The National Centre for Econometric Research (NCER) and QUT's School of Economics and Finance was pleased to host the two-day 12th Annual Labour Econometrics Workshop at Queensland University of Technology, on Friday 7and Saturday 8 August, 2009.

The Labour Econometrics Workshop (LEW) is an annual Australasian event hosted by a different university each year. Its goal is to provide an opportunity for researchers in applied microeconom(etr)ics to share and receive feedback on their work, particularly new or preliminary papers and particularly (although not necessarily) in the areas of labour and applied econometrics. Sufficient time is devoted to each paper to enable a serious discussion of methodological and technical issues. Organisers strive to make the pool of presenters a blend of established researchers and junior scholars.

The workshop was held in the Dennis Gibson Room, Level 10, Z Block, QUT, Gardens Point campus. (Please see the map, reference E6, for location information.)

There was no cost for the workshop, although an RSVP was appreciated for catering purposes. (Coffee breaks and lunch were provided on each day of the workshop. An informal dinner was organised on Friday night at Chez LaiLa at Southbank for those interested in participating.)

Photos taken at the events are now available.

Workshop Convener

Professor Paul Frijters, QUT

Call for Abstracts/Papers

The Organising Committee invites the submission of extended abstracts (1-2 pages) to be presented at the Labour Econometrics Workhop. Abstracts/papers relating to labour market issues and applied econometrics are welcome (including applications in health and other micro-issues).

Submissions should be forwarded to the Project Officer by Tuesday, 5 May.


Please advise the Project Officer of your attendance. In your mail, please kindly advise whether you will be attending both days, the dinner on Friday evening (including dietary requirements) and any social events you may be interested in attending as suggested by the organisers.


The program will consist of two days of contributed academic papers, an invited speaker's presentation and an informal dinner on Saturday night.

This year's invited speaker is Arie Kapteyn from RAND, California.

A full program of events is now available in Word 2007 (16kb) and Word 2003 (44kb).

Social Events

Please indicate whether you would be interested in participating in the following activites on Sunday 9 August:

Pumpabiking (minimum 8 people).

The South African designed pumpabike is a self propelled hydrofoil that glides along the top of the water, up to speeds of 30km per hour. Guaranteed to get you totally drenched! (2 hours) ($45pp)

Rock Climbing - instructed session

Challenge yourself in the great outdoors and experience climbing the lit up weathered walls of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. All levels of difficulty are available, including beginners. (approx. 1.5 hours at 5pm) ($34pp)

Story Bridge Climb

The climb is a 2.5 hour experience with amazing and uninterrupted 360 views. It is one of only 3 bridge climbs in the world! Dawn, day, twilight and night climbs available. (approx. $90)

Important Dates

5 May 2009 Deadline for submission of extended abstracts/papers
May - June Notifcation of paper acceptance
15 July 2009 Last day for registration
7 August 2009 First day of workshop and optional workshop dinner
8 August 2009 Last day of workshop
9 August 2009 Social Day - Rock Climbing/ Bridge Climbing or Pumpabiking!


This information is provided for our non-Brisbane participants. All information is taken from the hotel's websites and we do not necessarily endorse any of the accommodation places and services listed below. If you would like further alternatives, please contact the Project Officer. All accommodation needs to be made directly with the hotel provider.

The Royal on the Park is a magnificent 4.5 star hotel that offers unsurpassed luxury and an impeccable standard of personal service, in the very heart of Brisbane.

The Deluxe Room offers a spacious 28 square metre air conditioned, non-smoking room with two Queen size beds or 1 King Bed. Features include minibar, broadband access, Foxtel, in-house movies, 24 room service and tea and coffee making facilities.

The Royal on the Park is adjacant to the Botanical Gardens which adjoins QUT's Gardens Point campus.

The Oaks Festival Towers is a brand new, stunning design hotel located on the famous Festival Hall site in the heart of Brisbane CBD. This 41 level development offers 401 apartments being a mix of one and two bedrooms. A range of cafes are at your doorstep with only a short stroll to the Queen Street Mall, entertainment, business district and parklands.

Stylish air conditioned apartments with full kitchen facilities, laundry, separate lounge area and either balcony or alfresco balcony which is enclosed with bi fold windows. High quality appliances, entertainers kitchen and advanced design.

Hotel George Williams, is a quality 3 and half star hotel offering quality rooms, quality gym and quality dining! HGW offers close proximity to the Roma Street Train and Queen Street Mall - Brisbane's major shopping destination. All rooms have ADSL Broadband, private ensuites, colour televisions, bar size refrigerator and tea and coffee making facilities.

Conference History

LEW 2002 - Australian National University

LEW 2005 - UNSW

LEW 2006 - University of South Australia

LEW 2007 - Wellington

LEW 2008 - Australian National University (Program Only)

RSVPs and Enquiries

Please contact the Project Officer:

Angela Fletcher
Queensland University of Technology
Email: a.fletcher@qut.edu.au