Applied Economics Workshop


Josephine Claxton, Workshop Adminstrator (


Wednesday, 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 2011

Date Topic Speaker, Institution
September 21 "The China Syndrome: Local Labor Market Effects of Import Competition in the United States" David Autor, MIT
September 28 "The Allocation of Talent and U.S. Economic Growth" Change-Tai Hsieh, Chicago Booth
October 5 "Does Media Concentration Lead to Biased Coverage? Evidence from Movie Reviews" Stefano DellaVigna, University of California, Berkeley
October 12 "Persecution Perpetuated: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Semitic Violence in Nazi Germany" Nico Voigtlaender, University of California, Los Angeles
October 19 "Productivity Volatility and the Misallocation of Resources in Developing Economies" Jan De Loecker, Princeton University
October 26 "An Empirical Equilibrium Model of a Decentralized Asset Market" Alessandro Gavazza, New York University, Stern Business School
November 2 "Self Control and Liquidity: How to Design a Commitment Contract" David Laibson, Harvard University
November 9 "Inefficient Hiring in Entry-Level Labor Markets" Amanda D. Pallais, MIT/Harvard
November 16 "Moral Hazard in Health Insurance: How Important is Forward Looking Behavior?" Liran Einav, Stanford University
November 30 "Strengthening State Capabilities: The Role of Financial Incentives in the Call to Public Service" Frederico Finan, University of California, Berkeley
December 7 "The Network Origins of Aggregate Fluctuations" Daron Acemoglu, MIT

Spring 2011

Date Topic Speaker, Institution
March 30 "Revolving Door Lobbyists" Christian Fons-Rosen, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
April 6 "The Impact of Competition on Management Quality: Evidence from Public Hospitals" John Van Reenen, London School of Economics
April 13 "Do Labor Market Policies have Displacement Effect? Evidence from a Clustered Randomized Experiment" Esther Duflo, MIT
April 20 "Weather and Death in India" Robin Burgess, London School of Economics
April 27 "A Test of Racial Bias in Capital Sentencing" Alberto Alesina, Harvard University
May 4 "Information Disclosure as a Matching Mechanism: Theory and Evidence from a Field Experiment" Steven Tadelis, University of California, Berkeley
May 11 "Keepin' 'em Down on the Farm: Old Age Security and Strategic Underinvestment in Children" Robert Jensen, University of California, Los Angeles
May 18 "The Political Economy of Deforestation in the Tropics" Benjamin Olken, visiting Chicago Booth
June 1 "Anatomy of the Housing Boom in U.S. Neighborhoods and Metropolitan Areas, 1993-2009"
June 2 "Effect of Uncertainty on Investment: Evidence from Texas Oil Drilling" Ryan Kellogg, University of Michigan
June 8 "The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment: Evidence from the First Year"
Please contact speaker for a copy of the paper.
Amy Finkelstein, visiting Chicago Booth

Winter 2011

Date Topic Speaker, Institution
January 19 "An Endowment Effect for Risk: Experimental Tests of Stochastic Reference Points" Charles Sprenger, University of California, San Diego
January 20 "Ambiguity and Insurance" Gharad Bryan, Yale University
January 21 "Gravity and Extended Gravity: Estimating a Structural Model of Export Entry" Eduardo Morales, Harvard University
January 24 "The Welfare Effects of Complementary Bidding Mechanisms:
An Empirical Analysis of the Spanish Wholesale Electricity Market
Mar Reguant, MIT
January 26 "Bankruptcy as Implicit Health Insurance" Neale Mahoney, Stanford University
January 27 "Efficient Provision of Experience Goods: Evidence from Antidepressant Choice" Michael Dickstein, Harvard University
January 28 "Aligned Delegation" Alexander Frankel, Stanford University
January 31 "Bargaining and Welfare: A Dynamic Structural Analysis" Daniel Keniston, MIT
February 4 "What Would We Eat if We Knew More: The Implications of a Large-Scale Change in Nutrition Labeling" Jason Abaluck, MIT
February 7 "Multiproduct Search" Jidong Zhou, University College London
February 9 "No Taxation without Information: Deterrence and Self-Enforcement in the Value Added Tax" Dina Pomeranz, Harvard University
February 10 "Reputational Bargaining under Knowledge of Rationality" Alexander Wolitzky, MIT
February 16 "Yours, Mine and Ours: Do Divorce Laws Affect the Intertemporal Behavior of Married Couples?" Alessandra Voena, Stanford University
February 18 "Auction Design and the Incentives to Invest: Evidence from Procurement Auctions" Kei Kawai, Northwestern University

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