27th Australian Labour Market Research (ALMR) Workshop

The Australian Labour Market Research (ALMR) Workshop is an annual conference designed to disseminate high quality research on labour economics and labour relations and to promote informed debate among economists and the government sector about current issues facing the Australian labour market. The 27thALMR Workshop will be held on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 December 2016 at The Australian National University (ANU).  

Ticket price includes two-day registration, cocktail party and a one-year subscription to the Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE).


  • The Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, Curtin University
  • Centre for Labour Market Research, University of Canberra
  • Department of Employment
  • Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • National Institute for Labour Studies, Flinders University
  • The Australian National University (Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Centre for Social Research and Methods, Research School of Economics)

Key Dates

Submissions CLOSED
Registration CLOSED

Keynote Speaker

Professor John Ham (National University of Singapore)

Professor Ham received a BA from the University of Toronto and a PhD from Princeton University. His research focusses on applied microeconomics, specifically labour economics, health economics, and experimental economics. He also work on theoretical and applied econometrics problems. He is also investigating, with Bocar Ba, Robert LaLonde and Xianghong Li, the effect of training on movements in and out of employment for disadvantaged mothers for the cases i) where individuals enter training via random assignment and ii) when they simply endogenously volunteer. Further, in work with Tiemen Woutersen, he has developed estimators for confidence intervals for counter-factual policy experiments when the Delta method cannot be used. Recently, with Thomas Buchmueller and Lara Shore-Sheppard, he wrote the review article “Medicaid” for a volume Economics of Means-Tested Transfer Programs edited by Robert Moffitt. Finally, with Emel Feliz Ozbay, John Kagel, and Erkut Oabay, he examines how cognitive and non-cognitive characteristics differentially affect the behavior of men and women in laboratory experiments. Professor Ham has received several grants from the SSHRC, NSF and NIH, and served on the NSF review panel for Economics. He has published in numerous journals including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, The Journal of Political Economy and The Review of Economic Studies. Furthermore he is on editorial board of Labour Economics and the Journal of Econometrics. He started his academic career at the University of Toronto, and has held positions at the University of Pittsburgh, Ohio State University, The University of Southern California and the University of Maryland, before coming to the National University of Singapore.

Conference Organising Committee

  • Matthew Gray (Centre for Social Research and Methods, ANU)
  • Boyd Hunter (Research School of Social Sciences, ANU)
  • Stephane Mahuteau (National Institute of Labour Studies (NILS), Flinders University)
  • Kostas Mavromaras (NILS, Flinders University)
  • Russell Ross (Sydney University)
  • Kailing Shen (Research School of Economics, ANU)

Submission Guidelines

Papers will be peer reviewed by the 27th ALMR Workshop paper selection committee:

  • Lixin Cai (Australian Government Department of Employment)
  • Greg Connolly (Australian Government Department of Employment)
  • Michael Dockery ( Curtin University)
  • Boyd Hunter (Research School of Social Sciences, ANU)
  • Stephane Mahuteau (Flinders University)
  • Kostas Mavromaras (Flinders University)
  • Phil Lewis (University of Canberra)
  • Russell Ross (Sydney University)
  • Sholeh Maani (Auckland University)
  • Roger Wilkins (The University of Melbourne)

Papers need only to be at 'working paper' stage and will be selected for their general interest both in topic and approach. As usual the workshop invites papers in a broad range of topics. Possible themes include:

  1. Labour Demand Issues
    • Global economic forces and macro labour market outcomes
    • Labour market impacts of the resource sector’s slowdown
    • Displaced workers (e.g. automation and other structural changes)
    • Wage analysis (e.g. apprentices/trainees/juniors vs adults, gender pay gap)
  2. Labour Supply Issues
    • Labour supply impact of social policy change (e.g. paid parental leave) 
    • Population ageing and inter-generational human capital transfer
    • Job competition among the Australian-born, migrants and temporary entrants
    • Fertility, marriage and labour supply decisions
    • Pension, retirement and ageing workforce
  3. Disadvantaged Job Seekers 
    • Labour force gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
    • Overcoming barriers to work for people with disabilities
    • Reducing long-term unemployment among youth and mature-age people
    • Discrimination and income inequality
    • Reducing underemployment
  4. Labour Market Dynamics and Adjustment 
    • Globalization and domestic labour market
    • Technology adoption and the changing nature of jobs
    • Labour market adjustment costs for retrenched workers
    • Shortages in critical workforces 
    • Labour Market Programmes and geographic mobility
    • Compositional shifts between part-time/full-time and permanent/casual work
    • Labour market dynamics of low paid workers (e.g. stepping stone effects)
  5. Education, work-place training and skills 
    • Skill imbalances and substitution between vocational & higher education
    • Equity in education
    • Opportunity costs of apprenticeships and the demand for apprentice training
    • Re-skilling, emerging workforces and inter-industry/occupation job mobility
    • Skills obsolescence and structural change

Date & time

Thu 01 Dec 2016, 9.30am – Fri 02 Dec 2016, 5pm


ANU Commons Functions Centre, Lena Karmel House (Building X004), Childers Street, The Australian National University Acton, ACT 2601


Professor John Ham (National University of Singapore)



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