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NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

 

Human Capital and History: The American Record

 

Leah Boustan, Carola Frydman, and Robert Margo, Organizers

 

December 7 and 8, 2012

 

Royal Sonesta Hotel

Ballroom A

40 Edwin Land Boulevard

Cambridge, Massachusetts

 

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

 

Friday, December 7:

 

 

8:30 am

Coffee and Pastries

 

 

9:00 am

Technical Change and the Relative Demand for Skilled Labor: The United States in Historical Perspective

 

Lawrence Katz, Harvard University and NBER

 

Robert Margo, Boston University and NBER

 

 

 

Discussant: David Autor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBER

 

 

9:50 am

The Supply of Gender Stereotypes and Discriminatory Beliefs

 

Edward Glaeser, Harvard University and NBER

 

Yueran Ma, Harvard University

 

 

 

Discussant: Matthew Kahn, University of California at Los Angeles and NBER

 

 

10:40 am

Break

 

 

11:10 am

The Female Labor Force and Long-run Development: The American Experience in Comparative Perspective

 

Claudia Olivetti, Boston University and NBER

 

 

 

Discussant: Francine Blau, Cornell University and NBER

 

 

12:00 n

Lunch, Ballroom B

 

Speakers:         Stanley Engerman, University of Rochester and NBER

 

                        Robert Fogel, University of Chicago and NBER

1:30 pm

Two Twentieth Century Fertility Transitions: Implications for Human Capital

 

Martha Bailey, University of Michigan and NBER

 

Melanie E. Guldi, University of Central Florida

 

Brad Hershbein, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

 

 

 

Discussant: Richard Easterlin, University of Southern California

 

 

2:20 pm

The Uneven Retreat from Marriage in the U.S., 1950-2010

 

Shelly Lundberg, University of California, Santa Barbara

 

Robert A. Pollak, Washington University in St. Louis and NBER

 

 

 

Discussant: Betsey Stevenson, University of Michigan and NBER

 

 

3:10 pm

Break

 

 

3:40 pm

Explaining Trends in High School Graduation: The Changing Elementary and Secondary Education Policy Landscape and Income Inequality over the Last Half Century

 

Nora Gordon, Georgetown University and NBER

 

 

 

Discussant: Sarah Reber, University of California at Los Angeles and NBER

 

 

4:30 pm

Health, Education and Income Trends in the US

 

Hoyt Bleakley, University of Chicago and NBER

 

Dora Costa, University of California at Los Angeles and NBER

 

Adriana Lleras-Muney, University of California at Los Angeles and NBER

 

 

 

Discussant: Richard Steckel, Ohio State University and NBER

 

 

5:20 pm

Adjourn

 

 

6:00 pm

Dinner, Ballroom B

 

Speaker: Gary Becker, University of Chicago

 

 

Saturday, December 8:

 

 

8:30 am

Coffee and Pastries

 

 

9:00 am

The Origins and Persistence of Black-White Differences in Women's Labor Force Participation

 

Leah Boustan, University of California at Los Angeles and NBER

 

William Collins, Vanderbilt University and NBER

 

 

Discussant: Richard Freeman, Harvard University and NBER

 

 

9:50 am

A Pollution Theory of Discrimination: Male and Female Differences in Occupations and Earnings

 

Claudia Goldin, Harvard University and NBER

 

 

 

Discussant: Cecilia Rouse, Princeton University and NBER

 

 

10:40 am

Break

 

 

11:10 am

The Role of Immigrant Children in their Parents' Assimilation: 1850 to 2010

 

Joseph Ferrie, Northwestern University and NBER

 

Ilyana Kuziemko, Columbia University and NBER

 

 

 

Discussant: Robert Whaples, Wake Forest University

 

 

12:00 n

Adjourn