Speakers Biographies


W. Craig Riddell

Craig Riddell is Royal Bank Faculty Research Professor in the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia and Director of the Canadian Labour Market and Skills Research Network. He is also a Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (Bonn, Germany), the Institute for Research on Public Policy (Montreal, Canada) and the Center for Research and Analysis of Migration (University College London). His teaching and research interests are in labour economics, labour relations and public policy.  Current research is focused on skill formation, education, unemployment, unemployment insurance, program evaluation, immigration, and unionization. He has published numerous articles in academic journals, including the American Economic Review, Canadian Journal of Economics, Economic Journal, Econometrica, Journal of Labor Economics and Review of Economics and Statistics.

Professor Riddell is former Head of UBC’s Department of Economics, Past-President of the Canadian Economics Association and former Academic Co-Chair of the Canadian Employment Research Forum. He currently serves on Statistics Canada’s Advisory Committee on Labour and Income Statistics and on the Board of Directors of the Centre for the Study of Living Standards. In 2007-8 he was a member of the Expert Panel on Older Workers established by the Government of Canada. He has received numerous awards, most recently the Mike McCracken Award for Economic Statistics for contributions to the development and use of labour market data.


David Green

David Green is a professor in the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC and an International Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London.

His research interests centre around determinants of the wage and employment structure. In his recent work, this has entailed bridging between macro labour (worrying about general equilibrium effects) and micro labour identification issues.


Aitor Lacuesta

Aitor Lacuesta is the Sectorial Analysis and Structural Policies Manager Unit at the Banco de España. The main topics of research in his work are devoted to analyze potential output growth, its determinants (demography, education, labour and product market regulations) and its consequences (productivity, missallocation and inequality). He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. He joined the Banco de España in 2005 were he started his career as Economist of the forecasting department working in labour issues. He also lectures country analysis at Deusto Business School since 2013. He has held several positions, including macroeconomic advisor at the office of the Economics Secretary of State of Spain between 2010 and 2011, advisor of the World Bank, research assistant at the IESE Business School and lecturer at the IE Business School.

Lacuesta has published his work in top international economic journals such as Journal of Human Ressources, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Labour Economics or Review of Income and Wealth.


Bas ter Weel

Bas ter Weel is deputy director (and acting director) at the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis. He is also Professor of Economics at Maastricht University.

Previously he headed the department of International Economics (2007-2010) and the department of Labour and Education (2010-2013) at the CPB. Before joining the CPB he worked at Maastricht University as an assistant professor and researcher and the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) as an economist. Bas has published numerous articles on labour economics, the importance of (non-cognitive) skills and social capital. He also contributed to various books.

Francis Green

Francis Green is Professor of Work and Education Economics at the LLAKES Centre, UCL Institute of Education. His research focuses on skills, education, training, work quality and industrial relations issues. He is the author of "Skills and Skilled Work. An Economic and Social Analysis", Oxford University Press (2013), nine other books, and more a hundred papers in academic journals. He has acted as an expert advisor on skills, job quality and related issues to the OECD, the European Union, and the World Bank, and to the UK and Singapore governments.

After graduating in Physics at Oxford, he began his studies of economics with his MSc at the London School of Economics, before writing his PhD thesis on the theory of saving at Birkbeck College. He began his teaching career at Kingston Polytechnic, and worked also for a year as a visiting professor at the University of Massachusetts. After spells at the University of Leicester, the University of Leeds, and the University of Kent, he moved to the Institute of Education in April 2010.

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