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Labor Supply, Wages, and Inequality

The Atlanta Fed's Center for Human Capital Studies will host its 12th annual employment conference on October 13 and 14 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Please contact Lisa Piggott for more information.

Note about COVID-19: The Atlanta Fed requires all visitors to be fully vaccinated to gain entry. When you arrive, the law enforcement officer at the Bank entrance will ask to see your vaccination card; a photo of the card on your mobile device will be acceptable. If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to provide a negative PCR test. Please note that only a PCR or rapid COVID test will be accepted. We cannot accept at-home tests.

We follow CDC recommendations for mask wearing so may also require you to wear a mask while you're in the Bank, depending on current community infection levels.


Thursday, October 13
1:00 p.m.

Raphael Bostic, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Session 1
Moderator: Melinda Pitts, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
"Has the Willingness to Work Fallen during the COVID Pandemic?"Adobe PDF file format
Presenter: R. Jason Faberman, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Coauthors: Andreas I. Mueller and Ayşegül Şahin
Discussant: Erik Hurst, University of Chicago
2:15 "Work from Home Before and After the COVID-19 Outbreak"Off-site link
Presenter: Adam Blandin, Vanderbilt University
Coauthors: Alexander Bick and Karel Mertens
Discussant: John Kennan, University of Wisconsin


3:45 "Labor Supply and the Pension-Contribution Link"Off-site link
Presenter: Eric French, University of Cambridge
Coauthors: Attila S. Lindner, Cormac O'Dea, and Tom A. Zawisza
Discussant: Roozbeh Hosseini, University of Georgia
4:45 "Gender Differences in Job Search and the Earnings Gap: Evidence from the Field and Lab"Off-site link
Presenter: Laura Pilossoph, Duke University
Coauthors: Patricia Cortes, Jessica Pan, Ernesto Reuben, and Basit Zafar
Discussant: David Wiczer, Stony Brook University
6:00 Reception and dinner
Friday, October 14
8:00 a.m.

Continental breakfast

Session 2
Moderator: Richard Rogerson, Princeton University
8:30 "National Wage Setting"Off-site link
Presenter: Christina Patterson, University of Chicago
Coauthors: Jonathon Hazell, Heather Sarsons, and Bledi Taska
Discussant: Isaac Sorkin, Stanford University
9:30 "Industries, Mega Firms, and Increasing Inequality"Off-site link
Presenter: John Haltiwanger, University of Maryland
Coauthors: Henry R. Hyatt and James Spletzer
Discussant: Salomé Baslandze, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
10:30 Break
11:00 "The Distributional Impact of the Minimum Wage in the Short and Long Run"Off-site link
Presenter: Elena Pastorino, Stanford University
Coauthors: Erik Hurst, Patrick Kehoe, and Thomas Winberry
Discussant: Simon Mongey, University of Chicago
Noon "Labor Market Fluidity and Human Capital Accumulation"Off-site link
Presenter: Niklas Engbom, New York University
Discussant: Marianna Kudlyak, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
1:00 p.m. Closing remarks
1:15 Bag lunch
Conference organizers: Richard Rogerson, Princeton University
Robert Shimer, University of Chicago
Melinda Pitts, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta