This conference is being held in honor of Robert LaLonde at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago on April 17-18, 2015.

April 17-18, 2015


Friday, April 17, 2015

7:30am – 8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00am – 8:15am Opening remarks by Dan Sullivan, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Robert LaLonde, University of Chicago and Guest of Honor
8:15am - 9:15am Josh Angrist, MIT

"Leveling Up: Early Results from a Randomized Evaluation of Post-Secondary Aid"

(Joint with David Autor, Sally Hudson and Amanda Pallais)

Discussant: Jonathan Guryan, Northwestern University
9:15am 9:30am Break
9:30am - 10:30am

Kristin Butcher, Wellesley College

"Comparing Apples to Oranges: Differences in Women's and Men's Incarceration and Sentencing Outcomes"

(Joint with Kyung Park and Anne Morrison Piehl)

Discussant: Diane Schanzenbach, Northwestern University

10:30am 10:45am Break
10:45am - 11:45am

Kenneth Troske, University of Kentucky

“Postsecondary Educational Returns to the GED Using Regression Discontinuity Analysis”

(Joint with Peter Mueser and Christopher Jepsen)

Discussant: Luojia Hu, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

11:45am - 12:00pm Break
12:00pm 1:00pm John Ham, National University of Singapore

"Allowing for Forward Looking Behavior When Estimating Dynamic Treatment Effects"

(Joint with Bocar Ba, Robert LaLonde, and Xianghong Li)

Discussant: Bruce D. Meyer, University of Chicago
1:00pm 2:15pm Lunch with remarks by Orley Ashenfelter, Princeton University
2:15pm 3:00pm Louis Jacobson, New Horizons Economic Research

"What Florida’s Exceptionally Detailed Person-Level Administrative Data Tells us about the Effectiveness of WIA-Supported Training and How Trainees can improve their Choices"

3:00pm 3:15pm Break
3:15pm - 4:15pm Haeil Jung, Indiana University

"The impact of expanding access to early childhood education services in rural Indonesia"

(Joint with Sally Brinkman, Amer Hasan, Angela Kinnell, and Menno Pradhan)

Discussant: Lisa Barrow, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
4:15pm 4:30pm Break
4:30pm - 5:30pm Jeffrey Smith, University of Michigan

"The Women of the National Supported Work Demonstration"

(Joint with Sebastian Calonico)

Discussant: Jens Ludwig, University of Chicago
6:00pm Conference Reception
The Gage
6:45pm Conference Dinner
The Gage

Saturday, April 18, 2015

8:30am - 9:00am Breakfast
9:00am - 10:00am Rajeev Dehejia, New York University, Wagner

"Local Instruments, Global Extrapolation: External Validity of the Labor Supply-Fertility Local Average Treatment Effect"

(Joint with James Bisbee, Cristian Pop-Eleches, and Cyrus Samii)

Discussant: Daniel Aaronson, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
10:00am - 10:15am Break
10:15am - 11:15am Petra Todd, University of Pennsylvania

"Assessing the Performance of Nonexperimental
Estimators for Evaluating Head Start"

Discussant: Jeffrey Smith, University of Michigan
11:15am - 11:30am Break
11:30am - 12:30pm Henry Farber, Princeton University

"Job Loss and its Consequences in the Great Recession and its Aftermath: Evidence from the Displaced Workers Survey"

Discussant: Matthew Notowidigdo, Northwestern University
12:30pm - 2:00pm Lunch with topic on "Program Evaluation and the Work of Bob Lalonde" by James Heckman, University of Chicago