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England-Clark Conference


England-Clark Conference

The UNL Department of Economics and College of Business will celebrate 115 years of doctoral research at the 2022 England-Clark Conference. First held in 2006 to mark a century of doctoral research in economics at the University of Nebraska, the England-Clark Conference brings together scholars from around the nation to discuss emerging research related to labor and public economics. This year’s conference received generous support from the UNL Research Council and the UNL Convocations Committee. We look forward to welcoming you to Nebraska.

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April 8, 2022
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Howard L. Hawks Hall, 730 N. 14th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska

About the Conference

Anderson Clark

Anderson Clark

Anderson Clark

Minnie Throop England

The England-Clark Conference is named in honor of two pioneers of the economics graduate program: Minnie Throop England (Class of 1906), who published an influential body of work addressing business cycle theory and taught at UNL from 1906 to 1921, and Anderson W. Clark (Class of 1905), who founded the Child Saving Institute in Omaha, Nebraska.

Keynote Speakers

Hilary Hoynes
Hilary Hoynes
Hilary Hoynes
Professor of Public Policy and Economics and Haas Distinguished Chair in Economic Disparities at University of California-Berkeley

Hilary Hoynes is a Professor of Public Policy and Economics and holds the Haas Distinguished Chair in Economic Disparities at the University of California Berkeley where she also co-directs the Berkeley Opportunity Lab. Her research focuses on poverty, inequality, food and nutrition programs, and the impacts of government tax and transfer programs on low income families. She is a member of the American Academy of Art and Sciences, the National Academy of Social Insurance and is a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists. She has served as Co-Editor of the American Economic Review and the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy and is on the editorial board of the American Economic Review: Insights.

She has served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Building an Agenda to Reduce the Number of Children in Poverty by Half in 10 Years, the American Economic Association’s Executive Committee, the Federal Commission on Evidence-Based Policy Making, the Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation, and the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program. In 2014, she received the Carolyn Shaw Bell Award from the Committee on the Status of the Economics Profession of the American Economic Association.

Matthew J. Notowidigdo
Matthew Notowidigdo Headshot
Matthew J. Notowidigdo
Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Matthew J. Notowidigdo studies a broad set of topics in labor economics and health economics. In labor economics, his research has focused on understanding the causes and consequences of long-term unemployment and the economic effects of unemployment insurance over the business cycle. Notowidigdo’s research in health economics focuses on the effects of public health insurance on labor supply and the effects of income on health spending. He is currently working with several state governments on large-scale randomized experiments of existing social insurance programs.

Outside of academia, Notowidigdo has corporate experience as an associate at Lehman Brothers in the Fixed Income Division, and he has consulted for several professional sports teams on ticket pricing. Within academia he has teaching experience at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and he was honored with the distinction of the Carleton E. Tucker Award for Teaching Excellence in 2004.

Notowidigdo studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining Chicago Booth in 2010 as an Assistant Professor. In 2014, he joined the Department of Economics at Northwestern University as Associate Professor of Economics. In 2020, Notowidigo returned to Booth as Professor of Economics. He holds a BS in economics, a BS in computer engineering, a MEng in computer science, and a PhD in economics. He is currently a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and he is a Co-Editor at the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy and an Associate Editor at The Quarterly Journal of Economics.


Thursday, April 7
7-9 p.m. Pre-conference Reception
Bin 105, 105 N 8th St #100
Friday, April 8
8 a.m. Breakfast
Name badges available
8:30 a.m. Welcome
8:45 a.m. Keynote Address
Matthew Notowidigdo, University of Chicago: “What Does Health Insurance Do?”
9:45 a.m. Break
10 a.m. Session 1
3 30-minute presentations
Sara Heller, University of Michigan: “The Effects of Letters of Recommendation in the Youth Labor Market”
John Kennan, University of Wisconsin: “Spatial Variation in Higher Education Financing and the Supply of College Graduates”
Amelia Hawkins, Brandeis University: “Strategic Decisions Have `Major’ Consequences: Gender Differences in College Major Choices”

8-minute “flash” talks
Lucy Msall, University of Chicago: “Sex, Drugs, and R&D: Missing Innovation from Regulating Female Enrollment in Clinical Trials”
Paul Mohnen, University of Pennsylvania: “Long-Run Intergenerational Effects of Social Security”
Brenden Timpe, University of Nebraska-Lincoln: “When Sarah Meets Lawrence: The Effects of Coeducation on Women's College Major Choices”
12 p.m. Lunch
Box lunches | Atrium
12:30 p.m. Keynote Address
Hilary Hoynes | Atrium
1:30 p.m. Break
1:45 p.m. Session 2
3 30-minute presentations
Emily Nix, University of Southern California: “Toxic Workplaces: Worker and Firm Effects”
Matthew Johnson, Duke University: “Deterring Worker Complaints Worsens Workplace Safety: Evidence from Immigration Enforcement”
Fernando Saltiel, McGill University: “Differences in On-the-Job Learning across Firms”

8-minute “flash” talks
Marshall Steinbaum, University of Utah: “The Long-Run Impact of the Great Recession on Student Debt”
Adrienne Sabety, University of Notre Dame: “Natural Disasters and Elective Medical Services: How Big is the Bounce-Back?”
Dhiren Patki, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston: “The Effects of Increasing the Full Retirement Age on Retirement Savings: Evidence from U.S. Tax Data”
3:45 p.m. Break
4 p.m. Session 3
2 30-minute presentations
Brittany Street, University of Missouri: “Measuring Intergenerational Exposure to the U.S. Justice System: Evidence from Longitudinal Links between Survey and Administrative Data”
Dmitri Koustas, University of Chicago: “New Work or Changes in Reporting? A Framework for Measuring Self-Employment Trends in Administrative Data”

8-minute “flash” talks
Max Risch, Carnegie Mellon University: “How Do Small Firms Accommodate Minimum Wage Increases? Evidence from Matched Employer-Employee Tax Returns”
Amanda Gaulke, Kansas State University: “Long Run Labor Market Outcomes of a Childhood Health Shock: High Socio-Economic Status Parents Can Mitigate the Impact“
Daniel Tannenbaum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln: “The Geography of Job Tasks”
5:30 p.m. Reception at the Sheldon Museum of Art
Heavy hors d’ouevres
Hosted bar with beer and wine

Travel Acccomodations


Lincoln offers a variety of hotels within walking distance of the College of Business. The closest hotels are in the Haymarket district or downtown Lincoln, and include Courtyard by Marriott, the Graduate Lincoln, the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, and the Embassy Suites.

Air Travel

Destination: Lincoln Municipal Airport (LNK)

Destination: Omaha Municipal Airport (OMA)
About 65 miles from campus or around an hour drive. Here are some options for getting from OMA to your visit in Lincoln:

  • Car Rental
  • OMALiNK: Arrange for a shuttle van to pick you up when you arrive at the airport and take you directly to campus. Prices vary.


When you drive to Lincoln, you'll have many options for parking near campus. See the nearby garages in the map below. (embed this parking map from this page?)

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Learn more about the Department of Economics at Nebraska



Tannenbaum, Daniel
Assistant Professor of Economics
HLH 525 S
P.O. Box 880489
Lincoln, NE 68588-0489


Timpe, Brenden
Assistant Professor of Economics
HLH 525 W
P.O. Box 880489
Lincoln, NE 68588-0489