2018 Conference programme

Monday 30 July 2018

10:00am to 12:00 noon

Registration and check-in

The Edge - Hub

12:00 to 1:00pm

Lunch

The Edge - Bar Arena

1:00 to 1:40pm

Event Introduction

Karl Taylor (Sheffield, WPEG Organiser) Welcome and General Information

Helen Oginsky (DWP, WPEG Organiser) "DWP and the external research community, key developments in the last year and main priorities going forward"

Natalie Day (Sheffield, Social Sciences Partnerships, Impact and Knowledge Exchange (SSPIKE))

1:40 to 3:10pm

Session A1: Labour Markets: Sub-national

High Tor 2

Josh Snelders (DWP) "Assessing local labour market flexibility and resilience"

David Morris (Nottingham) "Do regional skills shortages impact firm productivity? Evidence from the UK"

Stuart Mackay and Ryan Dunn (DWP) "Development of interactive analytical tools to support decision-making"

Panos Nanos (Sheffield) "Search across local labour markets"

Discussion Chair: Jake McDonald (DWP)

Session A2: Labour Supply

High Tor 3

Karen Mumford (York) "Labour supply and childcare in two-parent families: Allowing both parents to choose"

Matthew Aldrich (UEA) "Who is Parental Leave Poor? Challenges for Inclusive Leave Policies"

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Shinawat Horayangkura (Sheffield) "Individual and family labour supply in Thailand: A structural discrete hours approach"

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Discussion Chair: Stu Butler (DWP)

Session A3: Wellbeing

High Tor 4

Gillian Wylie (SDS) "Wider impacts of apprenticeships on well-being"

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Mark Langdon, Caroline Floyd, Rachel Shanahan, Adam Coutts and Zara Harrison (DWP) "Social isolation and health"

Michael Nolan (Hull) "Education, income and happiness: Panel evidence for the UK"

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Tanya Wilson (Stirling) "Long-run health and mortality effects of exposure to universal health care at birth"

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Discussion Chair: Chris Anderson (DWP)

3:10 to 3:40pm

Tea & Coffee

The Edge - Bar Area

3:40 to 4:30pm

Room check-in

The Edge

4:30 to 6:00pm

Session B1: Fuller Working Lives

High Tor 2

Helen Gray (IES) "Do older workers affect economic performance"

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David Wilkinson (UCL, IOE) "Skill mismatch among older workers and workplace performance in Britain"

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Damon Morris (Sheffield) "The labour market outcomes of older versus younger apprentices: A comparison of earnings differentials"

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Karen Hancock (Loughborough University) "Healthier ageing: Increasing physical activity among older people – a behavioural economics perspective"

Discussion Chair: Tom Younger (DWP)

Session B2: Labour Market Gender Gaps

High Tor 3

Carl Singleton (Edinburgh) "Who works for whom and the UK gender pay gap"

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Heather Joshi (UCL, IOE) "The gender gap in wages over the life course: evidence from a cohort born in 1958"

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Andrea Lee (DWP) "Implications for DWP progression, adequacy and pensions policy"

Discussion Chair: Sofia Poni (DWP)

Session B3: Disability and Employment

High Tor 4

Duncan McVicar (Queens University Belfast) "Reducing the generosity and increasing the conditionality of welfare benefits for people with disability: Turning the super-tanker or squeezing the balloon?"

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Gordan Pal and Imogen Butcher (DWP) "Evaluating voluntary programmes for disabled people"

Anne Devlin (Queens University Belfast) "Why is work-limiting disability in Northern Ireland so high?"

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Discussion Chair: Paul Mooney (DWP)

6:45 to 9:30pm

Conference meal

The Edge - Dining Room

9:30pm

Bar

The Edge - Bar Area

Tuesday 31 July 2018

7:30 to 9:00am

Breakfast

The Edge - Dining Room

9:00 to 10:30am

Session C1: Pensions I

High Tor 2

Jonathan Cribb (IFS) "The effects of automatic enrolment on employees working for small employers"

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Sonia Buchholtz (Warsaw School of Economics) "Pension strategies of adult workers in the country with population growing old before getting rich"

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James Rees (DWP) "Role of analysis in the automatic enrolment policy cycle"

Discussion Chair: Laura Webster (DWP)

Session C2: Employee Motivation and Reward

High Tor 3

Robert Simmons (Lancaster) "Are workers rewarded for inconsistent performance?"

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Bicheng Yang (University of British Columbia) "Incentives from compensation and career movements on work performance: Evidence from a reform of personnel policies"

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Discussion Chair: Sarah Kissack (DWP)

Session C3: Labour Market Progression

High Tor 4

Getinet Haile (Nottingham) "Organisational accreditation and worker upskilling in Britain"

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Amanda Langdon and Philip Thomas (DWP) "Building the evidence on in-work progression"

Marco Ercolani (Birmingham) "Education surplus, skills mismatch and technology"

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Discussion Chair: Adrian Richards (DWP)

10:30 to 11:00am

Tea & Coffee

The Edge - Bar Area

11:00am to 12:30pm

Session D1: Understanding Unemployment

High Tor 2

Bert Van Landegham (Sheffield) "Numeracy and unemployment duration"

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Chris Tucker, Alex Snowsill and Szymon Debski (DWP) "Impact of introducing digital interventions for jobseekers"

Amanda Gosling (Kent) "The measurement of unemployment"

Discussion Chair: Ellen Flint (DWP)

Session D2: Universal Credit

High Tor 3

Karl Handscomb (DWP) "Universal Credit longer-term labour market effects"

Tom Waters (IFS) "The distributional impact of Universal Credit: a long-run perspective"

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Ramesh Deonarine and James Hurkett (DWP) "Universal Credit business case"

Discussion Chair: Joy Thompson (DWP)

Session D3: Retirement Needs

High Tor 4

Luke Barclay (DWP) "Investigating factors that affect financial wellbeing in retirement"

David Sturrock (IFS) "Survival pessimism and the demand for annuities"

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Tom Stewart and Will Shaw (DWP) "Analysis of cold weather payments"

Rowena Crawford (IFS) "Should generations differ in their pension accumulation?"

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Discussion Chair: Tom Younger (DWP)

12:30 to 1:30pm

Lunch

The Edge - Bar Area

1:30 to 2:30pm

Plenary

High Tor 2

Professor Alex Bryson (UCL, IOE) "Public sector HRM: Does it work?"

2:30 to 3:00pm

Tea & Coffee

The Edge, Bar Area

3:00 to 4:30pm

Session E1: Pensions II

High Tor 2

Ricky Kanabar (Bath) "Mind the gap! The effect of an increased UK state pension age on expected working life of employees"

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Anna Ruzik-Sierdzińska (Warsaw School of Economics) "Migration with pension reform expectations"

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Neil Amin-Smith (IFS) "Individuals' pension intentions in the new era of pensions freedom"

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Discussion Chair: Laura Webster (DWP)

Session E2: Housing and Mobility

High Tor 3

Ed Ferrari (CRESR) “Connecting housing and labour markets: the role of transport for low income households”

Richard Mosley and Sarah Kissack (DWP) "Assessing recent changes in the housing market for low-income families: Affordability and mobility challenges?"

Yu Zhu (Dundee) "Elite school designation and house prices: Quasi-experimental evidence from Beijing, China"

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Discussion Chair: Andrew Parfitt (DWP)

Session E3: Education

High Tor 4

Rhys Davies (Cardiff) "Addressing inequality: The provision of careers guidance in Welsh schools"

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Stanley Siebert (Birmingham) "Student feedback, parent-teacher communication, and academic performance: Experimental evidence from rural China"

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Patricio Valdivieso (Aberdeen) "Intergenerational mobility of white working class boys in Britain: A quantitative analysis using UK data"

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Reshmi Sengupta (FLAME) "The commuting trade-off: How does mother’s commuting time affect children's educational outcomes?"

Discussion Chair: Mike Daly (DWP)