Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs

ELS Seminar Series


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The OECD Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Directorate has launched in September 2008 a series of seminars open to both external and internal speakers. It is intended to be an informal forum for discussion of policy-oriented empirical research work among policy-makers, academics and OECD staff. The Seminars Series covers a broad range of topics including labour, social, migration and health issues.

Seminars last for 1 hour and 15 minutes and usually take place in the OECD Conference Centre. Those wishing to attend please send a request to Gwenn Parent, ELS Coordinator at:


Forthcoming seminars


28 May 2015

Marcy Carlson (University of Wisconsin-Madison, United-States)

Title: “Fathers Unequal: U.S. Men as Partners and Parents in an Era of Rapid Family Change”

Location: MB 2122 and Time: 12:00-13:15


June 2015

Guillermo Montt (OECD, ELS)

Title: “The System-level causes and consequences of field-of-study mismatch”

Location: MB 4122  and Time: 12:00-13:15


15 June 2015

Fabio Schiantarelli(Boston College)

Title: “Does it Matter Where You Came From? Ancestry Composition and Economic Performance of U.S. Counties, 1850 - 2010" (with Scott Fulford and Ivan Petkov) 

Location: MB 2122 and Time: 12:00-13:15


22 June 2015

Janine Pitt (Minister Counsellor for Education and Employment, Australia)

Title: “Public employment services in Australia and private providers delivery: policy issues and recent reforms”

Location: CC24 and Time: 12:00-13:15


2 July 2015

Bruno Crepon (CREST, INSEE) et Vera Chiodi (Paris School of Economics, France)

Title: “Cash Transfer for Youth in France: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment”, with R. Aeberhardt (CREST, INSEE), M. Gaini (Dares) and A. Vicard (PSE)

Location: Room E (chateau) and Time: 12:00-13:15


Past Seminars


22 May 2015

Wen-Hao Chen (Statistics Canada, Canada)

Title: “Intergenerational Income Transmission: New Evidence from Canada”


15 April 2015

Philippe Zamora (DARES, Ministère du Travail, France)

Title: "Does providing counselling in apprenticeship programs in France increase participation rate ? ", with Thomas Le Barbanchon (CREST, INSEE) and Roland Rathelot (CREST, INSEE)



20 April 2015

Konstantinos POULIAKAS and Giovanni RUSSO (Department for Skills and Labour Markets, CEDEFOP)

 Title: " The dynamic evolution of skill mismatch at work: Evidence from Cedefop’s European Skills and Job (ESJ) survey "


18 March 2015

 Robert Anderton  (European Central Bank, Germany)

Title: “Comparisons and contrasts of the impact of the crisis on euro area labour markets’”



12 March 2015

Pierre Koning  (Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment and University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Title: Enhancing Disability Insurance incentives in the Netherlands. Assessing the effectiveness of experience rating and opting-out to private insurance”


20 February 2015

Andrea Moro (Vanderbilt University, United-States)

Title: "Do Female Executives Make a Difference? The Impact of Female Leadership on Gender Gaps and Firm Performance”



15 January 2015, jointly with the Paris School of Economics

Søren Leth-Petersen (University of Copenhaguen, Denmark

Title: Housing Collateral, Credit Constraints and Entrepreneurship: Evidence from a mortgage reform in Denmark”



11 December 2014

Ute Bültmann (University of Groningen, Netherlands)

Title: "Work and health from a life-course perspective"



23 October 2014, jointly with the Paris School of Economics

Giacomo Corneo (Free University of Berlin, Germany) 

Title: "Lifetime Earnings Inequality in Germany", with Timm Bönke and Holger Lüthen (Free University of Berlin) 

Paper | Blog post 


9 October 2014

Roland Rathelot, (University of Warwick, UK)

 Title: "The Geography of Job Search and Mismatch Unemployment in the United States", with Iona Marinescu (University of Chicago)


25 September 2014

Olaf van Vliet (Leiden University, Netherlands)

Title: “Early retirement across Europe. Does non-standard employment increase participation of older workers?“with Jim Been (Leiden University, Netherlands)


1 July 2014

Gal Zohar (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)

Title: "The political economy of OECD’s active labour market policy in the past three decades"



26 June 2014

Martin Knapp (London School of Economics, UK)

Title: "Dementia: policy and practice challenges, economic responses"


19 June 2014

Andrew Clark (Paris School of Economics, France and IZA)

Title: "What Predicts a Successful Life? A Life-Course Model of Well-Being", with Francesca Cornaglia (Queen Mary University of London, LSE and IZA), Richard Layard (LSE and IZA), Nattavudh Powdthavee (LSE, University of Melbourne and IZA), James Vernoit (LSE)



12 June 2014

Michael Handel (Northeastern University, USA)

Title: “Technology and the Evolution of Skill Demand: Theory and Evidence” 



27 May 2014

Hippolyte d'Albis (Paris School of Economics, France)

Title: "Inequalities across Ages in an Aging Economy"


15 May 2014

 Michael W. L. Elsby (University of Edinburgh, UK)

 Title: " The Beveridge Curve: A Survey", with Ryan Michaels (University of Rochester) and David Ratner (Federal Reserve Board)



8 April 2014

Thomas Le Barbanchon (CREST-ENSAE, France)

Title: "Do Hiring Credits Work in Recessions? Evidence from France" with Pierre Cahuc (CREST-ENSAE and École Polytechnique) and Stéphane Carcillo (Sciences Po and OECD)



13 March 2014

José I. Garcia Perez (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain)

Title: "Can Fixed-Term Contracts Put Low-Skilled Youth on a Better Career Path? ",with Iona Marinescu (University of Chicago) and Judit Vall Castello (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)


3 March 2014

Per Kongshøj Madsen (Aalborg University, Denmark)

Title: "Reforming Danish ALMP - an assessment from a flexicurity perspective"

Presentation / Paper (Danish Only) 


11 February 2014

Corrado Macchiarelli (LSE, UK)

Title: "Transitions in Labour Market Status in the EU",with Melanie E. Ward-Warmedinger (European Central Bank and IZA)



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