Raymond Montizaan appeared in Dagblad de Limburger on 18 May 2019, ‘Leven lang leren’ houdt vaak op bij 56.
Call for papers
In the past decades, many industrialized countries have initiated major pension reforms to ensure the long-term financial viability of existing pension systems and to stimulate the labour market participation of older workers. However, recent debates in academia and policy circles question the extent to which all older workers will be able to extend their working life. Potential threats include workers’ ability to cope with physical and psychological demands in their job, the changing demand for skills due to ongoing technological change, the willingness of employers and employees to invest in human capital to cope with such changes, skills obsolescence and health changes, and age discrimination. From a scientific and policy perspective, it is important to better understand the potential threats towards continued employability and to identify what it takes to maintain employability at older ages.
The Maastricht University Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) organises a workshop on the topic of ‘Older Workers’ Skills and Labour Market Behaviour’. We invite you to present a paper that addresses one of the following themes:
- Changes in skills and tasks and how it affects older workers employability and productivity.
- Mismatch between skill supply and demand of older workers.
- Older workers’ skills, productivity and retirement behaviour.
- Changing demand for skills, workplace training and lifelong learning.
- Health impairments and investments, and implications for employability and retirement.
- Age discrimination in the labour market.
Invited lectures will be given by:
- dr. Giorgio Brunello (University of Padova)
- dr. Marike Knoef (Leiden University & Netspar)
- dr. David Neumark (University of California, Irvine)
Submission deadline: July 1, 2019
Please send your paper or extended abstract to Miranda Boere (firstname.lastname@example.org) before July 1, mentioning ‘Workshop on Older Workers’ Skills and Labour Market Behaviour’ on the subject line.
We aim at a maximum of 50 participants. Participation is free of charge. Travel and accommodation costs will not be covered.
Dates and venue
22 & 23 November, 2019.
Bonnefantenmuseum (http://www.bonnefanten.nl/en/), Maastricht, The Netherlands.
Didier Fouarge & Raymond Montizaan (ROA, Maastricht University).
Frank Cörvers appeared in NRC on 1 May 2019, Vrijwilligerswerk van studenten daalt flink
New Research Memorandum (ROA-RM-2019/3)
Towards reducing anxiety and increasing performance in physics education: Evidence from a randomized experiment
This study evaluates the effectiveness of an intervention of formative assessments with a clicker-based technology on anxiety and academic performance. We use a randomized experiment in physics education in one school in Dutch secondary education. For treated students the formative assessments are operationalized through quizzing at the end of each physics class, where clickers enable students to respond to questions. Control students do not receive these assessments and do not use clickers, but apart from that the classes they attend are similar. Findings from multilevel regressions indicate that the formative assessments significantly reduce anxiety in physics, and improve academic performance in physics in comparison with a traditional teaching. Furthermore, a mediation effect of anxiety in physics on academic performance is observed. In sum, this implies that an easily to implement technique of formative assessments can make students feel more at ease, which contributes to better educational performance.
New Research Memorandum (ROA-RM-2019/2)
Discrimination in hiring based on potential and realized fertility: Evidence from a large-scale field experiment
Due to conventional gender norms, women are more likely to be in charge of childcare than men. From an employer’s perspective, in their fertile age they are also at “risk” of
pregnancy. Both factors potentially affect hiring practices of firms. We conduct a largescale correspondence test in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, sending out approx.
9,000 job applications, varying job candidate’s personal characteristics such as marital status and age of children. We find evidence that, for part-time jobs, married women with
older kids, who likely finished their childbearing cycle and have more projectable childcare chores than women with very young kids, are at a significant advantage vis-à-vis
other groups of women. At the same time, married, but childless applicants, who have a higher likelihood to become pregnant, are at a disadvantage compared to single, but
childless applicants to part-time jobs. Such effects are not present for full-time jobs, presumably, because by applying to these in contrast to part-time jobs, women signal that
they have arranged for external childcare.
Raymond Montizaan appeared in De Financieele Telegraaf on 4 April 2019, Hoe (on)eerlijk is langer doorwerken?
New Research Memorandum (ROA-RM-2019/1)
Make yourselves scarce: The effect of demographic change on the relative wages and employment rates of experienced workers
We argue that rising supply of experience not only reduces experienced workers’ relative wages but also their relative labor market participation. From a theoretical model we
derive predictions which we quasi-experimentally investigate, using variation across U.S. local labor markets (LLMs) over the last decades and instrumenting experience supply
by the LLMs’ age structures a decade earlier. We find that aging substantially reduces experienced workers’ relative wages and employment rates, and also their labor market
participation rates. Our results imply that the effect of demographic change on labor markets might be more severe than previously recognized, as it reaches beyond wages.
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Andries de Grip appeared in NRC on 26 March 2019, ‘Veel mensen denken: ik kan dit toch niet’.