Users’ Conference 2015

European Microdata: 4th European User Conference

Dates: 5 - 6 March 2015
Conference venue: Dorint Kongresshotel Mannheim (Friedrichsring 6), Germany
Programme: download pdf
Presentations: on the Conference webpage (GESIS)
Official event site: Conference host webpage (GESIS)

The 4th European User Conference for EU-Microdata provided an international forum for the exchange of research based on European Union Statistics on Income & Living Conditions (SILC), European Labour Force Survey (LFS), Adult Education Survey (AES), Structure of Earnings Survey (SES), Community Innovation Survey (CIS), European Health Interview Survey (EHIS), and Household Budget Survey (HBS) data. An important aim of the conference was to bring together people not only to encourage the discussion within the research community on both substantive and methodological issues, but also to offer researchers the opportunity to give feedback to Eurostat. The conference offered the possibility to discuss needs and wants of the research community with Eurostat. Researchers of all disciplines who are interested either in EU-LFS, EU-SILC or other European microdata disseminated by Eurostat were encouraged to participate.

Conference sessions focused on effects of social policies, migration, household and family, education, labour market issues, income as well as on methodological topics. Moreover research regarding the measurement of material deprivation was presented as well as work towards longitudinal analyses based on LFS. Furthermore there was a live-demonstration of MISSY, an online information system for European microdata.

The final programme can be downloaded here. The presentation slides are available on the conference website managed by the host organization GESIS.

For any further questions please contact the local organizers Christof Wolf and Heike Wirth (


Day one: Thursday 5 March 2015

9.30 Registration
10.30–11.00 Opening session Room 1
Christof Wolf, Vice President of GESIS Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences
Anne Clemenceau, Eurostat, Head of Unit ‘Labour Market’
11.00–12.00 Plenary Session
  Hannah Kiiver
Flow statistics: work towards longitudinal analyses based on the LFS
Anne-Catherine Guio
Measuring material deprivation in the European Union
12.00–13.30 Lunch
13.30–15.15 Session A: Migration Room 1
  Chair: NN
  Martin Guzi, Martin Kahanec & Lucia Mýtna Kureková
Does immigration grease the wheels of European labor markets?
  Erhan Özdemir
Are Immigrant Employees Disadvantaged in Western Europe?: A Comparative Analysis for Five EU Countries
  Davide Malmusi, Laia Palència & Carme Borrell
Immigrants' health by type of integration policies in European countries: a test with EU-SILC
13.30–15.15 Session B: Employment – Family Room 2
  Chair: NN
  Lena Hipp, Sonja Bekker & Janine Leschke
Working reduced hours? The micro- and macro-level determinants of married and partnered men's part time work in Europe and the US
  Alzbeta E. Bartova & Tom Emery
Measuring Policy Entitlements at the Micro-Level: Maternity & Parental Leave in Europe
  Alexander Mack
Marital status of parents in European comparison: Examining the influence of partners' relative status and social context on fertility in cohabiting and marital unions on the basis of EU-SILC
13.30–15.15 Session C: ducation Room 3
  Chair: NN
  Caroline Berghammer & Alícia Adserà
Families' economic uncertainties during the Great Resession: educational inequalities across European Countries and in the US, 2000–2010
  Elisabeth Reichart & Katrin Kaufmann
Investment patterns in vocational Adult Education and Training in international comparison.
  Johanna Kemper & Thomas Bolli
The Impact of Employment Protection Legislation on the Incidence of Work-Related Training
15.15–15.45 Coffee
15.45–17.30 Session D: Policies Room 1
  Chair: NN
  Giulio Bosio & Annalisa Cristini
Job Polarization, Product Market Deregulation, Labour Market Policies in Europe: are they complements or substitutes?
  Michele Gazzola
Assessing the effects of language policies: the case of the EU
  Monica Stefania Patrizio, Federica Origo & Manuela Samek
Youth employment in Europe: the role of education and markets regulation
15.45–17.30 Session E: Labour Market Room 2
  Chair: NN
  Ronald Bachmann & Rahel Felder
Labour market transitions, cross-country differences and institutions during the crisis in Europe
  Virginia Maestri
(Pseudo-) Coverage of unemployment benefits measured through SILC and LFS
  Andrea Salvatori, Seetha Menon & Wouter Zwysen
Job polarisation and job quality in the EU 15 countries
15.45–17.30 Session F: Income Room 3
  Chair: NN
  Philippe van Kerm
Household income dynamics through the Great Recession
  Jacques Wels & Francois Ghesquierre
Transitions to Retirement in EU15 Countries based on Income Statuses
  Denisa Sologon, Philippe van Kerm & Cathal O'Donoghue
Tax-benefit systems, employment structures and the distribution of household disposable income: the UK versus Ireland
17.30–18.00 Jeanette Bohr & Florian Thirolf
Live-demonstration of MISSY, an online information system for European microdata
19.00 Dinner


 Day two: Friday March 6, 2015

9.00–11.00 Session G: Youth Employment Room 1
  Chair: NN
  Yekaterina Chzhen
Unemployment and poverty among young people in the European Union during the Great Recession
  Michael Gebel & Bettina Schuck
The short and medium term impact of the great recession on youths' non-employment rates and transitions in Europe
  Alba Lanau
Youth poverty and labour market transitions in six European countries
  Dafne Dima
Forms of employment and labour market transitions before and during the economic crisis in Europe
9.00–11.00 Session H: Income Room 2
  Chair: NN
  Uma Amara & Marianne Furrer
Drivers of Income Inequality in Europe: A Comparison of different welfare regimes
  Bea Cantillon, Diego Collado & Natasha van Mechelen
The end of decent incomes for the poor? The fatal link between minimum wages and social benefits in world's most developed welfare states
  Simone Moriconi, Iga Magda & David Marsden
Lower Coverage but Stronger Unions? Institutional changes and Union Wage Premia in Central Europe
  Judy Yang & Joao Pedro Azevedo
The Evolution of Gender Wage Gaps in the EU (2005–2011)
9.00–11.00 Session I: Methods Room 3
  Chair: NN
  Tim Goedemé
MetaSILC 1: An assessment of the content and cross-country comparability of the EU-SILC income variables
  Richard Tonkin & Paola Serafino
Comparing poverty estimates using income, expenditure and material deprivation through statistical matching of EU-SILC and HBS microdata
  James Foreman-Peck & Peter Morgan
Innovation in 13 European economies
  Olga Rastrigina, Chrysa Leventi & Holly Sutherland
Nowcasting risk of poverty and low work intensity in Europe
11.00–11.30 Coffee
11.30–13.00 Closing Session Room 1
  Chair: NN
  Nazareno Panichella
The Occupational Integration of Male Migrants in Western European Countries: Assimilation or Persistent Disadvantage?
Aleksandra Bujnowska
Access to EU microdata: an overview of the research proposals submitted to Eurostat


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