Type: Seminar
Host: Ford School

Defense against the Dark Arts: A labor economics conference in honor of John E. DiNardo

Date & time

Sep 28, 2018, 1:00-9:00 pm EDT


Ross School of Business & Ford School of Public Policy

Friends, colleagues, students, and collaborators of John Enrico DiNardo are invited to attend a special conference at the University of Michigan that will celebrate his life and career. The conference will begin the afternoon of Friday, September 28 and run through Saturday, September 29, capped by a gathering with music on Saturday evening.

Sponsors: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of California Berkeley Center for Labor Economics, Princeton University Industrial Relations Section. With support from Peter and Julie Borish.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Ross School of Business, Room R0210 (lower level)
701 Tappan Avenue

1:00 p.m. Welcome
Michael S. Barr, Dean, University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
David Lee, Princeton University
Conference overview: Paula Lantz, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Moderator: David Card, University of California, Berkeley

1:15 - 2:15 p.m. The Economic Impact of a Very High National Minimum Wage: Evidence from the 1966 FLSA
Martha Bailey (University of Michigan), John DiNardo (University of Michigan), and Bryan Stuart (George Washington University)
Discussant: Charlie Brown, University of Michigan

2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Labor Market Institutions and the Distribution of Wage: The Role of Spillover Effects
Nicole Fortin (University of British Columbia), Thomas Lemieux (University of British Columbia), and Neil Lloyd (University of British Columbia)
Discussant: Gary Solon, University of Arizona

3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Break

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Polarization, Inequality, and Labor Force Participation
Robert Valletta (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco)
Discussant: Brian Kovak, Carnegie Mellon University

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. An Evaluation of the Impacts of Partial Unemployment Insurance: Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Washington
David S. Lee (Princeton University), Pauline Leung (Cornell University), Chris O’Leary (Upjohn Institute), Zhuan Pei (Cornell University), Simon Quach (Princeton University)
Discussant: Brian McCall, University of Michigan


University of Michigan Museum of Art
525 S. State Street

6:30 p.m. Reception

7:00 p.m. Dinner and tributes
Emcee for tributes: Tom Buchmueller

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
735 S. State Street

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast - Great Hall

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. ACA Medicaid Expansions and Unemployment
Thomas Buchmueller (University of Michigan), Helen Levy (University of Michigan) and Robert Valletta (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco)
Discussant: Jane Dokko, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Observational Studies of the Effect of Medicaid on Health: Controls Are Not Enough
Andrew Goodman-Bacon (Vanderbilt University), Seth Freedman (Indiana University), and Noah Hammarlund (Indiana University)
Discussant: Austin Nichols, Abt Associates

11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Break

11:30 - 12:30 p.m. Holiday, Just One Day Out of Life: Birth Timing and Post-Natal Outcomes
Mireille Jacobson (University of Southern California) and Heather Royer (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Discussant: Rodney Andrews, University of Texas at Dallas

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Sentencing Along the Prison/Probation Margin: Inequality and Econometrics
Kristin F. Butcher (Wellesley College), Kyung H. Park (Wellesley College), and Anne Morrison Piehl (Rutgers University)
Discussant: Kerwin Charles, University of Chicago

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. The Impact of Federal Grant Aid on College Enrollment, College Choice, Completion, and Earnings: Evidence from the Universe of Federal Aid Recipients
Amanda Eng (Cornell University) and Jordan Matsudaira (Columbia University)
Discussant: Susan Dynarski, University of Michigan

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Break

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Constructive Proposals for Dealing with Attrition: An Empirical Example
Justin McCrary (University of California, Berkeley), John DiNardo (University of Michigan), and Lisa Sanbonmatsu (Harvard University)
Discussant: Justin Tobias, Purdue University

5:00 p.m. Closing remarks: Thomas Lemieux, University of British Columbia

6:30 p.m. Dinner and music