Keynote Speakers



David Figlio

Northwestern University

Prof. David Figlio is the Orrington Lunt Professor and Dean of the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. He is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Human Resources and has served on numerous national education task forces and panels. In addition, he has advised the governments of several U.S. states and nations on five continents on the design, implementation, and evaluation of education policy.

Prof. Figlio conducts research on a wide range of education and health policy issues from school accountability and standards to welfare policy and policy design. His work has been published in numerous leading journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, and Journal of Human Resources.

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Kevin Lang

Boston University

Prof. Kevin Lang is a Professor and former chair in the Boston University Department of Economics. His work spans theoretical and empirical research on labor and education economics, including discrimination, poverty, immigration and language issues. He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (Bonn) and of the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (University College, London) and a Fellow of the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality (Stanford University). He is an elected Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists, currently its Vice-President-elect and will serve as President of the Society in 2021-22.

He served for seven years as co-editor of Labour Economics, the journal of the European Association of Labour Economists, and six years as an editor of the Journal of Labor Economics, the journal of its U.S. counterpart, where he is now Editor-in-Chief. He spent a month or more at each of the National Bureau of Economic Research (Olin Foundation Fellowship), New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (Fulbright Fellowship), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (visiting professor), Collegio Carlo Alberto (visiting fellow), University of New South Wales (visiting scholar) and University College, London (visiting scholar).

He has been the recipient of a Sloan Foundation Faculty Research Fellowship. He spent thirteen years as an elected member of the school board in Brookline, Massachusetts and combined his academic and public service interests by serving on three National Research Council panels on education topics and as a member of its Board on Testing and Assessment. Before joining BU, he was on the faculty of the University of California, Irvine. He received his BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from Oxford University, his MSc in economics from l’Université de Montréal, and his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Thomas Lemieux

University of British Columbia

Prof. Thomas Lemieux is a Professor at the Vancouver School of Economics, University of British Columbia. He is a fellow of the Society of Labor Economists, a founding co-editor of the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Most of his research revolves around the issue of earnings inequality in Canada and other countries. He is also interested in econometric methods used to analyze the earnings distribution and regression discontinuity designs.

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Mark Rosenzweig

Yale University

Prof. Mark Rosenzweig is the Frank Altschul Professor of International Economics and director of the Economic Growth Center at Yale University. He is also a fellow of the Econometric Society and a Yangtze River Scholar.

Prof. Rosenzweig has made seminal contributions to understanding economic development by combining theory with shrewd empirical work, with the latter focused mainly in South Asia and China. His research covered a wide range of topics, including marital and fertility decisions, risk coping mechanisms, labor markets, human capital decisions, the adoption of technologies, and the provision of local public goods.

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Michael Waldman

Cornell University

Prof. Michael Waldman is the Charles H. Dyson Professor of Management and Professor of Economics at Cornell University. He also served as an editor for the Journal of Labor Economics since 2009.

Prof. Waldman is widely recognized as one of his field's top researchers in the area of applied microeconomic theory, where his main fields of interest are industrial organization, labor economics, and organizational economics. In these areas, he is best known for his work on learning and signaling in labor markets, the operation of durable goods markets, and the strategic use of tying and bundling in product markets. His works have been published in many top journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics and Review of Economic Studies.

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