Macro / Labor Seminar
FAU/IAB-Seminar Macroeconomics and Labor Markets
The Chairs of Macroeconomics (Christian Merkl) and Global Governance (Christoph Moser) at FAU and the Macroeconomic domain at IAB co-organize a joint seminar series at the intersection of macroeconomics, trade and labor economics.
A preliminary schedule can be found here. Zoom login information will be distributed by e-mail.
If you are a researcher and you are interested to join the talks, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
The next seminar will be held on Tuesday, July 26, noon (German time) in person, on the IAB premises (building RE100, room E10, Regensburger Str. 100, 90478 Nürnberg).
Christian Kleinertz (University of Duisburg-Essen) will talk about
“Cross-Border Commuting, Gender Differences, and the Outside Option” (joint work with Christoph Moser and Klaus Nowotny).
We study a cross-border commuting reform that granted German workers in the German-Swiss border region access to the high-wage Swiss labour market. This exogenous increase in German workers‘ outside option led to an increase in average wages paid by German establishments in the border region. But this wage increase is not homogenous across worker types. First, high-skilled workers enjoyed a higher wage increase than low-skilled workers, consistent with a stronger increase in Swiss-labor demand for high-skilled German workers. Second, the positive wage effects only accrue to men in the border region, but not women, consistent with gender differences in the willingness to commute. The outside option clearly seems to play an important role in wage negotiations and its wage effects can be heterogeneous.
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