Past Events

View past seminars and other events sponsored by the department of Economics. Events can be viewed by date or filtered by seminar series. 

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Date & TimeSeminar SeriesSpeaker and Title
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, 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, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in Economic HistoryMichael Porcellacchia (Northwestern University): "International Power Rankings: theory and evidence from international cooperation"
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"
May 21, 20212:00 PM - 3:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student Seminar Gaston Lopez (Northwestern University): "Entry with Demand Spillovers: Evidence from the Healthcare Industry"
May 20, 20212:00 PM - 3:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationBen Vatter (Northwestern University): "Scoring Design in Medicare Advantage"
May 20, 202112:15 PM - 1:15 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Fergal Hanks (Northwestern University): Title TBA
May 19, 20211:00 PM - 2:00 PMEconomics Development LunchMatteo Magnaricotte (Northwestern University): Title TBA        
May 19, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student Seminar Lou Yiqi (Northwestern University): "Global Climate Agreements: A Dynamic Implementation Approach"
May 18, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in EconometricsYuehao Bai (University of Michigan): "Optimality of Matched-Pair Designs in Randomized Controlled Trials" *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
May 17, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsVasco Carvalho (University of Cambridge): "Bottom-Up Markup Fluctuations" (Joint with Ariel Burstein and Basile Grassi) *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
May 17, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student Seminar Ting Wang (Northwestern University): "Demand Uncertainty and Information Supply: Evidence from Chinese Online Book Market"
May 14, 20212:00 PM - 3:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student Seminar Anran Li (Northwestern University): "Dynamic Inefficiency, Competition, and Market Segment in Non-Acute Care Provision"
May 14, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch SeminarNancy Qian (Northwestern University) -Title TBA
May 13, 20212:00 PM - 3:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationEilidh Geddes (Northwestern University): "Insurer Competition and Rating Areas on the ACA Exchanges"
May 13, 202112:15 PM - 1:15 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Santiago Camara (Northwestern University): Title TBA
May 12, 20214:00 PM - 5:30 PMSeminar in Economic HistoryMohamed Saleh (Toulouse School of Economics): "The Demand for Extraterritoriality: Religious Minorities in Nineteenth-Century Egypt" *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
May 12, 20211:00 PM - 2:00 PMEconomics Development Lunch Siddhant Agarwal (Northwestern University): "Breaking Caste Barriers: Reservations and Endogamy"  Abstract: Endogamy remains the strongest pillar supporting the caste system in India. In this paper, I propose to estimate the effect that affirmative action favouring backward castes, in the form of reserved quotas in government jobs and universities, might have on caste endogamy. I hope to use online marriage portal data to estimate any potential decreases in the demand for endogamous partners, and commonly-used survey data to estimate effects on actual marriage outcomes.        
May 12, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student Seminar Maren Vairo (Northwestern University): "Optimal Delegation with Information Provision"
May 11, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in EconometricsSilvia Goncalves (McGill University): "Impulse response analysis for structural dynamic models with nonlinear regressors" (Joint with Ana Herrera, Lutz Kilian, and Elena Pesavento). *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
May 10, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsLaura Pilossoph (Federal Reserve Bank of New York): "Latent Heterogeneity in the Marginal Propensity to Consume" (Joint with Daniel Lewis and Davide Melcangi) *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
May 10, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student Seminar Matias Bayas-Erazo (Northwestern University): "On the Effectiveness of Negative Interest Rate Policy"  
May 7, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch SeminarStefano Gagliarducci (University of Rome Tor Vergata) -"Faith and Assimilation: Italian Immigrants in the US"
May 6, 20214:00 PM - 5:30 PMSeminar in Applied MicroeconomicsPaul Novosad (Dartmouth College): "Intergenerational Mobility in India: New Methods and Estimates Across Time, Space, and Communities" *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
May 6, 20212:00 PM - 3:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationJunyan Guan (Northwestern University): "Price Reference Effect and Vertical Contract in the Book Retail Market"
May 6, 202112:15 PM - 1:15 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Clement Bohr (Northwestern University): Title TBA
May 5, 20214:00 PM - 5:30 PMSeminar in Economic HistorySascha Becker (Monash University): "Scholars at Risk: Academic Networks and High-Skilled Emigration from Nazi Germany" *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
May 5, 20211:00 PM - 2:00 PMEconomics Development Lunch Eduardo Campillo Betancourt (Northwestern University): "Economic Mobility and Religious Conversions"  Abstract: Historically, India’s caste system has imposed restrictions, often violently enforced, on the occupations that people can have depending on their social status. These boundaries can hinder economic mobility, particularly for lower-caste people, and create frictions as workers attempt to reallocate across occupations. As the value of occupations outside those ascribed by their social standing grows, the incentive for people to abandon their caste status increases as well. In my analysis, I show that when low-to-middle-status occupations become more profitable, the number of low-caste converts away from Hinduism grows. Contrastingly, I find no such effect when middle-to-high-status occupations become increasingly attractive. This pattern of results supports a framework in which low-caste people are induced to convert away from Hinduism in order to take advantage of higher-paying occupations that are accessible to them in terms of social status and/or human capital.      
May 5, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student Seminar Xiaoyun Qiu (Northwestern University): "Paternalistic Motive, Trust and Information Withholding"
May 4, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in EconometricsStefan Wager (Stanford University): "Noise-Induced Randomization in Regression Discontinuity Designs" *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
May 3, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsDavid Baqaee (University of California, Los Angeles): "The Supply-Side Effects of Monetary Policy" *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
May 3, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student Seminar Gex Guillaume (Northwestern University): "Protests, Revolutions and Introspective Equilibrium"
April 30, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch Seminar Aniket Panjwani (Northwestern University) -Title TBA
April 29, 20212:00 PM - 3:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationDavid Stillerman (Northwestern University): Title TBA
April 29, 202112:15 PM - 1:15 PMMacroeconomics Lunch SeminarJoao Guerreiro (Northwestern University): "The Slowdown in Labor Mobility" 
April 28, 20214:00 PM - 5:30 PMSeminar in Economic HistoryJames Fenske (University of Warwick): “The Columbian Exchange and conflict in Asia” *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
April 28, 20211:00 PM - 2:00 PMEconomics Development Lunch Utsav Manjeer (Northwestern University): "The Effect of Export Activity on Domestic Prices: Evidence from India's Rice Sector" Abstract: How does export activity affect prices in domestic consumer markets? To explore this question, I exploit a natural experiment provided by India’s rice export restrictions during 2007-2011. I first document that the binding restrictions had a considerable negative impact on producers. However, there is little evidence to suggest that the lower prices transmitted to consumers. To estimate the causal impact of export activity on domestic consumer prices, I use a difference-in-differences framework. I show that, following the imposition of export restrictions, Indian districts with higher exposure to export trade experienced a greater increase in prices paid by consumers in local markets. To measure the intensity of exposure to trade, I use a novel strategy exploiting spatial variation in districts’ proximities to export trade routes along India’s road network. The estimated price effects are substantial – prices increased by an additional 5 to 6.5 percent in districts exposed to export activity. Further, the impact of export activity on prices is most pronounced for higher-quality products. I illustrate that the presence of increasing returns in internal trade -  strong complementarities between exports and intra-national trade are the main forces driving my results. By exploiting synergies with export activity, intra-national trade encounters lower domestic trade costs, which are then translated to lower prices faced by consumers in domestic markets. My findings suggest that promoting export activity could be a means to reduce intra-national trade barriers for large developing economies.    
April 28, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarPanagiotis Kyriazis (Northwestern University): "The Role of Strategic Mediators in Promoting Peace and War"
April 27, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in EconometricsElena Manresa (New York University): “An adversarial approach to structural estimation” (Joint with Tetsuya Kaji and Guillaume Pouliot.) *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
April 26, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsJohn Grigsby (Northwestern University): “Skill Heterogeneity and Aggregate Labor Market Dynamics” *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
April 26, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarThomas Wilner (Northwestern University): "Regulation Under Corruption: Evidence from Automobile Emissions in Chile"
April 23, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch Seminar Marie-Louise Decamps (Northwestern University) -"Excluded Women: The Fall of Female Labour Force Participation in Post-Industrial Revolution England"
April 22, 20212:00 PM - 3:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationTai Lam (Northwestern University): Title TBA
April 22, 202112:15 PM - 1:15 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Joao Miguel da Costa Monteiro (Northwestern University): “Credit Misallocation in Exporting Firms”
April 22, 202112:00 PM - 1:00 PMThe Economics of Environmentalism: An Earth Day Alumni Talk with Seema Jayachandran and Mar ReguantJoin the Department of Economics for an Earth Day talk on the economics of environmentalism with Professors Seema Jayachandran and Mar Reguant.
April 21, 20214:00 PM - 5:30 PMSeminar in Economic HistoryZach Ward (Baylor University): "Intergenerational Mobility in American History: Accounting for Race and Measurement Error" *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
April 21, 20211:00 PM - 2:00 PMEconomics Development Lunch Utsav Manjeer (Northwestern University): Title TBA      
April 21, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarDiego Cid Ortiz (Northwestern University):
April 20, 202111:00 AM - 12:30 PMSeminar in EconometricsVishal Kamat (Toulouse School of Economics): "Estimating the Welfare Effects of School Vouchers" (Please note alternate start time) *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
April 19, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsJohannes Wieland (University of California San Diego): "Lumpy Durable Consumption Demand and the Limited Ammunition of Monetary Policy" *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
April 19, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarJason Premo (Northwestern University): "Inference with Matrix Completion
April 16, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch Seminar Rik Steckel (Ohio State University) - "Rapid Economic Growth and Type II Diabetes: Dreadful Unintended Consequences"
April 16, 202112:00 PM - 1:00 PMFeed Your Mind: "The lasting impacts of school shootings" with Professor Molly SchnellJoin Professor Molly Schnell on Friday, April 16 at 12:00 PM CT while she discusses her paper, "The lasting impacts of school shootings."
April 15, 20212:00 PM - 3:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationMatt O'Keefe (Northwestern University): Title TBA
April 15, 202112:15 PM - 1:15 PMMacroeconomics Lunch SeminarRiccardo Bianchi Vimercati (Northwestern University): Title TBA
April 14, 20214:00 PM - 5:30 PMSeminar in Economic HistoryElena Esposito (University of Lausanne): "Reconciliation Narratives: The Birth of a Nation after the US Civil War" *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
April 14, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarJose Alvarado (Northwestern University): "The Dynamics of Tax Progressivity: A Macro-Political Economy Approach"
April 13, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMSeminar in EconometricsEric Auerbach (Northwestern University): "The Local Approach to Network Interference" (Joint with Max Tabord-Meehan) *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
April 12, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsMatt Rognlie (Northwestern University): "Exchange Rates and Monetary Policy with Heterogeneous Agents: Sizing up the Real Income Channel" (Joint with Adrien Auclert, Martin Souchier, and Ludwig Straub) *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
April 12, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student Seminar Laura Murphy (Northwestern University): 
April 9, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch Seminar Sebastian Ottinger (UCLA) - ‘’History’s Masters: The Effect of European Monarchs on State Performance”
April 8, 20214:00 PM - 5:30 PMSeminar in Applied MicroeconomicsErica Field (Duke University): "Title TBA"  *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
April 8, 20212:00 PM - 3:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationMiguel Talamas (Northwestern University): “David vs Goliath: Mexican Corner Stores Facing Convenience Chains”
April 7, 20211:00 PM - 2:00 PMEconomics Development Lunch Ricardo Dahis (Northwestern University): "The Impact of 3G Mobile Internet on Educational Outcomes in Brazil" (with Pedro Bessone and Lisa Ho).  Abstract:Does the availability of mobile broadband internet affect children's test scores? We compare Portuguese and math scores before and after the staggered entry of 3G into Brazil's 5,570 municipalities using an event study design. Despite the evidence that 3G is widely adopted and used by Brazilians, we find that there is no effect of mobile internet on Portuguese or math scores, and can reject effect sizes of 0.02 standard deviations for 5th grade students, and 0.01 standard deviations for 9th grade students. Taken together, our results indicate that simply offering high-speed mobile internet is not sufficient to improve educational outcomes.      
April 7, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarJingyuan Wang (Northwestern University): "Subsidy, Market Structure Change, and Innovationdynamics in the Chinese Electric Vehicle industry"
April 5, 202112:00 PM - 1:00 PMIPR Colloquium: S. Jayachandran (IPR/Econ) - Designing Survey Modules by Combining Qualitative Interview Data and Machine Learning"Designing Survey Modules by Combining Qualitative Interview Data and Machine Learning"* by Seema Jayachandran, 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.
April 5, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsMariacristina De Nardi (University of Minnesota): "Are Marriage-Related Taxes and Social Security Benefits Holding Back Female Labor Supply?" *All spring seminars will take place via Zoom
April 5, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarFrancisco Pareschi (Northwestern University): Environmental regulation underuncertainty: The case of Australia’s watermarket.
April 1, 20212:00 PM - 3:00 PMSeminar in Industrial OrganizationTing Wang (Northwestern University): "Title TBD" (30 minutes)
April 1, 202112:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar CANCELED
March 31, 20211:00 PM - 2:00 PMEconomics Development Lunch Sean Higgins (Northwestern University): "Price Comparison Tools in Consumer Credit Markets" Abstract: Consumer credit markets feature large amounts of price dispersion, and the same consumer can be offered substantially different interest rates by different banks. Nevertheless, consumers do not search much across banks: in Chile, only 3% of consumers searched at another bank after receiving a loan offer. One reason consumers may not search is that they have inaccurate expectations about price dispersion or the benefits of search. Using administrative data on the universe of consumer loans from Chile's financial regulator, we built an interactive loan price comparison tool. The tool provides just-in-time, personalized information by showing a consumer the distribution of interest rates that similar consumers received for similar loans in the past six months. We will conduct a randomized controlled trial (RCT) among Chilean consumers who are searching for a loan to measure the impact of the loan price comparison tool on priors about prices and price dispersion, planned and actual search behavior, and eventual loan terms.    
March 31, 202112:00 PM - 1:00 PMEconomics Junior Recruitment SeminarAparna Anand- City University of New York Graduate Center
March 31, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarYoshimasa Katayama (Northwestern University): "Facilitating Positive Assortative Matching through Quality Information Disclosure in Healthcare Markets"
March 30, 202111:00 AM - 12:00 PMEconomics 501: Graduate Student SeminarAhnaf Rafi (Northwestern University): "Semiparametric Efficiency Under Covariate Adaptive Randomization"
March 26, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch Seminar Sng Tuan Hwee (Northwestern University): Title TBA    
March 26, 202112:00 PM - 1:00 PMEconomics Junior Recruitment SeminarSidonia McKenzie- Kansas State University
March 25, 202112:00 PM - 1:00 PMEconomics Junior Recruitment SeminarChristopher Dobronyi- University of Toronto
March 19, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch Seminar Leander Heldring (Northwestern) : “Bureaucracy as a tool for politicians: Evidence from Weimar and Nazi Germany”    
March 18, 202112:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Federico Puglisi (Northwestern University): Title TBA
March 18, 202112:00 PM - 1:00 PMEconomics Junior Recruitment SeminarMichael Gmeiner- Northwestern University
March 17, 20211:00 PM - 2:00 PMEconomics Development Lunch Ameet Morjaria  (Northwestern University): "Acquisitions, Management and Efficiency: Evidence from Rwanda's Coffee Industry" (joint work with Rocco Macchiavello) Abstract: Markets in low-income countries often display long tails of inefficient firms and significant misallocation. This paper studies Rwandan coffee mills, an industry initially characterized by widespread inefficiencies that has recently seen a process of consolidation in which exporters have acquired control of a significant number of mills giving rise to multi-plant groups. We combine administrative data with original surveys of both mills and acquirers to understand the consequences of this consolidation. Difference-in-difference results suggest that, controlling for mill and year fixed effects, a mill acquired by a foreign group, but not by a domestic group, improves both productivity and product quality. The difference in performance is not accompanied by changes in mill technology or differential access to capital. Upon acquisition, both foreign and domestic group change mills' managers. Foreign groups, however, recruit younger, more educated and higher ability managers, pay these managers a higher salary (even conditional on manager and mill characteristics) and grant them more autonomy. These “better” managers explain about half of the better performance associated with foreign ownership. The difference in performance reflects superior implementation, rather than management knowledge: following an acquisition, managers in domestic and foreign groups try to implement the same management changes but managers in domestic groups report significantly higher resistance from both workers and farmers and fail to implement the changes. The results have implications for our understanding of organizational change and for fostering market development in emerging markets.
March 15, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsLuca Fornaro (Centre de Recerca en Economia Internacional): "The Global Financial Resource Curse" *All winter seminars will take place via Zoom
March 11, 202112:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Diego Huerta (Northwestern University): "Wealth Inequality and the Political Economy of Financial and Labour Regulations" (joint with Ronald Fischer)
March 10, 20214:00 PM - 5:30 PMSeminar in Economic HistoryCormac O’Grada (University College Dublin): "Tracking the Famine Irish in New York and Beyond: The Pitfalls and Potential of Automated Census Linkage" *All winter seminars will take place via Zoom
March 10, 20211:00 PM - 2:00 PMEconomics Development Lunch Joris Mueller (Northwestern University): "China's Outward Foreign Aid and Domestic Strategic Motives" Abstract: This paper tests whether China uses outward foreign aid to pursue domestic policy goals. First, I show that aid projects are allocated to firms that internalize the government's goal of stabilizing domestic employment in prefectures experiencing labor unrest. I then show that local unrest in China also influences which countries receive foreign aid and when. Finally, I exploit this variation to construct an instrumental variable for foreign aid and find positive short-term effects on recipient country GDP and consumption.
March 8, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsMorten Ravn (University College London): "Financial Frictions: Macro Vs Micro Volatility" *All winter seminars will take place via Zoom
March 5, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch Seminar Megumi Murakami (Northwestern University): Title TBA    
March 4, 20215:00 PM - 6:00 PMGPRL Coffee Chat with Prof. Seema JayachandranProfessor Seema Jayachandran will present her research, “Missing women”: Causes and consequences of gender ratios in developing countries. This event is co-sponsored by Circle of Women and the Economics Department. For the Zoom link, please RSVP to Shloka Shetty (shlokashetty2021@u.northwestern.edu).
March 4, 202112:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch SeminarJoao Guerreiro (Northwestern University): Title TBA
March 3, 20214:00 PM - 5:30 PMSeminar in Economic HistoryKatya Zhuravskaya (Paris School of Economics): "Diffusion of Gender Norms: Evidence from Stalin’s Ethnic Deportations" *All winter seminars will take place via Zoom
March 3, 20211:00 PM - 2:00 PMEconomics Development Lunch Matteo Magnaricotte  (Northwestern University): presenting "Local Specialization and Growth: The Italian Land Reform" (joint work with Riccardo Bianchi-Vimercati and Giampaolo Lecce) Abstract: This paper analyzes a large-scale redistribution policy and its short- and long-term effects on industrial structure and economic development. We focus on a major land reform implemented by the Italian government in the 1950s. We assemble a novel dataset on the expropriations at the municipal level and on pre- and post-reform socio-economic characteristics. A difference in difference model provides evidence that areas with higher incidence of expropriations reported more employed workers in the agricultural sector (and less in the manufacturing one) in the aftermath of the reform. This result persists over the decades. Finally, we analyze the long-term impact of the reform and, using a matching estimator, we provide evidence of a negative effects on economic growth in the long run: municipalities exposed to the land redistribution are associated with significantly lower income growth in the period 1970-2000. 
March 1, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsCecile Gaubert (University of California, Berkeley): “Place Based Redistribution“ (Joint with Pat Kline and Danny Yagan) *All winter seminars will take place via Zoom
February 25, 202112:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch SeminarJose Alvarado (Northwestern University): Title TBA
February 24, 20214:00 PM - 5:30 PMSeminar in Economic HistoryBelinda Archibong (Columbia University): "Prison Labor: The Price of Prisons and the Lasting Effects of Incarceration" *All winter seminars will take place via Zoom
February 24, 20211:00 PM - 2:00 PMEconomics Development LunchJacopo Ponticelli (Northwestern University): The Effects of Climate Change on Labor and Capital Reallocation: Evidence from Brazil (with Paula Bustos and Christoph Albert) Abstract: We study the effect of climate change on the reallocation of labor and capital across regions and sectors. First, we estimate the effect of extreme weather events occurred in Brazil in the last two decades on the local economy of the affected areas. Second, we assess the magnitude and direction of labor and capital flows that they generate. Finally, we study their impact on destination regions.
February 22, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsRicardo Reis (London School of Economics): "Jumpstarting an International Currency" *All winter seminars will take place via Zoom
February 18, 202112:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch SeminarTony Hu (Northwestern University): Title TBA
February 17, 20214:00 PM - 5:30 PMSeminar in Economic HistoryGuo Xu (University of California, Berkeley): "Title TBA" *All winter seminars will take place via Zoom
February 17, 20211:00 PM - 2:00 PMEconomics Development LunchMiguel Talamás Marcos (Northwestern University): "David vs Goliath: Mexican Corner Stores Facing Convenience Chains"  Abstract: This paper studies how one of the most prevalent forms of microenterprises, the corner store, responds to increasing competition of large convenience chains. To address the endogenous entry problem, this paper leverages time and market fixed effects with an instrumental variable based on a cost shifter for convenience chains - regional economies of scale - and suitability for convenience chains measured by street width. Convenience chains lead to a reduction in the number of corner stores. This effect is not driven by an increase in exits of corner stores, but by deterring their entry. The managerial advantages of the corner stores being owner-operated allows them to remain productive and keep their core customers.
February 15, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsBenjamin Moll (London School of Economics): "Present Bias Amplifies the Household Balance-Sheet Channels of Macroeconomic Policy" (Joint with David Laibson and Peter Maxted) *All winter seminars will take place via Zoom
February 12, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch Seminar Brendon Andrews (Northwestern University): Reputation in Markets for Physician Services: Historical Evidence from a Shocking Report    
February 11, 202112:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Kristina Manysheva (Northwestern University): Title TBA
February 10, 20214:00 PM - 5:30 PMSeminar in Economic HistoryNiko Wolf (Humboldt University Berlin): "Testing Marx. Income Inequality, Concentration, and Socialism in late 19th century Germany" (with Charlotte Bartels and Felix Kersting) *All winter seminars will take place via Zoom
February 10, 20211:00 PM - 2:00 PMEconomics Development LunchKieu-Trang Nguyen (Northwestern University): "Astrology and Matrimony: The Real Effects of Religious Beliefs about Marriage in Vietnam" (joint work with Edoardo Ciscato and Quoc-Anh Do) Abstract: This paper investigates the real consequences of a system of unscientific, illogical religious beliefs in Vietnam. They prescribe that the matching of husband and wife can be auspicious or inauspicious depending on the pair of their birth years. First, we estimate a structural model of assortative marriage matching market, and show that such beliefs in marriage fortune matter to people’s marriage matching, as much as 15% of how much the age and education profile matters. Second, based on this model, we derive a control function for selection into marriage to estimate the effect of auspicious matches on household outcomes, free of the selection bias. We find that auspicious matches increase household expenditure and income by about 3%, and reduces school dropouts without changing the number and composition of children. The likely mechanism operates on relatives’ transfers in case of a negative shock: auspicious couples receive much more transfer when, say, the family suffers from a health shock. Third, we discuss how such testable, unscientific beliefs can persist when their refutation depends on actions 2-3 steps off the equilibrium path.
February 9, 202112:00 PM - 1:00 PM "On the Use of Outcome Tests for Detecting Bias in Decision Making" with Ivan CanayJoin the Department of Economics and Professor Ivan Canay on Tuesday, February 9 at 12:00 PM CST as he discusses his new paper, "On the Use of Outcome Tests for Detecting Bias in Decision Making".
February 8, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMSeminar in MacroeconomicsFederica Romei (University of Oxford): "Why Does Capital Flow from Equal to Unequal Countries?" *All winter seminars will take place via Zoom
February 5, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch Seminar Leander Heldring and Mario Cannella (Northwestern University): “Wealth inequality and social mobility in industrializing England"    
February 4, 202112:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Xiaojie Liu (Northwestern University): “Growth with Two Technologies”. 
February 3, 20214:00 PM - 5:30 PMSeminar in Economic HistoryPauline Grosjean (The University of New South Wales): "Heroes and Villains: The Effects of Combat Heroism on Autocratic Values and Nazi Collaboration in France" (Joint with Julia Cage, Anna Dagorret and Saumitra Jha) *All winter seminars will take place via Zoom
February 3, 20211:00 PM - 2:00 PMEconomics Development LunchAlexey Makarin (Northwestern University): "Production Networks and War" (joint with Vasily Korovkin) Abstract: How do severe shocks, such as war, alter the economy? We study how a country's production network is affected by a devastating but localized conflict. We use novel transaction-level data on Ukrainian railway shipments, complemented by administrative data on firms, to document the effect of war on firms and interfirm trade. First, we document substantial propagation effects-trade declines even between firms outside the conflict areas if one of them had traded with the conflict areas before the war. Our estimates suggest that the magnitude of the second-degree effect of conflict is one-third of the first-degree effect. Second, we study firm-level consequences of a change in production network structure. Firms that, for exogenous reasons, become more central in the production network after the start of the conflict receive a lasting boost to their revenues and a temporary one to their profits. A temporary increase in markups suggests a rise in market power as one of the mechanisms. Finally, in a production networks model, we separate the effects of exogenous firm removal and subsequent endogenous network adjustment on firm revenue distribution. At the median of the distribution, network adjustment compensates for 72% of network destruction.
January 29, 202112:00 PM - 1:30 PMEconomic History Lunch Seminar Pawel Janas (Northwestern University): Title TBA    
January 28, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMEconomics Junior Recruitment SeminarEmily Ann Cuddy- Princeton University
January 28, 202112:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Cassiano Alves (Northwestern University): Title TBA
January 27, 20211:00 PM - 2:00 PMEconomics Development LunchSeema Jayachandran (Northwestern University): "A five-question women's agency index created using machine learning and qualitative interviews" (with M. Biradavolu and J. Cooper) Abstract: We develop a new short survey module for measuring women's agency by combining mixed-methods data collection and machine learning. We select the best five survey questions for the module based on how strongly correlated they are with a "gold standard" measure of women's agency. For a sample of 209 women in Haryana, India, we measure agency, first, through a semi-structured in-depth interview and, second, through a large set of close-ended questions.  We use qualitative coding methods to score each woman's agency based on the interview, which we treat as her true agency. To identify the subset of close-ended questions most predictive of the "truth", we apply statistical methods similar to standard machine learning except that we specify how many survey questions are selected. The resulting 5-question index is as strongly correlated with the coded qualitative interview as is an index that uses all of the candidate questions. We also considered a second gold standard measure of agency, a real-stakes choice between money for oneself or one's husband. This lab game, however, does not measure agency cleanly in our setting. Thus, our preferred survey measure of agency is the one validated against qualitative interviews.  
January 26, 202111:30 AM - 1:00 PMEconomics Junior Recruitment SeminarSilvia Vannutelli- Boston University
January 25, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMEconomics Junior Recruitment SeminarElisa Jacome- Princeton University
January 21, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMEconomics Junior Recruitment SeminarChristopher Campos- University of California, Berkeley
January 20, 20211:00 PM - 2:00 PMEconomics Development Lunch Erika Deserranno (Northwestern University): "Meritocratic Promotions and Worker Productivity: An Experiment in the Public Sector" (joint work with Gianmarco Leon and Philipp Kastrau)   Abstract: We study the effect of making the promotion criteria in an organization more performance-based (i.e., more meritocratic), the effect of increasing the prize associated with a promotion (i.e., more pay progression), and the interplay of the two on worker productivity. In collaboration with a large public sector organization in Sierra Leone, we introduce exogenous variation at the team level in the extent to which the promotion decision from a Community Health Worker (lower-tier) position to a Peer Supervisor (upper-tier) position is based on worker performance (rather than on personal connections). We cross-randomize this with variation in the perceived pay progression between these two positions. We find that more meritocracy in the promotion system increases worker productivity, especially for workers who perceive the pay progression to be large and for those who are highly-ranked in terms of performance. Higher pay progression has opposite effects depending on meritocracy. In meritocratic promotion regimes, a steeper pay progression motivates lower-tier workers to “climb the organization’s ladder” and prompts an increase in their effort. In non-meritocratic promotion regimes, a steeper pay progression instead demotivates workers, lowering their productivity. The combination of steep pay progression and low meritocracy that is the norm in many bureaucracies in developing countries and in multiple private sector firms around the world may thus hinder the productivity of lower-tier workers.
January 19, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMEconomics Junior Recruitment SeminarCarolyn Stein- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
January 15, 202111:30 AM - 1:00 PMEconomics Junior Recruitment SeminarNina Roussille- University of California, Berkeley
January 13, 20211:00 PM - 2:00 PMEconomics Development Lunch Ashley Wong (Northwestern University) "Business Collaborations and Female Entrepreneurship"(joint work with Edward Asiedu, Francesca Truffa, and Monica Lambon-Quayefio)
January 12, 20213:30 PM - 5:00 PMEconomics Junior Recruitment SeminarZachary Bleemer- University of California, Berkeley
December 10, 202012:30 PM - 1:30 PMMacroeconomics Lunch Seminar Brittany Almquist Lewis  (Northwestern University): "Housing Inequities"   *all fall lunches will take place via zoom