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

 17 May 2017

Andrea Ichino (European University Institute, Italy)

Title: "Unintended consequences of nominal wage equality across regions", joint with T. Boeri and E. Moretti

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


2 June 2017

Bruce Bradbury (University of New South Wales, Australia)

Title: "Labour income, social transfers and child poverty", joint with M. Jäntti and L. Lindahl

Location: MB6122 and Time: 12:00-13:15

Past Seminars

29 March 2017

Joint COPE, ELS and ECO Brown Bag Seminar

Fatih Guvenen (University of Minnesota, FRB Minneapolis, and NBER, United States)

Title: “Income Inequality and Income Risk: Old Myths vs. New Facts



15 March 2017 – March on Gender

Frances Rosenbluth (Yale University, United States)

Title: “Sex, Markets, and Power: Why Time is Money, and What to Do About It”

Event Moderated by Ambassador José Ignacio Wert of Spain.

Discussant: Hélène Périvier, Economist at Sciences Po



24 February 2017

Olli Kangas (Kela, Finland)

Title: How to evaluate the basic income? The Finnish experiment”



1 February 2017

Josef Zweimüller (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Title: "Creative Destruction and Job Mobility: Flexicurity in the Land of Schumpeter" joint with A. Kettemann and F. Kramarz



30 November 2016

Thomas Breda (Paris School of Economics, France)

Title: "Democracy at Work: a Study of the 2008 French Union Representativeness Reform", joint with Ph. Askenazy (PSE)



17 November 2016

Peter Whiteford (Australian National University, Australia)

Title: "Assessing Developments and Prospects in the Australian Welfare State"



4 October 2016

Ariell Reshef (Paris I and Paris School of Economics, France)

Title: "The March of the Techies: Technology, Trade and Job Polarization in France, 1994-2007", joint with J. Harrigan and F. Toubal



12 September 2016

Werner Eichhorst (IZA, Germany) and Verena Tobsch (INES, Germany)

Title: “How big is the Gig? Preliminary evidence from Germany and Europe



1 September 2016

Elia De la Cruz Toledo (Columbia University, United States)

Title: “Universal preschool and Mothers' Employment in Mexico



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