Washington Area Labor Economics Symposium

Friday, March 29th 2019

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Lindner Family Commons


  • WALES is a one-day labor economics conference that brings together researchers from several DC institutions. The goal is to provide an outlet to share work in progress and get to know other researchers. Researchers from the George Washington University, American University, the Census Bureau, the Federal Reserve Board, Georgetown University, the University of Maryland, the Urban Institute and the World Bank will be participating in the symposium. Breakfast, lunch and coffee will be served.


8:30-8:50                    Light breakfast


8:50-9:00                    Opening remarks


9:00-9:40                    Tomas Monarrez (Urban Institute). “The Effect of Charter Schools on School Segregation”


9:40-10:20                  Nolan Pope (Maryland). “Timing is Everything: Evidence from College Major Decisions”


10:20-10:40                Coffee Break


10:40-11:20                Claire Brunel (American). “Climate Change and Internal Migration in Brazil: The Role of Geography and Road Infrastructure” (with Yuanyuan Maggie Liu)


11:20-12:00                Mary Ann Bronson (Georgetown). “The Wage Growth and Within-Firm Mobility of Men and Women: New Evidence and Theory” (with Peter Skogman)


12:00-1:00                  Lunch


1:00-1:40                    John Coglianese (Federal Reserve). “Household Adaption to Seasonal Earnings Losses” (with Brendan Price)


1:40-2:20                    Ana Fernandes and Joana Silva (World Bank). “Transmission of Foreign Business Cycles and Financial Shocks through the Lens of Individual Firms and Workers”



2:20-2:30                    Coffee Break


2:30-3:10                    Bryan Stuart (GWU). “Recessions and Local Labor Markets” (with Brad Hershbein)


3:10-3:50                    James Spletzer (Census). “The Gig Economy and the Future of Work” (with Katharine Abraham, John Haltiwanger, and Kristin Sandusky)


3:50-4:00                    Mini coffee break


4:00-4:15                    Remi Jedwab (GWU). “Returns to Experience and Economic Growth” (with Asif Islam and Paul Romer)


4:15-4:30                    Xavier Gine (World Bank). “Breaking the Glass Ceiling? Evidence from Female Mobile Money Agents in Bangladesh”


4:30-4:45                    Austin Davis (American). “Missing Skills and Mobility Frictions: An Experiment in Urbanizing India”


4:45-5:00                    Fredric Blavin (Urban Institute). “The Long-Term Effects of Childhood Exposure to the Earned Income Tax Credit on Outcomes”

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