Western University EconomicsWestern Social Science

Workshop on Labour Markets in China and North America

August 18, 2011

4161 Social Sciences Centre
Department of Economics
University of Western Ontario

Sponsored by
CIBC Centre for Human Capital and Productivity and China Research and Policy Group at Western

Program

9:00-9:30: Welcome and Introduction

Session I: Migration

9:30-10:15 "Measuring the Income-Distance Trade-off for Chinese Rural-Urban Migrants"
Junfu Zhang (with Zhong Zhao), Clark University
10:15-11:00 “The Unexpected Consequence of One-Child Policy”
Elaine Liu (with Meng Xin, Paul Frijters, Sherry Tao), University of Houston
11:00-11:15Break
11:15-12:00 “Repeated Circular Migration: Theory and Evidence”
Kevin Thom, New York University
12:00-1:30Lunch

Session II: Education and Skill Formation

1:30-2:15 “China’s Higher Education Expansion and its Labor Market Consequences”
Chunbing Xing, Beijing Normal University
2:15-3:00 “Human Capital Prices, Productivity and Growth”
Audra Bowlus (with Christopher Robinson), University of Western Ontario
3:00-3:15Break

Session III: Macroeconomics and Labour Market Adjustment

3:15-4:00 “The RMB Real Exchange Rate and Labor Market Adjustment in China”
Gilbert Mao, Chinese Academy of Social Science
4:00-4:45 “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Public Sector Jobs
Saved, Private Sector Jobs Forestalled”

Timothy Conley (with Bill Dupor), University of Western Ontario
5:15-7:30Drinks at Grad Bar
7:15Dinner