Applied Economics Workshop


Josephine Claxton, Workshop Administrator (


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 2013

Date Topic Speaker, Institution
October 2 "New Media, Firms, Ideas, and Growth: European Cities After Gutenberg" Jeremiah Dittmar, American University
October 9 Please contact workshop coordinator for information Nick Bloom, Stanford University, GSB
October 16 "Do Fixed Patent Terms Distort Innovation? Evidence from Cancer Clinical Trials" Heidi Williams, MIT
October 23 "Self-Targeting: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Indonesia" Abhijit Banerjee, MIT
October30 "Preventing Youth Violence and Dropout: A Randomized Field Experiment" Jens Ludwig, The Harris School, University of Chicago
November 6 "Does Religion Affect Economic Growth and Happiness? Evidence from Ramadan" Filipe Campante, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University
November 13 "The Daily Grind: Cash Needs, Labor Supply and Self-Control" Pascaline Dupas, Stanford University
November 20 "Radio and the Rise of the Nazis in Prewar Germany" Katia Zhurasvaskaya, Paris School of Economics
November 27 Thanksgiving Holiday No workshop
December 4 "When Does Regulation Distort Costs? Lessons from Fuel Procurement in U.S. Electricity Generation" Steve Cicala, The Harris School, University of Chicago
December 11 "Politics 2.0: The Multifaceted Effect of Broadband Internet on Political Participation" Ruben Durante, Sciences Po

Spring 2013

Date Topic Speaker, Institution
April 3


"Incidental Bequests: Bequest Motives and the Choice to Self-Insure Late- Life Risks"
Lee Lockwood, Northwestern
April 10 "A Nation of Immigrants: Assimilation and Economic Outcomes in the Age of Mass Migration" Ran Abramitzky, Stanford
April 17 "Internal Versus External Growth in Industries with Scale Economies: A Computational Model of Optimal Merger Policy"
Mark Satterthwaite, Kellogg
April 24 "Active vs. Passive Decisions and Crowd-Out in Retirement Savings Accounts: Evidence from Denmark" John Friedman, Harvard
May 1 "The Role of Connections in Academic Promotions" Manuel Bagues, Universidad Carlos III
May 8 "The War on Poverty's Experiment in Public Medicine: Community Health Centers and the Mortality of Older Americans" Martha BaileyUniversity of Michigan
May 15 "Hospital Choices, Hospital Prices and Financial Incentives to Physicians" Ariel Pakes, Harvard
May 22 "The Costs of Agglomeration: Land Prices in French Cities" Gilles Duranton, Wharton
May 29 "Buy-it-now or Take-a-chance: Price Discrimination through Randomized Auctions" Greg Lewis, Harvard
June 5 "Who's Getting Globalized? The Size and Nature of Intranational Trade Cost" Dave Donaldson, MIT
June 12 "Relational Knowledge Transfers" Luis Garicano, London School of Economics

Winter 2013

Date Topic Speaker, Institution
February 27, 2013 "Workplace Heterogeneity and the Rise of West German Wage Inequality" David Card, University of California, Berkley

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