Keynote Speakers

Caterina Calsamiglia is a Research Professor at IPEG and affiliate researcher at CEPR. She obtained her PhD from the Department of Economics at Yale University in 2005. She was an assistant and associate professor at UAB until 2015. In 2014 she obtained an ERC Starting Grant to work on understanding the importance of the design of school choice procedures for the educational landscape and to develop non cognitive assessment tools. Since 2011 she is a member of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity group at the University of Chicago. In 2015 she moved to CEMFI as a Research Professor, where she remains an affiliate researcher. Her leadership in an interdisciplinary group of researchers working on socioemotional learning led the creation of Pentabilities, a method to promote formative assessment for socioemotional learning. Her research focuses on Public Economics with an emphasis on school choice, educational policies, affirmative action, measurement of non-cognitive skills and welfare economics in general. Her work includes theoretical, experimental and empirical analysis. She is currently working very closely with the education sector, promoting  the implementation and evaluation of rigurous formative assessment tools for socioemotional learning in primary, secondary, vocational training and college worldwide.

Stefan Wolter is Managing Director of the Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education and a Professor of Economics at the University of Bern, where he heads the Centre for Research in Economics of Education. Among others he is also member of the Governing Board of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) and Member of the Education Policy Committee of the OECD in Paris. His main research interests are labour economics and economics of education. Together with Prof. U. Backes-Gellner (University of Zurich) he is co-director of the Swiss Leading House on Economics of Education. Among others he has published in American Economic Review (P&P), Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics, Economica, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Labour Economics and Economics of Education Review. He is Editor-in-Chief of “Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training” (ERVET) and he joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2000.