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: June 11
    Time: 12h00 – 13h00
    Where: TS53: room A1.23 / Zoom

    Presenter: Marco Caliendo (University of Potsdam)
    Title: The Impact of Strenuous Working Conditions on Labour Market and Health Outcomes with A. Ahammer (JKU Linz) and F. Degenhardt (U Potsdam)

    Abstract: Some jobs are more strenuous or less pleasant than others, either because of unfavorable working environments, high physical demand, or irregular working hours. Such job characteristics are highly relevant to a substantial proportion of the workforce in many sectors. For example, night work affects 14% of EU workers. In theory, workers should be compensated for adverse working conditions through higher wages. However, the empirical evidence on the extent of compensating wage differentials is ambiguous when it comes to strenuous work. Moreover, the (long-term) health consequences have potential hidden costs for workers, which are understudied in the literature. The aim of this paper is to estimate the causal earnings and health effects of working in strenuous jobs using rich administrative data for a large sample of Austrian workers over more than 20 years. Based on detailed individual information for a sample of the entire private sector working population, we document selection problems into and out of strenuous jobs that strongly bias the estimation of earnings and health outcomes. We then circumvent these by exploiting large-scale plant closures. This allows us to estimate the causal earnings and health effects of working in strenuous jobs to reveal the benefits and hidden costs of strenuous work. Our preliminary results suggest that workers are compensated for strenuous working conditions with a substantial wage premium of about 17% on average, but also experience significant negative health effects, reflected in about 7% higher health expenditures in the medium term. Our study is the first to estimate the causal earnings and health effects and thus to reveal the trade-off for workers in strenuous jobs.

    June 25: Robert Dur (Erasmus University)
    July 2: Robert Mahlstedt (Copenhagen University)


    Previous seminars

    June 4: Changing Gender Norms Across Generations: Evidence from a Paternity Leave Reform (with Lídia Farré, Christina Felfe, and Patrick Schneider) - Libertad Gonzalez (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

    May 28: How do education and labour market institutions influence the school-to-work transitions of persons with disabilities? Findings from Germany and Europe - Jonna Blanck (WZB)

    May 21: How temperature influences primary school students’ performance - Elke Claes (ROA)

    April 23: Poor rich women? Labour market effects of de-subsidising childcare for high-income mothers - Olivier Marie (Erasmus University)

    April 16: Environmental Awareness and Occupational Choices of Adolescents - Patrick Lehnert (UZH, University of Zürich)

    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)