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Spring 2020

February 27Kasey Buckles
University of Notre Damehttps://www3.nd.edu/~kbuckles/

Location and time:  316 Lake Hall from 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.

Fall 2019

September 19Nidhiya Menon

The Brazilian Bombshell? The Long-Term Impact of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic the South American Way
Brandeis Universityhttp://people.brandeis.edu/~nmenon/
September 23Michael Kremer

Is Development Innovation a Good Investment? Which Innovations Scale? Evidence on Social Investing from USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures
Harvard Universityhttps://scholar.harvard.edu/kremer/home
October 7Florian Ederer

Killer Acquisitions
Yale Universityhttps://som.yale.edu/faculty/florian-ederer
November 7Leila Agha

Drug Diffusion through Peer Networks: Evidence from Industry Payments
Dartmouth Collegehttps://sites.dartmouth.edu/agha/
November 14 Ruixue Jia

The Economic Consequences of Political Hierarchy: Evidence from Regime Changes in China, AD1000-2000
University of California – San Diegohttps://www.ruixuejia.com/

Spring 2019

January 24 (Thursday)                    Shahid AlamNortheastern
February 7 (Thursday)                    Kevin BoudreauNortheastern
February 11 (Monday)                  Michael Mueller-SmithUniversity of Michigan
February 21 (Thursday)                         Felipe BarreraHarvard
February 25 (Monday)                 Klaus DesmetSouthern Methodist University
March 14 (Thursday)David AtkinMIT
CANCELED March 21 (Thursday)
will be rescheduled for the Fall series.                     
Jonathan ZinmanDartmouth
April 4 (Thursday)                             David YangHarvard
April 8 (Monday)                            Judith ChevalierYale
April 18 (Thursday)                        James NasonNorth Carolina State
April 22
Alicia Sasser ModestinoNortheastern

All research seminars will take place in 316 Lake Hall from 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.
Fall 2018

September 13
Jim NasonNorth Carolina Statehttps://www.jamesmnason.net/
September 17

LOCATION: 425 Shillman
Nina Pavcnik

Microenterprise dynamics: Out with the old and unproductive, in with the new and similarly unproductive
Dartmouth Collegehttps://www.dartmouth.edu/~npavcnik/
September 24Chloe East

The Labor Market Effects of Immigration Enforcemen
University of Colorado, Denverwww.chloeneast.com
October 1Matt Lowe

Types of Contact: A Field Experiment on Collaborative and Adversarial Caste Integration
Briq Institute of Behavior & Inequalityhttps://economics.mit.edu/grad/mlowe/
October 11Chang-Jin Kim

Recent Advances in Regime-switching Models: Markov-Switching Models with Unknown Error Distributions and Non-Markovian Regime Switching Models
University of Washingtonhttps://econ.washington.edu/people/chang-jin-kim
October 22Adriaan Soetevent

Tailored Feedback and Worker Green Behavior: Field Evidence from Bus Drivers
Groningen Universityhttps://sites.google.com/site/adriaanrsoetevent/Home
November 5Rebecca ThorntonUniversity of Illinoishttps://rebeccathornton.net/
November 8Heikki Rantakari University of Rochesterhttps://sites.google.com/site/heikkirantakari/
November 15Peter HullUniversity of Chicagohttp://about.peterhull.net/home
November 19Ludovica GazzeUniversity of Chicagohttp://home.uchicago.edu/~lgazze/index.html
November 28Arindrajit Dube (U-Mass Amherst) https://arindube.com/
November 29Andrew FosterBrownhttp://afosterri.org/
December 6

310 Behrakis
Jere BerhmanU Pennhttps://economics.sas.upenn.edu/people/jere-r-behrman

All research seminars will take place in 316 Lake Hall from 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.




Spring 2018

DateSpeakerSeminar TopicField 
February 22, 2018Ariel Dora Stern, HBS
Digital Innovation in a Regulated Industry: Evidence from Software-Driven Medical DevicesIO/Healthhttps://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Pages/profile.aspx?facId=735581
February 26, 2018Rebecca Thornton, University of IllinoisMaking the Grade: The Sensitivity of Education Program Effectiveness to Input Choices and Outcome MeasuresDevelopment https://rebeccathornton.net/
March 14, 2018Alicia Sasser Modestino, Northeastern University Laborhttps://www.northeastern.edu/cssh/faculty/alicia-sasser-modestino
March 19, 2018Leemore Dafny, HBSIO/Healthhttps://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Pages/profile.aspx?facId=220887
March 29, 2018John Maluccio, Middlebury Development http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/ipe/faculty/node/52171
April 2, 2018Debi Prasad Mohapatra, Umass AmherstIOhttps://sites.google.com/a/cornell.edu/debi-prasad/
April 9, 2018Rafael Dix Carneiro, DukeDevelopment/Tradehttps://econ.duke.edu/people/rafael-dix-carneiro

All research seminars will take place in 316 Lake Hall from 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.
Fall 2017

September 18

316 Lake Hall
Chris Udry Chris Udry (Professor, Northwestern University) is a development economist whose research focuses on rural economic activity in Sub-Saharan Africa.

His current research examines technological change, risk and financial markets, gender and households, property rights, psychological well-being and economic decision-making and a variety of other aspects of rural economic organization. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Board Member of Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

October 2

316 Lake Hall
Enrico SpolaoreEnrico Spolaore is a Professor of Economics at Tufts and a Research Associate with the NBER.

His main research interests are in political economy, growth and development, and international economics.

October 30

316 Lake Hall
Seema JayachandranSeema Jayachandran is an Associate Professor at Northwestern.

Professor Jayachandran will present her work, "Reshaping Adolescents' Gender Attitudes: Evidence from a School-Based Experiment in India."

Her research focuses on economic issues in developing countries.
Her current work explores the determinants of parents' investments in their children's health and education. Other topics she studies include the environment, labor markets, gender equality, and political economy. She is a recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Early Career Development grant. She serves as a reviewing editor for Science and associate editor for the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Journal of Economic Perspectives. She is an affiliate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a board member and co-chair of the Health Sector for the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab.

November 8

316 LA
Petra MoserPetra Moser joined New York University School of Business as an Associate Professor of Economics in July 2015.

Professor Moser’s research combines methods from empirical microeconomics and economic history to examine the determinants of creativity and innovation. She uses historical variation in patent and copyright laws to examine the effects of intellectual property on science, technological innovation and artistic creativity. Her research also investigates the impact of immigrants on US innovation and examines the biological underpinnings of individual-level differences in entrepreneurship and creativity. She has received an NSF CAREER grant and a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS).
November 13

316 Lake Hall
Stephen O'ConnellStephen is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at MIT SEII. His work focuses on labor mar­ket poli­cies, gen­der, and pro­duc­tiv­ity.

His work inves­ti­gates obsta­cles to eco­nomic oppor­tu­nity in edu­ca­tion and labor mar­kets, and the effects of poli­cies intended to address exist­ing dis­par­i­ties in these areas.

Stephen grad­u­ated with a PhD in Economics from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center in 2016.


November 30 12:00 pm - 1:15pm
316 Lake Hall

Alicia Sasser ModestinoDr. Alicia Sasser Modestino is an associate professor with appointments in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Department of Economics.

Previously, Modestino was a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston where she lead numerous research projects on regional economic and policy issues for the New England Public Policy Center. In that role, she frequently advised policymakers and business leaders and testified on key pieces of legislation related to labor market policies. Her work has appeared in journals such as Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Human Resources, and Health Affairs and has been presented at the annual meetings of the American Economic Association.

December 4


316 Lake Hall
Bruce SacerdoteBruce Sacerdote is an American economist and the Richard S. Braddock 1963 Professor in Economics at Dartmouth College, where he "enjoy[s] working with detailed data to enhance our understanding of why children and youth turn out the way they do.
December 11


316 Lake Hall
Tanya Byker
Tanya Byker joined the Middlebury College Economics faculty as an assistant professor in the fall of 2014.

She teaches courses in regression, and the economics of gender.

Professor Byker graduated from Swarthmore College and received her PhD from the University of Michigan. Her research falls under the categories of labor and development economics and focuses on the interrelated choices individuals make about education, work and parenthood. She has studied how birth-related career interruptions in the US vary by mother’s education, and the ways that parental leave laws impact those labor-supply decisions. In a developing country context, she has studied how access to family planning impacts fertility and longer-term outcomes such as schooling and employment in Peru and South Africa.

All research seminars will take place in 316 Lake Hall from 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.