7th Trans Pacific Labor Seminar

August 8-9, 2014

University of New South Wales


The Trans Pacific Labor Seminar (TPLS) was founded by Takao Kato and Peter Kuhn in 2007 to begin a much-needed process of international academic integration of labor economists in the Pacific Rim.  Since then, the TPLS has been holding annual meetings in the United States and Japan. This year the TPLS is pleased to expand its scope and hold its annual meeting in Australia, hosted by the School of Economics at the Australian School of Business, UNSW.

Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel is located at 242 Arden Street in Coogee, Sydney NSW.

Papers will be made available online closer to the date. Participants are encouraged to download them beforehand, as hard copies will not be available at the workshop.

UNSW Local Organization Committee: Geni Dechter, Isabella Dobrescu, Xiaodong Fan, Elisabetta Magnani, Hodaka Morita (Chair), Carolina Roberts, Tess Stafford, Cheng-Tao Tang. 



(August 8, Crowne Plaza Hotel - Centennial Room)


8:30     Welcome and Coffee with Refreshments

8:55     Opening remarks: Denise Doiron, Head of School of Economics, UNSW Australia Business  School


Morning Session

Chair   Elisabetta Magnani (UNSW Australia)

9:00     Dan Hamermesh (University of Texas at Austin) and Daiji Kawaguchi (Hitotsubashi University)

            Does Labor legislation BenefitWorkers? Well-Being After an Hours Reduction (with Jungmin Lee)  slides

9:45     Jed DeVaro (California State University, East Bay)

            Compensation and Intrinsic Motivation in Nonprofitand For-Profit Organizations (with Nan Maxwell and Hodaka Morita) 

10:30   Coffee Break  

11:00   Fumio Ohtake (Osaka University)

            The Hidden Curriculum and Social Preferences (with Akahiro Ito and Kohei Kubota) Slides

11:45   Deborah A. Cobb-Clark (University of Melbourne)
            Locus of Control and Savings (with Sonja C. Kassenboehmer and Mathias G. Sinning)  Slides

12:30   Lunch at BlueSalt Restaurant (Crowne Plaza Hotel)


Afternoon Session

Chair   Isabella Dobrescu (UNSW Australia)

1:30     Kailing Shen (Xiamen University)

            Do Employers Prefer Undocumented Workers? Evidencefrom China’s Hukou System (with Peter Kuhn) Slides

2:15     Xin Meng (Australian National University)

            Intergenerational Effect of the Chinese Cultural Revolution on Education (with Guochang Zhao) 

3:00     Coffee Break 

3:30     Takao Kato (Colgate University) and Hideo Owan (University of Tokyo) 

          WorkingHours, Promotion, and the Gender Gaps in the Workplace: Theory and Evidencefrom an Econometric Case Study (with Daiji Kawaguchi and Hiromasa Ogawa)

4:15     Michael Waldman (Cornell University) 

            The Dual Avenues of Labor Market Signalling

5:00     Drinks at Oceans Bar (Crowne Plaza Hotel) 

6:30     Dinner at Banana Palm Coogee



(August 9, Crowne Plaza Hotel - Centennial Room)


9:00     Coffee with Refreshments 

Morning Session

Chair   Tess Stafford (UNSW Australia)

9:30     Peter Kuhn (University of California Santa Barbara)

           Age, Beauty and Employers’ Gender Preferences: Direct Evidence from Four Job Boards (with Delgado Helleseter, Miguel, and Kailing Shen)

10:15   Jessica Pan (National University of Singapore)

           Gender Gap under Pressure: Performance and Reaction to Shocks (with Cai Xiqian, Lu Yi, and Zhong Songfa)  Slides

11:00   Coffee Break 

11:30   Yukiko Asai (University of Tokyo) and Ryo Kambayashi (Hitotsubashi University)

           Career of Married Women and the Nature of Husbands’ Work: Evidence from Japan (with Takao Kato) Slides

12:15   Susan Averett (Lafayette College)

        Gender Differences in the Effect of Family Size on Education: New Evidence from China’s One Child Policy (with Laura Argys)  Slides

1:00     Lunch at BlueSalt Restaurant (Crowne Plaza Hotel)


Afternoon Session

Chair   Xiaodong Fan (UNSW Australia)

2:00     Yukiko Abe (Hokkaido University)

            Heterogeneity, Coordination, and Female Labor Force Participation  Slides

2:45     Kevin Schnepel (University of Sydney) 

            Food Stamps and Labor Supply: Evidence from Lifetime Bans for Drug Felons  Slides

3:30     Tess Stafford (University of New South Wales)

            Experience and the Wage Elasticity of Labor Supply


4:15     Conference closing remarks: Takao Kato, Colgate University

4:20     Conference closes

5:15     Bus departs Crowne Plaza Hotel for Harbour Cruise