What makes a good conference? Analysing the preferences of labour economists
AbstractConferences are an important element in the work of researchers, requiring substantialinvestments in fees, travel expenses and the time spent by the participants. The aimof this paper is to identify the preferences of participants with respect to conferencecharacteristics. Based on a sample of European labour economists, preferences aremeasured using the vignette approach where participants are asked to choose betweenhypothetical European Association of Labour Economists (EALE) conferences. We find thatthe keynote speakers are the most important element in the preference for a conference,followed by the location of the conference. There is substantial heterogeneity in thetaste of labour economists especially with respect to location, though the link betweenpreference parameters and measured characteristics like gender, age and seniority islimited. Factor analysis suggests that the variety in preferences can be best described bya latent variable that reflects the weights people put on content versus fun.
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- Borghans, Lex & Romans, Margo & Sauermann, Jan, 2010. "What makes a good conference? Analysing the preferences of labour economists," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 17(5), pages 868-874, October.
- Borghans Lex & Romans Margo & Sauermann Jan, 2010. "What makes a good conference? Analysing the preferences of labor economists," Research Memoranda 020, Maastricht : METEOR, Maastricht Research School of Economics of Technology and Organization.
- Borghans, Lex & Romans, Margo & Sauermann, Jan, 2010. "What Makes a Good Conference? Analysing the Preferences of Labor Economists," IZA Discussion Papers 4870, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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