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Date & TimeSeminar SeriesSpeaker and Title
May 19, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Development Economics Natalia Rigol (Harvard Business School): Title TBA
May 19, 202212:00 PM - 1:00 PMMacroeconomics Lunch SeminarCarlos da Costa (Northwestern University): “A mechanism for the household” 
May 19, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch SeminarCarlo Medici (Northwestern University): "Political Cycles in Black Unionization: Evidence from the U.S. Public Sector"   Abstract: A broad strand of literature in economics has studied political cycles, especially focusing on how politicians manipulate budgets to increase their chances of re-election. Much less attention has been given to how the political cycle affects the incentives and the behavior of organizations. In this paper, I study how elections affect public sector labor unions, a type of organization that has well acknowledged ties to politics, and the Democratic party in particular. I find that, in presidential elections years, unionization rates increase for Black workers. The effect is larger in occurrence of open seat elections, in Blue states and among constituencies where traditional institutions that mobilize Black votes are less present. This evidence is consistent with a mechanism in which unions increase their unionization rates to more effectively lobby politicians ahead of a general election, by targeting and mobilizing workers who are less likely to vote otherwise and more likely to lean Democratic.
May 18, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Economic History Nico Voigtlaender (UCLA): “Technology Adoption and Productivity Growth: Evidence from Industrialization in France”
May 18, 202212:30 PM - 1:30 PMDevelopment Economics Lunch SeminarEduardo Campillo Betancourt (Northwestern University): "Distributional effects of caste-based reservations in India"   Abstract: Ever since the 2014 national election in India, the right-wing, populist BJP party has made large inroads with poor and low-caste voters in India, a surprising fact given the blatant anti-reservation rhetoric of Narendra Modi’s organization. One explanation that political commentators have offered for this shift in voting patterns is the success of the BJP’s attacks on traditional low-caste parties by claiming that these institutions have disproportionally benefitted people belonging to select, politically powerful caste groups and have neglected the broader Scheduled Caste population. This assertion has yet to be proven empirically, chiefly due to a lack of rich micro data containing the caste of respondents. To overcome this issue, I develop a method for predicting people’s caste based on their given and family names. I then use this method to estimate whether scheduled caste representatives deliver public services inequitably among their low caste constituents depending on their specific sub-caste. I test this in the context of the world's largest public employment program: India’s rural employment guarantee scheme.
May 18, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student Seminar Thomas Pellet (Northwestern University): "Title TBA"
May 17, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in EconometricsJonathan Roth (Brown University): Design-Based Uncertainty for Quasi-Experiments (with Ashesh Rambachan)
May 16, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationGautam Gowrisankaran (Columbia University): "Policy Uncertainty in the Market for Coal Electricity:The Case of Air Toxics Standards"
May 16, 202212:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in Macroeconomics Carolin Pfleuger (University of Chicago- Harris): "Perceptions about Monetary Policy" (joint with Michael Bauer and Adi Sunderam)  
May 16, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarMiguel Moreira Santana Freire (Northwestern University): "Title TBA"
May 13, 202212:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch SeminarCristina Clerici (Stockholm School of Economics): "The Role of British Colonization in Shaping Attitudes Toward Homosexuals in Sub-Saharan Africa" (with Iacopo Bianchi and Dominik Biesalski)  Lukas Rosenberger (LMU Munich): "The American Origins of the French Revolution" (with Sebastian Ottinger)
May 12, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Development EconomicsMorgan Hardy (New York University): "Why Don’t Small Firms Merge? Experimental Evidence on Information Barriers"
May 12, 202212:00 PM - 1:00 PMMacroeconomics Lunch SeminarJoão Monteiro (Northwestern University): Title TBA
May 12, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch SeminarKaman Lyu (Northwestern University): Child Labour, Shocks and Human Capital (joint with Devis Decet) Abstract: Child labour has serious implications on early life human capital formation as work displaces education. The Luxury Axiom states that child labour is an undesirable, but necessary, source of additional income when household consumption is low. Yet, there is growing evidence that parents put their children to work even when household income is high. Indeed, we find that when households face positive harvest shocks, child labour increases and subsequently, schooling and cognition decrease. A potential explanation is that parents perceive child labour itself as another dimension of human capital accumulation. In particular, working on farms is an investment in agricultural skills which can have higher returns than schooling investments if the child will inherit the family farm in the future. We implement a survey in Ghana to measure the prevalence and activities of child labour as well as to elicit beliefs on the returns to child labour in farming and domestic work.
May 11, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Economic HistoryElias Papaioannou (London School of Economics): Title TBA
May 11, 202212:30 PM - 1:30 PMDevelopment Economics Lunch SeminarRitwika Sen (Northwestern University): Title TBA  
May 11, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarRyu Matsuura (Northwestern University): "Title TBA"
May 10, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in EconometricsIsmael Mourifie (University of Toronto): Title TBA
May 10, 20223:00 PM - 4:30 PMJoint Seminar in Development & Health/Education/Labor/Public Economics Joan Monras (Princeton University): Title TBA
May 9, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationBob Town (University of Texas, Austin): Title TBA
May 9, 202212:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in Macroeconomics Adreas Schaab (Columbia): Title TBA  
May 9, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarAnastasiia Evdokimova (Northwestern University): "Title TBA"
May 6, 202212:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch Seminar Davide Coluccia (Bocconi University): Return Innovation: Evidence from the English Migration to the United States, 1850-1940 coauthored with Gaia Dossi (London School of Economics)
May 5, 202212:00 PM - 1:00 PMMacroeconomics Lunch SeminarDiego Cid Ortiz (Northwestern University): Title TBA
May 4, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Development Economics Lorenzo Casaburi (University of Zurich): "Land Rental Markets: Experimental Evidence from Kenya" *Due to the BREAD Conference the seminar will be held on Wednesday, May 4th (this week only)  
May 4, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Economic HistoryBen Milner (University of Alberta): "Education as Insurance against Resource Busts: Evidence from the 19th Century"
May 4, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarLuxi Han (Northwestern University): "Title TBA"
May 3, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in EconometricsArie Beresteanu (University of Pittsburgh): Title TBA
May 3, 20223:00 PM - 4:30 PMJoint Seminar in Development & Health/Education/Labor/Public Economics Anjalia Adukia (University of Chicago): Title TBA
May 2, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationJuan Camilo Castillo (University of Pennsylvania): “Who Benefits from Surge Pricing?” 
May 2, 202212:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in Macroeconomics Adrien Auclert (Stanford): Title TBA  
May 2, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarHans Zhu (Northwestern University): "Title TBA"
April 29, 202212:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch SeminarSebastian Ottinger (Northwestern University): Racial Discrimination and Innovation: Evidence from US Inventors (with Davide Coluccia) Abstract: This paper studies the impact of racial discrimination on innovation. We show that white inventors with black names are disproportionately less likely to invent using novel data linking US inventors to census records. To address endogeneity in naming patterns, we exploit variation in the names of black Americans lynched in 1895-1925. We conjecture that lynching pivot the racial content of names, which signals the race of inventors to patent examiners. In a difference-in-differences setting, we show that after someone with a given name is lynched, the number of patents issued to white inventors with that name sharply and persistently decreases. We interpret our findings as evidence of discrimination. Our results suggest that racial biases can spill over to non-discriminated groups, thereby amplifying their social cost.
April 28, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Development Economics Gaurav Chiplunkar (University of Virginia): Title TBA
April 28, 202212:00 PM - 1:00 PMMacroeconomics Lunch SeminarClement Bohr (Northwestern University): Title TBA
April 28, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch SeminarEilidh Geddes (Northwestern University): "Pricing Regulations and Entry Decisions: Evidence from the Health Insurance Exchanges" Abstract: When firms are able to make strategic entry decisions, it is difficult for regulators to design pricing regulations that limit price discrimination without affecting the access of certain consumers. The Affordable Care Act established community rating areas where insurers must offer plans at uniform prices. However, they have the option to partially offer a plan to a subset of counties within a rating area. This regulation structure gives insurers the opportunity to use strategic entry decisions to respond to price discrimination regulations. Through a reduced form strategy taking advantage of the fact that rating areas cannot cross state lines, I establish that insurers change their entry decisions in response to rating areas design and find evidence of price changes, which could be due to changes in the composition of consumers in the market or due to these changes in entry decisions. To evaluate which mechanisms drive these price changes, I develop a structural model of insurer entry and pricing decisions and find evidence of substantial geographic variation in both demand elasticities and marginal costs that could affect both entry and pricing decisions. I estimate counterfactuals that evaluate how alternative designs and regulatory structures would affect both entry decisions and prices.
April 27, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Economic History Assaf Sarid (University of Haifa): Title TBA
April 27, 202212:30 PM - 1:30 PMDevelopment Economics Lunch SeminarKensuke Maeba (Northwestern University): "Evaluating Extrapolation Across Contexts and Policies With Cash Transfer Experiments" Abstract: Extrapolation from existing policies is useful for predicting the effects of new policies. However, little is known about the accuracy of such predictions. Using cash transfer experiments in Malawi and Morocco, we study the performance of two extrapolations for predicting the effects of cash transfers on schooling: one from the same policy in a different context and the other from a different policy in the same context. To document the sources of prediction failures, we construct and estimate a dynamic discrete choice model for schooling decisions. This presentation will discuss the structural model and preliminary results using the Malawi data.
April 27, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarFilip Obradovic (Northwestern University): "Title TBA"
April 26, 20224:00 PM - 5:30 PMThe Susan Bies Lecture on Economics and Public Policy Presented by Darrell DuffieLecture title: "The Economics of U.S. Digital Currency Policy”  The Susan Bies Lecture on Economics and Public Policy was launched in 2008 in honor of Northwestern alumna Susan Schmidt Bies. Bies, who earned her doctorate in economics from Northwestern University in 1972, served in various capacities during a long career, including on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 2001 until 2007. The lecture alternates between microeconomic and macroeconomic topics.
April 26, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in EconometricsGuillaume Pouliot (University of Chicago): Title TBA
April 26, 20223:00 PM - 4:30 PMJoint Seminar in Development & Health/Education/Labor/Public Economics Desmond Ang (Harvard Kennedy School): Title TBA - SEMINAR CANCELLED
April 25, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Industrial Organization Claudia Allende (Stanford Graduate School of Business): Title TBA
April 25, 202212:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in Macroeconomics Javier Bianchi (Minneapolis Fed): “Bank Runs, Fragility, and Credit Easing” (with Manuel Amador)  
April 25, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarJin Yang (Northwestern University): "Title TBA"
April 22, 202212:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch SeminarGianluca Russo (Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Barcelona Graduate School of Economics): "Media and Assimilation: Evidence from the Golden Age of Radio" Abstract: In this paper, I argue that exposure to mainstream media facilitates immigrants assimilation. I exploit the rise of radio networks in the United States after the Age of Mass Migration ended to identify the effects of radio exposure on immigrants assimilation. Using the US full count census, I follow repeated cross sections of immigrants before and after the expansion of radio networks in 1929. Immigrants that received better radio signal exerted more effort in assimilating by naming with more native-sounding names and by applying more often for American citizenship. Higher exposure to radio networks also increased the likelihood that immigrants married US born citizens from US born parents, an equilibrium measure of assimilation. Focusing on names from baseball players, I suggest that role models portrayed on the media are a key mechanism to explain why radio promoted assimilation.
April 21, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Development Economics Diana van Patten (Yale): Title TBA
April 21, 202212:00 PM - 1:00 PMMacroeconomics Lunch SeminarEmre Yavuz (Northwestern University): Title TBA
April 21, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch SeminarGokce Gokkoca (Toulouse School of Economics): "Incentives vis-à-vis prescription externalities: The case of antibiotics in France" Abstract: Recognized as one of the biggest threats to global health, antimicrobial resistance is aggravated by the unnecessary use of antibiotics. As a result, stewardship stands as a crucial channel to preserve the efficacy of available treatments. In France, the introduction of the pay-for-performance (P4P) scheme for physicians in 2012 provides a new tool for addressing the high rate of antibiotic prescriptions as well as the types of antibiotics prescribed (with high/low resistance evolution). Using prescription-level data from 2014 to 2020 from a representative sample of general practitioners, I first show suggestive evidence that physicians respond to financial incentives in their prescriptions. Then, I explore several potential channels giving rise to heterogeneity in the responses of physicians. The next steps include the modelling of physicians' decision making in prescribing antibiotics. The model will exploit the heterogeneity in diseases physicians face and the dynamics generated by the incentive scheme to pin down the trade-offs physicians face in the presence of financial incentives. Brendon Andrews (Northwestern University): "Title TBA"  
April 20, 202212:30 PM - 1:30 PMDevelopment Economics Lunch SeminarMartina Björkman (Stockholm School of Economics): Title TBA  
April 20, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarJose Salas (Northwestern University): "Title TBA"
April 19, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in EconometricsBrant Callaway (University of Georgia): Title TBA
April 18, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationMarc Rysman (Boston University): "Branch Location Strategies and Financial Service Access in Thai Banking*"
April 18, 202212:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsMichael Weber (University of Chicago - Booth School): Title TBA  
April 18, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarDiego Huerta (Northwestern University): "A Positive Theory of Dynamic Development Policies"
April 15, 202212:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch SeminarNo speaker for this event
April 14, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Development Economics Fred Finan (UC Berkley): “When Democracy Refuses to Die: Evaluating a Training Program for New Politicians”
April 14, 202212:00 PM - 1:00 PMMacroeconomics Lunch SeminarJoao Guerreiro (Northwestern University): Title TBA
April 14, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch SeminarEline Schoonjans (Technical University of Munich): "From Cure to Prevention?  The Effects of Unionization on Facilities’ Toxic Release Rates" Abstract: Do unions protect workers from releasing or handling toxic waste? This paper studies the impact of organized labor on toxic release rates at US facilities between 1991 and 2020. Collective Voice theory predicts that unions bargain for worker benefits such as workplace safety. However, their effect on toxic releases is unclear: both handling toxic waste to reduce release rates and exposure to toxic releases can be dangerous and have negative health effects. Using a regression discontinuity design on close-call union elections, we find a significant and positive effect of unionization on toxic release rates (releases/waste). We show that unionization leads to significantly less waste handling, which includes recycling, energy recovery, and treatment. This effect is stronger for on-site waste handling and in states without right-to-work laws, where unions have arguably more bargaining power. Finally, we show that unionized facilities increase waste prevention activities earlier during the production process, but not enough to offset the reduction in later waste handling.
April 13, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Economic HistoryPaul Rhode (University of Michigan): "The Economic Effects of Slavery: Tests at the Border”
April 13, 202212:30 PM - 1:30 PMDevelopment Economics Lunch SeminarSarah Chloe Deschênes (Northwestern University): Expanding access to primary schooling in Nigeria: impact on marital outcomes (with Rozenn Hotte) Abstract: In West Africa, marriage remains a powerful social institution that is critical to women’s well-being, notably because of a lack of safety nets outside of the family. The literature provides evidence that primary schooling may improve women’s marital outcomes proxied by age at first union, age at first child, and tolerance and experience of domestic violence. Another key aspect of the quality of marriage is the male partner’s support to gender equality, yet little is known about what may shape this support. In this very early stage project, we study whether attending primary school in more gender-diverse cohorts change men’s attitudes towards gender roles and their wife’s marital outcomes in adulthood. We leverage the variation in exposure to more feminine cohorts in schools across local government areas (LGA) induced by Nigeria’s 1976 Universal primary education reform – one of Africa’s largest educational expansion program.  The project is at a preliminary stage so the objective of the talk is to discuss the early research ideas.
April 13, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarDevis Decet (Northwestern University): "National and Subnational Institutions in Africa"
April 12, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Econometrics Robert Moffitt (University of Chicago): Balancing Data Privacy and Usability in the Federal Statistical System.” joint with Charles Manski
April 12, 20223:00 PM - 4:30 PMJoint Seminar in Development & Health/Education/Labor/Public EconomicsMichael Carlana (Harvard Kennedy School): Revealing Stereotypes: Evidence from Immigrants in Schools
April 11, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationAlex MacKay (Harvard Business School): “Rising Markups and the Role of Consumer Preferences”   
April 11, 202212:15 PM - 1:30 PMKellogg Ford Center Political Economy Seminar SeriesSpeaker: Silvia Vannutelli (Econ): Title TBA        
April 11, 202212:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in Macroeconomics David Baqaee (UCLA): "Welfare and Output with Income Effects and Taste Shocks"  
April 11, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarAmilcar Velez (Northwestern University): "IV model with missing values on instrumental variables"
April 8, 202212:15 PM - 1:45 PMEconomic History Lunch SeminarMatteo Magnaricotte (Northwestern University): Persistent Specialization and Growth: The Italian Land Reform (with Riccardo Bianchi Vimercati and Giampaolo Lecce) Abstract: Land distribution has ambiguous effects on industrialization: large landowners can slow industrialization by reducing the local provision of education, but larger scale and local market power in labor markets might accelerate mechanization of production and reduce agricultural employment. Using a difference-in-differences design and novel data on expropriations, we study the effects of land redistribution following the Italian 1950 land reform. We find that redistribution led to less industrialization, and explain this finding with a reduction in the scale of operations and more intensive use of family labor. We also show that this effect persisted for at least 50 years, consistently with models of intergenerational transmission, which are also supported by survey evidence on father-son occupations. Finally, using newly digitized municipal-level income data, we find that expropriated areas had lower growth in the period 1970-2000.
April 7, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Development Economics Simone Schaner (University of Southern California): “Information, Intermediaries, and International Migration” (with Samuel Bazzi, Lisa Cameron, and Firman Witoelar)
April 7, 202212:00 PM - 1:00 PMMacroeconomics Lunch SeminarOren Levinthal (IDC Herzliya): Title TBA
April 7, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch SeminarJoris Mueller (Northwestern University): Chinese Capital Flight to the U.S. Real Estate Market with Joe Long (Northwestern University) Abstract: Wealthy foreign real estate buyers have increased rapidly over the past few decades. Of particular note are those from China; in 2016 alone, Chinese buyers were the source of over 100 billion USD of outflows to real estate markets worldwide. In this paper, we investigate the effect that these wealthy Chinese buyers have on local U.S. housing markets, local governments and residents. Using a novel instrument, we demonstrate that an increase in the share of wealthy Chinese buyers in a locality causes an increase in house price growth. As a result of this increased growth, local governments benefit from increased property tax revenues but do not see a drop in sales tax revenues, suggesting that the vacancy rate for Chinese-owned properties is no different from that of counterfactual buyers. A drop in rental prices suggests that wealthy Chinese buyers are more likely to rent out their houses and less likely to move into them. We will first summarize these findings and then present avenues for future research for discussion.
April 6, 202212:30 PM - 1:30 PMDevelopment Economics Lunch SeminarMatthew D. Bird (Universidad del Pacífico): Effectiveness of Emergency Transfers to Households in Peru During the Pandemic Abstract: To mitigate the effects of COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders, governments around the world provided emergency cash transfers with limited evidence guiding their design but with the expectation that they would reduce economic stress and mobility. Initially envisioned as one-off transfers, many governments extended them for several months and under various schemes. This study uses a regression discontinuity design to evaluate the impact of multiple rounds of transfers targeting poor urban households in Peru (Yo me quedo en casa) between April 2020 and August 2021. By December 2020, three unexpected findings emerged. First, the transfers increased the probability of employment and leaving the home for work during the pandemic, yet no differences in consumption were detected. Second, transfer recipients were more likely to experience COVID-19 infections and mortality, with the latter corroborated by administrative data. Third, beneficiary households reported increased rates of depression and mixed impacts on intimate partner violence. By August 2021, transfer recipients continued to report less employment loss and more female labor participation, but with less total household expenditures. However, by then beneficiaries reported less COVID infections, with no difference in mortality.  Given the unintended short-term effects on mobility and mortality, our study raises new questions about the design of emergency transfers.
April 6, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarYijun Liu (Northwestern University): "Continuous Time Optimal Delegation"
April 4, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationScott Nelson (University of Chicago): Information Design in Consumer Credit Markets Abstract: Over 30m US adults do not use formal consumer credit. How many of these are inefficiently excluded because they lack a credit history or have a poor credit score? We develop a framework to characterize the efficiency-maximizing system of credit histories and credit scoring, subject to the constraints imposed by the severity of adverse selection, and by the ability of histories to predict future risk. We find US consumer credit features a moderate amount of adverse selection and persistent consumer types. This adverse selection generates substantial welfare loss: roughly 40% of today's non-borrowers would be first-best efficient to lend to. While the US credit scoring system helps alleviate the costs of adverse selection, consumer risk and demand both evolve rapidly enough that the ability of credit histories to reduce information asymmetries is limited. We find that requiring credit histories to be shorter -- or to forget past default sooner -- would have only modest effects on efficiency and would help non-borrowing consumers escape the "no history trap."
April 4, 202212:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in Macroeconomics Marios Angeletos (MIT): Title TBA  
April 4, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarMichael Cai (Northwestern University): "Optimal Policy with Heterogeneous Agents: A Sequence-Space Approach "
March 31, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Development Economics Chang-Tai Hsieh (University of Chicago-Booth): "The Rise of State-Connected Private Owners in China"
March 31, 202212:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Santiago Camara (Northwestern University): Title TBA 
March 31, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch SeminarDavide Coluccia (Northwestern University): "Religiosity and Science: An Oxymoron? Evidence from the Great Influenza Pandemic" Abstract: This paper studies the impact of the Spanish influenza pandemic (1918-20) on religiosity and science. Focusing on the United States during the 1900-1930 period, we define a novel indicator of revealed religiosity that leverages naming patterns of newborn babies and measure scientific progress through the universe of patents granted over this period. Exploiting plausibly exogenous variation in exposure to the pandemic, we find that relatively more affected counties become both more religious and more innovative. Moreover, we document that the relationship between religiosity and science changed over time, being negative before 1918, and positive thereafter, a finding at odds with the current literature. We use individual-level data to shed light on the mechanisms. We show that in counties affected by the pandemic: i) individuals in science-related fields, who were less religious before the shock, became even less religious than the rest of the population; ii) pre-existing differences in religiosity increased, leading to a polarization of religious beliefs.
March 30, 202212:30 PM - 1:30 PMDevelopment Economics Lunch SeminarGaston Ilanes (Northwestern University): Title TBA  
March 30, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarJinwook Han (Northwestern University): "Collaboration in Consumer Search"
March 29, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in EconometricsClement de Chaisemartin (Sciences Po): Title TBA
March 29, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Macroeconomics David Argente (Penn State): "Consumer Surplus of Alternative Payment Methods: Paying Uber with Cash"  
March 29, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarGiovanni Sciacovelli (Northwestern University): "Financial Flows in the Latin Monetary Union: A Machine Learning Approach"
March 28, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationMarch 28th | Stefan Weiegraeber (Indiana University): Estimating Industry Conduct in Differentiated Products Markets - The Evolution of Pricing Behavior in the RTE Cereal Industry  
March 28, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationStefan Weiegraeber (Indiana University): Estimating Industry Conduct in Differentiated Products Markets - The Evolution of Pricing Behavior in the RTE Cereal Industry  
March 17, 202212:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Santiago Camara (Northwestern University): Title TBA - Cancelled
March 17, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch Seminar Kelly Gail Strada (Northwestern): Title TBA
March 11, 202212:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch Seminar Sebastian Ottinger (Northwestern): "The 'Educated American' in the Age of Mass Migration: School Decentralization and Population Heterogeneity" (45 min) Chris Sims (Northwestern): "Malthusian Dynamics in African Development" (45 min)
March 10, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Development Economics Arun Chandrasekhar (Stanford University): "Blue Spoon; Sparking Communication About Appropriate Technology Use"
March 10, 202212:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Fergal Hanks (Northwestern University): Title TBA
March 10, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch Seminar Brendan Andrews (Northwestern): Title TBA
March 9, 202212:30 PM - 1:30 PMDevelopment Economics Lunch Seminar Ashley Wong (Northwestern): "Business Collaborations and Female Entrepreneurship"  
March 8, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in EconometricsAmos Golan (American University): "What Information Theory Brings to Modeling and Inference from Complex Data"      
March 7, 202212:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in Economic HistoryJoseph Zeira (Hebrew University ): “The Israeli Economy: A Story of Success and Costs”  *Joint Seminar with Macroeconomics 
March 7, 202212:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in Macroeconomics Joseph Zeira (Hebrew University ): “The Israeli Economy: A Story of Success and Costs”  *Joint Seminar with Economic History
March 4, 202212:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch Seminar Philipp Jager (Northwestern): "Can Pensions Save Lives? Evidence from the Introduction of Old-Age Assistance in the UK" (45 min) Thomas Pellet (Northwestern): "Machine Learning About the Latin Monetary Union" (45 min)  
March 3, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Development Economics David Atkin (MIT): Title TBA
March 3, 202212:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch SeminarEmre Yavuz (Northwestern University): Title TBA
March 3, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch Seminar Nicole Ozminkowski (Northwestern): "Quality Signals and patient Demand"
March 2, 202212:30 PM - 1:30 PMDevelopment Economics Lunch Seminar Eduardo Campillo Betancourt (Northwestern): Title TBA  
February 25, 202212:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch Seminar Piotr Matusazak (Northwestern): "Deep Roots of COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: Evidence from the Partitions of Poland"
February 24, 202212:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Laura Murphy (Northwestern University): Title TBA
February 24, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch SeminarMatteo Magnaricotte (Northwestern): "College Licensing and Reputation Effects on the Labor Market"     ABSTRACT: "In this project, we study the effects of college quality signals on recent graduates' labor market outcomes. Between 2016 and 2021, Peru's government imposed new regulations aimed at shutting down predatory colleges, denying an operational license to 50 universities out of the existing 144. Using a new dataset on labor market outcomes of the 2014-2019 cohorts and taking advantage of the staggered timing of licensing decisions, we produce a preliminary analysis that shows a limited impact of the signals. This suggests that the new signals did not lead to a meaningful update of employers' beliefs. We will discuss our empirical approach and what might have led to the observed results."
February 23, 202212:30 PM - 1:30 PMDevelopment Economics Lunch Seminar Sean Higgins (Northwestern): Title TBA  
February 21, 202212:00 PM - 1:00 PMIPR Colloquium: M. Schnell (IPR/Economics) - The Lasting Impacts of School Shootings"The Lasting Impacts of School Shootings" by Molly Schnell, Assistant Professor of Economics and IPR Fellow This is a presentation of research in progress, and the event is part of the winter 2022 IPR Fay Lomax Cook Colloquium Series.  
February 18, 202212:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch Seminar Lukas Rosenberger (Northwestern): "Human Capital, Ideas, and Economic Growth: Evidence from France in the Enlightenment" (with Uwe Sunde, LMU Munich)
February 17, 202212:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Xiaojie Liu (Northwestern University): "General Equilibrium Approach to Entry and Exit Decisions under Uncertainty"
February 17, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch Seminar Ola Paluszynska (Northwestern): Title TBA
February 16, 202212:30 PM - 1:30 PMDevelopment Economics Lunch Seminar Cristina Clerici (Northwestern): Title TBA  
February 15, 20223:00 PM - 4:30 PMJoint Seminar in Development & Health/Education/Labor/Public EconomicsKasey Buckles (Notre Dame University): "Family Trees and Falling Apples: Intergenerational Mobility Estimates from U.S. Genealogy Data"
February 11, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMJunior Recruitment Seminar -- Ravi Jagadeesan, Harvard UniversityThe Department of Economics is hosting Junior Faculty Recruitment candidates in January and February. Each candidate is asked to present a seminar on their work to faculty. This event is closed to Economics faculty for the in-person portion. Current graduate students in the Department of Economics will be sent a Zoom link.
February 10, 202212:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Carl Hallmann (Northwestern University): Title TBA
February 10, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch Seminar Marie Decamps (Northwestern): "Agriculture Productivity and Deforestation"
February 9, 202212:30 PM - 1:30 PMDevelopment Economics Lunch Seminar Ryu Matsuura (Northwestern): Title TBA  
February 8, 202211:00 AM - 12:30 PMJunior Recruitment Seminar -- Amanda Dahlstrand, London School of EconomicsThe Department of Economics is hosting Junior Faculty Recruitment candidates in January and February. Each candidate is asked to present a seminar on their work to faculty. This event is closed to Economics faculty for the in-person portion. Current graduate students in the Department of Economics will be sent a Zoom link.
February 7, 202212:00 PM - 1:00 PMIPR Colloquium: J. Ferrie (Economics/IPR) - U.S. High School Student Outcomes (1960) and Universal Pre-K (1943–46)"U.S. High School Student Outcomes in 1960 and Universal Pre-K, 1943–46" by Joseph Ferrie, Professor and Department Chair of Economics and IPR Associate This is part of the winter 2022 IPR Fay Lomax Cook Colloquium Series.
February 4, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMJunior Recruitment Seminar -- Mayara Felix, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyThe Department of Economics is hosting Junior Faculty Recruitment candidates in January and February. Each candidate is asked to present a seminar on their work to faculty. This event is closed to Economics faculty for the in-person portion. Current graduate students in the Department of Economics will be sent a Zoom link.
February 3, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMJunior Recruitment Seminar -- Ellen Muir, Stanford UniversityThe Department of Economics is hosting Junior Faculty Recruitment candidates in January and February. Each candidate is asked to present a seminar on their work to faculty. This event is closed to Economics faculty for the in-person portion. Current graduate students in the Department of Economics will be sent a Zoom link.
February 3, 202212:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Thomas Pellet (Northwestern): Title TBA
February 3, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch Seminar Anastasiia Evdokimova (Northwestern): "Access to Internet and Healthcare"   Abstract: The Internet provides unregulated and sometines biased health-related information (e-health); therefore, its impact on healthcare demand is questioned. By modeling a learning process that accounts for the functional dependence between the interpretation of the newly recieved information and prior beliefs about health conditions, I've shown that, on average, patients inefficiently over-visit physicians once they use e-Health. The effect is heterogeneous and depends on the patient's sensitivity to the uncertainty of being in an ill state. The introduction of a social planner, who solves the same learning problem but accounts for the possible overburden of the healthcare system, allows me to compute the gap between optimal solutions from the social planner's and the agent's perspective and motivate policy implications.  
January 31, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMJunior Recruitment Seminar -- Diego Känzig, London Business SchoolThe Department of Economics is hosting Junior Faculty Recruitment candidates in January and February. Each candidate is asked to present a seminar on their work to faculty. This event is closed to Economics faculty for the in-person portion. Current graduate students in the Department of Economics will be sent a Zoom link.
January 28, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMJunior Recruitment Seminar -- Sarah Armitage, Harvard UniversityThe Department of Economics is hosting Junior Faculty Recruitment candidates in January and February. Each candidate is asked to present a seminar on their work to faculty. This event is closed to Economics faculty for the in-person portion. Current graduate students in the Department of Economics will be sent a Zoom link.
January 27, 202212:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Santiago Camara (Northwestern University): Title TBA
January 27, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch Seminar Pablo A. Pena (University of Chicago): Choosing Season of Birth: A Fresh Look   Abstract: W e present a theoretical model where mothers choose the season of birth under pregnancy uncertainty. The model produces implications about seasonality of unintended births and seasonality differences across maternal human capital. We test those implications using U.S. birth certificates and find that environmental factors at conception create seasonality. In some states, births to high-human capital mothers show less seasonality than unintentional births. Importantly, high-human capital mothers aren't more likely to repeat season of birth across successive births than low-human capital mothers. The widespread notion that high-human capital mothers have strong preferences for season of birth seems misplaced.  
January 25, 20223:45 PM - 5:15 PMJunior Recruitment Seminar -- Aaron Goodman, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyThe Department of Economics is hosting Junior Faculty Recruitment candidates in January and February. Each candidate is asked to present a seminar on their work to faculty. This event is closed to Economics faculty for the in-person portion. Current graduate students in the Department of Economics will be sent a Zoom link.
January 24, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMJunior Recruitment Seminar -- Karthik Sastry, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyThe Department of Economics is hosting Junior Faculty Recruitment candidates in January and February. Each candidate is asked to present a seminar on their work to faculty. This event is closed to Economics faculty for the in-person portion. Current graduate students in the Department of Economics will be sent a Zoom link.
January 21, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMJunior Recruitment Seminar -- Kirill Ponomarev, University of California, Los AngelesThe Department of Economics is hosting Junior Faculty Recruitment candidates in January and February. Each candidate is asked to present a seminar on their work to faculty. This event is closed to Economics faculty for the in-person portion. Current graduate students in the Department of Economics will be sent a Zoom link.
January 20, 20223:30 PM - 5:00 PMJunior Recruitment Seminar -- Federico Kochen, New York UniversityThe Department of Economics is hosting Junior Faculty Recruitment candidates in January and February. Each candidate is asked to present a seminar on their work to faculty. This event is closed to Economics faculty for the in-person portion. Current graduate students in the Department of Economics will be sent a Zoom link.
January 20, 202212:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Diego Huerta (Northwestern): "The Political Economy of Labor Policy"
January 20, 202211:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch Seminar Eilidh Geddes (Northwestern): "Rational Eviction: How Landlords Use Eviction in Response to Rent Control" (joint work with Nicole Ozminkowski) Abstract: Rent control policies seek to ensure affordable and stable housing for current tennants; however, they also increase the incentive for the landlord to evict tennants. We exploit variation across zip codes in policy exposure to the 1994 rent control referendum in San Francisco to study the effects of rent control on wrongful eviction claims and eviction notices. We find that one additional eviction notice was files for every 83 newly rent controlled units, and one additional wrongful eviction claim was filed for every 222 newly rent controlled units. These effects were concentrated on low income zip codes, consistent with a framework where landlords wiegh the probability of wrongful evictions being challenged agianst the benefits of such evictions.
January 13, 202212:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Title TBA
January 6, 202212:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Title TBA
January 5, 202212:30 PM - 1:30 PMDevelopment Economics Lunch Seminar Title TBA  
December 9, 202112:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch SeminarClement Bohr (Northwestern): Title TBA
December 7, 20213:00 PM - 4:15 PMSeminar in Health/Education/Labor/Public EconomicsEric Zwick (The University of Chicago Booth School of Business): "Top Wealth in America: New Estimates and Implications for Taxing the Rich"
December 6, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationEmily Cuddy (Northwestern University): "Competition and Collusion in the US Generic Drug Market"
December 6, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsJoe Hazell (London School of Economics): "Downward Rigidity in the Wage for New Hires"
December 2, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Development EconomicsReshmaan Hussam (Harvard Business School): "The Psychosocial Value of Employment"
December 2, 202112:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch SeminarFergal Hanks (Northwestern): Title TBA
December 2, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch SeminarFrancesca Truffa (Northwestern): "Peer Effects and the Gender Gap in Corporate Leadership: Evidence from MBA Students"
December 1, 202112:30 PM - 1:30 PMDevelopment Economics Lunch Seminar Eduardo Campillo Betancourt (Northwestern): "Caste cleavages, religious tensions, and voting behavior in India (joint with Kensuke Maeba)"  
December 1, 202112:30 PM - 1:30 PMDevelopment Economics Lunch Seminar Title TBA  
December 1, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarJinwook Han (Northwestern University): "Consumer Search Over Clusters: Why Do Firms of a Kind Flock Together?"
November 29, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationMilena Almagro (University of Chicago): "Location Sorting and Endogenous Amenities: Evidence from Amsterdam" (Joint with Tomas Dominguez-Lino)
November 29, 202112:00 PM - 1:00 PMFeed Your Mind with Professor Annie LiangPlease join The Department of Economics for our quarterly "Feed Your Mind" Lunch Series with Professor Annie Liang!
November 29, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsStefano Eusepi (Stockholm University): "Forward Guidance With Unanchored Expectations"
November 29, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarJin Yang (Northwestern University): "Dynamic Collusion Design in Auction"
November 23, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in EconometricsFilip Obradovic (Northwestern University): "Sensitivity and Specificity Measurement Using an Imperfect Gold Standard: Identification, Inference and Decisions"
November 23, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in EconometricsXiaoxia Shi (University of Wisconsin-Madison): "Simple Adaptive Size-Exact Testing for Full-Vector and Subvector Inference in Moment Inequality Models"
November 22, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsKurt Mitman (Stockholm University): “Information and Wealth in the Macroeconomy”
November 22, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarHuerta Diego (Northwestern University): "The Political Economy of Labor Policy Design"
November 19, 20212:00 PM - 3:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student Seminar Pedro Ohi (Northwestern University): "Title TBA"
November 19, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch SeminarAshley Wong (Northwestern): "Undergraduate Gender Diversity and Scientific Research"
November 18, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Development EconomicsTavneet Suri (Massachusetts Institute of Technology): “Universal Basic Income: Experimental Evidence from Kenya”
November 18, 202112:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch SeminarJoao Guerreiro (Northwestern): Title TBA
November 18, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch Seminar Ola Paluszynska (Northwestern): "Hazy Decisions: The effect of cognitive decline on medical decision-making"
November 17, 202112:30 PM - 1:30 PMDevelopment Economics Lunch Seminar Kensuke Maeba (Northwestern): "How the Political Power of Teacher Unions Affects Education" (joint with Eduardo Campillo Betancourt)  
November 17, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarDevis Decet (Northwestern University): "Water and Conflict: Evidence from Africa"
November 16, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in EconometricsRafaella Giacomini (University College London): "Identification and Inference Under Narrative Restrictions"
November 15, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationKelli Marquardt (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago): "Mis(sed) Diagnosis: Physician Decision Making and ADHD"
November 15, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsMasao Fukui (Massachusetts Institute of Technology): "A Theory of Downward Wage Rigidity and Unemployment Fluctuations with On-the-Job Search"
November 15, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarThomas Pellet (Northwestern University): "Supply and Demand Coordination with Lead Time in Production"
November 12, 20212:00 PM - 3:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarFilip Obradovic (Northwestern University): "Sensitivity and Specificity Measurement Using an Imperfect Gold Standard: Identification, Inference and Decisions"
November 12, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch Seminar Lukas Rosenberger (LMU Munich): "Invention and Imitation during the Industrial Revolution"
November 11, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Development EconomicsNilesh Fernando (University of Notre Dame): "Regulation by Reputation? Quality Revelation of Labor Intermediaries in International Migration"
November 11, 202112:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Jose Alvarado (Northwestern): Title TBA
November 11, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch Seminar Ashley Wong (Northwestern): "Undergraduate Gender Diversity and Direction of Scientific Research"
November 10, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Economic HistoryPawel Janas (Northwestern University): "Public Goods Under Financial Distress: Evidence from Cities in the Great Depression"
November 10, 202112:30 PM - 1:30 PMDevelopment Economics Lunch Seminar Sarah Chloe Deschenes (Northwestern University): "Social Targeting: Evidencefrom a Gender-norms Intervention in Benin" (joint with Yasmine Bekkouche, Nina Buchman (Stanford University), and Rozenn Hotte (University of Tours)  
November 10, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarAnastasiia Evdokimova (Northwestern University): "Access to Internet and Healthcare"
November 9, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in EconometricsBryan Graham (University of California, Berkeley): "Simulated Maximum Likelihood Estimation of Large Games" (Joint with Andrin Pelican)
November 9, 20213:00 PM - 4:15 PMSeminar in Health/Education/Labor/Public EconomicsCorina Mommaerts (University of Wisconsin-Madison): "Firm Investment, Labor Supply, and the Design of Social Insurance: Evidence from Accommodations for Workplace Injuries"
November 8, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationChristoph Carnehl (Bocconi University): "Pricing for the Stars - Dynamic Pricing in the Presence of Rating Systems"
November 8, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsElisa Rubbo (University of Chicago): "Money and Spending Multipliers with HA-IO"
November 8, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarAmilcar Velez (Northwestern University): "A Bootstrap for Local Projection Inference"
November 5, 20212:00 PM - 3:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarLuxi Han (Northwestern University): "China’s Employment Dynamics: Rural Urban Divergence in a Labor Market with Informal Employment"
November 5, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch Seminar Carlo Medici (Northwestern): "Labor, Unions, Race, and Political Cycles"
November 4, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Development EconomicsJie Bai (Harvard University): "Search and Information Frictions on Global E-Commerce Platforms: Evidence from AiExpress"
November 4, 202112:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Sun Yong Kim (Northwestern): Title TBA
November 4, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch SeminarDevis Decet (Northwestern): "Water and Conflict: Evidence from Africa"
November 3, 20216:30 PM - 9:00 PM2021 Chicagoland Friends of Economic History DinnerPlease join the Department of Economics and the Center for Economic History for our annual Chicagoland Friends of Economic History Dinner. Joe Ferrie will present "Georgia on My Mind: Sticky Plots, 'Profligate' Parents, & Fortunate Sons."
November 3, 202112:30 PM - 1:30 PMDevelopment Economics Lunch Seminar Jimmy Lee (Northwestern University): "Does Information Asymmetry About Changes Affect the Response of Liberian Households to a School-based Agricultural Education Program?"  
November 3, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarYijun Liu (Northwestern University): "Commit to Constrained Actions to Induce Information"
November 2, 20213:00 PM - 4:15 PMSeminar in Health/Education/Labor/Public EconomicsJuan Carlos Suarez Serrato (Duke University): "Capital Investment and Labor Demand: Evidence from 21st Century Tax Policy"
November 1, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationMike Dinerstein (University of Chicago): "The Equilibrium Effects of Public Provision in Education Markets: Evidence from a Public School Expansion Program"
November 1, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsAlisdair McKay (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis): "What Can Time-Series Regressions Tell Us About Policy Counterfactuals?"
November 1, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarTomer Yehoshua-Sandak (Northwestern University): "Communication with Costly Information Acquisition"
October 28, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMJoint Seminar in Development & Health/Education/Labor/Public EconomicsJoris Mueller (Northwestern University): "China's Foreign Aid: Political Determinants, Economic Consequences"
October 28, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Yunus Topbas (Northwestern): Title TBA
October 28, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch SeminarKaman Lyu (Northwestern): "Dynamic Effects of Agricultural Shocks in Childhood: Evidence from Ghana"
October 27, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Economic HistoryBrendon Andrews (Northwestern University): "Reporting versus Reputation: Physician Quality and the Flexner Report of 1910"
October 27, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarKwok Yan Chiu (Northwestern University): "Decline in Homeownership 2003 - 2015"
October 26, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in EconometricsHarold Chiang (University of Wisconsin-Madison): "Multiway Empirical Likelihood" (Joint with Yukitoshi Matsushita and Taisuke Otsu)
October 25, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationSebastian Fleitas (University of Leuven): "Adverse Selection and Lock-out with Dynamic Incentives in Medicare Part D"
October 25, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationMike Dinerstein (University of Chicago): "The Equilibrium Effects of Public Provision in Education Markets: Evidence from a Public School Expansion Program"
October 25, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsZachary Stangebye (University of Notre Dame): "Learning from others in financial markets"
October 25, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarKaman Lyu (Northwestern University): "Dynamic Effects of Agricultural Shocks in Childhood: Evidence from Ghana"
October 22, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch Seminar Katherine Hauck (University of Arizona): "An Empirical Estimation of a Structural Option Value Model of Homesteading"
October 21, 202112:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Matias Bayaz-Erazo (Northwestern): Title TBA
October 21, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch SeminarAnran Li (Northwestern): "Limited Commitment and Market Segmentation in Non-Acute Care Provision"
October 20, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Economic HistoryMarlous van Waijenburg (Harvard Business School): "The Race between Education and Technology in (Colonial) Africa and Asia"
October 20, 202112:30 PM - 1:30 PMDevelopment Economics Lunch SeminarAndrew Saab (Northwestern): "Conflict Migration and Blood Diamond Policy Shocks"  
October 20, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarGiovanni Sciacovelli (Northwestern University): "Excess Savings and Recovery Dynamics After the Covid-19 Pandemic"
October 19, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in EconometricsKei Hirano (Pennsylvania State University): "Asymptotic Representations for Sequential Statistical Decision Problems"
October 19, 20213:00 PM - 4:15 PMJoint Seminar in Development & Health/Education/Labor/Public EconomicsFrancesca Truffa (Northwestern University): Title TBA (Note: Seminar ends at 4:20 PM)
October 18, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationDavid Stillerman (Northwestern University): "Loan Guarantees and Incentives for Information Acquisition"
October 18, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsCosmin Ilut (Duke University): "Economic agents as imperfect problem solvers" (Joint with Rosen Valchev)
October 18, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarMichael Cai (Northwestern University): "Inflation Expectations A Window into Household Belief Formation"
October 15, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch Seminar Pawel Janas (Northwestern University): "Recessions, Constraints, and Public Education: Impact of the Great Depression on the High School Movement"
October 14, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Santiago Camara (Northwestern): Title TBA
October 14, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch SeminarBrendon Andrews (Northwestern): "Quality Certification and Reputation: Lessons from the Flexner Report"
October 13, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Economic HistoryStephen Redding (Princeton University): "The Distributional Consequences of Trade: Evidence from the Repeal of the Corn Laws"
October 13, 202112:30 PM - 1:30 PMDevelopment Economics Lunch Seminar Title TBA  
October 13, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarHans Zhu (Northwestern University): "The effects of refunds in the context of Steam and ex-ante value uncertainty"
October 12, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in EconometricsAnnie Liang (Northwestern University): "How Flexible is that Functional Form? Measuring the Restrictiveness of Theories" (Joint with Drew Fudenberg and Wayne Gao)
October 12, 20213:00 PM - 4:30 PMJoint Seminar in Development & Health/Education/Labor/Public EconomicsMiguel Angel Talamas Marcos (Northwestern University): Title TBA
October 11, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationMatteo Magnaricotte (Northwestern University): "College Expansion and Unequal Access to Education in Peru" (Joint with Jose Luis Flor Toro)
October 11, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsAmy Handlan (Brown University): "Text Shocks and Monetary Surprises: Text Analysis of FOMC Statement with Machine Learning"
October 11, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarMiguel Moreira Santana (Northwestern University): "Quantity Theory Does Not Hold Without Rational Expectations"
October 8, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch Seminar Brendon Andrews  (Northwestern University): Title TBA
October 7, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Kristina Manysheva (Northwestern): “Land Property Rights, Financial Frictions, and Resource Allocation in Developing Countries” 
October 7, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch Seminar Nicole Ozminkowski (Northwestern): "Patient Demand and Payer-Lead Quality Disclosure"
October 6, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Economic HistoryAmanda Gregg (Middlebury College): "Shareholder Democracy under Autocracy: Voting Rights and Corporate Performance in Imperial Russia"
October 6, 202112:30 PM - 1:30 PMDevelopment Economics Lunch Seminar Matteo Ruzzante (Northwestern): Teacher Autonomy to Improve Education Outcomes: Experimental Evidence from Brazil  
October 6, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarJose Salas (Northwestern University): "Screening, Selection and Asymmetric Regulation: Banks and Shadow Banks in the Mortgage Market"
October 5, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in EconometricsFrancesca Molinari (Cornell University): "Discrete Choice Models with Heterogeneous Preferences and Consideration" (Joint with Victor Aguiar and Levon Barseghyan)
October 5, 20213:00 PM - 4:30 PMJoint Seminar in Development & Health/Education/Labor/Public EconomicsAshley Wong (Northwestern University): "Undergraduate Gender Diversity and Scientific Research"
October 4, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationJunyan Guan (Northwestern University): "Reserve Price Signaling with Public Information: Evidence from Online Auto Auctions"
October 4, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsKarthik Sastry (Massachusetts Institute of Technology): "Attention Cycles" (Joint with Joel P. Flynn)
October 4, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarRyunosuke Matsuura (Northwestern University): "Market Integration and Cost of Borders in Africa" 
October 1, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch Seminar Sebastian Ottinger (Northwestern University): "The Political Origins of Racial Hate in Media: Evidence from the U.S. South"
September 30, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Riccardo Vimercati (Northwestern): job talk 12 to 1:30 pm
September 30, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch Seminar Joris Mueller (Northwestern):  "China's Foreign Aid: Political Determinants, Economic Effects"
September 29, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Economic HistoryYing Bai (Chinese University of Hong Kong): "Shaking Legitimacy: The Impact of Earthquakes on Conflict in Historical China"
September 29, 202112:30 PM - 1:30 PMDevelopment Economics Lunch Seminar Erika Deserranno (Northwestern): "Financial Incentives in Multi-layered Organizations: An Experiment in the Public Sector"  
September 28, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in EconometricsChuck Manski (Northwestern University): "Probabilistic Prediction for Binary Treatment Choice: with focus on personalized medicine"
September 28, 20213:00 PM - 4:30 PMJoint Seminar in Development & Health/Education/Labor/Public EconomicsMatteo Magnaricotte (Northwestern University): "College Expansion and Unequal Access to Education in Peru"
September 27, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationBenjamin Vatter (Northwestern University): "Quality Disclosure and Regulation: Scoring Design in Medicare Advantage"
September 27, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsGabriel Chodorow-Reich (Harvard University): "The 2000s Housing Cycle With 2020 Hindsight: A Neo-Kindlebergerian View"
September 24, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch Seminar Michael Porcellacchia (Northwestern University): Title TBA
September 23, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch SeminarXiaojie Liu (Northwestern): "Endogenous Liquidity and Systemic Risk”
September 23, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMApplied Microeconomics Lunch SeminarMiguel Talamas (Northwestern): "Surviving Competition in Mexico's Retail Sector: Mom & Pop Shops vs. Convenience Chains"
September 22, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Economic HistorySanti Perez (University of California, Davis): "Who Benefits from Meritocracy?"
September 2, 202110:00 AM - 11:00 AMECON Open House- WCAS Virtual Academic FairJoin the Department of Economics for a virtual information session on the Economics major/minor!
September 1, 20212:00 PM - 3:00 PMECON Open House- WCAS Virtual Academic FairJoin the Department of Economics for a virtual information session on the Economics major/minor!
August 5, 20215:00 PM - 6:00 PMFirst Year Q&A with the Department of EconomicsPlease join us on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 5:00 PM CT for a Q&A session with Director of Undergraduate Studies, Mark Witte, and ECON students, Amirah Ford '22 and Rowan Lapi '23. 
June 15, 202112:00 PM - 1:00 PM2021 Virtual ECON Senior CelebrationJoin the Department of Economics for a virtual celebration live via Zoom Webinar. The event will feature opening remarks by Department Chair, Joseph Ferrie and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Mark Witte, a keynote address from ECON alumna, Sonya Brown ’94, and student reflections by Katherine Daehler ’21, an ECON graduate. We look forward to celebrating with you!
June 14, 20212:00 PM - 3:00 PM2021 ECON Senior Awards CeremonyEvery year the Economics department holds a senior awards celebration to honor the students who were granted honors for their senior theses. This year, we will celebrate these students with a small, in-person ceremony on Monday, June 14, 2021 at 2:00 PM. 
June 11, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch Seminar Mario Cannella (Northwestern University) - “Two sides of the same coin: Labor market effects of party membership and government surveillance in Fascist Italy”  
June 7, 202112:00 PM - 1:00 PMIPR Colloquium: L. Beaman (IPR/Econ) and R. Voigt (Linguistics/IPR) - Gender Bias in Letters of Recommendation in Economics"A Computational Analysis of Gender Bias in Letters of Recommendation in Economics"* Lori Beaman, Associate Professor of Economics and IPR Fellow, and Rob Voight, Assistant Professor of Linguistics and IPR Associate This event is part of the Spring 2021 Fay Lomax Cook IPR Colloquium Series. * Designates that the presentation will involve work in progress.
June 7, 202112:00 PM - 1:00 PMIPR Colloquium: L. Beaman (IPR/Econ) - Gender Bias in Letters of Recommendation in Economics"A Computational Analysis of Gender Bias in Letters of Recommendation in Economics"* Lori Beaman, Associate Professor of Economics and IPR Fellow This event is part of the Spring 2021 Fay Lomax Cook IPR Colloquium Series. * Designates that the presentation will involve work in progress.
June 7, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsJuliane Begenau (Stanford University): "A Q-Theory of Banks" (Joint with Saki Bigio, Jeremy Majerovitz, and Matias Vieyra) *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
June 4, 20212:00 PM - 3:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student Seminar Matthew O'Keefe (Northwestern University): "Producer Integration & Wastewater Management in the Marcellus Shale"
June 4, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch SeminarMichael Porcellacchia (Northwestern University) -“Thucydides Trap: Theory and Evidence”
June 4, 20218:30 AM - 1:30 PMCSIO-TSE Conference on Industrial OrganizationJoin the Northwestern University Department of Economics and Toulouse School of Economics for a virtual IO conference.
June 3, 202112:15 PM - 1:15 PMMacroeconomics Lunch SeminarCarl Hallmann (Northwestern University): Title TBA
June 3, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in Applied MicroeconomicsOriana Bandiera (London School of Economics): Title TBA (Note change in time) *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
June 3, 20218:30 AM - 1:30 PMCSIO-TSE Conference on Industrial OrganizationJoin the Northwestern University Department of Economics and Toulouse School of Economics for a virtual IO conference.
June 2, 20211:00 PM - 2:00 PMEconomics Development Lunch Hossein Alidaee (Northwestern University): "Is Context a Mechanism Behind Social Learning? A Proposal for a Lab Experiment" Abstract: Information acquisition is central to technology adoption decisions. Two common sources of information about returns include (i) central sources, such as government information campaigns, and (ii) social learning from peers. Central sources often have greater data on returns—yet, we lack empirical evidence that social learning is less persuasive. Understanding social learning's efficacy is particularly important for technologies where returns are highly heterogeneous and information acquisition is a major barrier to adoption. I propose one potential mechanism, which I refer to as context uncertainty. I will test this mechanism via a lab-in-the-field experiment with a sample of smallholder farmers. If valid, this mechanism provides a framework to improve informational interventions from central sources.        
June 2, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student Seminar Evgeni Rachkovski (Northwestern University): "Integrating to Opportunity: High School Integration and Intergenerational Mobility"
June 1, 20212:00 PM - 3:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationJingyuan Wang / Gaston Lopez / Francisco Pareschi (Northwestern University): Title TBA (30 minutes each)
June 1, 202112:00 PM - 1:00 PMSocial Protection and Inequality in a Pandemic: Evidence from GhanaSurvey evidence from 16 developing countries shows widespread employment loss and declines in income and food security since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. These patterns are apparent in Ghana. In this Northwestern Buffett "Building Sustainable Futures: Global Challenges and Possibilities" webinar, Chris Udry, professor of Economics at Northwestern University, and Robert Darko Osei, vice dean for the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Ghana, discuss the effect on workers of the COVID lockdown policies implemented in urban areas, and the organization of a program of mobile money transfers to individuals in poor households. They will discuss the dynamic effects of lockdowns on employment. They will show how substantial, randomized mobile money transfers affected social distancing, food security, and work patterns. Further, they will discuss how reliance on mobile money restricted the reach of the program to those with access to mobile phones but allowed for useful characterization of excluded populations. Chris Udry: Robert E. and Emily King Professor of Economics at Northwestern University. He is a development economist whose research focuses on rural economic activity in Sub-Saharan Africa. His current research includes directing the first long-term, nationwide socioeconomic panel survey of individuals across Ghana (in collaboration with the University of Ghana); randomized evaluations of a variety of governmental and NGO-led development programs in West Africa; work on household organization, risk, information flows and agriculture in Mali and Ghana; and the role of psychological well-being on economic decision-making. Robert Darko Osei: Associate Professor in the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana, Legon, and also the Vice Dean for the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Ghana. Robert has published widely in edited volumes and top international journals. His main areas of research include evaluative poverty and rural research, macro and micro implications of fiscal policies, aid effectiveness and other economic development policy concerns. He is currently involved in a number of research projects in Ghana, Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali.  Free and open to the public. This webinar will be available through WebEx at this LINK. Please use the following passcode when accessing: 1234. The talk will begin at 12 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, June 1. This webinar is part of the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs’ Building Sustainable Futures: Global Challenges and Possibilities series. This and other spring 2021 webinars focused on UN SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities are co-sponsored by the Northwestern University Community for Human Rights (NUCHR).
June 1, 202111:00 AM - 12:30 PMSeminar in EconometricsThierry Magnac (Toulouse School of Economics): "Convex tools for inference in set-identified linear models" (Please note alternate start time) *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
May 28, 20212:00 PM - 3:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student Seminar Marie-Louise Decamps (Northwestern University): "Agricultural Productivity and Deforestation"
May 28, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch SeminarRalf Meisenzahl (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago) - “Farm to desert: How Post-Civil War Farm Tenancy Created Food Deserts” (joint with Philipp Ager and Stefan Gissler)
May 27, 20214:00 PM - 5:30 PMSeminar in Applied MicroeconomicsAsim Khwaja (Harvard University): Title TBA  *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
May 27, 20212:00 PM - 3:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationPaul Kim (Northwestern University): "Regulating Insurers in Medicare Part D"
May 27, 202112:15 PM - 1:15 PMMacroeconomics Lunch SeminarMacro LuncH Seminar - CANCELED
May 26, 20214:00 PM - 5:30 PMSeminar in Economic HistoryCong Liu (Jinan University): "Military Investment and the Rise of Industrial Clusters: Evidence from China’s First Industrial Policy, 1858-1937" *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
May 26, 20211:00 PM - 2:00 PMEconomics Development Lunch Kensuke Maeba (Northwestern University): "Net influences from polling officers" 
May 26, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student Seminar Alexander Doser (Northwestern University): "Decoupling Rosen-Roback: Remote Work in Spatial Equilibrium"
May 25, 20212:00 PM - 3:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationMatteo Magnaricotte (Northwestern University): "College Entry and Inequality of Access to Education in Peru"
May 24, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsNir Jaimovich (University of Zurich): "Job Hunting: A Costly Quest" *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
May 24, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student Seminar Fergal Hanks (Northwestern University): "Women and Labour Market Recoveries"