The Waterloo Laurier Labour (WALL) Seminar

What is The WALL?

The WALL (WAterloo Laurier Labour) seminar workshop is a group of faculty members and PhD students who are interested in labour economics. Originally conceived as a reading group, this term it will resemble more a place to bounce ideas and get feedback for initial research work.

You will find on this page information regarding schedule and articles. Everyone is welcome. If you have questions or requests, contact Ana Ferrer (UW) or Tammy Schirle (WLU).

Fall 2019

Date Speaker Topic
October 3 Chris Riddell "Evaluating the long-term outcomes of active labour market programs: A 25 year follow up of New Brunswick Works"
October 24 Christine Neil “Recent Research on Women in Economics”
November 14 Andres Arcila Vasquez ”Public Sector and women’s labour market”
November 21 Colin Mang "The Effect of Work Placements and Study Abroad Programs on University Graduates' Early Labour Market Success
November 28 Antonella Mancino “Estimating Substitution Patterns Between Crimes"

Winter 2019 schedule

Date Speaker Topic
January 23 Chris Riddell TBA
February 6 David Johnson The differences between blind and non-blind grading: evidence from Alberta
February 20 CANCELLED due to Reading Week N/A
February 27 Ana Ferrer Female employment in the OECD
March 13 Antonella Mancino TBA
March 27 Mikal Skuterud Foreign Students
April 10 Tom Parker TBA

Fall 2018 schedule

Meets on Wednesdays in room HH235 from 10:30 to 11:30am 

Date Speaker Topic
October 3 Joel Blit Data Science and Machine learning Overview

October 10

October 17 Mike Pavlin Prediction using Machine Learning
October 24 Jack (Zong Jia) Chen The impact of social interaction on university program choice
October 31 Tom Parker Inference using Machine Learning
November 7 Ana Ferrer Labour Market Outcomes of Immigrant Women in Europe
November 14 Chris Riddell Decision Trees in program evaluation
November 21 Iuliia Nesterova

Conspicuous consumption (second year paper)

November 28 Mikko Packalen Natural language processing in patent data
December 5 Yazhuo (Annie) Pan Family Patrimony Rules and Women’ s Labor Supply in Quebec

The WALL Schedule (Fall 2017)

Meets on Wednesdays in room HH235 from 11:30 to 12:30 on alternate weeks, starting on September 20

Date Speaker


Sept. 20

Andres Arcila-Vasquez

Autor, D., S. Houseman and S. Kerr (2016) “The Effect of Work First Job Placements on the Distribution of Earnings: An Instrumental Variable Quantile Regression Approach”, JOLE 35(1) pp.149

Oct. 4 Iuliia Nesterova

Kerwin Kofi Charles, Erik Hurst, Nikolai Roussanov; Conspicuous Consumption and Race, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Volume 124, Issue 2, 1 May 2009, Pages 425–467,

Oct. 18 Virginia Hernanz TBA
Nov. 1 Tammy Schirle TBA
Nov. 15 Ana Ferrer

Hartley, R.P. and Lamarche, C. (2017) “Behavioral Responses and Welfare Reform: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment” IZA DP 10905

Nov. 28 Tao Chen TBA

The WALL Schedule (Winter 2017)

Meets on Fridays in room HH235 from 10:00 to 11:30 on alternate weeks, starting on January 27.

Date Speaker


January 27

Yazhuo Pan (Annie)

“Household Bargaining and Female Labour Supply”

February 10 Thomas Parker TBD
March 3 Chris Riddell “Inside the black box of firm provided training: Evidence from the performance management records of four firms”
March 17 Andres Arcila Vasquez “Constructing a Job quality index”
March 31 Mikal Skuterud “The Relative Labour Market Performance of Former International Students
April 14 Pierre Chausse TBD