2008 – Family, Children and Work

Program IFN Stockholm Conference 2008

Updated May 21, 2008

The program is subject to changes.

The presenter is in bold. Each presentation should take 35 minutes, the discussant may use 10 minutes and 5 minutes are devoted to general discussion.


--- Wednesday May 21 --- 

19.00 Pre Conference Dinner, Waxholm's Hotel


--- Thursday May 22 --- 





Session I

Chair: Anna Sjögren


Imran Rasul – University College London 
Family Networks and School Enrolment: Evidence from a Randomized Social Experiment appendix (co-authors: Manuela Angelucci, Giacomo de Giorgi and Marcos A. Rangel)
Discussant: Erik Lindqvist – Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)


Patricia Cortes – University of Chicago
Cheap Maids and Nannies: How Low-skilled Immigration is Changing the Labor Supply of High-skilled American Women (co-author: Jose Tessada)
Discussant: Alexander Gelber – Harvard University




Kevin Milligan – University of British Columbia
Evidence from Maternity Leave Expansions of the Impact of Maternal Care on Early Child Development (co-author: Michael Baker)
Discussant: Christopher Ruhm – University of North Carolina, Greensboro



Session II

Chair: Betsey Stevenson 


Anna Sjögren – Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)

Reduced Child Care Fees Bring More Babies (co-authors: Eva Mörk and Helena Svaleryd) 
Discussant: Imran Rasul – University College London


Analía Schlosser  – University of Tel Aviv
Multiple Experiments for the Causal Link between the Quantity and Quality of Children (co-authors: Joshua Angrist and Victor Lavy)
Discussant: Libertad Gonzalez – University Pompeu Fabra




Per Pettersson Lidbom – Stockholm University
Does Child Spacing Affect Children's Outcomes? Evidence from a Swedish Reform (co-author: Peter Skogman Thoursie
Discussant: Patricia Cortes – University of Chicago


Libertad González – University Pompeu Fabra 
The Risk of Divorce and Household Saving Behavior (co-author: Berkay Özcan) 
Discussant: Justin Wolfers – University of Pennsylvania

18.45–22.00 Boat trip with dinner


--- Friday May 23 --- 



Session III

Chair: Helena Svaleryd   


Marianne Simonsen – University of Aarhus
Non-cognitive Child Outcomes and Universal High Quality Child Care (co-author: Nabanita Datta Gupta)
Discussant: Rafael Lelive – University of Lausanne


Christopher Ruhm – University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Parental Leave Policies and Parents' Employment and Leave-Taking (co-authors: Wen-Jui Han and Jane Waldfogel)
Discussant: Anders Björklund – SOFI, Stockholm University


Coffee – Remember to check out 


Rafael Lalive – University of Lausanne
Estimating the Effect of Maximum Parental Leave Duration on Mothers' Subsequent Labor Market Careers (co-author: Josef Zweimüller) 
Discussant: Analía Schlosser – University of Tel Aviv



Session IV

Chair: Eva Mörk


Betsey Stevenson – Wharton University of Pennsylvania
Women’s Education and Family Behaviour: Trends in Marriage, Divorce and Fertility (co-author: Adam Isen) 
Discussant: Jonas Vlachos – Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) and Stockholm University


Lena Edlund – Columbia University
Sex Ratios and Crime: Evidence from China’s One-child Policy
(co-authors: Hongbin Li, Junjian Yi and Junsen Zhang)
Discussant: Yves Zenou – Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) and Stockholm University


Coffee and summation of the conference

Anders Björklund, Christopher Ruhm and Justin Wolfers


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