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UOW to host international Labour Econometrics Workshop

UOW to host international Labour Econometrics Workshop

World leading thinkers tackle the economics of gender and racial bias, social safety net and other key global issues

From 18 to 19 August, the University of Wollongong (UOW) will host the 24th annual Labour Econometrics Workshop, the premier applied microeconomics workshop in Australia and New Zealand.  

The Labour Econometrics Workshop (LEW) is an academic conference hosted by a different university each year, with a strong public policy focus. Along with Oceania-based economists, top academics and public servants from Europe and the US attend and present at the event.

Workshop organiser Alfredo Paloyo, Associate Professor of Economics at UOW, said that the focus will be on sharing and discussing the latest research and findings in the field of labour economics and applied econometrics.

“UOW is proud to host this event, which will bring together some of the world’s leading minds in economics to discuss gender and racial bias, the social safety net, and the use of large-scale administrative data, among other topics.”

“These are issues that go to the heart of how the global economy is faring in the face of the many challenges of the 21st century.”

Confirmed keynote speakers include Professor Hilary Hoynes from the University of California Berkeley, Professor Daniel Millimet of Southern Methodist University, and Professor Andrea Weber from the Central European University.

Hilary Hoynes is a Professor of Economics and Public Policy and holds the Haas Distinguished Chair in Economic Disparities at the University of California Berkeley where she also co-directs the Berkeley Opportunity Lab. Her research focuses on poverty, inequality, food and nutrition programs, and the impacts of government tax and transfer programs on low-income families. She currently serves on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Building an Agenda to Reduce the Number of Children in Poverty by Half in 10 Years.

Daniel Millimet is the Robert H. and Nancy Dedman Trustee Professor in the Department of Economics at Southern Methodist University, a research fellow at IZA Institute of Labour Economics, a member of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group, senior co-editor of Advances in Econometrics, and co-editor of Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. His research focuses on microeconometric methods, with applications spanning primarily labour, environmental, and health economics.

Andrea Weber is an applied labour economist whose current research focuses on the interaction of labour markets with social insurance systems, the dynamics of unemployment, gender differences in the labour market, and the mobility of workers in the European Union. She received her Doctorate at the Vienna University of Technology in 2002. Prior to joining CEU, she was Professor of Labour Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Professor of Economics at the University of Mannheim, and Visiting Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley.

This year, there are two dedicated sessions for PhD students to showcase their research. Associate Professor Paloyo says, “It’s important for graduate students to gain exposure as they enter the job market, and LEW is a welcoming environment with senior researchers and policymakers willing to offer helpful advice.”

LEW 2022 is supported by Survey Design and Analysis Services; The Treasury; the Department of Social Services; the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Productivity Commission, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course, and UOW’s Faculty of Business and Law.

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