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The location for the lectures of the KTK/IE Seminar Series is Budapest XI., Budaörsi út 45. VIII/807. (conference room) The lectures start at 2 pm.
Programme organizer: Balázs Reizer

YEAR: 2017

31 August 2017
Darvas Zsolt
Some are more equal than others: new estimates of global and regional income inequality

18 May 2017
Dániel Horn
Human capital effects of kindergarten and school enrollment timing (Ágnes Szabó-Morvai, Dániel Horn, Anna Lovász, Kristof De Witte)

27 April 2017
Balázs Reizer

Frontloading the Unemployment Benefit: An Empirical Assessment

6 April 2017
Andrea Weber /Vienna University of Economics and Business, CEPR and IZA Bonn/
The Effects of the Early Retirement Age on Retirement Decisions

16 March 2017
Fritz Schiltz
Do parents respond to school inspection reports?
A quasi-experimental study.

School inspection reports provide transparency in the market for schools. It allows consumers (parents and pupils) to (re)consider school choice more objectively. We exploit the fact that school inspectorates selects schools randomly – enforced by law – for a detailed assessment of school quality. Unfavorable outcomes of the inspection induce reputation effects, which might trigger a lower demand for the school. This paper contributes to the growing literature on school information and parental choice. We find that parental demand for schools is strongly affected by shocks in transparency, following the publication of, especially positive, school inspection reports. Also, these responses vary with the school’s location and socio-economic composition. Flanders makes a unique educational setting for a quasi-experimental approach since no central examinations are performed. As a result, school inspection reports are the sole source of school quality information parents can rely on. The randomness in school selection by inspectorates combined with the absence of other accountability tools results in a truly exogenous shock in transparency allowing causal inference.

23 Feb 2017
Joris Ghysels /TIER, Maastricht University, the Netherlands /
The effect of summer schools on grade retention in Dutch secondary education:
A regression discontinuity approach

This paper evaluates the effectiveness of summer schools as an instrument to reduce grade retention in Dutch secondary education. A summer school is an intensive remedial teaching intervention during regular holiday periods intended to avert grade retention. They are built on the literature suggesting high social and individual costs of grade retention and they focus on students with only few learning problems for whom a short, intensive intervention is assumed to be helpful. A summer school lasts between one and two weeks and focuses at one to three subjects.
We use school rules regarding grade retention as assignment variables in a fuzzy regression discontinuity design on a large dataset of students (N= 30,174 with 1,855 participants of summer schools). We evaluate whether participation in the summer school effectively reduces a students’ likelihood of repeating a grade and whether they obtain adequate marks in the following schoolyear. We find evidence that summer schools reduce grade retention, but we find no effects on later marks. These findings cast doubt on the longer term effectiveness of this policy intervention in its current form. 

26 Jan 2017
Kristof De Witte
Strategic Public Policy, Migration and Sorting around Population Thresholds

We analyse whether, when and how local office-holders respond to the economic incentives embedded in exogenously imposed population thresholds leading to an increased number and/or remuneration of local office-holders. Using data from all 589 Belgian municipalities over the period 1977-2014, local politicians are found to influence population growth through policy measures aimed at stimulating net in-migration when approaching important population thresholds. We provide evidence that tax rate reductions and housing policy decisions (i.e., granting additional building permits early in the election cycle to maximise population growth just before the ‘deadline’ to surpass a population threshold) act as key mechanisms. These shifts in public policies are only observed when the incumbent mayor expects to benefit from crossing the population threshold.

YEAR: 2016

8 Dec 2016
Deni Mazrekaj (LEER, KU Leuven) & Sofie Cabus (TIER, Maastricht University)
The Labor Market Position of Early Leavers from Education or Training: Are the Prospects Really that Bad?

This paper questions the widespread view that having a higher secondary diploma results in better labour market outcomes. Using detailed administrative data from vocational education in the Netherlands, we compare the earnings of high school graduates to the earnings of high school dropouts both immediately upon school leaving as three years later. For this, we exploit an educational policy reform in 2007 in which the compulsory education age was changed from the age of seventeen until the age of eighteen years. Our findings support the claim that obtaining a vocational high school diploma leads to better labour market outcomes in both the short and the medium run. We find that high school graduates enjoy a small wage premium over high school dropouts immediately upon graduation and an even higher wage premium ranging from 6-10 percentage points three years later.

10 Nov 2016
Sándor Sóvágó /VU Amsterdam/
Smart, but pessimistic: Preference misrepresentation in college admission

We provide direct field evidence of dominated strategy play in a strategically simple environment. A large fraction of applicants in the Hungarian college admission process forgo the right for a tuition waiver, that is worth thousands of Euros, even though this behavior has no benefit. In many cases, applicants would have received the tuition waiver had they asked for it. We show that mistakes are negatively correlated with ability, and caused by increased competition, corroborating the laboratory evidence of Basteck and Matovani (2016) and Hassidim et al. (2016). Our findings complicate the interpretation of numerous empirical studies.

3 Nov 2016
Tommaso Agasisti  /Politecnico di Milano/
How does knowledge spur economic growth?
The contribution of universities and the importance of geographical space

In this paper, we test whether there is a link between the performance of universities and the economic growth where they operate. We specify  a  growth  model  where  the ratio at which universities are able to convert inputs into outputs has been measured  taking  into  account  the  traditional  role  of  universities  (i.e.  teaching  and  research)  as  well  as  the  knowledge transfer through which they interact with the communities. The  model  is  estimated  on panel  data  over  the period 2006  to  2012. The  evidence suggests  that  the presence of universities fosters local development, validating the use of university efficiency  as  an  instrument  able  to  capture  the  impact  on  the  community  of  the  ability  of  universities  of  making  the  most with  the  available  resources;  knowledge  spillovers  occur  between  areas  through    the    geographical    proximity    to    the  efficient    universities,  suggesting    that    the    geography of    production    is    affected, mainly  when all  the  three  mission  of  universities are taken into to account.

YEAR: 2015

22 Oct 2015
Balázs Reizer
Benefit cuts or firing - The role of flexible wage elements in the employment stabilization and in the firm competitiveness

11 June 2015
David DeRemer

Suspiciously Timed Trade Disputes

YEAR: 2014

22 May 2014
David DeRemer (ECARES)
Domestic Policy Coordination in Imperfectly Competitive Markets

YEAR: 2012

10 September 2012
Max Gillman /Cardiff Business School, UK/
Real Business Cycles with a Human Capital Investment Sector and Endogenous Growth: Persistence, Volatility and Labor Puzzles

22 March 2012
Giacomo Corneo (Free University of Berlin):
Social insurance, work norms, and the allocation of talent

YEAR: 2011

8 December 2011
Vincent Vicard
The Growth and Volatility of French Exporters

26 May 2011
Bernard H Casey
Institute for Employment Research
University of Warwick, UK
The implications of the economic crisis for pensions and pension policy in Europe

YEAR: 2010

11 Nov 2010
Wei Zhong
/Professor and Director of the Research Department under the Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)/
China’s Current Income Distribution Status and Countermeasures Analysis

Yang Chunxue
/Deputy director of the Institute of Economics under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)/
China Model: A Study Based on the Relationship between the Government and Enterprises

21 Oct 2010
Szeidl Ádám
Measuring Trust in Peruvian Shantytowns

7 June 2010
Kondor Péter (CEU)
The delegated Lucas tree

4 February 2010
Attila Varga (University of Pecs)
Geographic Macro and Regional Model for EU Policy Impact Analysis of Intangible Assets and Growth

21 January 2010
Max Gillman  
Banking and Aggregate Risk

YEAR: 2009

26 November 2009
Péter Elek - János Köllő – Péter A. Szabó:
The Implications of Ignoring ‘Envelop Wages’ in the Estimation of Minimum Wage Effects

29 October 2009
László Halpern - Balázs Muraközy
Innovation, productivity and exports: the case of Hungary

22 October 2009
Gábor Antal (CEU, MTA-KTI)
FDI and Wages: Evidence from Linked Employer-Employee Data in Hungary, 1986-2005

1 October 2009
Dániel Horn
Age of Selection Counts: a Cross-Country Analysis of Educational Institutions

24 September 2009
Anna Naszódi (MNB)
The Asset Pricing Model of Exchange Rate and its Test on Survey Data

18 June 2009
Péter Harasztosi (CEU)
Agglomeration patterns in Hungary

11 June 2009
Mirco Tonin (University of Southampton) - Michael Vlassopoulos (University of Southampton)
Disentangling the Sources of Pro-social Behavior in the Workplace: A Field Experiment

4 June 2009
Anna Lovász - Mariann Rigó (CEU)
Who Earns Their Keep? An Estimation of the Productivity-Wage Gap in Hungary 1986-2005

14 May 2009
Gergely Csorba - Dávid Farkas - Gábor Koltay
Separating the Ex-post Effects of Mergers: an Analysis of Structural Changes on the Hungarian Retail Gasoline Market

2 April 2009
Miklós Koren
Economies of Scale and the Size of Exporters

15 January 2009
Max Gillman (Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University)
Flat Tax Reform: The Baltics 2000 - 2007

27 November 2008
Gábor Békés
Trading Activities, Firms and Productivity
/Carlo Altomonte-Gábor Békés/

20 November 2008
Hairong Lai (Deputy Director and Senior Fellow - China Center for Comparative Politics and Economics)
Changing Political Structure in China

13 November 2008
Balázs Muraközy
Permanent and Temporary Trade

27 October 2008
Zsolt Darvas
Euro Area Enlargement and Euro Adoption Strategies

02 October 2008
Gergely Csorba-Gábor Kézdi
Estimating Switching Costs from Aggregate Data

18 September 2008
Gábor Koltay
How Much Does Your Enviroment Matter?

19 June 2008
Mária Csanádi
Spatial Disparities of System Transformation in China

22 May 2008
Douglass C. North
A New Approach to Understanding Economic Change

27 Mar 2008
John S. Earle
Understanding the Contributions of Reallocation to Productivity Growth: Lessons from a Comparative Firm-Level Analysis

20 Mar 2008
Lajos Zoltán Bakucs, Bernhard Brümmer (University of Göttingen), Stephan von Cramon-Taubadel (University of Göttingen), Imre Fertő
Wheat Market Integration between Hungary and Germany

YEAR: 2007

15 Nov 2007
Kopecsni György (Institute of Economic Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Praga)
Political Risk of Social Security: Evidence from Reforms in Hungary and the Czech Republic

14 June 2007
Liam J. A. Lenten (Department of Economics and Finance, La Trobe University, Australia)
The Extent to Which Unbalanced Schedules Affect Reported Competitive Balance in the Scottish Premier League

12 April 2007
Béla Greskovits (CEU)
Neoliberalism, Embedded Neoliberalism, and Neocorporatism: Paths towards Transnational Capitalism in Central-Eastern Europe

19 March 2007
Frank Barry (Trinity College, Dublin)
Institutional Capacity and Ireland's "Celtic Tiger" Economy

08 March 2007
Gábor Oblath
On the interpretation and international comparison of external imbalances

08 February 2007
Attila Havas
Futures for Universities

11 January 2007
Gábor Békés
Spillovers from Multinationals to Heterogeneous Domestic Firms: Evidence from Hungary

YEAR: 2005

14 Dec 2006
Kőszegi Botond - Matthew Rabin (University of California, Berkeley)
Dynamic Reference - Dependent Preferences

18 May 2006
Mirco Tonin
Did the Minimum Wage Increases in 2001-2002 Reduce Tax Evasion In Hungary?

8 May 2006
Oleksandr Perekhozuk (IAMO, Halle)
Market power in the Ukrainian dairy sector

4 May 2006
Heinrich Hockmann (IAMO, Halle)
The significance of risk: New developments in efficiency analysis

16 February 2006
György Molnár–Zsuzsa Kapitány
Expected Mobility and Demand for Redistribution

8 December 2005
Gábor G. Szabó-Krisztina Bárdos
Vertical Coordination by Contracts in Agribusiness: An Empirical Research in the Hungarian Dairy Sector

1 December 2005
Dóra Piroska
Small Post-Socialist States and Global Finance: A Comparative Study of the Internationalization of State Roles in Banking in Hungary and Slovenia

17 November 2005
Iván Major
Why do (or do not) banks share customer information? A comparison of mature private credit markets and markets in transition.

3 November 2005
Álmos Telegdy
Does Privatization Hurt Workers? Evidence from Comprehensive Manufacturing Firm Data in Hungary, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine

20 October 2005
Mirco Tonin
The Effects of the Minimum Wage in an Economy with Tax Evasion

27 October 2005
György Molnár - Zsuzsa Kapitány
Mobility, Subjective Mobility and Subjective Well-being in Hungary

08 September 2005
Gusztáv Nemes
Integrated Rural Development - The Concept and its Operation

14 April 2005
Imre Fertő (IEHAS), József Fogarasi
Choice of Farm Organisation

21 February 2005
Heinrich Hockmann (IAMO, Halle)
New Players in Russian Agriculture: What are the Future Prospects?

27 January 2005
Balázs Muraközy (CEU), László Halpern (IEHAS)
Does Distance Matter in Spillover?

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