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The Atlanta Fed's Center for Human Capital Studies will host its ninth annual employment conference, "The Changing Nature of Inequality across Firms, Geography, and Generations," on October 11 and 12 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

The conference is by invitation only and space is limited, so please register as soon as possible to guarantee your spot. The conference hotel is the Loew's Atlanta Hotel. Please register by September 10 to receive the conference rate. If you have any questions, contact Lisa Piggott or Melinda Pitts.


Thursday, October 11, 2018 Conference information
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. Welcome
Raphael Bostic, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  Session 1
Moderator: Melinda Pitts, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
1:00 Dancing with the Stars: Innovation through Interactions Off-site link
Presenter: Stefanie Stantcheva, Harvard University
Discussant: Chris Tonetti, Stanford University
2:00 Inequality of Educational Opportunity? Schools as Mediators of the Intergenerational Transmission of Income Off-site link
Presenter: Jesse Rothstein, University of California–Berkeley
Discussant: Veronica Guerrieri, University of Chicago
3:00 Break
3:30 The Fall of the Labor Share and the Rise of Superstar Firms Off-site link
Presenter: David Dorn, University of Zurich
Co-authors: David Autor, Lawrence Katz, Christina Patterson, and John Van Reene
Discussant: Loukas Karabarbounis, University of Minnesota
4:30 Location as an Asset Off-site link
Presenter: Esteban Rossi Hansberg, Princeton University
Co-authors: Adrien Bilal
Discussant: Tommaso Porzio, University of California–San Diego

Reception and dinner

"The Opportunity Atlas: Mapping the Childhood Roots of Economic Success"Off-site link
Speaker: Raj Chetty, Harvard University
Friday, October 12, 2018
8:00 a.m. Continental breakfast
  Session 2
Moderator: Richard Rogerson, Princeton University
8:30 Spatial Variation in Higher Education Financing and the Supply of College Graduates Off-site link
Presenter: John Kennan, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Discussant: Amanda Agan, Rutgers University
9:30 Lifetime Incomes in the United States over Six Decades Off-site link
Presenter: Fatih Guvenen, University of Minnesota
Co-author: Greg Kaplan, Jae Song, Justin Weidner
Discussant: Chris Foote, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
10:30 Break
11:00 Labor Market ConcentrationOff-site link and Concentration in US Labor Markets: Evidence from Online Vacancy Data Off-site link
Presenter: Ioana Marinescu, University of Pennsylvania
Co-authors: José Azar, Marshall Steinbaum, Bledi Taska
Discussant: Lisa Kahn, University of Rochester
Noon Closing remarks
David Altig, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
12:15 p.m. Bag lunch

Conference Organizers:
Richard Rogerson,
Princeton University
Robert Shimer, University of Chicago
Melinda Pitts,
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta