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The All-California Labor Economics Conference (ACLEC) brings together the top labor economists in California annually to present recent research. This year’s conference will be hosted by USC on Thursday, October 4th and Friday, October 5th. Silvia Helena Barcellos (CESR), Sandra Rozo (Marshall) and Arie Kapteyn (CESR) are co-organizing. Download the current program here.

Information for guests

Conference venue Day-1: October 4, 2018
Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at USC
3540 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007
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*Wi-Fi is complimentary and on the USC Guest Network

Conference venue Day-2: October 5, 2018
Davidson Conference Center (Vineyard room)
3409 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089
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*USC Wi-Fi available

For guests with pre-arranged lodging, hotel accommodations have been made at the Radisson Hotel which is located at 3540 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007. Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements.

Parking structure located on-campus is McCarthy Way (PSX structure).
The cost of parking on-campus is $12 daily. You will need a parking permit which can be purchased in any visitor parking lot. Please note that there is heavy traffic around campus; allow yourself some extra time. 

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Prior conferences have been hosted by Stanford, UCSD, UC Davis, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley, RAND and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. There will be 16 papers presented at the conference, starting Thursday afternoon and ending early afternoon on Friday. There will also be a graduate student poster session, reception and dinner on Thursday evening.


Organizers: Arie Kapteyn, Silvia Helena Barcellos and Sandra Rozo, University of Southern California

Thursday October 4th, 2018

Location: Radisson LA Midtown at USC

Registration and Lunch

Welcoming Remarks

Session 1

Moderator: Silvia Helena Barcellos (USC)

Timothy McQuade (Stanford)
Co-authors: Rebecca Diamond (Stanford), Michael J. Dickstein (New York University) and Petra Persson (Stanford)
Take-Up, Drop-Out, and Spending in ACA Marketplaces

Marcella Alsan (Stanford)
Co-authors: Owen Garrick (Bridge Clinical Research) and Grant Graziani (UC Berkeley)
Does Diversity Matter for Health? Experimental Evidence from Oakland

Vellore Arthi (UC Irvine)
Co-authors: Brian Beach (William & Mary and NBER) and and W. Walker Hanlon (NYU Stern and NBER)
Can Migration Make Deadly Recessions Look Healthy? Evidence from Large-scale Linked Microdata

Itzik Fadlon (UCSD)
Co-authors: Shanthi P. Ramnath (U.S. Department of the Treasury) and Patricia K. Tong (RAND)
Household Responses to Transfers and Liquidity: Evidence from Social Security’s Survivors Benefits


Session 2

Moderator: Arie Kapteyn (USC)

Christian Fons-Rosen (UC Merced)
Co-authors: Rocco d’Este (University of Sussex) and Mirko Draca (University of Warwick and Centre for Economic Performance, LSE)
Shadow Lobbyists

Justin Marion (UC Santa Cruz)
Co-author: Ricard Gil (Queen’s University)
Customer versus firm discrimination: Evidence from desegregating movie theaters during Jim Crow

Jenna Stearns (UC Davis)
Co-authors: Sarah Bana (UC Santa Barbara), Kelly Bedard (UC Santa Barbara), Maya Rossin-Slater (Stanford)
Unequal Access to Paid Family Leave: The Role of Employers

Benjamin Schoefer (UC Berkeley)
Co-authors: Simon Ja¨ger, (MIT and NBER) Samuel Young (MIT) and Josef Zweimu¨ller (U Zurich and CEPR)
Wages, Bargaining, and the Nonemployment Option

Reception and poster session


Friday October 5th, 2018

Location: Davidson Conference Center (Vineyard room) at USC


Session 3

Moderator: Sandra Rozo (USC)

Emily Nix (USC)
Co-authors: Martti Kaila (University of Helsinki), Kristiina Huttunen (VATT Institute for Economic Research) and Tuomas Kosonen (Labour Institute for Economic Research in Helsinki)
Shared Punishment: The Impact of Incarcerating Fathers on Child Outcomes

Matthew Pecenco (UC Berkeley)
Co-authors: Samuel Norris (Northwestern University) and Jeffrey Weaver (USC)
The Effects of Parental and Sibling Incarceration: Evidence from Ohio

David Bjerk (Claremont McKenna College)
Co-author: Eric Helland (Claremont McKenna College)
What Can DNA Exonerations Tell Us About Racial Differences in Wrongful Conviction Rates?

Rosanna Smart (RAND)
Co-author: Priscillia Hunt (RAND)
Investigation of Employers' Preferences for the Design of Staffing Agency Incentives to Hire Ex-Felons


Session 4

Moderator: Leandro Carvalho (USC)

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes (San Diego State University)
Co-author: Ashley Muchow (Pardee RAND Graduate School)
Immigration Enforcement Awareness and Crime Reporting among Latino Immigrants in Los Angeles

Jisung Park (UCLA)
Co-authors: Joshua Goodman (Harvard), Michael Hurwitz (College Board) and Jonathan Smith (Georgia State University)
Heat and Learning


Robert W. Fairlie (UC Santa Cruz)
Co-authors: Javier Miranda (U.S. Census Bureau) and Nikolas Zolas (U.S. Census Bureau)
Job Creation and Survival among Entrepreneurs: Evidence from the Universe of U.S. Startups

Adriana Lleras-Muney (UCLA)
Co-authors: Anna Aizer (Brown University), Shari Eli (Toronto University), Keyoung Lee (UCLA), Rodrigo Pinto (UCLA)
The lifetime effects of youth training programs


Sponsors of the 2018 ACLEC include: