Master Seminar in Empirical Labor Economics (summer term 2018)

Further information including a description of the topics can be downloaded here.

Topics:

1. Does it pay off for men to marry?

2. The relationship between body weight and wages

3. The effect of locus of control on job search and the job finding rate

4. The gender reservation wage gap

5. The impact of regional mobility of working individuals on life and job satisfaction

6. Mozart or Pelé. The effects of adolescents’ participation in music and sports

Timetable:

Date

Location

Thursday,
19.04.2018
12:00-14:00

HS VII

(Rewi Altbau)

Kick-Off (introduction, organizational issues, assigning topics)
Thursday,
03.05.2018
10:00-17:30Friday, 04.05.2018
09:30-17:30

PC-Pool 00-275

Workshop:
Introduction to the German Socio-economic Panel Study
(participaton compulsory)
See http://www.statistics.economics.uni-mainz.de/483.php for further information
Monday,
11.06.2018
23:59
- Deadline for submission of presentation slides and of a preliminary draft of the seminar paper to sekretariat.schank@uni-mainz.de
Thursday, 14.06.2018
08:00–18:00

HS VII

(Rewi Altbau)

Presentations of seminar papers
Sunday,
24.06.2018
23:59
- Deadline of submission of the final seminar thesis to sekretariat.schank@uni-mainz.de (the printout can be submitted the next day at Pedelloge in the ReWi-1 building)

 

Further information:

We will send before the first meeting an http-address where participants can state their preferences by ranking the topics from 1 (most preferred) to 6 (least preferred), but students can modify their preferences at the end of the introductory meeting. Topics will be assigned (according to the stated preferences) to groups of two or three students directly after the introductory meeting. Students within groups can work together and use a joint do-file in Stata. Group members should also present their results jointly. However, note that each person should write up her/his seminar thesis independently. The thesis should cover not more than 12 pages including tables and figures, but without references.

We will supply a student version of the German Socio Economic Panel (GSOEP), the data-set to be used for the analysis. Instructions on how to access the data will be provided in the first meeting. Note that we organize a two-day workshop on May 3rd and 4th, which is held by two staff members of the SOEP. They introduce the data-set and are happy to discuss any questions regarding the dataset and the documentation material. It is compulsory for seminar participants to attend this workshop.

The main task is to investigate the research topic, using Stata and based on the references above, and to write up the findings in the style of a research paper. Students should discuss (at a minimum) the outline of their paper with their supervisor.

Students need to submit an electronic version of their seminar thesis per e-mail to sekretariat.schank@uni-mainz.de, together with the literature cited in the thesis (except for the papers referenced above), a Stata log-file and a do-file which produces all results reported in the seminar thesis. Students should make sure that the do-file runs through before submission and should also appropriately comment in the do-file which table etc. is produced by which command.

Further formal requirements will be discussed during the introductory meeting. The slides from this introductory meeting will be downloadable from ILIAS. Participants are expected to follow all guidelines listed on the slides.

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Schank ( schank@uni-mainz.de)
Dr. Alexander Mosthaf ( mosthaf@uni-mainz.de)

 

 

Master Seminar in Empirical Labor Economics (summer term 2017)

Further information including a description of the topics can be downloaded here.

Topics:

1. Wage discrimination between natives, first generation migrants and second generation migrants.

2. The relationship between locus of control and health related behavior.

3. Differences in the choice of job search channel and in the probability of finding a job between immigrants and natives.

4. Why do low-educated workers invest less in further training?

5. Working hours mismatch and job mobility.

6. Gender differences in internal promotions.

Timetable:

Date

Location

Wednesday,
19.04.2017
14:00-16:00

HS IX

Kick-Off (introduction, organizational issues, assigning topics)
Monday,
19.06.2017
23:59
Deadline of submission of presentation slides and a of a preliminary draft of the seminar paper to sekretariat.schank@uni-mainz.de
Friday,
23.06.2017
09:00-18:00

HS V

Presentations of seminar papers
Sunday,
02.07.2017
23:59
Deadline of submission of the final seminar thesis to sekretariat.schank@uni-mainz.de (the printout can be submitted the next day at Pedelloge in the ReWi-1 building)

 

Further information:
We will send before the first meeting an http-address where participants can state their preferences by ranking the topics from 1 to 6, but they can modify their preferences at the end of the first meeting. Topics will be assigned (according to the stated preferences) to groups of two or three students directly after the kick-off meeting. Students within groups can work together and also use a joint do-file in Stata. Group members should also present their results jointly. However, note that each person should write up her/his seminar thesis (not more than 18 pages including tables and figures but without references) independently.

We will supply the data-sets to be used. The main task for students is to investigate their research question empirically (based on the main reference provided) and to write up the results in a seminar paper.

Students need to submit an electronic version of their seminar thesis per e-mail to sekretariat.schank@uni-mainz.de, together with the literature cited in the thesis (except for the referenced provided by the chair), a Stata log-file and a do-file which produces all results reported in the seminar thesis. Students should make sure that the do-file runs through before submission and should also appropriately comment in the do-file which table etc. is produced by which command.

Further formal requirements will be discussed during the introductory meeting.

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Schank ( schank@uni-mainz.de)
Dr. Alexander Mosthaf ( mosthaf@uni-mainz.de)

 

 

Master Seminar in Empirical Labor Economics (summer term 2016)

Further information including a description of the topics can be downloaded here.

Topic descriptions:

1. A natural experiment on sick pay cuts, sickness absence and labor costs
2. After work shopping? Employment effects of a deregulation of shop opening hours in the
German retail sector
3. The returns to cognitive abilities and personality traits in Germany
4. The impact of risk attitudes on entrepreneurial survival
5. Post-Unification Wage Growth in East Germany
6. Is soccer good for you? The motivational impact of big sporting events on the unemployed

Timetable:

Date

Location

Thursday,
21.04.2016
10:00-12:00

HS II

Kick-Off (introduction, organizational issues,
assigning topics)
Tuesday,
14.06.2016
Submission of presentation slides and a preliminary
draft of the seminar paper to sekretariat.schank@uni-mainz.de
Thursday,
16.06.2016
09:25-17:45

Software Labor
(01-115,
ReWi Altbau)

Presentations of seminar papers
Until Sunday,
03.07.2016
23:59
Submission of the final seminar thesis to sekretariat.schank@uni-mainz.de (printout can be
submitted the next day at the office of our chair)

 

See Master Seminar winter term 2015/16 for further information.

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Schank ( schank@uni-mainz.de)
Dr. Alexander Mosthaf ( mosthaf@uni-mainz.de)

 

 

Master Seminar in Empirical Labor Economics (winter term 2015/16)

Further information including a description of the topics can be found here.
Topic descriptions:
1. Post-Unification Growth in East Germany
2. The Transition in East Germany: When is a Ten-Point Fall in the Gender Wage Gap Bad News?
3. How unification and immigration affected the German Income Distribution
4. Immigrants' Identity, Economic Outcomes and the Transmission of Identity across Generations
5. The Intergenerational Transmission of Risk and Trust Attitudes
6. Sons, Daughters, Wives and the Labor Market Outcomes of West German Men

Timetable:

Date Location
Thursday,
29.10.2015
12:00 - 14:00
HS VI Kick-Off (introduction, organizational issues, assigning topics)
Thursday, 14.01.2016
09.00 - 16:00
03-125
(ReWi Neubau, Kleiner Dekanatssaal)
Presentations of seminar papers
By Sunday,
31.01.2016
10.00 – 18.00
Submission of the final seminar thesis to sekretariat.schank@uni-mainz.de (printout can be submitted the next day at the office of our chair)

Further information:
We will send before the first meeting an http-address where participants can state their preferences by ranking the topics from 1 to 6, but they can modify their preferences at the end of the first meeting. Topics will be assigned (according to the stated preferences) to groups of two or three students (except Topic 3) directly after the kick-off meeting. Students within groups can work together and also use a joint do-file in Stata. Group members should also present their results jointly. However, note that each person should write up her/his seminar thesis (not more than 18 pages including tables and figures but without references) independently.

We will supply the data-sets to be used. The main task is to replicate, using Stata, (some of) the results and figures of the papers listed above and write them up in a seminar paper. Students should discuss the outline of their paper with Dr. Damir Stijepic.

Students need to submit an electronic version of their seminar thesis per e-mail to sekretariat.schank@uni-mainz.de, together with the literature cited in the thesis (except for the papers referenced above), a Stata log-file and do-file which produces all results reported in the seminar thesis. Students should make sure that the do-file runs through before submission and should also appropriately comment in the do-file table etc. is produced by which command.

Further formal requirements will be discussed during the introductory meeting.

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Schank ( schank@uni-mainz.de)
Dr. Damir Stijepic ( dstijepi@uni-mainz.de)

 

 

Master Seminar - SS 2014

In this semester we offer an applied seminar jointly with the Lufthansa AG. Based on real data supplied by Lufthansa, students will investigate various topics which are of direct relevance for the company’s market strategy.

Requirements:
Students should be willing to carry out their own empirical analysis with statistical software packages like Stata. Econometric knowledge beyond the master course `Introductory Econometrics’ is not required, provided that students are inclined to look deeper into some methodological aspects.

All topics will be assigned to groups of two or three students directly after the kick-off meeting. Students can work together. Group members should also present their results jointly. However, note that each person should write up her/his seminar thesis independently.

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Schank ( schank@uni-mainz.de)
M.Sc.Tewodros Dessie ( tewodros.dessie@uni-mainz.de)
Dipl.-Sw. Alexander Mosthaf ( mosthaf@uni-mainz.de)
Dr. Constantin Weiser ( constantin.weiser@uni-mainz.de)

Timetable:

Date Location
Thursday,
08.05.2014
14.00 – 16.00
HS VI Kick-Off (introduction, organizational issues, assigning topics)
Friday, 27.06.2014
09.00 – 18.00
03-144
(Building SB II)
Presentations of the (preliminarily) results
Friday, 17.07.2014 Submission of the final seminar thesis
Thursday,
24.07.2014
10.00 – 18.00
Frankfurt Airport Presentation of the final results to staff of Lufthansa AG

Topics:

  1. Impact of the new Premium Economy class
  2. Extrapolation of the market penetration
  3. Statistical Process Control (Alerting)
  4. Trend models
  5. Campaign History Report
  6. Determinants of Air Traffic to certain destinations