Fall 2011 Colloquia

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 – 12pm - 1pm

David I. Levine

The Effects of OSHA Inspections: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial

David I. Levine, Haas School of Business

We analyze a natural field experiment to study how randomized workplace safety inspections affect employee outcomes such as employment, earnings, and occupational health and safety, as well as employer outcomes such as plant survival, sales, and credit ratings.  We analyzed the effects of randomized inspections at 410 inspected establishments in California, comparing them to 410 matched control establishments that were eligible but not chosen for randomized inspections.  Randomly inspected establishments realized a 9% percent reduction in injury rates and 24% percent reduction in injury costs.  We find no evidence that these increases in workplace safety came at the expense of plant survival, sales, employment, or credit ratings.



Cameron Anderson

"The Local Ladder Effect: Social status and subjective well-being"

Cameron Anderson, Haas School of Business

» Seminar Presentation (PPT)


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 12 pm – 1pm

Jesse Rothstein“ Unemployment Insurance and Job Search in the Great Recession”

Jesse Rothstein, Goldman School of Public Policy

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 12pm – 1pm

“ Minority Unionism in the United States: Lessons from New Zealand”

John Logan, Director and Professor of Labor and Employment Studies College of Business,San Francisco State University and Visiting Research Scholar UC Berkeley Labor Center

Mark Harcourt, Waikato Management School (New Zealand)


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 12pm – 1pm

Heather Haveman Place and Space: The Evolving Impact of Geography and
Technological Advances on Organizational Founding

Heather Haveman, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 12pm – 1pm

PoznerDeparture Status: The Effect of Dissolving Ties with a Misconduct
Firm on Director Labor Market Outcomes

Jo-Ellen Pozner, Haas School of Business



Laura Kray "Class Into Politics? Political Articulation in the U.S. and Canada, 1932-1948"

Barry Eidlin, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Why are class politics more prevalent in Canada than in the U.S., even though they share similar cultures, societies, and economies? Many view this cross-border difference as a byproduct of long-standing differences in political cultures and institutions, but in fact it is a relatively recent divergence resulting from how the working class was politically incorporated in both countries before, during, and after World War II. Political parties were central in organizing interests and shaping class alliances differently in both countries. Different ruling party responses to the Great Depression encouraged labor party formation in Canada, but caused their collapse in the U.S. This “articulation” model of parties better explains the outcome than traditional “reflection” models of parties, which view them as direct expressions of underlying social and institutional factors.



Laura Kray"Gender Discrimination in Negotiator Deception"

Laura Kray, Haas School of Business





Laura Kray "Estimated Impacts of Immigrant Labor Supply Shocks Using Quasi Experimental Data"

Murat Kirdar, Middle East Technical University, Ankara,Turkey



Hold the Date: IRLE’s Fall Reception Will be Held on October 12

The fall reception will be held on October 12 at 3:30, in the Large Conference room at IRLE. Myra Armstrong will be sending out invitations soon.

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All events are located at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA.

TO ATTEND AN EVENT, PLEASE R.S.V.P. Myra Armstrong, zulu2@berkeley.edu