Jörgen Hansen is a Professor of Economics at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. His research interests include education, welfare, immigration, and labor supply. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1997. Prior to joining the faculty at Concordia, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at Centre de recherche et développement en économique (C.R.D.E.), University of Montreal, and served as a researcher at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) at the University of Bonn. Jörgen Hansen also holds appointments as research fellow at IZA and research associate at CIRANO and CIREQ. His work has been published in journals such as Econometrica, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Population Economics, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics and Empirical Economics.

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IZA Discussion Paper No. 10613
forthcoming in: Quantitative Economics

Using a dynamic skill accumulation model of schooling and labor supply with learning-by-doing, we decompose early life-cycle wage growth of U.S. white males into four main sources: education, hours worked, cognitive skills (AFQT scores) and unobserved heterogeneity, and evaluate the effect of compulsory high school graduation and a reduction in...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9258

We present new evidence on the wage and mobility of young and old workers, which is difficult to explain using standard human capital theory. Instead, we propose a simple dynamic extension of the Roy model, where worker migration and wages are jointly determined at the individual level. According to this...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7237

In this paper, we develop and estimate a structural, dynamic model of schooling decisions using data extracted from the Canadian Youth in Transition Survey (YITS). The model incorporates forward-looking behavior and expectations about future benefits from investing in education. The results suggest that the effect of an increase in parental...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6724

We show that within a life-cycle skill accumulation model, IV identification of the return to schooling parameter is either achieved at any point in the life-cycle where the level of skills accumulated beyond school completion for compliers is exactly equal to the post-schooling skill level of non-compliers (the Skill-Equality condition),...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6339

We build on Rosenzweig and Wolpin (2000) and Keane (2010) and show that in order to fulfill the Instrumental variable (IV) identifying moment condition, a policy must be designed so that compliers and non-compliers either have the same average error term, or have an error term ratio equal to their...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6167

We show that a calibrated dynamic skill accumulation model allowing for comparative advantages, can explain the weak (or negative) effects of schooling on productivity that have been recently reported (i) in the micro literature on compulsory schooling, ii) in the micro literature on estimating the distribution of ex-post returns to...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5718
forthcoming in: Canadian Journal of Economics

In this paper, we formulate and estimate an economic model of labor supply and welfare participation. The model is estimated on data on single men from Quebec drawn from the 1986 Canadian Census. Budget sets for each work-welfare combination – accounting for income taxes, tax credits and welfare benefit rules...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4835

We investigate if, and under which conditions, the distinction between dictatorial and incentive-based policy interventions affects the capacity of Instrument Variable (IV) methods to estimate the relevant treatment effect parameter of an outcome equation. The analysis is set in a non-trivial framework, in which the right-hand side variable of interest...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4823
Jörgen Hansen, Roger Wahlberg, Sharif Faisal

This paper examines the relationship between immigrant occupational composition and wages in Sweden. Effects of changes in proportion of immigrant workers in different occupations on the wage levels of both natives and immigrants are estimated. Our results suggest that increases in immigrant density have only small effects on wages and...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3882

In this paper, we formulate and estimate a structural model of post-schooling training that explicitly allows for possible complementarity between initial schooling levels and returns to training. Precisely, the wage outcome equation depends on accumulated schooling and on the incidence of training. The effect of training on wage growth depends...

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