CLSRN Second Annual Conference

Vancouver, June 5 -6, 2008


Thursday, June 5


8:00 – 8:30  Coffee, Juice and Muffins


8:30 – 8:45 Welcome and Opening Remarks

                        Cliff Halliwell (HRSDC)

                        Craig Riddell (UBC)


8:45 – 10:15

Social Capital and Spill-overs

Chair:  Cliff Halliwell (HRSDC)


1.    Neighbours' Effects on Consumption: Estimates from the Dutch Post Code Lottery, Peter Kuhn (University of California, Santa Barbara)


2.    Social capital and wages outcome of recent immigrants to Canada, Li Xue (University of Ottawa & Citizenship & Immigration Canada)


Discussants: Brian Krauth (Simon Fraser University)

                      Sylvia Fuller (UBC)


10:15 – 10:45   Break


10:45 – 12:15

Data and Methods Issues in Evaluating Transfer Programs

Chair:  Alice Nakamura (University of Alberta)


3.    The Causes and Consequences of Unemployment Compensation Program Generosity: What do we Learn from Cross-National Analyses?, Michael R. Smith & Heather Zhang (McGill University)


4.    Evaluating the Regression Discontinuity Design Using Experimental Data, Dan Black & Jose Galdo (Syracuse University) & Jeffrey Smith (University of Michigan)


Discussants: Craig Riddell (UBC)

                      Thomas Lemieux (UBC)


12:15   1:30     Lunch



1:30 – 3:45

Health Impacts on Labour Supply and Education

Chair:  David Green (UBC)


5.    The Impact of Health on Labour Supply over the Life Cycle, Derek Hum, Wayne Simpson & Eyob Fissuh (University of Manitoba)


6.    Household Responses to Individual Shocks: Disability and Labour Supply, Laura Turner & Giovanni Gallipoli (University of British Columbia)


7.    Using Genetic Lotteries within Families to Examine the Causal Impact of Poor Health on Academic Achievement, Steve Lehrer (Queen’s University)


Discussants: Ben Sand (UBC)

                      Kathleen Rybczynski (University of Waterloo)

                      Stephen Jones (McMaster University)


3:45– 4:15  Break


4:15 – 5:45

Keynote Talk


Robert Moffitt,  Inequality and Volatility in the U.S. and Canada


Friday, June 6

 8:00 – 8:30 Coffee, Juice  and Muffins


8:30 – 10:00

Returns to Schooling

Chair: Garnett Picot (Statistics Canada)

8.    The Returns to Flexible Post-secondary Education: The Effect of Delaying School, Ana M. Ferrer (University of Calgary) & Alicia Menendez (University of Chicago)


9.    The Returns to Schooling on Academic Performance: Evidence from Large Samples around School Entry Cut-off Dates (Marc Frenette): available in September at here.


Discussants:  Aneta Bonikowska (Statistics  Canada)

Bill Warburton (UBC)



10:00 – 10:30   Break


10:30 – 12:00

Decisions Within Families

Chair: Charles Beach (Queen’s University)

10. Substitution Effects in Parental Investments across Different Investments and across Siblings, Brandt, Siow & Wang (University of Toronto)


11. Evidence from Maternity Leave Exansions of the Impact of Maternal Care on Early Child Development, Michael Baker (University of Toronto & NBER) & Kevin Milligan (University of British Columbia & NBER)


Discussants: Weili Ding (Queen’s University)

                      Mikal Skuterud (University of Waterloo)


12:00 – 2:00  Lunch


2:00 – 3:30 

Unscheduled to allow people to attend David Card’s State of the Art Lecture


3:30 – 4:00    Break


4:00 – 5:30

Wage Differentials

Chair:  Herb Schuetz (University of Victoria)

12. Glass Ceilings or Glass Doors?  Immigrant and Visible Minority Wages in Canada, Krishna Pendakur & Simon Woodcock (Simon Fraser University)


13. Wage Differentials Between Firms:  the Role of Unmeasured Ability, John M. Abowd & Natalya N. Dygalo (University of Saskatchewan)


Discussants:  David Gray (University of Ottawa)

David Green (UBC)   


5:30- 5:45 Closing Remarks

David Green (UBC)

Cliff Halliwell (HRSDC)

                        Craig Riddell (UBC)