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Economics | Research Seminar Series

Seminars take place in Kreeger 100 on Wednesdays at 12 p.m. unless specified otherwise—see Campus Maps.

Spring 2015

February 11
Seth Gershenson, American University SPA
Title: "Performance Standards and Employee Effort: Evidence from Teacher Absences"

February 18
Monica Hartmann, American University
Title: "Automobile Maintenance Costs, Used Cars, and Private Information"

February 25 (CANCELLED. Will try to reschedule at a later date).
Robert H. Nelson, University of Maryland School of Public Policy
Title: "Bringing Religion into Economic Policy Making"

March 4
Robert Feinberg, American University
"The Determinants of Cartel Duration in Korea"

March 18
Gisela Rua, Federal Reserve Board
Title: "Inflation Expectations and Recovery from the Depression in 1933: Evidence from the Narrative Record"

March 25
Shushanik Hakobyan, Fordham University
Title: "GSP Expiration and Declining Exports from Developing Countries"

March 26
Kevin P. Gallagher, Boston University and Johns Hopkins SAIS
Title: "Ruling Capital: Emerging Markets and the Reregulation of Cross-Border Finance"
Location: MGC 247, 3:30-5:15 p.m.
**Please note this special seminar is on a Thursday and is co-sponsored by the International Economic Relations program in the School of International Service.

April 1
Egon Zakrajsek, Federal Reserve Board
Title: "Credit Market Sentiment and the Business Cycle"

April 8
George Akerlof, UC Berkeley/Georgetown/IMF
Title: TBA

April 15
Erdal Tekin, American University
Title: TBA

April 22
Nick Zolas, Department of the Census
Title: TBA


Fall 2014

August 27
Sudipta Sarangi, LSU/NSF
Title: "Contests with Complementarities: Theory and Experiments"
This talk is based on two working papers. View them here and here.

September 3
Jorge Aguero, University of Connecticut/Inter-American Development Bank
Title: "Did the Swine Flu Save Lives? Evidence from Mexico"

September 10
Simon Sheng, American University
Title: "Information Rigidity in Macroeconomic Forecasts: An International Empirical Investigation"

September 17
Haelim Park, US Department of the Treasury
Title: "Did the Reserve Requirement Increases of 1936-1937 Reduce Bank Lending? Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment"

September 24
Min Wei, Federal Reserve Board
Title: "The Effects of Treasury Debt Supply on Macroeconomic and Term Structure Dynamics"

October 1
Amos Golan, American University
Title: "On the Intrinsic Value of Information or Is There an Absolute Value of Information?"

October 8
Ahmed Rahman, US Naval Academy
Title: "Ex Tridenti Mercatus? Sea-Power and Maritime Trade in the Age of Globalization"

October 15
Zeynep Senyuz, Federal Reserve Board
Title: "Nonlinearity and Time-Varying Dependence in Money Markets"

October 22
Min Chen, University of Oxford
Title: "Myths and Promises of Data Intelligence"

October 29
Larry Ball, Johns Hopkins University
Title: "Can We Reverse the Damage from the Great Recession?"

November 5
Anne-Christine Barthel, Randolph College
Title: "Extending the Scope of Monotone Comparative Statistics Results"

November 12
Peter Leeson, George Mason University
Title: "Prenups"

November 19
Mark Koyama, George Mason University
Title: "Unified China and Divided Europe"

No seminar November 26 due to Thanksgiving

December 3
Caroline Fohlin, Emory/Johns Hopkins University
Title: TBA


Spring 2014

February 5
Chris Papageorgiou, IMF
Title: "Economic Diversification in Low-Income Countries"
Note: This talk is based on two working papers. View them here and here.

February 12
Vivian Hoffman, University of Maryland/IFPRI
Title: "Learning by Doing Something Else: Experience with Alternatives and Adoption of a High-Barrier Menstrual Hygiene Technology"

February 19
Seth Gershenson, American University
Title: "Linking Teacher Quality, Student Attendance, and Student Achievement"

February 26
Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan, University of Maryland
Title: "What Hinders Investment in the Aftermath of Financial Crises: Insolvent Firms or Illiquid Banks?"

March 5
Michael Kremer, Harvard University
Title: "What Institutions are Appropriate for Generating and Disseminating Local Agricultural Information?"
Note: This seminar will be held in Kreeger G01 from 12:00-1:15 p.m.

March 19
Garance Genicot, Georgetown University
Title: "Asymmetry of Information within Family Networks"

March 26
Ben Johannsen, Federal Reserve Board
Title: "Inflation Experience and Inflation Expectations: Dispersion and Disagreement within Demographic Groups"

April 2
Mark Carlson, Federal Reserve Board
Title: "Corporate Governance and Risk Management at Unprotected Banks: National Banks in the 1890s"

April 9
Yana Rodgers, Rutgers University (joint with Gender Seminar Series)
Title: "Land Reform and Welfare in Vietnam: Why Gender of the Land-Rights Holder Matters"

April 16
Aart Kraay, World Bank
Title: "Growth, Inequality, and Social Welfare: Cross-Country Evidence"

April 23
Daniel Bernhofen, American University
Title: "Estimating the Effects of the Container Revolution on World Trade"

April 30
Boris Gershman, American University
Title: "Witchcraft Beliefs and the Erosion of Trust: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa"


Fall 2013

September 4
Barkley Rosser, James Madison University
Title: "The Evolution of Hyperbolic Discounting: Implications for Truly Social Valuation of the Future"

September 11
James Fenske, University of Oxford
Title: "War, Resilience, and Political Engagement in Africa"

September 18
Roger Betancourt, University of Maryland
Title: "Unbundling Democracy: Tilly Trumps Schumpeter"

September 25
Michael Makowsky, Johns Hopkins University
Title: "Altruistic Groups, Selfish Leaders, and the Evolution of Power"

October 2
Suresh Naidu, Columbia University
Title: "Contested Property: Fugitive Slaves in the Antebellum South"

October 9
Xiaodong Liu, University of Colorado at Boulder (joint with Info-Metrics Institute)
Title: "Identification and Efficient Estimation of Simultaneous Equations Network Models"

October 16
CANCELLED. Possibly rescheduling next semester.
Branko Milanovic, World Bank
Title: "Global Income Inequality: Current Patterns and Future Trends"

October 23
John Parman, College of William and Mary
Title: "Historical Segregation and Black Health Outcomes"

October 30
Andrew Zeitlin, Georgetown University
Title: "The Price of Empowerment: Experimental Evidence on the Demand for Land Titles and Female Co-Titling in Urban Tanzania"

November 6
Bahattin Buyuksahin, Bank of Canada (joint with Info-Metrics Institute)
Title: "Financialization of Food Market"

November 13
Nicholas Coleman, Federal Reserve Board
Title: "Bank Ownership, Lending, and Local Economic Performance During the 2008-2010 Financial Crisis"

November 20
Tara Rice, Federal Reserve Board
Title: "Shock Transmission Through International Banks: How Vulnerable are Affiliate Markets? Evidence from U.S. Banks"

December 4
Gabe Mathy, American University
Title: "Unemployment Persistence in the Recoveries from the Great Depression and the Great Recession"

Spring 2013

March 20
Remi Jedwab, George Washington University
Title: "Urbanization With and Without Structural Transformation"

March 27
Keun Lee, Seoul National University
Title: "Neo-Schumpeterian Analysis of Catch-Up by the Latecomers: Knowledge, Path-Creation, and the Middle-Income Trap"

April 3
Jeremiah Dittmar & Skipper Seabold, both American University
Title: "Media, Beliefs, and Economic Change: Printing and the Protestant Reformation"

April 10
Wallace Oates & Robert Schwab, both University of Maryland
Title: "The Window Tax: A Case Study in Excess Burden"

April 17
Luciano Floridi, University of Hertfordshire and Oxford University
(joint with Info-Metrics Institute)
Title: "The Design of Political Agents in the Age of Hyperhistory"

April 24
Jay Shambaugh, George Washington University
Title: "Rounding the Corners of the Trilemma" (joint work with Michael Klein)

May 1
Peter Adriaans, University of Amsterdam (joint with Info-Metrics Institute)
Title: "What Does it Mean to be a Model? A Computational View"

Fall 2012

September 5
Bilgehan Karabay, UVA
Title: "When is it optimal to delegate: The theory of fast-track authority"

September 12
Robert Rich, Federal Reserve Bank of New York (joint with Info-Metrics Institute)
Title: The Measurement and Behavior of Uncertainty: Evidence from the ECB Survey of Professional Forecasters

September 19
Chris Blattman, Columbia
Title: Building institutions at the micro-level: Results from a field experience in property dispute and conflict resolution

September 26
Robin Lumsdaine, American University
Title: Wall Street vs. Main Street: A Comparison of Views

October 3
Ignacio Presno, Boston Federal Reserve
Title: Sovereign Default Risk and Uncertainty Premia

October 10
Tobias Pfutze, Oberlin College
Title: The Effects of a Non-Contributory Pension Program on Labor Force Participation: The Case of '70 y mas' in Mexico

October 17
Paola Giuliano, UCLA
Title: On the Origins of Gender Roles: Women and the Plough

October 24
Nicholas Ziebarth, Iowa
Title: Cementing the Case for Collusion under the National Recovery Administration

October 31
Amos Golan, American U (joint with Info-Metrics Institute)
Title: On the Foundations and Philosophy of Info-Metrics

November 7
Refik Soyer, GWU (joint with Info-Metrics Institute)
Title: When is Failure Preferable to Survival?

November 14
Jeremiah Dittmar, American University
Title: Ideas, Business, Human Capital, and Growth, the Print Media Revolution in Early Modern Europe

November 28
Timo Teräsvirta, Aarhus University (joint with Info-Metrics Institute)
Title: Conditional Correlation Models of Autoregressive Conditional Heteroskedasticity with Nonstationary GARCH Equations

Monday, December 3 at 3:30 PM*
Sam Bowles, Santa Fe Institute
Title: Machiavelli’s Mistake: Why good laws are no substitute for good citizens
*please note this seminar is on a Monday and at 3:30 PM

December 5
Eric Chaney, Harvard
Title: Pirates of the Mediterranean: An Empirical Investigation of Bargaining with Asymmetric Information

Looking for an old seminar?

For a listing of past research seminar topics and presenters, visit the Research Seminar Series Archive. The archive covers seminars that occurred from Fall 2002 to Spring 2012.