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FRDB Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti

Measurement of Labor Market Institutions

fRDB - IZA Joint Workshop

4 July 2007


The workshop is jointly organized by IZA and Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti. In particular, the organisers are:

  • Tito Boeri (Università Bocconi and IZA)

  • Pierre Cahuc (Ecole Polytechnique, Paris and IZA)

  • Werner Eichhorst (IZA)

  • Winfried Koeniger (University of St. Gallen and IZA)

This workshop is about new research on the measurement of labor market institutions and their effect on the labor market. The 1-day workshop will consist of the presentation of 8 research papers giving important methodological insights on how to construct new indicators or to use existing indicators on labor market institutions. A final discussion on the construction of new indicators will follow.

The workshop will take place in Bonn on July 4, 2007. For further information about the event, please visit this link.


Session 1: Labor market institutions and economic performance

09:00 - 09:40
Donatella Gatti (University of Paris 3 and IZA), Bruno Amable (University Paris 1). Lilas Demmou (CEPREMAP)
"Employment performance and institutions: new answers to an old question"

09:40 - 10:20
Andrea Bassanini (OECD)
"Assessing the impact of labour market policies on productivity: A difference-in-difference approach"

10:20 - 11:00
Giuseppe Fiori (Boston College), Giuseppe Nicoletti (OECD), Stefano Scarpetta (OECD), Fabio Schiantarelli (Boston College)
"Employment Outcomes and the Interaction Between product and Labor Market Deregulation: Are They Substitutes or Complements?"

11:00 - 11:20 Coffee Break

Session 2: Unemployment insurance and non-employment benefits

11:20 - 12:00
Wayne Vroman (Urban Institute)
"Replacement Rates and UC Benefit Generosity"

12:00 - 12:40
Christian Zimmermann (University of Connecticut and IZA), Stephane Pallage (Universite du Quebec a Montreal) and Lyle Scruggs (University of Connecticut)
"Measuring Unemployment Insurance Generosity"

12:40 - 13:40 Lunch

13:40 - 14:20
Stéphane Carcillo (University of Paris 1 and IZA), David Grubb (OECD)
"From Inactivity to Work: The Role of Active Labour Market Policies"

Session 3: Measurement of unions and labor market reforms

14:20 - 15:00
Jelle Visser (University of Amsterdam)
"Social reform pacts, wage bargaining and union bargaining horizons in OECD countries - an attempt at measurement"

15:00 - 15:40
Alfonso Arpaia (European Commission)
"Tracking labour market reforms in the European Union using the LABREF database"

15:40 - 16:10 Coffee Break

Session 4: Outlook

16:10 - 16:50
Werner Eichhorst (IZA)
"What have we learned? Assessing labor market institutions and indicators"

16:50 - 17:10
Panel discussion: Tito Boeri, Pierre Cahuc and Werner Eichhorst

18:00 Excursion & Dinner