Western University EconomicsWestern Social Science

Final Program

Human Capital, Productivity and the Labour Market
October 17-19, 2003

Conference Schedule

The conference sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 18, 2003 at the Spencer Conference Centre, adjacent to the campus of the University of Western Ontario. There will be a reception at Spencer Conference Centre on the evening of Friday, October 17 to welcome the participants. A conference dinner will take place on the Saturday evening. The conference will continue with two final sessions and a wrap up with invited speakers on the morning of Sunday, October 19, ending with a lunch at 12:45 p.m.

Friday, October 17

6:00 p.m.Reception and welcome at Spencer Conference Centre

Saturday, October 18

8:30 a.m.SESSION I: Human Capital and Labour Market Models
“An Empirical Equilibrium Model of the U.S. Labor Market 1972-2000”
James Heckman (University of Chicago), Lance Lochner (University of Western Ontario), Christopher Taber (Northwestern University)
“Education and Training over the Lifecycle”
Christian Belzil (Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique), Jorgen Hansen (Concordia University)
10:00 a.m.Coffee Break
10:30 a.m.SESSION II: Immigration and Human Capital
“Return Migration of Immigrants”
Abdurrahaman Aydemir (Statistics Canada), Chris Robinson (University of Western Ontario)
 “The Effect of Literacy on Immigrant Earnings”
Ana Ferrer, David Green, Craig Riddell (University of British Columbia)
12:00 p.m.Lunch
1:30 p.m.SESSION III: Human Capital Quality
“The Production and Pricing of Human Capital in Canada and the U.S.”
Audra Bowlus (University of Western Ontario), Haoming Liu (National University of Singapore), Chris Robinson (University of Western Ontario)
 “Immigrant Source Country Education Quality and Canadian Labour Market Outcomes”
Arthur Sweetman (Queen’s University)
3:00 p.m.Coffee Break
3:30 p.m.SESSION IV: Effects of Post-Secondary Education Policy
“Cohort Crowding:  How Resources Affect Collegiate Attainment”
Sarah Turner (University of Virginia), John Bound (University of Michigan)
“Higher Education Policies and Decelerating Wage Inequality:  Cross State Evidence from the 1990s”
Nicole Fortin (University of British Columbia)
5:00 p.m. End of First Day Sessions
7:00 p.m. Conference Dinner at the Spencer Conference Centre

Sunday, October 19

8:30 a.m.SESSION V: Firm-Worker Panels and Human Capital
“Within and Between Firm Changes in Human Capital, Technology and Productivity”
John Abowd (Cornell University), John Haltiwanger (University of Maryland), Julia Lane (The Urban Institute), Kristin Sandusky (U.S. Census Bureau), Kevin McKinney (U.S. Census Bureau)
“Joint Production at the Workplace:  Evidence from Norwegian Establishment Data”
Christopher Ferrall (Queens University), Kjell Salvanes (Norwegian School of Economics), Erik Sorensen (Norwegian School of Economics)
10:00 a.m.Coffee Break
10:30 a.m.SESSION VI: Determinants of Schooling Attainment
“The Impact of Schooling Choice on Learning Outcomes”
Martin Dooley, Abigail Payne (McMaster University)
“Credit Constraints and College Attrition”
Todd Stinebrickner (University of Western Ontario)
12:00 p.m. Wrap up with George Neumann (University of Iowa) and Jeffrey Smith (University of Maryland)
1:45 p.m. End of Conference

Conference Organizers: Chris Robinson (robinson@uwo.ca) and Audra Bowlus (abowlus@uwo.ca)