Structural Empirical Microeconomic Models

June 4-5, 2014

Organizers: Costas Meghir and Joseph Altonji


8:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00 *Alessandra Voena (University of Chicago), Hamish Low (Cambridge University), Costas Meghir (Yale University), and Luigi Pistaferri (Stanford University), “Marriage, Social Insurance and Labor Supply”
10:00 Break
10:15 Gueorgui Kambourov, Aloysius Siow, and *Laura Turner (University of Toronto), “Relationship Skills in the Labor and Marriage Markets”
11:15 Break
11:30 Mary Ann Bronson (UCLA), “Degrees are Forever: Marriage, Educational Investment, and Lifecycle Labor Decisions of Men and Women
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Thomas Ahn (University of Kentucky), *Peter Arcidiacono, Amy Hopson, and James Thomas (Duke University), “Grade Inflation in Equilibrium with Implications for Female Interest in STEM Majors”
2:30 Suphanit Piyapromdee (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “The Impact of Immigration on Wages, Internal Migration and Welfare
3:30 Break
3:45 *Jaap Abbring and Yifan Yu (Tilburg University), “The Empirical Content of Synchronization Games”
4:45 *Thierry Magnac, Nicolas Pistolesi (University of Toulouse), and Sébastien Roux (CREST INSEE), “Post Schooling Human Capital Investments and the Life Cycle Variance of Earnings
7:00 Dinner, Union League
8:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00 Christopher Flinn (NYU/CCA), *Ahu Gemici (Royal Holloway/University of London) and Steven Laufer (Board of Governers/FRB), “Search, Matching, and Training”
10:00 Break
10:15 Marcus Hagedorn (University of Oslo), Fatih Karahan (Federal Reserve Bank of NY), *Iourii Manovskii, and Kurt Mitman (University of Pennsylvania), “Unemployment Benefits and Unemployment in the Great Recession: The Role of Macro Effects
11:15 Break
11:30 *Rong Hai, Rong, and James Heckman (University of Chicago), “A Dynamic Model of Health, Education and Wealth with Credit Constraints and Rational Addiction”
12:30 Lunch
1:30 *Pedro Carneiro, Italo Lopez Garcia (University College London), Kjell G. Salvanes (Norwegian School of Economics), and Emma Tominey (University of York), “Intergenerational Mobility and the Timing of Parental Income”
2:30 Daniella Del Boca (University of Turin), Christopher Flinn (NYU), and *Matthew Wiswall (Arizona State University), “Transfers to Households with Children and Child Development”
3:30 Break
3:45 *Nikhil Agarwal (MIT & Yale University), Atila Abdulkadiroglu (Duke University), and Parag A. Pathak (MIT/NBER), The Welfare Effects of Congestion in Uncoordinated Assignment: Evidence from NYC HS Match”
4:45 Joseph Altonji (Yale University) and *Richard Mansfield (Cornell University), “Estimating School and Neighborhood Effects Using Sorting on Observables to Control for Sorting on Unobservables


Brant Abbott (Yale University)
Jaap Abbring (Tilburg School of Econ. & Mgt.)
Nikhil Agarwal (Yale University)
Joseph Altonji (Yale University)
Peter Arcidiacono (Duke University)
Steven Berry (Yale University)
Mary Ann Bronson (UC-Los Angeles)
Pedro Carneiro (University College London)
Eleanor Dillon (Arizona State University)
Philipp Eisenhauer (University of Chicago)
Chao Fu (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Ahu Gemici (Royal Holloway/Univ. London)
Limor Golan (Washington University-St. Louis)
Rong Hai (University of Chicago)
Philip Haile (Yale University)
Mitsuru Igami (Yale University)
Juanna Joensen (Stockholm School of Economics)
Adam Kapor (Yale University)
John Kennan (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Ahmed Khwaja (Yale University)
Alvin Klevorick (Yale University)
Thibaut Lamadon (University College London)
 James Levinsohn (Yale University)
Italo Lopez Garcia (University College London)
Thierry Magnac (University of Toulouse)
Iourii Manovskii (University of Pennsylvania)
Richard Mansfield (Cornell University)
Costas Meghir (Yale University)
Robert Miller (Carnegie Mellon University)
Joseph Mullins (NYU)
Christopher Neilson (Yale University)
Emily Nix (Yale University)
Corina Mommaerts (Yale University)
Florian Oswald (Yale University)
Suphanit Piyapromdee (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Ana Reynoso (Yale University)
Anne-Katrin Roesler (Yale University)
Camilla Roncoroni (Yale University)
Bernard Salanie (Columbia University
Marcel Sant’Anna (Yale University)
Jakob Schneebacher (Yale University)
Steven Stern (University of Virginia)
Laura Turner (University of Toronto)
Alessandra Voena (University of Chicago)
Yujung Whang (Yale University)
Matthew Wiswall (NYU)

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.

For additional details, please contact your institution’s IT department or search your institution’s support page.

*Credential format is typically, e.g., or

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.