Microeconomics Seminars

Microeconomics Workshops are held on Wednesdays from 12:30-2:00 p.m... (unless otherwise noted) in John W. Kendrick Seminar Room, Room 321 at 2115 G Street (unless otherwise noted). For information please contact Professors Paul Carillo [email protected]Don Parsons [email protected], and Bryan Stuart [email protected]

Spring 2020

Wednesday, February 26th, 12:30-2:00
Elira Kuka (GWU)
Wednesday, March 11th, 12:30-2:00
Joint with the Trade and Development Seminar
Imran Rasul (UCL)
Wednesday, March 25th, 12:30-2:00
Don Parsons (GW)
Wednesday, April 1st, 12:30-2:00
Gordon Dahl (UCSD)
Wednesday, Apri 8th, 12:30-2:00
Julie Cullen (UCSD)


Wednesday, Apri 15th, 12:30-2:00
Alessandra Fenizia (GW)
Wednesday, April 22nd, 12:30-2:00
Fabian Lange (McGill)
Wednesday, April 29th, 12:30-2:00
Rick Hornbeck (Chicago Booth)

Fall 2019

Wednesday, September 4th, 12:30-2:00
John Abowd (Cornell/Census)
"Why Social Scientists Must Actively Participate in the Privacy Debate"
Wednesday, September 11th, 12:30-2:00
Ben Williams (GW)
"Regressions with Test Scores as Covariates"
Tuesday, September 17th, 12:30-2:00
Joint with the Trade and Development Seminar
Garance Genicot (Georgetown)
"Tolerance and Compromise"
Wednesday, September 18th, 12:30-2:00
Juan Carlos Suárez Serrato (Duke)
"Taxing Property in Developing Countries: Theory and Evidence from Mexico"


Wednesday, September 25th, 12:30-2:00
Bryan Stuart (GW)
"Recessions and Local Labor Markets"
Wednesday, October 2nd, 12:30-2:00
Pierre Bachas (World Bank)
"Informality, Consumption Taxes, and Redistribution"
Wednesday, October 9th, 12:30-2:00
Matthew Kahn (Johns Hopkins)
Mortgage Finance in the Face of Rising Climate Risk (with Amine Ouazad)
Wednesday, October 16th, 12:30-2:00
Wojciech Kopczuk (Columbia)
"Intergenerational Wealth Formation over the Life Cycle: Evidence from Danish Wealth Records 1984-2013"
Wednesday, October 23rd, 12:30-2:00
Steve Hamilton (GW)
"How do Tax Returns Respond to a 30,000% Marghinal Tax Rate"
Wednesday, October 30th, 12:30-2:00
Mary Ann Bronson (Georgetown)
"The Wage Growth and Within-Firm Mobility of Men and Women: New Evidence and Theory" (with Peter Skogman Thoursie)
Wednesday, November 6th, 12:30-2:00
Roger Betancourt (Maryland)
"Understanding the Digital Economy in Retailing & Its Implications for Output Growth, Household Welfare, and Measurement Issues in All Service Sectors"
Wednesday, November 13th, 12:30-2:00
Judy Hellerstein (Maryland)
"Have the Returns to Cognitive Ability Really Declined?" (with Sergio Urzua and Sai Luo)
Wednesday, November 20th, 12:30-2:00
Henrik Kleven (Princeton)
"The EITC and the Extensive Margin: a Reappraisal"
Wednesday, December 4th, 12:30-2:00
Laura Kawano (University of Michigan)
"You Can't Handle the Truth: The Effects of the GI Bill on Higher Education and Earnings"
Wednesday, December 11th, 12:30-2:00
Nicolas Ajzenman (Sao Paulo School of Economics-FGV)
"Transit Migrant Routes, Risk Attitudes, and the Natives' Entrepreneurship"

Spring 2019

Wednesday, March 20th 12:30-2
Bryan Stuart (GWU)
"Imperfect Information in the Labor Market"


Wednesday, March 27th 12:30-2
Melissa Rubio (University of Gothenberg)
"The Legacy of Slavery on Black Incarceration in the US: From Plantations to Prisons?"
Friday, March 29th 9-5
Washington Area Labor Economics Symposium
More information at https://iiep.gwu.edu/wales/


Wednesday, April 3rd 12:30-2
Matt Notowidigdo (Northwestern)
"Take-up and Targeting: Experimental Evidence from SNAP"
Wednesday, April 10th 12:30-2
Randall Akee (UCLA and Brookings)
"Immigrants' Earnings Growth and Return Migration from the U.S.: Examining their Determinants using Linked Survey and Administrative Data"
Wednesday, April 17th 12:30-2
Fernando Ferreira (Wharton)
"Housing Disease and Public School Finances"
Wednesday, April 24th 12:30-2
John Voorheis (Census)
"Pollution and the Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital: Evidence from the 1970 Clean Air Act"
Wednesday, May 1st 12:30-2 (Two Speakers)
RaeAnn Robinson (GWU)
"Occupational Characteristics and the Gender Pay Gap"
Chuanhao Lin (GWU)
"Is the sum of Policy Variable Effects Different than the Parts?  Testing Effects of Gun Laws on Crime"
Wednesday, May 8th 12:30-2
Joint with the Institute for International Economic Policy
Yao Pan, (Aslto University Finland)
"Aladdin's Lamp Unleashed: Successful Social Programs over Local Political Cycles"

Fall 2018

Wednesday, August 29th 12:30-2
Daniel Reck (London School of Economics)
"Optimal Defaults with Normative Ambiguity"
Wednesday, September 5th 12:30-2
Jeffrey Lin (Philadelphia Fed)
"The Paper Trail of Knowledge Spillovers: Evidence from Patent Interferences"
Monday, September 24th 12:30-2 Monroe 250
Bruce Weinberg (Ohio State University)
"How Innovativeness Varies over the Life Cycle"
Wednesday,  September 26th 12:30-2
Joint with the Trade and Development Seminar
Stelios Michalopoulos, Brown


Wednesday,  October 17th 12:30-2
Leslie Turner (UMD College Park)
"Where do students go when for-profit colleges lose federal aid?"
Tuesday,  November 6th 12:30-2
Joint with the Trade and Development Seminar
Suresh Naidu, Columbia
"Ideas Have Consequences: The Impact of Law and Economics on American Justice"
Wednesday, November 28th 12:30-2
Marcus Casey (University of Illinois-Chicago and Brookings Institution)
"Valuing Amenities with High-Frequency Data: The Information Content of Crime Data"
Wednesday, December 5th 12:30-2
Nathaniel Baum-Snow (Toronto)
"Long-Run Consequences of Neighborhood Change"

Spring 2018

Wednesday, February 28th 12:30-2
Luis Quintero (Johns Hopkins)
"Market Concentration in Homebuilding and the Macroeconomy" (with Jacob Cosman)
Wednesday, April 4th 12:30-2 CANCELED
Kevin Shih, RPI
Wednesday, April 11th 12:30-2
Lisa Kahn, Yale
"Dropouts Need Not Apply: The Minimum Wage and Skill Upgrading (With Jeffrey Clemens and Jonathan Meer)
Tuesday, April 17th 12:30-2
Joint with the International Trade and Development Seminar
Lori Beaman, Northwestern
Wednesday, April 25th 12:30-2
Joint with the International Trade and Development Seminar
Rafael Dix-Carneiro
Margins of Labor Market Adjustment to Trade

Tuesday, May 1st 12:30-2
Joint with the International Trade and Development Seminar
Leah Boustan, Princeton
Tuesday, May 8th 12:30-2
Joint with the International Trade and Development Seminar
Walker Hanlon, NYU Stern
Wednesday, May 9th 12:30-2
Bruce Meyer, University of Chicago
"Inequality in the Joint Distribution of Consumption and Time Use" (Joint with Jehoon Han and James X. Sullivan)
Tuesday, May 15th 12:30-2
Joint with the International Trade and Development Seminar
Paul Romer, New York University
"Labor Misallocation and the Returns to Experience in Developing Countries", joint with Asif Islam (The World Bank) and Remi Jedwab (GWU)

Fall 2017

Tuesday,  September 5th 12:30-2
Joint with the International Trade and Development Seminar
Elias Papaioannou, London Business School
"Land Mines and Spatial Development", joint with Stelios Michalopoulos and Giorgio Chiovell
Wednesday, September 13th
Alina Arefeva, John Hopkins University
"How Auctions Amplify House-Price Fluctuations"
Wednesday, October 11th,
Joint with the International Trade and Development Seminar
Leyla D. Karakas, Syracuse University
"Inequality, Redistribution and the Rise of Outsider Candidates"
Wednesday, October 18th
Partha Sen, Delhi School of Economics
Anyone for Social Security Reform?
Wednesday, October 25th
Pedro Gete, Georgetown University
"Non banks and Lending Standards in Mortgage Markets: The Spillovers from Liquidity Regulation" (with Michael Reher)
Wednesday, November 8th
Nora Gordon, Georgetown
"School, Nutrition, and Student Discipline:  Effects of Schoolwide Free Lunch"
Wednesday, November 15th
Raven Molloy, Federal Reserve
"Supply Regulation and Housing Affordability: The Roles of Quality and Location" (with Charlie Nathanson and Andrew Paciorek
Wednesday, November 29th
Robert Trost, GWU and CNA
"Assessment of Nuclear Aircraft Carrier Readiness when Shipyard Maintenance Times are Uncertain"

Spring 2017

Wednesday, April 19th
Dina Pomeranz, Zurich and HBS
"Can Audits Backfire?  Evidence from Public Procurement in Chile"

Thursday, April 20th
Irene Foster and Constantin Burgi, GWU
"Retention in Principles of Economics: Does a Preparatory Course Make a Difference?"
Wednesday, April 26th
Donald O. Parsons,
"The Unemployment Insurance Taxable Wage Base Mystery"

Fall 2016

Wednesday, October 26th 12:30-2
Joint with the International Trade and Development Seminar
Bruno Ferman, Sao Paulo School of Economics, FGV
Revisiting the Synthetic Control Estimator, Joint with Christine Pinto
Wednesday, November 16th
Ann Brockmeyer, World Bank
"Taxation, Information and Withholding"
Wednesday, December 7th
Anthony Yezer, GWU and Yishin Liu, Fannie Mae
"Testing the Association between Foreclosure and Nearby Houser Prices: Can Differences Deceive"

Spring 2016

Wednesday, February 3rd
Scott Wentland, BEA
"Who Benefits from Targeted Property Tax Relief? Evidence from Virginia Elections"

Wednesday, February 10th
Luca Flabbi, University of North Carolina
"Household Search or Individual Search: Does it Matter?"

Tuesday, February 16th (Special Day still 12:30-2)
Tim Moore, George Washington University
"The Mortality Effects of Retirement: Evidence from Social Security Eligibility at Age 62" ( with Maria D. Fitzpatrick)

Wednesday, February 24th
Amanda Ross, Univeristy of West Virginia
"Small Business Borrowing and Peer-to-Peer Lending: Evidence from Lending Club"

Wednesday, March 2nd
Stephen Laufer, Federal Reserve Board
"Search, Matching and Training"

Wednesday, March 30th
John Kwoka, Northeastern University
"From the Fringe to the Forefront: Low Cost Carriers and Airline Price Determination

Wednesday, April 6th
Emek Basker, Census
"Customer-Labor Substitution: Evidence from Gasoline Stations."

Wednesday, April 13th
Carlos Scartascini, IABD
"Don't Blame the Messenger: A Field Experiment on Delivery Methods for Increasing Tax Compliance"

Wednesday, April 20th
Sergio Urzua, University of Maryland
"The Children of the Missed Pill: Undecided Consequences of Price Collusion " with Tomas Rau and Miguel Sarzosa

Fall 2015

Wednesday, September 9th
William Larson, Federal Housing Agency
"Using the Land Leverage Hypothesis to Improve Repeat-Sales House Price Indices," with Alex Bogin and William Doerner

Wednesday, September 23rd
Jenny Schuetz, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
"Fewer Vacants, Fewer Crimes?  Impacts on Neighborhood Revitalization Policies on Crime," with Jonathan Spader and Alvaro Cortes.

Wednesday, September 30th 12:30-2
Anthony Yezer, GWU
"Are Mortgage Borrowers Really Clueless?  Strategic Behavior, Endogenous Credit Scores, And The Next Financial Crisis," with Rajeev Darolia and Brent C. Smith

Wednesday, October 7th 12:30-2
Ben Williams, GWU
"The Repeat Time-On-The-Market Index," with Paul Carrillo

Wednesday, October 14th
Brendan Epstein, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
"The Wellfare Costs of Skill Mismatch Employment," with David Arseneau
Joint with the Macroeconomics Seminar

Wednesday, October 21st
Roger Lagunoff, Georgetown University
"The Tipping Points and Business-as-Usual in a Global Carbon Commons," with R. Harrison (PUC Chile)

Wednesday, October 28th
Joseph McCormack, GWU
"A Study on the Persistence of Fiscal Shocks: How Balanced Budget Requirements, Rainy Day Funds, and Withdrawal Requirements Influence the Continuation of Shocks"

Xiaofan Meng, GWU

Wednesday, November 4th
Adriana Kuglar, Georgetown University
"Long-term Direct and Spillover Effects of Job Training: Experimental Evidence from Colombia"

Jialiang Zhu, GWU
"Earning the Grade or Just Window Dressing?  The Effects of Information Disclosure on Restaurant Hygiene Quality"

Thursday, November 19th, 12:30-2-SPECIAL TIME AND DATE
Dylan Conger, GWU Public Policy
"The Impact of College Tuition Increases on Undocumented College Student Attainment," with Lesley Turner

Wednesday, November 26th
No session.  Thanksgiving Week.

Wednesday, December 2nd
Erich Battistin, Queen Mary University
"In a Small Moment: Class Size and Moral Hazard in the Mezzogiorno," with Joshua D. Angrist and Daniela Vuri

Wednesday, December 9th
Day Manoli, University of Texas-Austin
"The Effects of Increasing the Early Retirement Age on Employment of Older Workers" with Andrea Weber

Spring 2015

Wednesday, February 25th
Irene Foster, Cheng Xu and Quan Guo, The George Washington University
Is there an Inverse Relationship Between Study Time and Final Exam Scores? Evidence from Principles of Economics

Wednesday, March 4th
Bhaskar Dutta, University of Warwick

Wednesday, March 18th
Stephanie Cellini, The George Washington University-TSPPPA

Wednesday, March 25th
Jorge Aguerro, University of Connecticut

Wednesday, April 8th
Iona Marinescu, University of Chicago-Harris School
Mismatch Unemployment and the Geography of Job Search

Wednesday, April 15th
Yusuke Kuwayama, Resources for the Future
Optimal Management of Environmental Externalities with Time Lags and Uncertainty

Wednesday, April 22nd
Michael Mann, The George Washington University-Geography
Integrating Spatial Information Into Econometrics-An Example from Ethiopian Agriculture

Wednesday, April 29th
Lint Barrage, University of Maryland-AREC
Climate Change Adaptation vs. Mitigation: A Fiscal Perspective

Fall 2014

Wednesday, September 17th
Tony Cockerill, Cambridge University
This Time is Different: A British View of the Great Recession

Wednesday, September 24th
Donald Parsons, George Washington University
Moral-Hazard-Free First-Best Unemployment Insurance

Wednesday, October 1st
Martin Kahanec, Central European University
The Free Movement of Workers in an Enlarged European Union: Institutional Underpinnings of Economic Adjustment

Wednesday, October 8th
Jonathan Kolstad, Wharton
The Heterogeneous Impact of High Deductible Health Plans

Wednesday, October 22nd
Day Manoli, University of Texas at Austin
Cash-on-Hand & College Enrollment: Evidence from Population Tax Data and Policy Nonlinearities

Wednesday, October 29th
Monica Singhal, Harvard Business School
The Role of Social Norms in Firm Tax Compliance: Experimental Evidence from Bangladesh

Wednesday, November 5th
Tim Moore, George Washington University
Disability Insurance Payments and Beneficiary Work Activity

Wednesday, November 12th
Zhuan Pei, Brandeis University
Inference on Causal Effects in a Generalized Regression Kink Design

Wednesday, November 19th
GWU Job Market Candidates
Speakers & papers to be announced

Wednesday, November 26th
Thanksgiving break (No Seminar)

Wednesday, December 3rd
GWU Job Market Candidates
Speakers & papers to be announced

Spring 2014

Wednesday, January 29th
Justin Wolfers, Michigan
Forecasting Elections: Voter Intentions versus Expectations

Wednesday, February 5th
Zhongmin Wang, Resources for the Future
Empirical Evidence on Competition and Revenue in an All-Pay Contest

Wednesday, February 12th
Oleh Havrylyshyn, George Washington University
Institutions Always “Mattered”: A Quantitative Economic History of the Republic of Ragusa (Dubrovnik),1000-1800

Wednesday, February 26th
Leah Brooks, George Washington University
"Vestiges of Transit: Urban Persistence at a Micro Scale"

Wednesday, March 5th
Samuel Berlinski, Inter-American Development Bank
“Challenges in Educational Reform: An Experiment on Active Learning in Mathematics”

Wednesday, March 12th
Spring Break

Wednesday, March 19th
Elliot Anenberg, Board of Governors
“How Smartphones and Social Media Dialed Up the Food Truck Boom and Increased Access to Food Variety”

Wednesday, March 26th
Jon Strand, University of Oslo & World Bank
"A Delphi Exercise as a Tool in Amazon Rainforest Valuation"

Wednesday, April 2nd
Prashant Bharadwaj, UCSD
"Preverse Consequences of Well-Intentioned Regulation: Evidence from India's Child Labor Ban"
[Note: this seminar is on Wednesday, from 12:30-2p, Lindner Commons, Room 602, 6th Floor, 1957 E Street, NW (the ESIA building)]

Wednesday, April 9th
Carly Urban, Montana
"State Mandated Financial Education and the Credit Behavior of the Young"

Wednesday, April 16th
Daniel Spiro, University of Oslo
"Peer Pressure and Skewed Norms" (joint work with Moti Michaeli)

Thursday, April 17th
Wolfram Schlenker, Columbia
"Climate Change, Crop Yields, and Internal Migration in the United States"

Wednesday, April 23rd
Anton Badev, Board of Governors
“Discrete Games in Endogenous Networks: Theory and Policy” and
“Social Networks and the Stepping Stone Effect: The Case of Tobacco and Marijuana”

Monday, May 5th
Ben Elsner, IZA
"Selectivity in Migration"

Fall 2013

September 18
Ram Fishman, George Washington University
"A Tale of Two Food Stands--Observational Learning in the Field"

September 25
Mario Macis, John Hopkins
"Rewarding Volunteers: A Field Experiment"

October 2
Byron Lutz, Board of Governors
"Examining the Whole Picture: Retiree Health Obligations and the Long-Term Budget Outlook for the State and Local Government Sector"

October 7 **Note this is a Monday**
Soshana Grossbard, San Diego State
"Home Production and Racial Discrimination in Marriage Markets"

October 16
Leora Klapper, World Bank
"Financial Inclusion and Measured Well-Being"

October 23
Eun-Hee Kim, George Washington University Business School
"Peer Effects vs. Competitive Effects under Alternative Regulatory Regimes: Evidence from the U.S. Electric Power Industry"

October 30
Matthew Harding, Stanford; visiting at Georgetown
"The Effect of Product and Nutrient-Specific Taxes on Shopping Behavior and Nutrition: Evidence from Scanner Data"

November 6
Irene Foster and Melanie Allwine, George Washington University
"The Role of Algebra I Assessment in Predicting Student Performance in Principles of Economics"

November 13
Yuya Sasaki, Johns Hopkins
"Closed Form Estimation of Dynamic Discrete Choice Models with Unobserved State Variables"

November 20
Melissa Kearney, Maryland; visiting Brookings
"Media Influences on Teen Sexual Behavior and Childbearing: The Impact of MTV's 16 and Pregnant"

November 27
Thanksgiving Break (No Seminar)

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