3rd International BFH Conference on Discrimination in the Labor Market

30.08.2019, 09:00-16:30 o'clock until 31.08.2019, 09:00-13:30 o'clock – BFH, Business School, Brückenstrasse 73, 3005 Bern

This conference brings together high level academic researchers and influential policy makers to address the challenges posed by labor market discrimination. Distinguished academics will present their latest findings on different instances of discrimination (gender-, fertility-, ethnically-based or other types of labor market discrimination). Those findings will then be addressed in a policy session, whereby policy makers and other individuals with the ability to influence the implementation of actual policies will discuss concrete ways to eradicate discrimination.

Policy Session "The Financing of Early Education and the Labor Market Participation of Women", 30 August, 16.30 – 18.00 followed by an Apéro, Admission free.

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Factsheet

  • Start date 30.08.2019, 09:00-16:30 o'clock
  • End date 31.08.2019, 09:00-13:30 o'clock
  • Place BFH, Business School, Brückenstrasse 73, 3005 Bern
  • Costs CHF 100.- / free for participants related to academia

Conference Manager

Program Chairs

Raquel Fernández

R.Fernandez

Professor of Economics, New York University

Raquel Fernández received her PhD from Columbia University, in 1988.  Since then, she has held positions at Boston University, New York University, the University of Oslo, the London School of Economics, and is now at New York University. Her research interests are varied, focusing on topics such as the reasons behind financial crisis and their impact on the accumulation of human capital, the role of culture on fertility and female labor force participation, as well as the gender wage gap. Professor Fernández has given invited lectures across the globe.  She is an extremely prolific author with a systematic presence in the highest ranked journals in economics as well as a member of distinguished research organizations.

Recent Work:

“Divorce Risk, Wages and Working Wives: A Quantitative Life-Cycle Analysis of Female Labour Force Participation” The Economic Journal (2014); “Cultural Change as Learning: The Evolution of Female Labor Force Participation Over a Century” American Economic Review (2013)

Muriel Niederle

M.Niederle

Professor of Economics, Stanford University

Muriel Niederle received her PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 2002. She then joined the economics department at the University of Stanford, an affiliation she has maintained to date. Her research interests are centered on the fields of Behavioral and Experimental Economics with a particular focus on how differences in competitiveness across genders relate to asymmetries in labor market outcomes and other performance outcomes. Professor Niederle has published her work in the best economics journals and presented her research in numerous seminars worldwide.

Recent Work:

“Knowing When to Ask: The Cost of Leaning In” Journal of Political Economy (forthcoming); “Gender” in Handbook in Experimental Economics (2016)

Andrea Weber

Carmit Segal

Professor of Economics, Central European University

Andrea Weber is professor of economics at the Central European University and a guest professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Her previous positions include a professorship in economics at the University of Mannheim, a research position at RWI Essen, and a visiting assistant professorship at the University of California at Berkeley. She received her PhD at the Technical University of Vienna in 2002 and a habilitation degree from the University of Linz in 2008.  Her research areas are labor economics and applied micro-econometrics. Her work focuses on the role of institutions and labor market policies on individual labor supply decisions, gender differences in the labor market, the effects of economic shocks such as job displacement on individual outcomes. Andrea Weber’s research has been published in Econometrica, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, and American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings among others.  

Recent Work:

What Works? A Meta Analysis of Recent Active Labor Market Program Evaluations. (with David Card and Jochen Kluve), Journal of the European Economic Association, 2018

Does Extending Unemployment Benefits Improve Job Quality? (with Arash Nekoei), American Economic Review, 2017

Dan-Olof Rooth

Dan-Olof Rooth

Professor of Economics, Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University

Short bio:

Professor Rooth received his Ph.D. in Economics from Lund University in 1999. Currently he is a professor at the Swedish institute for social research (SOFI) at Stockholm University. His research interests include topics in labor economics, education, migration, health economics and political economy. He has published in the American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of the European Economic Association, Economic Journal, Journal of Human Resources and many other outlets.

Recent work:

"Birth Weight in the Long Run" Journal of Human Resources (2018);
"Do Employers Use Unemployment as a Sorting Criterion When Hiring? Evidence from a Field Experiment" American Economic Review (2014)

Ana Rute Cardoso

Ana Rute Cardoso

Associate Research Professor, Institute for Economic Analysis, Spanish Higher Council for Scientific Research (IAE-CSIC)
Affiliated Professor, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (BGSE)

Short bio:

She holds a Ph.D. from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where she was awarded the prize for the Best Thesis in Economics defended 1995-1998. She worked at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA Bonn) as a Research Associate from 2002 to 2008 and before she served as Associate Professor at the University of Minho in Portugal. Her main research interests lie in labor economics and economics of inequality, in particular earnings dispersion and mobility, employer behavior, and the impact of labor market institutions and regulations. Her work appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of the European Economic Association, among others.

Recent work:

"Bargaining, sorting and the gender wage gap: Quantifying the impact of firms on the relative pay of women", Quarterly Journal of Economics, 131(2) (May 2016): 633-686 (co-authorship: David Card, Ana Rute Cardoso, and Patrick Kline)
"Firms and labor market inequality: Evidence and some theory", Journal of Labor Economics, 36(S1) (January 2018): S13-S70 (co-authorship: David Card, Ana Rute Cardoso, Joerg Heining, and Patrick Kline)

Martin Huber

Martin Huber

Professor of Applied Econometrics – Evaluation of Public Policies, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Short bio:

Prof. Huber received his Ph.D. in Economics and Finance (specialization: econometrics) from the University of St. Gallen in 2010. He became Professor of Applied Econometrics - Evaluation of Public Policies at the University of Fribourg in 2014. His research focuses on the evaluation of policy interventions and comprises both methodological contributions as well as empirical applications, predominantly in the fields of labor, health and education economics. Part of his current research agenda are methodological improvements in the analysis of gender wage gaps. Prof. Huber has published in a range of scientific journals such as the Journal of the American Statistical Association, the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society B, the Journal of Econometrics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, the Journal of Health Economics, and others. He has also participated in third party-funded scientific projects evaluating policy interventions in labor markets and welfare systems.

Recent work:

“Why do tougher caseworkers increase employment? The role of programme assignment as a causal mechanism” Review of Economics and Statistics (2017); “The Effect of Firms' Partial Retirement Policies on the Labour Market Outcomes of their Employees” Industrial and Labor Relations Review (2016); “Causal pitfalls in the decomposition of wage gaps” Journal of Business and Economic Statistics (2015).

Carmit Segal

Carmit Segal

Professor of Managerial Economics at the University of Zurich

Short bio:

Professor Segal received her PhD in Economics from Stanford University in 2005. Her research  focuses on measurement and importance of skills and gender using both empirical and experimental methods.

Recent publications:

“Do Female Officers Improve Law Enforcement Quality? Effects on Crime Reporting and Domestic Violence” (forthcoming) The Review of Economics Studies.
“How Costly is Diversity? Affirmative Action in Light of Gender Differences in Competitiveness” (2013) Management Science

Doris Weichselbaumer

Doris Weichselbaumer

Professor, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and Department of Economics, University of Linz

Short bio:

Prof. Weichselbaumer has published on various kinds of labor market discrimination, in particular discrimination in hiring and in wages. She has conducted a widely cited meta-analysis on the international gender wage gap, examined the effect of competition and equal treatment on wage differentials and analyzed the rhetoric in the economic literature on discrimination. She has extensive experience with the method of correspondence testing and applied this experimental method in a wide range of settings. In addition to recent publications, her work has appeared in Labor Economics, Journal of Economic Surveys and Economic Policy.

Recent work:

Multiple Discrimination against Female Immigrants Wearing Headscarves, in Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Volume forthcoming.  "Discrimination against migrants in Austria. An experimental study" in German Economic Review (2017)

Ana Fernandes

Ana Fernandes

Professor of Economics and Business at the Bern University of Applied Sciences

Short bio:

Prof. Fernandes received a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1999, where she worked under the supervision of Nobel Laureates Robert E. Lucas. Jr. and Gary S. Becker. She has conducted research on a wide variety of topics, including finance, altruism in the context of the family, and development economics. Prof. Fernandes has taught in reputed institutions, namely New York University’s Stern School of Business and the University of Bern. Her recent work focuses on labor market discrimination and she is conducting an SNF-sponsored study on “Fertility Discrimination in Hiring in the German Speaking Labor Market.” In addition to recent work, she has published in: the Journal of Economic Theory; Economics Letters; and Macroeconomic Dynamics.

Recent work:

“Finance and Competition” in Economic Journal (2014); Altruism, Labor Supply and Redistributive Neutrality” in Journal of Population Economics (2011).