1st Maastricht Workshop on the Economics of Enforcement: Empirical Challenges for Impact Evaluation, 13 September 2013

The 1st Maastricht Workshop on the Economics of Enforcement will be held on the 13th of September 2013 at the School of Business and Economics of Maastricht University in The Netherlands. The organizers of the workshop are Olivier Marie (Department of Economics) and Bert van Landeghem (ROA).

Although it can be convenient or profitable for individuals or companies to deviate from norms, rules, and laws this is often at the expense of imposing negative externalities on the rest of society. It is therefore essential to find ways to make agents comply with minimal cost. A question which has repeatedly attracted the interest of academic researchers as well as policy makers is: what practically works for optimal enforcement?

Call for Papers: Deadline 15 May 2013

To explore these issues, we are inviting submission of papers by 15th May 2013 which empirically investigate theory-based hypotheses of enforcement, and which demonstrate clever strategies to a) cleanly measure the degree of (non)-compliance and b) tackle causality issues to convincingly estimate the impact and effectiveness of enforcement policies.

Workshop: 13 September 2013

The workshop aims to offer high-quality presentations targeted at an audience of researchers as well as ambitious policy makers who want to learn about identification strategies and who have the intention to set-up impact evaluation programmes in this field.

Examples of research questions and topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Are more severe sanctions or a higher probability of detection better enforcement tools?
  • Can groups self-regulate and behaviour be altered towards compliance in the long run?
  • Does inspection or competition work best in improving health or education quality norms?
  • What are the best ways to combat benefit fraud, tax evasion, and other costly behaviours?
  • Can labour regulations minimize bad employment practices: e.g. illegal or discriminatory?

The scientific programme of this one day workshop will consist of seven presentations in plenary sessions three shorter ones in two parallel sessions for young PhD researchers and policy makers. Our first confirmed keynote speaker is: Prof. Stephen Machin (UCL and LSE).

Coffee and lunch will be provided for all participants. Arrangements for a partial or complete reimbursement of transportation and accommodation costs will be made for paper presenters. A small registration fee will be asked from non-presenting participants.

All communication should be sent to: enforcement-sbe@maastrichtuniversity.nl

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