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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.

These seminars are internal events for OECD staff. For further information, please contact: [email protected].

Forthcoming seminars   

10 June 2024 12:30-13:45

Christian Merkl (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität)

Title: “Incomplete Insurance and Open-Economy Spillovers of Labor Market Reforms

Hybrid seminar (MB2022 and online)


20 June 2024 12:30-13:45

Joana Silva (World Bank and Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics)

Title: “Adjusting to Transitory Shocks: Worker Impact, Firm Channels, and (Lack of) Income Support

Hybrid Seminar (MB2022 and online)


27 June 2024 12:15-13:30

Alessandro Zona Mattioli (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Title : “Non-Compete Agreements, Tacit Knowledge and Market Imperfections

Hybrid Seminar (MB6122 & Online)


28 June 2024 16:00-17:15

Peter Whiteford (The Australian National University)

Title: “Designing income-tested benefits in the context of changing patterns of work”

Hybrid Seminar (MB4122 & Online) 


Past Seminars

02 May 2024

Marina Mendes Taveres (IMF)

Title: “Gen-AI: Artificial Intelligence and Future of Work”


20th March 2024

Christos Makridis (Stanford University) (joint with Louis Hickman)

Title “Earnings Are Greater and Increasing in Occupations That Require Intellectual Tenacity”


12 March 2024

Avi Goldfarb (University of Toronto) joint with Ajay Agrawal and Joshua Gans

Title: “The Turing Trasnformation: Artificial Intelligence, Intelligence Augmentation, and Skill Premiums” 


27 February 2024

Clément Joubert (World Bank)

Title : Pension design with Incomplete Participation in Chile


23 January 2024

Tania Babina (Columbia University) joint with Anastassia FedykAlex X. He and James Hodson

Title : “Firm Investments in Artificial Intelligence Technologies and Changes in Workforce Composition”


07 December 2023

Jaime Arellano Bover (Yale University) joint with Shmuel San

Title: “The Role of Firms in the Careers of Workers and the Assimilation of Migrants


09 November 2023

Christina and David Romer (Berkeley University)

Title: “A Social Insurance Perspective on Pandemic Fiscal Policy: Implications for Unemployment Insurance and Hazard Pay


23 October 2023

Brian Kovak (Carnegie Mellon University) joint with Adam Leive and Benjamin Hyman

Title: “Wage Insurance for Displaced Workers” 


05 October 2023

Johannes Stroebel (NYU) joint with Michael BaileyDrew M. JohnstonMartin KoenenTheresa Kuchler and Dominic Russel

Title : “The Social Integration of International Migrants: Evidence from the Networks of Syrians in Germany


21 Sept 2023

Prof Rebecca Diamond joint with E. Moretti (Stanford University)

Title: Where is Standard of Living the Highest? Local Prices and the Geography of Consumption


22 May 2023

Peter Ganong (University of Chicago) and Jonathan Cohen (MIT)

Title: “Adequate insurance and work incentives: is a trade-off inevitable?”


13 June 2023

Yagan Hazard joint with D. Mayaux and T. Zuber (Paris School of Economics)

Title: “Measuring occupational distances and the aggregate potential of training policies for labor force reallocation


13 April 2023

Morgan Frank (University of Pittsburgh)

Title : “Skill complexity and the Future of Work



26 January 2023

Alfonso Arpaia, Anita Halasz  and Edouard Turkisch joint with Nicholas Bloom and Steven J. Davis

(Labour Market and Wages Unit, Eurofound)

Title: "Labour Market and Wage Developments in Europe in 2022"


9 February 2023

Andrès Fuentes Hutfilter and Valentina Ventricelli (OECD/CFE)

Title: “Regional industrial transitions to climate neutrality: Vulnerable regions, firms and workers”


23 March 2023

Anna Salomons (Utrecht University) joint with David AutorCaroline Chin, and Bryan Seegmiller

Title: "New Frontiers: The Origins and Content of New Work, 1940–2018" 


8th December 2022, 17:00-18:15

Jose Maria Barrero (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México Business School)

Joint with Nicholas Bloom and Steven J. Davis

Title "Long Social Distancing”


24th November 2022

Karel Neels (University of Antwerp)

Title: “How precarious labour market trajectories generate path dependencies in commodified policy contexts: lesson learned from probabilistic and multistate approaches of migrant women’s labour market trajectories in Belgium”


10th October 2022

Allan Dizioli  (IMF)

Title: “Wage Dynamics Post-COVID-19 and Wage-Price Spiral Risks” 


8th September 2022

Andrew Oswald (University of Warwick, IZA Special Representative on Climate Change and the Labor Market)

Title: “Climate change and policy action”


16th June 2022

Miguel Jaramillo (GRADE)

Title : “Employment protection legislation and on-the-job training in an informal labor market: Evidence from Peru


9th June 2022

Ippei Shibata (IMF) 

Title: “Has COVID-19 Induced Labor Market Mismatch? Evidence from the US and the UK


11th May 2022

David Popp (Syracuse University and NBER)

(joint with Francesco Vona, Giovanni Marin, and Ziqiao Chen)

Title: “The Employment Impact of a Green Fiscal Push: Evidence from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act”


28th April 2022

Ippei Shibata (IMF)

(joint with John Bluedorn, Niels-Jakob Hansen, Diaa Noureldin, and Marina M. Tavares)

Title “A Greener Labor Market: Employment, Policies, and Economic Transformation


11th April 2022

Romain Duval (IMF) and Carlo Pizzinelli (IMF)

Title “Labor Market Tightness in Advanced Economies”


28th October 2021

Simon Bunel (Banque de France, INSEE & PSE)

(joint with Philippe Aghion (INSEAD & Collège de France), Celine Antonin (OFCE) and Xavier Jaravel (LSE))

Title: “What Are the Labor and Product Market Effects of Automation? New Evidence from France”


Thursday 23rd September 2021

Matias Cortes (York University)

(with Eliza C. Forsythe)

Title: "The Heterogeneous Labor Market Impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic"



Thursday 8th July 2021

Johanna Rickne (Stockholm University)

(with Olle Folke)

Title: "Sexual harassment and gender inequality in the labour market"


Friday 18 June 2021

Almudena Sevilla (ULC)

Title: “Are we facing a shecession? Evidence from real-time evidence during COVID-19” 


Thursday 20 May 2021

Pascal Noel (University of Chicago Booth School of Business)

(with Peter Ganong, Fiona Greig, Max Liebeskind, Daniel Sullivan, and Joseph Vavra)

Title “Spending and Job Search Impacts of Expanded Unemployment Benefits: Evidence from Administrative Micro Data


8 April 2021

Jessica Pan (National University of Singapore)

joint with with Patricia Cortes and Nicolas Guida-Johnson 

Title:  Who Does What: The Contribution of Automation to Reducing Occupational Segregation by Gender



8 February 2021

Simon Jager (MIT)

Title: Voice at work


3 December 2020

Abigail Adams-Prassl (Oxford University)

Title: Inequality in the Impact of the Coronavirus Shock: Evidence from Real Time Surveys & Job Vacancy Data
Flexible Work Arrangements in Low Wage Jobs: Evidence from Job Vacancy Data
joint work with Maria Balgova (IZA) and Matthias Qian (Oxford University)



5 November 2020

Barbara Biasi (Yale School of Management)

Title: Flexible Wages, Bargaining, and the Gender Gap


20 October 2020

Anna Stansbury (Harvard University)

joint work with Gregor Schubert (Harvard University) and Bledi Taska (Burning Glass Technologies)

Title: Monopsony and Outside Options



13 February 2020

Didier Fouarge (Maastricht University)

Title: Do labour market opportunities affect VET students' educational choice? Evidence from stated choice and field experiments.



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