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Economics | Research Seminar Series

Seminars take place in Kreeger 100 on Wednesdays at 11:45 AM unless specified otherwise—see Campus Maps.

Spring 2017

February 8: Nicholas Wilson, Reed College/ White House
Title: "Money, Masculinity, and Men's Health: Experimental Evidence on Demand for a Preventative Health Input"

February 15: Yongmiao Hong, Cornell *Joint Event with Info-Metrics Institute*
Title: "Selection of an Optimal Rolling Window Length in Time-Varying Predictive Regression" 

February 22: Evan Kraft, American University Economics
Title:"How Competitive is Croatia's Banking System? A Tale of Two Credit Booms and Two Crises"

March 1: Ben Bridgman, Bureau of Economic Analysis
Title: "Falling Stars: Income Inequality in Hollywood During the Great Compression"

March 8: Maya Eden, World Bank
Title: "The Week"

March 15: Spring Break, No seminar

March 22: Raghav Srinivas, National University of Ireland Galway
Title: "Effective Demand Under Financialization"

March 29: Michael Anderson, Washington and Lee
Title: "Indian Buyers in Global Markets: Quality, Prices, and Productivity"

April 5: Nathan Palmer, Treasury OFR **12:00-1:15PM**
Title: "Learning to Dynamically Optimize from Individual Experience"

April 12: Blake LeBaron, Brandeis University
Title: "The Optimality of Short Term Rules of Thumb at Long Horizons for an Agent-based Financial Market"

April 19: Daniel Bernhofen, American University, School of International Service
Title: "David Ricardo's 1817 Comparative Advantage Formulation at 200: A Brief history and New Insights"

April 26: Shanto Sadhu, NORC at the University of Chicago
Title:"Financial Education and Savings Behavior: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment Among Low Income Clients of Branchless Banking in India"


Fall 2016

September 8: Kevin Sheedy, London School of Economics *1:15p.m.- 2:30p.m.
Title: "Political Specialization"
**Please note this is a Thursday seminar**

September 14: Ralf Meisenzahl, Federal Reserve Board
Title: "State Capacity and Public Goods: Institutional Change, Human Capital, and Growth in Early Modern Germany"

September 20: Ethan Kaplan, University of Maryland *1:00p.m.-2:15p.m.
Title: "Excess Capacity and Heterogeneity in the Fiscal Multiplier: Evidence from the Obama Stimulus Package"
**Please note this is a Tuesday seminar**

September 23: Carola Binder, Haverford College *1:00p.m.-2:15p.m.
Title: "Inflation Expectations and the Price at the Pump"
**Please note this is a Friday seminar**

September 28: Alvaro Mezza, Federal Reserve Board
Title: "On the Effect of Student Loans on Access to Homeownership"

October 5: Heather Boushey, Washington Center for Economic Growth
Title: "Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict"

October 12: Natalia Radchenko, American University
Title: "What's So Spatial About Diversification in Nigeria?"

October 19: John Rogers, Federal Reserve Board
Title: "Uncertainty and Carry Trade Excess Returns"

October 26: Sarah Gammage, International Center for Research on Women
Title: "Gender, Migration, Work and Care Deficits: What Role is There for the SDGs?"

November 2: Min Chen, University of Oxford; Joint seminar with the Info-Metrics Institute
Title: "Can Soft Knowledge In Data Intelligence Be Measured?"

November 7: Shaofeng Xu, Bank of Canada *12:00p.m.- 1:15p.m.
Title: "Optimal House Acquisition with Stochastic Income"
**Please note this is a Monday seminar**

November 9: Joan Calzada Aymerich, University of Barcelona
Title: "What do News Aggregators Do? Evidence from Google News in Spain and Germany"

November 16: Jeff Traczynski, FDIC
Title: "Personal Bankruptcy, Asset Risk, and Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Tenancy by Entirety Laws"

November 21: Paul Gaggl, University of North Carolina-Charlotte *12:00p.m.-1:15p.m.
Title: "On the Welfare Implications of Automation"
**Please note this is a Monday seminar**

November 30: Mary Ann Bronson, Georgetown
Title: "Cohort Size and the Marriage Market: Explaining a Century of Changes in  U.S. Marriage Rates"

December 7: Theodore Breton, Universidad EAFIT (Columbia)
Title: "Education and Economic Growth: Where All the Education Went"


Spring 2016

February 10: Anne Boring, Sciences Po and Universite Paris Dauphine
(joint seminar with the Program on Gender Analysis in Economics)
Title: "Are Women More Risk Averse in Making Education Choices?"

March 1: Lutz Kilian, University of Michigan
Title: "A General Approach to Recovering Market Expectations from Futures Prices With an Application to Crude Oil"
**please note this is a Tuesday seminar**

March 9: No seminar due to spring break

March 16: Salem Abo-Zaid, Texas Tech University
Title: "The Government Spending Multiplier in a Model with the Cost Channel"

March 23: Noel Johnson, George Mason University
Title: "Jewish Communities and City Growth in Pre-industrial Europe"

March 30: Anthony Bonen, New School for Social Research
Title: "Does Equity Behave Like a Component of the Cost of Capital? Evidence from Crossed Mixed Effects Panels"
*this seminar will start at 12:15*

April 6: Prakash Loungani, International Monetary Fund
Title: "Aggregate Uncertainty and Sectoral Productivity Growth: The Role of Credit Constraints"

April 13: Gabe Mathy, American University
Title: "Productivity is Acyclical: Evidence from a Century of Labor Productivity"

April 20: Bernhard Gunter, American University
Title: TBA


Fall 2015

September 9: Robin Lumsdaine, American University
Title: "The Intrafirm Complexity of Systemically Important Financial Institutions"

September 16: Rodrigo Sekkel, Bank of Canada
Title: "Macroeconomic Uncertainty Through the Lens of Professional Forecasters"

September 23: Kajal Lahiri, SUNY Albany
Title: "Effects of Psychiatric Disorders on Labor Market Outcomes: A Latent Variable Approach Using Multiple Clinical Indicators"

September 30: Jonathan Rose, Federal Reserve Board
Title: "Can a Bank Run Be Stopped? Government Guarantees and the Run on Continental Illinois"
*Views expressed are solely those of the author

October 7: Dileni Gunewardena, University of Peradeniya
Title: "Girls' Education and Labor Market Empowerment: What Do We Know and What Do We Need to Know?"

October 14: Sheetal Sekhri, University of Virginia
Title: "Dial 'Mobile' for Monitoring: Using Technology to Increase Transparency in Public Service Delivery"

October 21: No seminar

October 28: Chiara Scotti, Federal Reserve Board
Title: "Unconventional Monetary Policy and International Risk Premia"
*Views expressed are solely those of the author

November 4: Min Chen, University of Oxford
Title: "Cost-Benefit Analysis of Data Intelligence"

November 11: Melinda Miller, US Naval Academy
Title: "Selection and Historical Height Data: Evidence from the 1892 Boas Sample of the Cherokee Nation"

November 18: Christian Schoder, Vienna University of Economics and Business and the New School for Social Research
Title: "An Estimated Dynamic Stochastic Labor Market Disequilibrium Model for Explaining Unemployment in the Euro Area"


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: "Phishing for Phools"
**This seminar will be in Ward 2**

April 15
Erdal Tekin, American University, SPA
Title: "The Effect of Community Traumatic Events on Student Achievement: Evidence from the Beltway Sniper Attacks"

April 22
Nick Zolas, U.S. Census Bureau
Title: "International Patenting Strategies with Heterogeneous Firms"


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


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 2014.