Economics Seminar Schedule

The Department of Economics Seminar Series covers a wide range of topics in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and economic policy.  Speakers include department faculty and invited scholars from other universities. Seminars are held in 450 Purnell Hall on Fridays from 11:00am-12:30pm, unless noted otherwise.  Seminars are open to the public.


Prior Semesters

Spring 2018

February 16, Chris Carroll (Johns Hopkins): “Sticky Expectations and Consumption Dynamics” 

March 2, Adrienne Lucas (University of Delaware): “Adapting and Evaluating Targeted Instruction: Nationwide Experimental Evidence from Ghana”

March 9, Jeremy Tobacman (University of Delaware): “Rainy Day Credit?  Unsecured Credit and Local Employment Shocks”

March 16, Jim Berry (University of Delaware): “Pricing of Private Education in Urban India: Demand, Use, and Impact”

March 20, Vikram Maheshri (University of Houston): “Explaining Recent Trends in US School Segregation: 1988-2014” – note Tuesday seminar.

April 6, Svetlana Pashchenko (University of Georgia): “The lifetime costs of bad health”

April 20, Pam Jakiela (University of Maryland): “Gendered Language.”

April 26 (Thursday), Kevin Stange (University of Michigan): “The Effects and Costs of Undergraduate Class Size Reduction.”

May 4, Ian Burn (Stockholm University): “The More You Know, the Better You’re Paid? Evidence from Pay Secrecy Bans for Managers.”


Fall 2017

September 15, Ellen Green (Arizona State University): “The Impact of a Merit-based Payment System on Quality of Healthcare: An Artefactual Field Experiment.”

September 22, Nina Harari (Wharton): “Long-term impacts of slum upgrading: Evidence from the Kampung Improvement Program in Indonesia.”

October 6, Maria Rosales (University of California — Irvine): “The Persistent Effects of Early-Life Exposure to Air Pollution: Evidence from the Indonesian Forest Fires”

October 20,Sabrin Beg (University of Delaware): “Tools for Teaching: Leveraging Technology to improve Classroom Content Delivery.”

November 3, Seonyoung Park (University of Delaware): “Income Polarization in the United States: Evidence from County-Level Data”

November 10, Martin Hackmann (UCLA): “Patient vs. Provider Incentives in Long Term Care”

December 1, Matt White (University of Delaware): “Health Insurance Reform and the (Re-)Distribution of Welfare” (joint work with Ahmed Khwaja)

December 8, Reshma Hussam (Harvard): “Habit Formation and Rational Addiction: A Field Experiment in Handwashing”

Spring 2017

March 10, Camelia Minoiu (International Monetary Fund): “Bank lending in the knowledge economy.”

March 17, Motohiro Yogo (Princeton): “Retail Insurance of Market Risk.”

April 7, Erick Sager (Bureau of Labor Statistics): “Optimal Public Debt with Life Cycle Motives.”

April 21, Shing-Yi Wang (University of Pennsylvania):  “Property Rights, Misallocation and Agricultural Efficiency in China.”

May 5, Samuel Schulfer-Wohl (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago): “Inflation at the Household Level.”

May 12, Young Park (University of Delaware)

Fall 2016

September 23, Desmond Toohey (University of Delaware): “Directed Search, Occupation Switching, and Unemployment Duration.”

September 30, Fernando Aragon (Simon Fraser University): “Particulate Matter and Labor Supply: The Role of Caregiving and Non-Linearities.”

October 14, Christine DePasquale (Emory): “Labor Supply Effects of Occupational Regulation: Evidence from the Nurse Licensure Compact.”

October 28, Stephen Woodbury (Michigan State University): “Sources of Displaced Workers’ Long-Term Earnings Losses”

November 18, Qinglai Meng (Oregon State University):  “Balanced-budget rules and aggregate instability: the role of capital utilization.”


Spring 2016

February 26, Samuel Schulfer-Wohl (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis): TBA

March 11, Seonyoung Park (University of Delaware): “Two Birds with One Stone Female Labor Supply, Fertility, and Market Childcare.”

March 18, Ken Lewis and Larry Seidman (University of Delaware): “Stimulus without Debt in a Severe Recession”

April 8, Daniel Sanches (Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia): “Can Currency Competition Work?”

April 22, Seth Giertz (University of Texas at Dallas): “Pricing Credit Risk for Mortgages: Credit Risk Spreads and Heterogeneity across Housing Markets”

April 29, Borgan Aruoba (University of Maryland): “Macroeconomic Dynamics Near the ZLB: A Tale of Two Countries

Fall 2015

September 18, Rakesh Vohra (Penn): Near Feasible Stable Matchings.”

October 2, Ahmed Khwaja (Yale): “Firm Expansion, Size Spillovers and Market Dominance in Retail Chain Dynamics.”

October 9, Dmytro Hryshko (University of Alberta): “Reassessing Consumption Responses to Income Shocks in U.S. Data.”

October 16, Sabrin Beg (University of Delaware): “Are Gains from a Simple Intervention Sustained? A Follow-up on Agricultural Outcomes in Bangladesh.”

October 23, Kevin Lang (Boston University): Does Competition Eliminate Discrimination? Evidence from the Commercial Sex Market in Singapore.”

October 30, Joe Daniel (University of Delaware): The Problem of Transaction Costs.”

November 6, Natalie Bau (University of Toronto): “The Misallocation of Pay and Productivity in the Public Sector: Evidence from the Labor Market for Teachers.”

November 13, Lee Lockwood (Northwestern): Government Old-Age Support and Labor Supply: Evidence from the Old Age Assistance Program.’

November 20, Dimitrios Diamantaras (Temple): “Platform Competition as Network Contestability.”

December 4, Matt White (University of Delaware): The Distribution of Wealth and the Marginal Propensity to Consume.”

December 11, Boragan Aruoba (University of Maryland): Macroeconomic Dynamics Near the ZLB: A Tale of Two Countries.

Spring, 2015

March 13, Vasia Panousi (Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System): “A Risky Venture: Income Dynamics within the Non-Corporate Private Business Sector”

March 20, Benjamin Keys (University of Chicago): “Mortgage Rates, Household Balance Sheets, and the Real Economy”

April 10, Raul Santaeulalia-Llopis (Washington University in St. Louis): “Partial Insurance and Aggregate Welfare in China, 1989-2009”

April17, Scott Fulford (Boston College): “Does It Matter Where You Came From? Ancestry Composition and Economic Performance of U.S. Counties, 1850 – 2010”

April 24, Victor Li (Villanova University): “Search, Financial Market Frictions, and Monetary Transmission.”

May 1, Young Park (University of Delaware)

May 7, Hutchinson Lecture, Mark Flannery (Directory & Chief Economist
Securities & Exchange Commission, Division of Economic & Risk Analysis)

May 8, Evan Starr (University of Illinois): “Noncompetes in the US Labor Force.”

May 15, Ahmed Khwaja (Yale): “Firm Expansion, Size Spillovers and Market Dominance in Retail Chain Dynamics.”

Fall, 2014

September 12, Rob Jensen (Wharton): “How Does Peer Pressure Affect Educational Investments?”

October 10, Gary Solon (Michigan State University): “Wage Adjustment in the Great Recession and Other Downturns: Evidence from the United States and Great Britain.”

October 17, Josepa Miquel-Florensa (Toulouse School of Economics): “Religious Belief as a Costly Signal of Trustworthiness: evidence from Haiti (with E. Auriol, D. Delisant, M. Fourati, and P. Seabright)”

October 24, Felicia Ionescu (Federal Reserve Board): “The Interplay Between Student Loans and Credit Card Debt: Implications for Default in the Great Recession”

October 31, Lorenzo Forni (IMF): “Fiscal policy in open economies: estimates for the Euro area.”

November 7, Michael Grossman (City University of New York Graduate Center): “Moral Hazard and Less Invasive Medical Treatment for Coronary Artery Disease: An Analysis of Smoking in the National Health Interview Survey.”

November 21, Daniel Waggoner (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta): “Inference Based on SVARs Identified with Sign and Zero Restrictions: Theory and Applications”

December 4, Jonah Rockoff (Columbia): “Teacher Applicant Hiring and Teacher Performance: Evidence from DC Public Schools”

Spring, 2014

March 14, Zhijie Xiao (Boston College): TBA, Joint with Finance at 10:00, Lerner 302

March 21, Sunny Jardine (University of Delaware, College of Marine Science & Policy): “Fishermen, markets, and population diversity”

April 11, Matt Jaremski (Colgate University): “The (Dis)Advantages of Clearinghouses Before the Fed

April 18, Farley Grubb (University of Delaware): “A New Approach to Explaining the Value of Colonial Money: Evidence from New Jersey”

May 9, Susan Averett (Lafayette College): “The Effects of the Earned Income Tax Credit on Children’s Health, Quality of Home Environment, and Non-Cognitive Skills”

May 16, Matt White (University of Delaware): “Fast Solution of Multi-continuous-state Dynamic Programming Problems”