Lois & Bob Resek Mini Conference - Migration and Labor Mobility



The "Lois and Robert Resek Economics Seminar Series" is sponsored by Lois and Robert Resek.  The Department of Economics at the University of Illinois hosts a conference or mini-conference annually. The conference will be held April 5th from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm in room 226 Wohlers Hall.

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The seminars are research-based focusing on topics in applied economics that use econometric techniques and data to address an important policy issue. Previous seminars or conferences in the series: (reverse chronology). Bio of Dr. Robert Resek

Speakers this year are: Rick Mansfield (University of Colorado), Janna Johnson (University of Minnesota), & Brian Cadena (University of Colorado) 

Papers to be presented are: 

Rick Mansfield - "How Local Are U.S. Labor Markets?: Using an Assignment Model to Forecast the Geographic and Skill Incidence of Local Labor Demand Shocks"

Richard Mansfield is an Assistant Professor the Department of Economics at the University of Colorado - Boulder.  He earned his PhD in economics from Yale University, and his research lies in labor economics and the economics of education.   Specifically, his research focuses on the implications for earnings, employment, and educational attainment distributions of the way in which individuals are sorted to groups across a variety of contexts (such as students to classrooms, teachers to schools, and workers to jobs). 

Janna Johnson"Is Occupational Licensing a Barrier to Interstate Migration?"

Janna E. Johnson is Assistant Professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.  An economic demographer with a primary research focus on internal migration within the United States, she studies the causes and consequences of internal migration, both historic and current.  Her work also addresses issues related to data quality, particularly U.S. Census undercount and its impact on empirical research, and occupational licensing.

Dr. Johnson holds a PhD in Public Policy from the Harris School at the University of Chicago.  Recently, her work has appeared in The Journal of Labor Economics and Quantitative Economics.

Brian Cadena - "The International Transmission of Local Economic Shocks” (joint with Maria Caballero and Brian Kovak). 

**Professor Cadena's paper is a 'working paper' and he will distribute at the conference. 

Brian Cadena is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Colorado Boulder. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2008 and a B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Northwestern in 2003. His primary research interests are the labor market impacts of immigration, the intersection of behavioral economics with the economics of education, and the evaluation of anti-poverty programs. Prof. Cadena’s current research projects examine the role of immigrant networks in connecting local labor markets across countries, how demand conditions affect college major choices, and the impact of subsidized employment programs. His work has been supported by grants from the Russell Sage Foundation and the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, and his research has been published in leading journals including the Review of Economics and Statistics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, and Journal of Human Resources. He serves as an Associate Editor at Journal of Human Resources.