Learning and Work Hybrid Seminars, Maastricht University, SBE, Spring 2024

Our regular Tuesday hybrid seminar series (from 12:00 to 13:00, onsite and also via zoom) features researchers from different disciplines, with focuses on both academic and policy issues.


L&W hybrid seminar organizers

Raymond Montizaan: r.montizaan@maastrichtuniversity.nl
Katarina Wessling: k.wessling@maastrichtuniversity.nl
Steffen Künn: s.kuenn@maastrichtuniversity.nl

  • Upcoming seminars 2024

    When: April 16
    Time: 12h00 – 13h00
    Where: TS53: room A1.23 / Zoom

    Presenter: Patrick Lehnert (UZH, University of Zürich)
    Title: Environmental Awareness and Occupational Choices of Adolescents

    Abstract: We analyze the impact of environmental awareness on the occupational choices of adolescents. To do so, we exploit the apprenticeship system in Switzerland, where about two-thirds of adolescents choose an apprenticeship in their preferred occupation at around age 15. We consider two dimensions of environmental awareness as potential drivers of their occupational choice. First, we consider time-persistent regional social norms, which we proxy by regional differences in popular votes on environmental issues. Second, we investigate short-term shocks in environmental awareness, which we proxy by the occurrence of Fridays for Future strikes in different locations at different points in time. To measure whether adolescents choose occupations that have the potential to serve environmental protection, we estimate an occupational greenness score based on Swiss job-ad texts as data. Combining this occupational greenness score with detailed process-generated data on adolescents’ applications from Yousty, Switzerland’s largest online job board for apprenticeship positions, we find that environmental awareness is positively related to the greenness of adolescents’ occupational choices. However, this finding applies only to short-term shocks in environmental awareness and not to time-persistent pro-environmental norms. We interpret this result as evidence for a social-movement effect on norms and values that significantly alter adolescents’ occupational choices.

    April 23: Olivier Marie (Erasmus University)
    May 14: tba
    May 21: Elke Claes (ROA)
    May 28: Jonna Blanck (WZB)
    June 4: Libertad Gonzalez (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
    June 11: Marco Caliendo (University of Potsdam)
    June 25: Robert Dur (Erasmus University)
    July 2: Robert Mahlstedt (Copenhagen University)

    Previous seminars


    April 9: Can Public Policies Break the Gender Mold? Evidence from Paternity Leave Reforms in Six Countries - Sébastien Fontenay (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

    March 26: The Cost of Air Pollution for Workers and Firms - Marion Leroutier (Institute for Fiscal Studies London)

    March 19: Worker Representatives - Thomas Dohmen (University of Bonn)

    March 12: Building Health across Generations: Unraveling the Impact of Early Childcare on Maternal Health (with Laia Bosque-Mercader) - Mara Barschkett (BiB Federal Institute for Population Research)

    March 5:  Labour market information on students' occupational choice: One-format-fits-all? Evidence from a field experiment - Sandra Perez (ROA, Maastricht University)

    February 27: Can Work Time Reduction really deliver Improved Productivity and A Four-Day Week to all? - Brendan Burchell (University of Cambridge)

    February 20: Training Jobseekers to Address Labour Shortages: An Experimental Study on Information Barriers - Elisabeth Leduc (Erasmus University)

    January 30: Generative Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace: Inequalities in AI Use, Attitudes and Skills - Giedo Jansen (UvA AIAS-HIS)

    January 23: Tax incentives for high skilled immigrants: Evidence from a preferential tax scheme in the Netherlands - Paul Muller (VU University Amsterdam)

    January 16: The Shift Premium: Evidence from a Discrete Choice Experiment - Sam Desiere (Ghent University)