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Spring 2015 Seminar Schedule

Friday, January 30, 2015 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Applied Micro Lunch Seminar
Stopped in the Name of the Law:  Administrative Burden and its Implications for Cash Transfer Program Effectiveness 
Carolyn Heinrich
University of Texas, Austin

Friday, February 6, 2015 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Applied Micro Lunch Seminar
Racial and Ethnic Differences in College Application  
Sandra Black
University of Texas, Austin

Friday, February 13, 2015 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Applied Micro Lunch Seminar
General Equilibrium Effects of a Reform:  The Effects of Compulsory Schooling on Marriage Patterns
V. Bhaskar
University of Texas, Austin

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Industrial Organization
Usage-Based Pricing and Demand for Residential Broadband (joint with John Turner and Jonathan Williams)
Aviv Nevo
Northwestern University

Friday, February 27, 2015 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Applied Micro Lunch Seminar
The Effect on Prices from Deregulation in Texas' Electricity Market 
Tobin McKearin
University of Texas, Austin

Friday, February 27, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Theory 
Consensus Expectations and Conventions 
Stephen Morris
Princeton University

Friday, March 6, 2015 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Applied Micro Lunch Seminar
Are there Returns to Experience at Low-Skill Jobs? Evidence from Single Mothers in the United States over the 1990s
Day Manoli
University of Texas, Austin

Friday, March 6, 2015 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Econometrics Reading Group
Peter Toth Handbook Ch, section 3
University of Texas, Austin

Friday, March 6, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Theory
Dynamic Screening with Limited Commitment  
Maher Said
New York University

Monday, March 9, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Development
Airports, Air Pollution, and Contemporaneous Health
Wolfram Schlenker 
Columbia University

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Econometrics
Estimating a Coordination Game in the Classroom: Accounting for Mathematics Performance of High School Students in Mexico  
Ken Wolpin
Rice University

Friday, March 13, 2015 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Econometrics Reading Group
Qian Feng  
Handbook Ch. 4 
University of Texas, Austin

Friday, March 13, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Theory 
The Behavior of Solution Concepts under Changes in Risk Attitude
Jonathan Weinstein
Washington University in St. Louis

Monday, March 16, 2015 – Friday, March 21, 2015
Spring Break   

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Econometrics
Winning by Default: Why is There So Little Competition in Government Procurement?  
Karam Kang
Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, March 26, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Theory
Government Funding for R&D Start-Ups  
Zvika Neeman
Tel Aviv University / Yale University

Friday, March 27, 2015 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Applied Micro Lunch Seminar
Cash On Hand and Demand for Credit 
Can Cui
University of Texas, Austin

Friday, March 27, 2015 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Econometrics Reading Group
Yaran Jin 
and Sungwon Lee Ai and Chen 2003 
University of Texas, Austin

Friday, March 27, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Macroeconomics
The Macroeconomy according to HANK
Benjamin Moll
Princeton University

Monday, March 30, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Public Finance
Understanding Earnings Dynamics: Identifying and Estimating the Changing Roles of Unobserved Ability, Permanent and Transitory Shocks
Lance Lochner
University of Western Ontario

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Macroeconomics    

Aggregate Implications of Innovation Policy
Ariel Burstein
University of California, Los Angeles

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Industrial Organization   

When to Exit: Limited Rationality in Firm Decisions
Mo Xiao
University of Arizona

Friday, April 3, 2015 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Applied Micro Lunch Seminar
Ill Communication: Technology, Distraction & Student Performance
Richard Murphy
University of Texas, Austin

Friday, April 3, 2015 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Econometrics Reading Group
Harry Cheng  
Blundell, Chen and Kristensen 2007
University of Texas, Austin

Friday, April 3, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Theory
Manipulated Electorates and Information Aggregation
Mehmet Ekmekci
Boston College

Monday, April 6, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Labor
Exam Schools, Ability, and the Effects of Affirmative Action: Latent Factor Extrapolation in the Regression Discontinuity Design
Miikka Rokkanen
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Econometrics
Uniform Asymptotic Risk of Averaging GMM Estimator Robust to Misspecification
Xu Cheng
University of Pennsylvania 

Friday, April 10, 2015 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Applied Micro Lunch Seminar
Qualitative Effects of Cash-for-Clunkers Programs
Eugenio Miravete
University of Texas, Austin

Friday, April 10, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Theory
Competitive Information Disclosure and Consumer Search    
Simon Board
University of California, Los Angeles

Monday, April 13, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Labor
Are Recessions Good for Children's Health? 
Marianne Page
University of California, Davis

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Industrial Organization   

Oblivious Equilibrium and Applications
Lanier Benkard
Stanford University

Friday, April 17, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Theory
Dynamic Agenda Setting
Hülya Eraslan
Rice University

Monday, April 20, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Macroeconomics
House Prices and Consumer Spending  
Guido Lorenzoni
Northwestern University

Monday, April 20, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 2.136
Labor
Dynamic Complementarities in Human Capital Formation? Family and School Environments
Ofer Malamud 
University of Chicago

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Econometrics
Extremal Quantile Regressions for Selection Models and the Black-White Wage Gap
Arnaud Maurel
Duke University

Thursday, April 23, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Theory
Strongly Symmetric Equilibria in Bandit Games
Nicolas Klein
Universite de Montreal

Friday, April 24, 2015 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Applied Micro Lunch Seminar
Spatial Spillovers in Policing: Evidence from Federal COPS Hiring Grants
Emily Weisburst
University of Texas, Austin

Friday, April 24, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Macroeconomics
Credit Supply and the Housing Boom
Giorgio Primiceri
Northwestern University

Monday, April 27, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Public Finance
Changing Distributions: How Online College Classes Alter Student and Professor Performance
Eric Bettinger
Stanford University

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Industrial Organization   

Pooling Data across Markets in Dynamic Markov Games
Martin Pesendorfer
London School of Economics

Friday, May 1, 2015 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Applied Micro Lunch Seminar
On the Origins of Risk-Taking in Financial Markets
Sandra Black
University of Texas, Austin

Friday, May 1, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Theory
Information, Competition, and the Quality of Charities
Silvana Krasteva
Texas A&M University

Monday, May 4, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Public Finance
The Decline, Rebound, and Further Rise in SNAP Enrollment: Disentangling Business Cycle Fluctuations and Policy Changes
Jeffrey Liebman
Harvard University

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Macroeconomics 
Preferences for Fair Prices, Cursed Inferences, and the Nonneutrality of Money
Pascal Michaillat
London School of Economics / University of California, Berkeley

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Industrial Organization   

Title of Paper TBD 
Tom Holmes
University of Minnesota

Friday, May 8, 2015 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM • BRB 1.118
Applied Micro Lunch Seminar
The Impact of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act on Infant and Maternal Mortality
Megan Thomas
University of Texas, Austin

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