Public Economics Department Events

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May 16, 2012
Seminar

Stealing to Survive: Crime and Income Shocks in 19th Century France
Leibniz Seminar für Arbeitsmarktforschung (BeNA)

Speaker: Roberto Galbiati (CNRS Paris)
Location: Freie Universität Berlin
Raum 202 (Kaminzimmer)
Boltzmannstr. 20
14195 Berlin
Time: 6.30 - 8.00 pm

Abstract: Using department level administrative data from 1826 to 1936 we document the evolution of crime rates in 19th century France and we estimate the impact of a negative income shock on crime. Our identification strategy exploits the phylloxera crisis. Between 1863 and 1890, phylloxera destroyed about 40% of French vineyards. Using the departmental variation in the timing of this shock we ...

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May 9, 2012
Cluster-Seminar Public Finances and Living Conditions

The Generalized Roy Model and The Cost-Benefit Analysis of Social Programs

Speaker: Philipp Eisenhauer (ZEW Mannheim)
Location: Eleanor-Dulles-Raum
DIW Berlin im Quartier 110
Room 5.2.010
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin
Time: 16:30-17:30

The standard analysis of treatment eff ects only considers the gross benefi t of treatment and does not consider the cost as perceived by the agents or the surplus arising from participation in programs (the private subjective evaluation of the program). This paper extends the analysis of Heckman and Vytlacil (1999, 2005) to identify parameters measuring the costs and net gains of arising from ...

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May 9, 2012
Seminar

The effect of unemployment on the mental health of spouses - Evidence from plant closures in Germany
Leibniz Seminar für Arbeitsmarktforschung (BeNA)

Speaker: Jan Marcus
Location: Humboldt Universität Berlin
Room 125
Spandauer Str. 1
10178 Berlin
Time: 6.30-8.00 pm

Abstract:Previous studies on the health effects of unemployment neglect spillover effects on spouses. This study estimates the effect of one spouse's unemployment on the mental health of the other spouse. In order to give the estimates a causal interpretation, this study focuses on an exogenous entry into unemployment (plant closure), and combines matching based on entropy balancing and difference ...

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May 2, 2012
Seminar

Quality Upgrading and Price Heterogeneity: Evidence from Brazilian Exporters
Leibniz Seminar für Arbeitsmarktforschung (BeNA)

Speaker: Lisandra Flach, University of Mannheim
Location: Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin
Raum B002/3
Reichpietschufer 50
10785 Berlin

Abstract:This paper studies the relation between quality upgrading and pricing across firms and destination countries. The paper builds a model based on heterogeneous firms that set quality and prices to heterogeneous consumers. To test the predictions of this model, the paper uses a uniquely rich data that combines producer quality information and exporter prices by firm and destination country. ...

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April 18, 2012
Seminar

Flexibilisation without Hesitation? Temporary Contracts and Workers' Satisfaction
Leibniz Seminar für Arbeitsmarktforschung (BeNA)

Speaker: Clemens Hetschko (FU Berlin)
Location: Berliner Büro des RWI
Hessische Straße 10
10115 Berlin
Time: 6.30 - 8.00 pm

Abstract: Labour market flexibilisation has long been considered a key policy tool for increasing employment. However, sceptics argue that workers suffer from labour market flexibilisation. While empirically investigating the psychological costs of temporary contracts, we question this argument for one flexibilisation instrument. We test whether temporary contracts are associated with different ...

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April 11, 2012
Cluster-Seminar Public Finances and Living Conditions

Labor supply of mothers with young children: Validating a structural model using a natural experiment

Speaker: Katharina Wrohlich
Location: Eleanor-Dulles-Raum
DIW Berlin im Quartier 110
Room 5.2.010
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin
Time: 12:00-13:00

In this paper we estimate an intertemporal structural model of labor supply for mothers with young children. In order to validate the structural model, we make use of a recently introduced parental leave reform in Germany. We compare the behavioral predictions of the structural model under the reform (out-of-sample fit) to results based on an evaluation of the parental leave reform as a natural ...

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April 3, 2012
Cluster-Seminar Public Finances and Living Conditions

Effects of changes in student composition on teacher mobility. Evidence from the admission reform

Speaker: Krzysztof Karbownik (Uppsala University)
Location: Eleanor-Dulles-Raum
DIW Berlin im Quartier 110
Room 5.2.010
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin
Time: 12:30-13:30

This paper examines teacher job mobility using matcher employee-employer panel data from Stockholm municipality upper secondary schools. I utilize the exogenous change in upper secondary school admission which led to the sharp reshuffling of students within the municipality. This quasi experimental set up provides a unique opportunity to investigate the relationship between changes in student ...

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February 29, 2012
Cluster-Seminar Public Finances and Living Conditions

Risks and Returns to Educational Fields - A financial asset approach to vocational and academic education

Speaker: Johanna Storck

Applying a financial assets approach, we investigate the risks and returns to investments into different types of human capital. Even so the returns from investing in human capital have expensively been studied, little is known about the properties of the return to different types of human capital. Using information from the German Micro Census, we estimate the risk and returns to around 70 fields ...

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January 18, 2012
Cluster-Seminar Public Finances and Living Conditions

The Dynamics of Earnings in Germany: Evidence from Social Security Records

Speaker: Holger Lüthen
Location: Eleanor-Dulles-Raum
DIW Berlin im Quartier 110
Room 5.2.010
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin
Time: 12:30-13:30

We examine patterns of earnings volatility for male employees who are subject to statutory social security contributions in West Germany over the period 1986 - 2005. For this purpose, we analyse individual records covering highly reliable earnings biographies provided by the German Social Security Administration. We decompose earnings into permanent and transitory components and estimate ...

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November 23, 2011
Cluster-Seminar Public Finances and Living Conditions

When can we trust population thresholds in regression discontinuity designs

Speaker: Florian Ade, Ronny Freier
Location: Eleanor-Dulles-Raum
DIW Berlin im Quartier 110
Room 5.2.010
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin
Time: 12:30 - 13:30

A recent literature uses variation just around legislative population thresholds to identify causal effects of institutional changes. We review the use of regression discontinuity designs using such thresholds. Our concern is threefold: (1) simultaneous exogenous (co-)treatment, (2) simultaneous endogenous choices and (3) manipulation and precise control over population measures. Revisiting the ...

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