INEQ Research Seminar
INEQ organises a research seminar series, which centers on empirical research on the causes and consequences of (socio-)economic inequalities and their measurement, from both micro- and macro perspectives. As INEQ is a multidisciplinary institute, we welcome contributions across social science disciplines.
The seminars are held only in presence on Mondays at 3 pm at WU Vienna. We do not offer a live stream. Please have a look at the schedule of this term's seminars below. If you are interested in receiving regular updates of the program, please sign up for this google calendar:
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Program Winter Term 2023/24
The program is continually extented and updated.
Structural change often accelerates during economic downturns, but the behavioral responses that contribute to this process are not well understood. This paper shows how the selection of students into vocational programs changes in response to economic crisis. The context is the massive economic recession that hit Sweden in 1990, which disproportionally affected the manufacturing and construction sectors. Our analysis shows that students who directly experience the economic shock by experiencing paternal job loss in exposed sectors select into programs less exposed to the crisis. As a result, they achieve better labor market outcomes (higher employment rates and lifetime earnings) than students who chose their occupation before experiencing the crisis. In contrast, students are less responsive to aggregate conditions in their labor market. These results suggest that informational frictions are a key obstacle to structural adjustments on the labor market.
If you have any questions regarding this research seminar, or if you are interested in presenting your empirical research on the (socio-)economics of inequality, broadly defined, in the seminar please contact email@example.com.
We thankfully acknowledge financial support by the “Network Research (NWW)” of the Vienna Chamber of Labor for this seminar series.