Structural Empirical Microeconomic Models

June 13-14, 2012

Organizers: Joseph Altonji and Costas Meghir

8:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00 Rafael Dix-Carneiro (University of Maryland), “Trade Liberalization and Labor Market Dynamics
10:00 Break
10:15 Robert Miller (Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business), “Life-Cycle Fertility and Human Capital Accumulation” (with George-Levi Gayle) [Slides]
11:15 Jerome Adda (European University Institute), “The Career Costs of Children”
12:15 Lunch
1:15 Alessandra Voena (Chicago University), “Yours, Mine and Ours: Do Divorce Laws Affect the Intertemporal Behavior of Married Couples?”
2:15 Break
2:30 Peter Arcidiacono (Duke University), “College Attrition and the Dynamics of Information Revelation” (with Esteban Aucejo and Arnaud Maurel)
3:30 Chao Fu (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “College-Major Choice to College-Then-Major Choice
4:30 Break
4:45 John Rust (University of Maryland), “Can the Job Market for Economists be Improved?
7:00 Dinner, Ibiza Restaurant, 39 High Street
8:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00 Laura Turner (University of Toronto), “Social Security, Endogenous Retirement and Intrahousehold Cooperation” (with Giovanni Gallipoli)
10:00 Break
10:15 Eric French (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago), “The Effect of Disability Insurance Receipt on Labor Supply
11:15 Rasmus Lentz (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “An Empirical Model of Wage Dispersion with Sorting” (with Jesper Bagger) [Abstract]
12:15 Lunch
1:15 Aloysius Siow (University of Toronto), “Becker Meets Ricardo: Multisector Matching with Social and Cognitive Skills” (with Robert McCann, Xianwen Shi & Ronald Wolthoff) [Slides]
2:15 Break
2:30 Marc Rysman (Boston University), “Measuring Network Effects in a Dynamic Environment” (with Gautam Gowrisankaran and Minsoo Park)
3:30 Amit Kumar Gandhi (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “Estimating Discrete Choice Models of Demand with Market Level Variation” (with Zhentong Lu and Xiaoxia Shi)
4:30 Break
5:00 Juan Pantano (Washington University in St. Louis), “Estimating Neighborhood Choice Models: Lessons from a Housing Assistance Experiment” (with Sebastian Galiani and Alvin Murphy)
Adda, Jerome
Altonji, Joseph
Ching, Andrew
Dix-Carneiro, Rafael
Fletcher, Jason
French, Eric
Fu, Chao
Dong, Gang (Nathan)
Gallipoli, Giovanni
Gandhi, Amit
Ho, Kate
Joensen, Juanna
Johnson, Terry
Kennan, John
Klevorick, Alvin K.
Lee, Soohyung
Lentz, Rasmus
Maurel, Arnaud
Meghir, Costas
Miller, Robert
Mosso, Stefano
Pantano, Juan
Rey, Patrick
Rust, John
Rysman, Marc
Shephard, Andrew
Shi, Xiaoxia
Siow, Aloysius
Stern, Steven
Taber, Christopher
Turner, Laura
Voena, Alessandra
Wiswall, Matthew
Yamaguchi, Shintaro

Conference Frequently Asked Questions

Yale provides visitors two Wi-Fi network options:

  • YaleGuest
  • Eduroam

YaleGuest is a public, insecure wireless network available for anyone’s use, but has limited network access. Due to security reasons, certain programs and functionality may not be accessible via the YaleGuest network, e.g., Dropbox, Skype, and Box.  

If possible, we recommended you use the Eduroam wireless network.  Eduroam (education roaming) is a secure, world-wide roaming access service that allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campuses when visiting other participating institutions.

If your institution is a partneraccess the Eduroam network by selecting Eduroam from the Wi-Fi list on your mobile device and sign-in using your home institution’s credentials*. View Eduroam’s complete listing of U.S. participating schools; International visitors can look for institutional listings on this country page.

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The conference will be held at the Yale School of Management (SOM), Evans Hall located at 165 Whitney Ave and is about a 20 minute walk from the Blake Hotel. The easiest route to SOM from the Blake Hotel is to go south-east on George Street and turn left on Temple St. Temaple will merge into Whitney Avenue. SOM will be on the right side of the street across from the Peabody Museum (see map below).

The conference will be held at the Yale School of Management (SOM), Evans Hall located at 165 Whitney Ave and is about a 15 minute walk from the Omni Hotel. The easiest route to SOM from the Omni Hotel is to go north on Temple St. which merges into Whitney Avenue. SOM will be on the right side of the street across from the Peabody Museum (see map below).

For travel expense reimbursement for the 2020 Cowles GE Conference, please send the following items by Friday, July 31, 2020.

For travel expense reimbursement for the 2020 Cowles Summer Conferences, please send the following items by Friday, September 11, 2020.


  • Complete the appropriate online conference travel reimbursement form (These online forms allow you to upload any/all relevant forms and receipts which will be bundled together as one document):
  • Please upload any/all receipts for airfare (economy only)/rail and ground transportation. Receipts must be itemized and show proof of payment (i.e., if paid by credit card the receipt should show the last 4 digits of the credit card).

Note, vouchers for previously canceled or unrelated travel cannot be reimbursed if used to pay for any Cowles related travel.





Email or send original receipts, completed travel reimbursement form, and applicable international forms to:

Darlene Smith
Event & Visitor Assistant Administrator
Cowles Foundation at Yale University
30 Hillhouse Avenue
P.O. Box 208281
New Haven, CT 06520

Email questions to Darlene Smith


The conference sessions are held on the second floor in Evans Hall at the Yale School of Management. Restrooms can be found on the perimeter of the building along the sides and back of the building.

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The Cowles Foundation is located in the heart of Yale’s campus at 30 Hillhouse Avenue.  Use the Yale online campus map to help find your way around.

If you need assistance with an Omni Hotel room reservation, please contact Alyson Perri, Convention Services Manager, Omni Hotels.

In cases of emergency, contact the appropriate department listed below:

You can also report a crime or send an anonymous text tip through our Bulldog Mobile (LiveSafe) app. (To register for Bulldog Mobile please visit the Yale LiveSafe page)

For addtional emergency information, visit the Yale Emergency Management website.

Yes, a shuttle bus will be arranged to drive between the hotel and conference location. Typically, an announcement will be sent out from Darlene Smith the day before with additional information.