Labour Economics Prize Winner 2021

The (Associate) editors and Advisory board of Labour Economics select annually a winner of the “EALE Labour Economics Prize” for the best paper published in Labour Economics during the previous year. The prize is €1,000 (sponsored by EALE) and an Amazon cheque (sponsored by Elsevier).

Prize winner 2021

The editors of Labour Economics are pleased to announce the 2021 winner of the “EALE Labour Economics Prize” for the best paper published in Labour Economics during 2020:

Concentration in US Labor Market: Evidence from online vacancy data
José Azar (IESE Barcelona), Ioana Marinescu (University of Pennsylvania), Marshall Steinbaum (University of Utah), Bledi Taska (Burning Glass Technologies)
Volume 66, October 2020

Motivation
This paper uses a novel and comprehensive online job posting data to study market concentration at the level of 6-digit occupations and commuting zone based on online vacancy positing data. The analysis links very nicely the hiring behavior of firms and their market power. This is novel and clever. The authors go to great lengths in showing that their analysis is robust and provides a meaningful measure of a local labor market. It is a great paper that can have an important impact on the growing literature measuring firms’ degree of market concentration in the labor market.

Editor-in-chief
Arthur van Soest

Previous Prize winners

2020
Felix Ehrenfried and Christian Holzner
Dynamics and endogeneity of firms’ recruitment behaviour
Volume 57, April 2019, Pages 63-84

2019
Lidia Farre, Francesc Ortega, Ryuichi Tanaka
Immigration and the public-private school choice
Volume 51, April 2018, Pages 184-201

2018
Mauricio Tejada
Dual Labor Markets and Labor Protection in an Estimated Search and Matching Model
Labour Economics. Volume 46. pp. 26-46

2017
Mette Foged
Family migration and relative earnings potentials
Labour Economics 42 pp. 87-100

2016
Metin Akyol, Michael Neugart and Stefan Pichler
“A tradable employment quota“
Labour Economics, Volume 36, pp. 48-63.

2015
Pierre-Jean Messe, Bénédicte Rouland
“Stricter employment protection and firms’ incentives to sponsor training:
The case of French older workers”
Labour Economics, Volume 30 pp. 14-26.

2014
Laura Hartman, Patrick Hesselius, Per Johansson
“Effects of eligibility screening in the sickness insurance: Evidence from a field experiment”
Labour Economics, Volume 20, January 2013, pp. 48-56.

2013
Ofer H. Azar
“The effect of the minimum wage for tipped workers on firm strategy, employees and social welfare”
Labour Economics, Volume 19, Issue 5, October 2012, Pages 748-755

2012
Lisa B. Kahn
“The long-term labor market consequences of graduating from college in a bad economy”
Labour Economics, Volume 17, Issue 2, April 2010, Pages 303-316″

2010
Gregory Jolivet
“A longitudinal analysis of search frictions and matching in the U.S. labor market”
Labour Economics 2009, vol. 16, issue 2, pages 121-134

2008
Scott E. Carrell
“The National Internal Labor Market Encounters the Local Labor Market: Effects on Employee Retention”
Labour Economics, Volume 14, Issue 5, October 2007, Pages 774-787.

2006
Kenneth Carling & Laura Larsson
“Does early intervention help the unemployed youth?”
Labour Economics, Volume 12, Issue 3, June 2005, Pages 301-319

2004
Ragui Assaad and Insan Tunali
“Wage formation and recurrent unemployment”
Labour Economics, Volume 9, Issue 1, February 2002, Pages 17-61

2002
Heather Antecol
“An examination of cross-country differences in the gender gap in labor force participation rates”,
Labour Economics, Volume 7, Issue 4, July 2000, Pages 409-426