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What Makes a Good Conference? Analysing the Preferences of Labor Economists

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  • Borghans, Lex

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    (Maastricht University)

  • Romans, Margo

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    (ROA, Maastricht University)

  • Sauermann, Jan

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    (SOFI, Stockholm University)

Abstract

Conferences are an important element in the work of researchers, requiring substantial investments in fees, travel expenses and the time spent by the participants. The aim of this paper is to identify the preferences of participants with respect to conference characteristics. Based on a sample of European labour economists, preferences are measured using the vignette approach where participants are asked to choose between hypothetical European Association of Labour Economists (EALE) conferences. We find that the 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 the taste of labour economists especially with respect to location, though the link between preference parameters and measured characteristics like gender, age and seniority is limited. Factor analysis suggests that the variety in preferences can be best described by a latent variable that reflects the weights people put on content versus fun.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4870.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2010
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Publication status: published in: Labour Economics, 2010, 17 (5), 868-874
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Keywords: vignette-method; economics profession; conference participation; random-coefficients model;

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  1. Royuela, Vicente, 2012. "Regional Science trends through the analysis of the main facts of the 51st ERSA Conference," Investigaciones Regionales, Asociación Española de Ciencia Regional, Asociación Española de Ciencia Regional, issue 24, pages 13-39.
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  3. Christiane Hellmanzik, 2013. "Does travel inspire? Evidence from the superstars of modern art," Empirical Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 45(1), pages 281-303, August.
  4. Auspurg, Katrin & Jäckle, Annette, 2012. "First equals most important? Order effects in vignette-based measurement," ISER Working Paper Series 2012-01, Institute for Social and Economic Research.

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