Applied Economics Workshop


Josephine Claxton, Workshop Adminstrator (


Wedenesday, 1:20-2:50 p.m.


Harper Center HC3B

When possible, links to the workshop papers are posted to this page. Hard copies of the below workshop papers will be available in Harper Center, Room 448 preceding the workshop, except for the winter quarter. 

Autumn 2010

Date Topic Speaker, Insitution
September 29 "Family Violence and Football: The Effect of Unexpected Emotional Cues on Violent Behavior" Gordon B. Dahl, University of California, San Diego
October 6 "The Ticket to Easy Street? The Financial Consequences of Winning the Lottery" Paige M. Skiba, Vanderbilt University Law School
October 13 "Self-Control at Work: Evidence from a Field Experiment" Sendhil Mullainathan, Harvard University
October 20 "Managing Self-Confidence: Theory and Experimental Evidence" Muriel Niederle, Stanford University
October 27 "Torture" Jeffrey C. Ely, Northwestern University
November 3 "Business by Any Other Name: Firm Name Choice as a Signal of Firm Quality" Ryan McDevitt, University of Rochester, Simon Graduate School of Business
November 10 "Merger Policy with Merger Choice" Michael D. Whinston, Northwestern University
November 17 "Can Cheap Credit Explain the Housing Boom" Edward Glaeser, Harvard University
November 24 "Promoting Intellectual Discovery: Patents Versus Markets" Jernej Čopić, University of California, Los Angeles
December 1 "The Price Effects of Cash Versus In-Kind Transfers" Seema Jayachandran, Stanford University

Spring 2010

Date Topic Speaker, Insitution
March 31 "Spring Cleaning: Rural Water Impacts, Valuation and Property Rights Institutions" Michael Kremer, Harvard University
April 7 "The Effects of Unemployment Insurance on Labor Supply and Search Outcomes:
Regression Discontinuity Estimates from Germany
Till von Wachter, Columbia University
April 14 "An Alternative Theory of the Plant Size Distribution with an Application to Trade" Thomas Holmes, University of Minnesota
April 21 "Preference Heterogeneity and Optimal Capital Income Taxation" Matthew C. Weinzierl, Harvard University
April 28 "Pain at the Pump: The Diff erential Effect of Gasoline Prices on New and Used Automobile Markets" Meghan Busse, Northwestern University
May 5 "Financial Incentives and Student Achievement: Evidence from Randomized Trials" Roland G. Fryer, Jr., Harvard University
May 12 "Housing Market Spillovers: Evidence from the End of Rent Control in Cambridge Massachusetts" Parag Pathak, MIT
May 19 "Commercial Imperialism? Political Influence and Trade During the Cold War Nathan Nunn, Harvard University
June 2 "The Great Migration and African-American Mortality: Evidence from Mississippi" Seth G. Sanders, Duke University
June 9 "The Role of Simplification and Information in College Decisions:
Results from the H&R Block FAFSA Experiment
Philip Oreopoulos, University of Toronto

Winter 2010

Date Topic Speaker, Insitution
January 11 "On the Nature of Equilibria in a Downsian Model with Candidate Valence"
"Policy Selection in Primaries and General Elections with Candidates of Heterogeneous Quality"
Patrick Hummel, Stanford University
January 13 "Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation: Evidence from the Human Genome" Heidi Williams, Harvard University
January 21 "Distinguishing Barriers to Insurance in Thai Villages" Cynthia Kinnan, MIT
January 25 "The Schooling Decision: Family Preferences, Intergenerational Conflict, and Moral Hazard in the Brazilian Favelas" Leonardo Bursztyn, Harvard University
January 27 "The Incidence of Local Labor Demand Shocks" Matthew Notowidigdo, MIT
January 28 "Consumer and Producer Behavior in the Market for Penny Auctions: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis" Ned Augenblick, Stanford University
January 29 "Adverse Selection and Switching Costs in Health Insurance Markets: When Nudging Hurts" Benjamin Handel, Northwestern University

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