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Friday, 1st September 2017
Conference Opening - Welcome Remarks
8:30Ana Fernandes
Bern University of Applied Sciences

Marie Brechbühler Pešková
Deputy Head of Institute, Bern University of Applied Sciences

Herbert Binggeli
Rector, Bern University of Applied Sciences
Session 1: Ethnic Discrimination
8:45Doris Weichselbaumer
University of Linz, Austria
The Effect of Photos and Name Change on Discrimination Against Migrants in Austria
9:35Coffee break
Session 2: Gender and Leadership
10:00Nina Smith
University of Aarhus,
Gender Stereotyping and Self-Stereotyping Attitudes: A Large Field Study of Managers
10:50Margit Osterloh
University of Basel, Switzerland
Women and Competition: How to Break the Deadlock?
11:40Sabine Sczesny
University of Bern, Switzerland
Attracting Women to Leadership – The Role of Self-Concepts, Images, Language, and Policies
Session 3: Gender Wage Gap
13:20Martin Huber
University of Fribourg,
On the non-robustness of decompositions of the gender wage gap across alternative estimators
14:10Ana Fernandes
Bern University of Applied Sciences
Gender Differences in Wage Expectations
15:00Coffee break
Session 4: Plenary Session
15:20Daniel Hamermesh
Barnard College, IZA
Some Disturbing Thoughts in the Economics of Discrimination
16:20Coffee break
Session 5: POLICY SESSION (ROUNDTABLE) - Migrants in the Swiss Economy

Moderator: Reinhard Riedl
Chief Science Officer, Business School, Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) and Head of Transdisciplinary BFH-Center "Digital Society"

Introductory Remarks: Sascha O. Becker
Professor of Economics, University of Warwick, England

Cornelia Lüthy
Vice Director State Secretariat for Migration SEM
Head of Immigration and Integration Directorate

Patrik Schellenbauer
Deputy Director Avenir Suisse

Maria Iannino Gerber
Executive Member of the Communal Council, Wohlen b. Bern

Simon Wey
Labor Market economist and deputy head of the department of labor markets and labor law, Schweizerischer Arbeitgeberverband

Zoltan Doka
Head Migration Department, Swiss Trade Union Unia
18:30Closing Apero
20:30Conference Dinner, Bern
Saturday, 2nd September 2017
Session 6: Sexual Orientation

Erik Plug
University of Amsterdam,

Is There a Penalty for Becoming a Woman? Is There a Premium for Becoming a Man?  Evidence from a Sample of Transsexual Workers
9:35Coffee break
Session 7: Gender Discrimination
10:00Vojta Bartos
University of Munich,
Labor market (non-) discrimination of women in expected motherhood: Experimental evidence
10:50Rafael Lalive
University of Lausanne,
Are Weak Ties More Effective Than Other Job Search Channels? A Field Experiment
11:40Coffee break
Session 8: Plenary Session
12:10 Peter Kuhn
University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Gender-targeted Job Ads in the Recruitment Process:  Evidence from China
Social Program (optional)
14:30Guided tour through the historic city center
Friday, 1 September 2017
Conference Opening
8:30Ethnic Discrimination I
9:25Ethnic Discrimination II
10:20Coffee break
10:50Gender Discrimination I
11:45Gender Discrimination II
14:00Expectations and the Gender Wage Gap
14:55Gender Discrimination III
15:50Coffee break
19:00Conference Dinner
Saturday, 2 September 2017
8:30Ethnic Discrimination III
9:25Ethnic Discrimination IV
10:20Coffee break
10:50Age Discrimination I
11:45Age Discrimination II

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).

Doris Weichselbaumer

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

Short bio:

Prof. Weichselbaumer has widely 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:

"Discrimination against migrants in Austria. An experimental study" in: German Economic Review, Volume forthcoming; "Context-dependent Cheating: Experimental Evidence from 16 Countries" in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Volume 116, Page(s) 379-386, 2015; "Testing for discrimination against lesbians of different marital status. A field experiment" in: Industrial Relations, Volume 54, Number 1, Page(s) 131 - 161, 2015.

Peter Kuhn

Professor of Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara

Short bio:

He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1983. Since then he has held faculty positions at the University of Western Ontario, McMaster University, and is currently at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests include the effects of information technology on labor markets, wage and employment discrimination, personnel economics, China's labor markets, trade unions, immigration and displaced workers. He has published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Labor Economics, Industrial and Labor Relations Review and many other outlets.

Recent work:

Recent work: “Are Women More Attracted to Cooperation than Men?” in Economic Journal forthcoming; “Do Chinese Employers Avoid Hiring Overqualified Workers? Evidence from an Internet Job Board” in Research in Labor Economics (2013); “Gender Discrimination in Job Ads: Evidence from China” Quarterly Journal of Economics (2013).

Patrik Schellenbauer

Deputy Director and Chief Economist, Avenir Suisse

Short bio:

Mr. Schellenbauer studied Economic at the University of Zurich (1991), with a dissertation at the Institute for Empirical Research in Economics (Prof Heidi Schelbert) on the topic of “Monetary valuation of unpaid household work”(1996).

Professional experience:

Member of the investment commission of the Zürcher Kantonalbank pension fund and chair of the real estate committee (since 2006), lecturer in real estate and urban economics at ETH Zurich (DARCH) (since 2005). Head of the financial engineering economics unit at Zürcher Kantonalbank (2002- 2008), work in economics and risk controlling at Zürcher Kantonalbank (1998 – 2001). Senior assistant at the Institute of Economic Research at ETH Zurich (1997), research assistant at the Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich (1991 – 1996). Mr. Schellenbaumer’s areas of focus at Avenir Suisse have been education, the housing market, the middle classes and distribution, and the employment market.

Sabine Sczesny

Professor of Social Psychology at the Department of Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience, Institute of Psychology, University of Bern

Short bio:

Professor Sczesny studied psychology at the University of Kiel in Germany. She received her PhD from Kiel University and her habilitation at the University of Mannheim, Germany. She was a research fellow at Northwestern University, Chicago, and worked as a professor for social psychology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Currently she is Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Bern. Her research focuses on basic and applied aspects of social discrimination. Her research topics are person perception, language & cognition, social roles, stereotypes & prejudice (age, gender & migration), and diversity. From 2009 to 2013 she coordinated a large research network on language, cognition, and gender (ITN LCG) by the European Commission.

Recent work:

"Can gender-fair language reduce gender stereotyping and discrimination?" Frontiers in Psychology (2016); "Affirmative action policies in job advertisements for leadership positions: How they affect women’s and men’s inclination to apply." European Journal of Social Phsychology (forthcoming). "Just Reading? How Gender-Fair Language Triggers Readers' Use of Gender-Fair Forms." Journal of Language and Social Psychology (2015).

Erik Plug

Professor of Economics at Department of Economics of University of Amsterdam

Short bio:

Professor Plug’s research has focused on a broad variety of topics, namely the economics of the family, education and human capital, as well as on labor economics.

Recent work:

"Can Women Have Children and a Career? IV Evidence from IVF Treatments" American Economic Review (forthcoming); "Sexual Orientation, Prejudice and Segregation" Journal of Labor Economics (2014); "The Causal Effect of Parents' Schooling on Children's Schooling: A Comparison of Estimation Methods" Journal of Economic Literature (2011).

Rafael Lalive

Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Business and Economics of University of Lausanne

Short bio:

Professor Lalive’s work focuses on questions related to labor market policy, family policy, and social economics.  He teaches empirical methods for economics and management.

Recent work:

"Parental Leave and Mother’s Post Birth Careers: The Relative Importance of Job Protection and Cash Benefits" Review of Economic Studies (2014); "Culture and Unemployment" Journal of the European Economic Association (forthcoming); "Does Parental Leave Affect Fertility and Return-to-Work? Evidence From Two Natural Experiments" Quarterly Journal of Economics (2009).

Nina Smith

Professor of Economics at School of Economics and Management, Aarhus University, Denmark

Short bio:

Professor Smith graduated from Aarhus University 1981 (MSc Economics). She has been professor at Aarhus School of Business and pro vice-chancellor at Aarhus University. Her primary research interest is labour economics, migration and education economics. She has been chairman of the board of the Danish Independent Research Councils, member of the Danish Social Science Research Council, and served as member or chairman of a number of boards of directors of national research institutes and private firms. She has been chairman of the Danish Economic Council and member of several government commissions and councils.

Recent work:

Women in top management positions - why so few? And does it matter? Danish Journal of Management & Business (forthcoming); Quota Regulations of Gender Composition on Boards of Directors. CESifo DICE Report (2014); Gender differences in behavioral problems and school outcomes. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, in press.

Daniel S. Hamermesh

Distinguished Scholar, Barnard College and IZA

Short bio:

Daniel S. Hamermesh received his A.B. from the University of Chicago (1965) and his Ph.D. from Yale (1969). He taught from 1969-73 at Princeton, from 1973-93 at Michigan State, and at Texas from 1993-2014. He has held visiting professorships at universities in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, and lectured at over 250 universities in 48 states and 33 foreign countries. His research, published in nearly 100 refereed papers in scholarly journals, has concentrated on time use, labor demand, discrimination, academic labor markets and unusual applications of labor economics (to beauty, sleep and suicide).

Recent work:

"Endophilia or Exophobia: Beyond Discrimination" Economic Journal (2016); "Tall or Taller, Pretty or Prettier? Is Discrimination Absolute or Relative?" IZA Journal of Labor Economics (2012); "Strike Three: Discrimination, Incentives and Evaluation" American Economic Review (2011).

Margit Osterloh

Permanent Visiting Professor, University of Basel, and Professor (em.) University of Zürich

Short bio:

Margit Osterloh received a honorary doctorate from Leuphana University Lüneburg. She was a member of Deutscher Wissenschaftsrat (German Council for Science and Humanities) until 2011 and a board member of three big companies in Switzerland and Germany. From 2010 to 2013, she was Full Professor of Management Science at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. She is a Research Director of CREMA (Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts). Her main research areas are organization design, corporate governance, research governance, knowledge management, gender issues, refugee policy, and aleatoric democracy.

Recent work:

“Professor – Brötli-Fresser: Entwicklungstendenzen und Zukunftsperspektiven des Theorie-Praxis-Verhältnisses in der Managementforschung In: Die Unternehmung. Swiss Journal of Business Research and Practice.” Sonderausgabe: 70 Jahre "Die Unternehmung" – Entwicklungslinien der BWL (2016) “Aleatoric Democracy” CESifo Working Paper Series No. 6229 (2016); “Women and competition: can random selection break the deadlock?” Under review, (2017).

Vojta Bartos

Assistant Professor at the University of Munich

Short bio:

Vojtech Bartos is an Assistant Professor at the University in Munich where he joined the economics department in September 2016 after finishing his PhD at CERGE-EI in Prague. Vojtech is a development and behavioral economist with a focus on poverty, inequality, and discrimination. He has conducted artefactual and field experiments in Afghanistan, the Czech Republic, Germany, India, and Malawi. Outside of academia he did extensive consultancy work on program evaluation methods for the largest Czech NGO and served in the National Economic Council of the Czech Government.

Recent work:

“Attention Discrimination: Theory and Field Experiments with Monitoring Information Acquisition” American Economic Review (2016); “Seasonal Scarcity and Sharing Norms” CERGE-EI Working paper (2015); “Moral Incentives and Contract Enforcement Across Ethnicity: Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan” Mimeo (2016).

Simon Wey

Labor Market economist and deputy head of the department of labor markets and labor law, Schweizerischer Arbeitgeberverband

Short bio:

Mr. Wey holds a PhD in Management and Economics from the University of Zurich and a BA in Computer Science from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Northwestern Switzerland. During his doctoral studies he undertook research in the field of Public Economics and spent a year as a Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. There, he conducted research in the field of Law and Economics and Public Economics. In his professional career he spent several years at the Swiss Competition Commission, where he investigated particularly infrastructure markets. After gaining experience in the largest telecommunications firm in Switzerland, he joined the Swiss Employer Association in 2016 (Schweizerischer Arbeitgeberverband). In this position, he analyzes labour markets and prepares policy recommendations that contribute to sound economic conditions for companies in Switzerland. His scientific work has been published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and in the Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade.

Professional experience:

In his recent position he conducts research in the field of labor markets and supports politicians with guidance regarding labor market related issues. He is also a member of the Federal Coordination Commission for Occupational Safety FCOS, where he represents the employers' point of view.

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).

Cornelia Lüthy

Vice Director State Secretariat for Migration SEM
Head of Immigration and Integration Directorate

Short bio:

Ms. Lüthy obtained her doctorate in Law from the University of Zürich in 1998. She further completed an Executive Master of Public Administration in 2015, at the London School of Economics.

Professional experience:

Ms. Lüthy worked at the Institute of International Public Law and Foreign Constitutional Law of the University of Zürich. She also practiced law and worked at the Federal Office of Justice. In 2003 she joined the Education Department of the Canton of Zurich, where she was the deputy secretary general for the period 2003-2016. She has been Vice Director at the State Secretariat for Migration SEM since March 2016 and leads the Immigration and Integration Division. That division handles entry, stay, access to the labor market and integration of foreigners, in addition to implementing the legislation on nationality.