Joe-Fest 2018: A Conference in Honor of Joe Altonji’s 65th Birthday

September 7-8, 2018

Location: Yale School of Management
Evans Hall, 165 Whitney Ave., Room 2400

Organizers: Dan Aaronson, Lisa Kahn, Costas Meghir, and Chris Taber 


Friday, September 7
9:00am to 10:00am

Registration and Breakfast

10:00am to 10:45am Jeffrey Clemens (University of California, San Diego), Lisa B. Kahn* (University of Rochester), Jonathan Meer (Texas A&M University), "Dropouts Need Not Apply: The Minimum Wage and Skill Upgrading"

Discussant: Dan Aaronson (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)
10:45am to 11:30am Rick Mansfield (University of Colorado at Boulder), "How Local Are U.S. Labor Markets?: Using an Assignment Model to Forecast the Geographic and Skill Incidence of Local Labor Demand Shocks"

Discussant: John Kennan (University of Wisconsin - Madison)
11:30am to 12:00pm

Coffee Break

12:00pm to 12:45pm Richard Blundell (University College London (UCL)), Monica Costa Dias (Universidade do Porto), Costas Meghir* (Yale University), "Employment, Training and Human Capital Accumulation"

Discussant: Peter Arcidiacono (Duke University)
12:45pm to 1:45pm


1:45pm to 2:30pm Gaurab Aryal (University of Virginia), Manudeep Bhuller (University of Oslo), Fabian Lange* (McGill University), "Employer Learning with Instruments"

Discussant: Emily Nix (University of Southern California)
2:30pm to 3:15pm Justine Hastings (Brown University), Chris Neilson (Princeton University), Seth Zimmerman* (University of Chicago), "The Effect of School Choice on Intrinsic Motivation and Academic Outcomes"

Discussant: Josh Angrist (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
3:15pm to 3:45pm

Coffee Break

3:45pm to 4:30pm Nicolas Roys (Royal Holloway and Bedford New College), Chris Taber* (University of Wisconsin - Madison), "Skill Prices, Occupations and Changes in the Wage Structure for Low Skilled Men"

Discussant: Thomas Lemieux (University of British Columbia)
4:30pm to 5:15pm David Cho (Princeton University), Alan Krueger* (Princeton University), "Rent Sharing within Firms"

Discussant: Daniel Sullivan (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)

Dinner - Union League Cafe [Map]

Saturday, September 8
7:30am to 8:30am


8:30am to 9:15am Aloysius Siow* (University of Toronto), Ismael Mourifié (University of Toronto), "The Cobb Douglas Marriage Matching Function" [Presentation material]

Discussant: Ilse Lindenlaub (Yale University)
9:15am to 10:00am John Ham (New York University), Ken Ueda (The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency), "Comparing the Conley-Taber and the Standard Approaches to Inference in Difference-in-Difference Models Based on Small Policy Variation: The Case of TennCare" [Presentation material]

Discussant: Corina Mommaerts (University of Wisconsin - Madison)
10:00am to 10:30am

Coffee Break

10:30am to 11:15am Bruce Meyer* (University of Chicago), Victoria Mooers (University of Chicago), Derek Wu (University of Chicago), "The Use of Misuse of Income Data and the Rarity of Extreme Poverty in the U.S." [Presentation material]

Discussant: James Spletzer (U.S. Census Bureau)
11:15am to 12:00pm Todd Elder* (Michigan State University), David Figlio (Northwestern University), Scott Imberman (Michigan State University), Claudia Persico (University of Wisconsin - Madison), "School Segregation and Racial Gaps in Childhood Disability"

Discussant: Issac McFarlin (University of Florida)
12:00pm to 12:15pm

Coffee Break

12:15pm to 1:00pm David Card* (University of California, Berkeley), Dean Hyslop (Motu Economic and Public Policy Research), "Female Earnings Inequality and the Extensive Margin"

Discussant: Janet Currie (Princeton University)
1:00pm to 2:00pm



Dan Aaronson (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)
Kevin Lang (Boston University)
Jason Abaluck (Yale University)
Fabian Lange (McGill University)
Daisuke Adachi (Yale University)
Thomas Lemieux (University of British Columbia)
Mohit Agrawal (Yale University)
Ilse Lindenlaub (Yale University)
Mary Altonji (Daughter)
Bentley MacLeod (Columbia University)
Matt Altonji (Son)
Richard Mansfield (University of Colorado at Boulder)
Joe Altonji (Yale University)
Rosa Matzkin (UCLA)
Priyanka Anand (George Mason University)
Isaac McFarlin (University of Florida)
Donald Andrews (Yale University)
Therese McGuire (Northwestern University)
Josh Angrist (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Peter McHenry (College of William and Mary)
Julian Aramburu (Yale University)
Rebecca McKibbin (Yale University)
Peter Arcidiacono (Duke University)
Costas Meghir (Yale University)
Antoine Arnoud (Yale University)
Bruce Meyer (U.S. Census Bureau - University of Chicago)
Orley Ashenfelter (Princeton University)
Robert Moffitt (Johns Hopkins University)
Dirk Bergemann (Yale University)
Corina Mommaerts (University of Wisconsin - Madison)
Marianne Bernatzky Koehli (Yale University)
Yusuke Narita (Yale University)
Barbara Biasi (Yale University)
Kritika Narula (Yale University)
Marianne Bruins (University of Oxford)
Derek Neal (University of Chicago)
Lorenzo Caliendo (Yale University)
Christopher Neilson (Princeton University)
Eugene Canjels (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission)
Cynthia Nethercut (Yale University)
David Card (University of California, Berkeley)
Emily Nix (University of Southern California)
Gaurav Chiplunkar (Yale University)
Cormac O'Dea (Yale University)
Taha Choukhmane (Yale University)
Yoko Okuyama (Yale University)
Robert Coen (Northwestern University)
Theodore Papageorgiou (McGill University)
Janet Currie (Princeton University)
Antonia Paredes Haz (Yale University)
Will Damron (Yale University)
R. Vincent Pohl (University of Georgia)
Thomas Dunn (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission)
Robert Porter (Northwestern University)
Todd Elder (Michigan State University)
Hitoshi Sadakane (Kyota University)
Jose-Antonio Espin-Sanchez (Yale University)
Fiona Scott Morton (Yale University)
Constanca Esteves-Sorenson (Yale University)
Soumitra Shukla (Yale University)
Henry Farber (Princeton University)
Nachum Sicherman (Columbia University)
Lucas Finamor (Yale University)
Sourav Sinha (Yale University)
Benjamin Friedrich (Northwestern University)
Aloysius Siow (University of Toronto)
John Geanakoplos (Yale University)
Nicholas Snashall-Woodhams (Yale University)
Dora Gicheva (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
Suk Joon Son (Yale University)
Phil Haile (Yale University)
Jamin Speer (University of Memphis)
John Ham (NYU, Abu Dhabi)
Jim Spletzer (U.S. Census Bureau)
John Eric Humphries (Yale University)
Daniel Sullivan (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)
Hidehiko Ichimura (University of Arizona)
Anand Swamy (Williams College)
Viraj Jorapur (Yale University)
Chris Taber (University of Wisconsin - Madison)
Lisa Kahn (University of Rochester)
Emiko Usui (Hitotsubashi University)
Adam Kapor (Princeton University)
Ernesto Villanueva (Banco de España)
John Kennan (University of Wisconsin - Madison)
Katherine Wagner (Yale University)
Mark Klee (U.S. Census Bureau)
Ebonya Washington (Yale University)
Al Klevorick (Yale University)
Jaya Wen (Yale University)
Samuel Kortum (Yale University)
Yu Jung Whang (Yale University)
Laurence Kotlikoff (Boston University)
Pengpeng Xiao (Yale University)
Alan Krueger (Princeton University)
Ling Zhong (Yale University)
Christopher Ksoll (Mathematica Policy Research)
Zhengren Zhu (Yale University)
Soonwoo Kwon (Yale University)
Fabrizio Zilibotti (Yale University)
Louise Laage (Yale University)
Seth Zimmerman (University of Chicago)

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 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).

Reimbursement for travel expenses is offered for the General Equilibrium Conference and the Cowles Summer Conferences.

For travel expense reimbursement for the General Equilibrium Conference, please send the following items by Friday, May 18, 2018.

For travel expense reimbursement for the Cowles Summer Conferences, please send the following items by Friday, September 7, 2018.






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

Yale and New Haven offer many attractions to bide your time while in the Elm City. Below is a list of a few:

Yale Attractions

New Haven Attractions

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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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:

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.