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:


Forthcoming seminars

 26 February 2016

David Figlio (Northwestern, USA)

Title: "Culture and the intergenerational transmission of human capital"

Location: CC20 and Time: 12:00-13:15

15 March 2016

Philip Oreopoulos (U. Toronto, Canada)

Title: TBC

Location: CC16 and Time: 12:30-13:45 (note unusual time)


22 March 2016

Joint with ECO Brownbag Seminar

Peter Gal (OECD)and Alexander Hijzen (IMF, OECD and IZA)

Title: The short-term effects of product market deregulation: A cross-country firm-level analysis”

Location: CC20 and Time: 12:00-13:15 

8 April 2016

Anders Björklund (Stockholm University, Sweden)

Title: "How robust is the Great Gatsby curve? An assessment and update of intergenerational mobility estimates for OECD countries"

Location: MB2122 and Time: 12:00-13:15

Past Seminars

2 February 2016

Burt Barnow (George Washington University, USA)

Title: Employment and Training Programs



15 December 2015

Tim Butcher (Low Pay Commission, United Kingdom)

Title: “The new UK Living Wage and the Low Pay Commission”



8 December 2015

Suresh Naidu (Columbia University, United States)

Title: Collective Action and Political Engagement in Unionized Firms


19 November 2015

Pedro S. Martins (Queen Mary University, United Kingdom)

Title: "Working to get fired? Regression discontinuity effects of unemployment benefit eligibility on prior employment duration"



3 November 2015

Jochen Kluve (Humboldt University)

Title: "What Works? A Meta Analysis of Recent Active Labor Market Program Evaluations (joint with D. Card and A. Weber)"



5 October 2015

2nd IZA World of Labor/OECD Seminar

Protection to Workers vs Protection to Jobs: The Political Economy of Reforms  

Full program


5-6 October 2015

IZA/OECD Employment Seminar

Labour Market Reforms – Assessing Their Impact in the Short-run Versus the Long-run

More information and program


22 September 2015

Marie-Anne Valfort (Paris School of Economics and Paris 1, France) 

Title: Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia on the labour market: evidence from acorrespondence test in France"



8 September 2015

Vera Chiodi (Paris School of Economics, France) and Augustin Vicard (Paris School of Economics, France)

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



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”



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) 



June 2015

Guillermo Montt (OECD, ELS) 

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



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”



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’”



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