia-Louzao (Bank of Lithuania), Linas Tarasonis (Vilnius University)
  "Productivity-Enhancing Reallocation during the Great Recession: Evidence from Lithuania"
 
15:10 - 15:50   Krisztina Orban (NBER)
  "The Inception of Capitalism through the Lens of Firms"
 
15:50 - 16:30   Ilya Voskoboinikov (HSE University), Kirsten Jäger (IU International University of Applied Sciences), Robert Stehrer (Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies)
  "Sectoral Skills Intensity and Global Productivity Slowdown in Europe, Japan, Russia and US"
 
 
16:30 - 16:45   Break
 
 
        Session D: Personal Earnings and Well-Being
  Chair: Francesco Pastore (Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli and IZA)
 
16:45 - 17:25   Xincheng Qiu (University of Pennsylvania), Hanming Fang (University of Pennsylvania and IZA)
  ""Golden Ages": A Tale of Two Labor Markets"
 
17:25 - 18:05   Eugenia Chernina (HSE University), Vladimir Gimpelson (HSE University and IZA)
  "Do Wages Grow over Experience? Deciphering the Russian Puzzle"
 
 
18:05 - 18:45   Alexander M. Danzer (Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and IZA)
  "Skill Biased Labor Demand and the Wage Growth of Younger Workers: Evidence from an Unexpected Pension Reform"
 
 

Saturday, October 23:

 
        Session E: The COVID Pandemic and the Labor Market
  Chair: Vladimir Gimpelson (HSE University and IZA)
 
09:00 - 09:40   Francesco Pastore (Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli and IZA), Allan Webster (University of Bournemouth), Sangeeta Khorana (University of Bournemouth)
  "The Effects of COVID-19 on Employment, Labor Markets and Gender Equality in Central America"
 
09:40 - 10:20   Piotr Lewandowski (Institute for Structural Research (IBS) and IZA)
  "Who’s Protected by Lockdown: Occupational Exposure to Contagion during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Poland"
 
10:20 - 11:00   Sergey Kapelyuk (Siberian University of Consumer Cooperation), Elena Lishchuk (Siberian University of Consumer Cooperation)
  "Impact of COVID-19 on Skill Requirements and Skill Returns: Evidence from Job Websites"
 
 
11:00 - 11:15   Break
 
 
        Session F: Government Policies and the Labor Market
  Chair: Hartmut Lehmann (Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) and IZA)
 
11:15 - 11:55   Ewa Galecka-Burdziak (Warsaw School of Economics), Marek Góra (Warsaw School of Economics), Jonas Jessen (DIW Berlin), Robin Jessen (RWI Essen), Jochen Kluve (KfW Development Bank and IZA)
  "The Effects of Shortening Potential Benefit Duration: Evidence from Regional Cut-Offs and a Policy Reform"
 
11:55 - 12:35   Nicolas Gavoille (Stockholm School of Economics, Riga), Anna Zasova (Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies)
  "What We Pay in the Shadow: Labor Tax Evasion, Minimum Wage Hike and Employment"
 
12:35 - 13:15   Anna Zasova (Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies), Vitalijs Jascisens (HSE University)
  "Million Dollar Baby: Should Parental Benefits Depend on Wages when the Payroll Tax Evasion is Present?"
 
 
13:15 - 15:00   Break
 
 
        Session G: Russia’s Transition Experience
  Chair: Alexander Muravyev (HSE University and IZA)
 
15:00 - 15:40   Alina Malkova (University of Missouri), Klara Peter (UNC Chape Hill and IZA), Jan Svejnar (Columbia University and IZA)
  "Labor Informality and Credit Market Accessibility"
 
15:40 - 16:20   Aleksey Oshchepkov (HSE University), Vladimir Gimpelson (HSE University and IZA), Rostislav Kapelyushnikov (HSE University)
  "Why Do Wages Rise with Job Seniority in Post-Socialist Countries: New Evidence from Russia"
 
16:20 - 17:00   Arina Rodina (HSE University)
  "Towards a Better Life? Assessing Some Initial Effects of Russian Pension Reform"
 
 
17:00 - 17:15   Concluding Remarks