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Economics seminar series and related events

The seminar series is held on Fridays from 3:00 to 4:30 pm in Tilton Memorial Hall.Exceptions are in green. Other colloquia and lectures that may interest economists are also listed.

Fall 2021

Date Event Description

September 2, 2021

To be rescheduled - Hurricane Ida

Naomi Feldman

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Econ seminar: TBD
September 24, 2021

Lisa Cook

Michigan State Univerity

Econ seminar: TBD
October 1, 2021

Benjamin Harrell

Vanderbilt University

Econ seminar: TBD

October 15, 202


Arnab Basu

Cornell University

Econ seminar: Cancelled
October 22, 2021

Basit Zafar

University of Michigan

Econ seminar: TBD
October 29, 2021

Brittany Street

University of Missouri

Econ seminar: TBD
November 5, 2021

Andy Ferrara

University of Pittsburgh

Econ seminar: TBD
December 3, 2021

Stefan Szymanski

University of Michigan

Econ seminar: TBD

December 10, 2021


Nathan Hendren

Harvard University

Econ seminar: TBD

Spring 2021

Date Event Description
January 29, 2021

Itzik Fadlon

University of California San Diego

Econ seminar: Market Inefficiency and Household Labor Supply: Evidence from Social Security's Survivors Benefits
February 5, 2021 (12:00-1:15pm)


Francesca Barigozzi

University of Bologna

Econ seminar: Gender Wage and Longevity Gaps and the Design of Retirement Systems
February 12, 2021

Stacy Dickert-Conlin

Michigan State University

Econ seminar: Opioids and Organs: How Overdoses Affect the Supply of Donors, Waiting Lists, and Transplant Outcomes
February 19, 2021

Dan Hamermesh

University of Texas Austin and Barnard College

Econ seminar: Adjusting to Loss: Widow s Time , Time Stress and Happiness
February 26, 2021

Paul Heaton

University of Pennsylvania Law School

Econ seminar: Enhanced Public Defense Improves Pretrial Outcomes and Reduces Racial Disparities
March 5, 2021 (11:15-12:45pm)

Nikolas Mittag


Econ seminar: How Does Potential Unemployment Insurance Benefit Duration Affect Reemployment Timing and Wages?
March 12, 2021

David Grabowski

Harvard Medical School

Econ seminar: Immigration, the Labor Market, and the Quality of Nursing Home Care
March 19, 2021

Ellen Meara

Harvard School of Public Health

Econ seminar: Rising Geographic Disparities in US Mortality
March 26, 2021

Richard Romano

University of Florida

Econ seminar: A Positive Theory of School Finance Regimes and the Preference for
a Foundation System
April 9, 2021

David Schwegman

American University

Econ seminar: Do Religiously-Affiliated Foster Care Agencies Respond Equally to All Clients?
April 16, 2021

Daron Acemoglu

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Econ seminar: Tasks, Automation, and the Rise in US Wage Inequality
April 23, 2021

Christopher "Kitt" Carpenter

Vanderbilt Law School

Econ seminar: TBD

Fall 2020

Date Event Description
September 4, 2020

Trevon Logan

Ohio State University

Econ seminar: The Green Books and the Georgraphy of Segregation in Public Accommodations
September 11, 2020

Michael Frakes

Duke University

Econ seminar: Investing in Ex Ante Regulation: Evidence from Pharmaceutical Patent Examination
September 18, 2020

Marcella Alsan

Harvard Kennedy School

Econ seminar: Civil Liberties in Times of Crisis
October 2, 2020

Peter Blair

Harvard University Graduate School of Education

Econ seminar: A National Study of Public School Spending:
Quantifying House Price Capitalization and
Testing for Efficiency
October 9, 2020

Michael Poyker

University of Nottingham

Econ seminar: The Economics of Gender-Specific Minimum-Wage Legislation
October 16, 2020

Mushfiq Mobarak

Yale University

Econ seminar: Migration and the Labor Market Impacts of COVID-19 & Seasonal Poverty and the COVID-19 Pandemic

October 30, 2020 (11:45-1:15pm)

Nikolas Mittag


Econ seminar: TBD
November 6, 2020

Gordon Hanson

Harvard Kennedy School

Econ seminar: On the Persistence of the China Shock

Spring 2020

Date Event Description
February 7, 2020

Noel Johnson

George Mason University

Econ seminar: Pandemics, Places, and Populations: The Effects of the Black Death on Urban Development
February 14, 2020

Martin Ravallion

Georgetown University

Econ seminar: A Market for Work Permits
February 21, 2020

Sara LaLumia

Williams College

Econ seminar: Intergenerational Effects of the EITC: The Case of Grandparents
February 28, 2020

Celeste Carruthers

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Econ seminar: Promise Kept? Free Community College, Attainment, and Earnings in Tennessee

March 4, 2020 (Wed., 12:30-2:00, Tilton 305)


Christopher Bollinger

University of Kentucky

Econ seminar: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Measurement Error, Non-Response and Administrative Mismatch in the CPS
March 6, 2020

No Seminar

Tulane Tax Conference
March 11, 2020 (Wednesday, Tilton 305)


Guy David

The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania

Econ seminar: Information, Relative Performance, and Technology Abandonment
March 13, 2020

No Seminar

Tulane Health Economics Conference: Cancelled
March 20, 2020 ( Cancelled )

David Grabowski

Harvard Medical School

Econ seminar: Cancelled
March 27, 2020 ( Cancelled )

Ellen Meara

Harvard University

Econ seminar: Cancelled
April 3, 2020 ( Cancelled )

Christopher Carpenter

Vanderbilt University

Econ seminar: Cancelled
April 17, 2020 ( Cancelled )

Itzik Fadlon

University of California San Diego

Econ seminar: Cancelled
April 24, 2020 ( Cancelled )

Arnab Basu

Cornell University

Econ seminar: Cancelled

Fall 2019

Date Event Description
September 6, 2019

Harry Holzer

Georgetown University

Econ seminar: Community College Pathways for Disadvantaged Students
September 13, 2019 ( Cancelled )

Stuart Rosenthal

Syracuse University - Maxwell

Econ seminar: Cancelled
September 20, 2019

Yutaka Horiba

Tulane University Emeritus

Econ seminar: The Empirical Determinants of Defined Contribution Pension Plans in Japan
October 4, 2019

Diane Alexander

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Econ seminar: The Impact of Car Pollution on Infant and Child Health: Evidence from Emissions Cheating
October 18, 2019

Rodney Andrews

University of Texas at Dallas

Econ seminar: Recruiting and Supporting Low-Income, High-Achieving Students at Flagship Universities
October 25, 2019

Rebecca Morton

New York University

Econ seminar: Social Groups and the Effectiveness of Protests: The Roles of Information Sharing and Aggregation
November 1, 2019

Jingfeng Lu

National University of Singapore

Econ seminar: Electoral College versus Popular Vote: Should th U.S. Change Its Presidential Election Scheme?
November 15, 2019

Sarah Cohodes

Teachers College, Columbia University

Econ seminar: Technology, Information, and School Choice: A Randomized Controlled Trial
December 6, 2019

Douglas Nelson

Tulane University

Econ seminar: Rational Trade Wars and Stupid Trade Disputes

Spring 2019

Date Event Description
February 15, 2019

Iryna Topolyan

University of Cincinnati

Econ seminar: Group Contests with Private Information and the "Weakest Link"
March 15, 2019 ( Postponed )


Arnab Basu

Cornell University

Econ seminar: Postponed
March 20, 2019 ( Tilton 301, 3-4:30 pm )

Seth Benzell


Econ seminar: Simulating U.S. Business Cash Flow Taxation in a 17-Region Global Model
March 22, 2019

Monica Deza

CUNY Hunter College

Econ seminar: The Effect of Military Service on the Next Generation's Criminal Participation: Evidence from the Vietnam Draft Lottery
April 5, 2019 ( Cancelled )


Randolph Beard

Auburn University

Econ seminar: Cancelled
April 12, 2019

Abby Alpert

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Econ seminar: The Origins of the Opioid Crisis and Its Enduring Impacts

Fall 2018

Date Event Description
September 21, 2018

Marian Moszoro

George Mason University

Econ seminar: Political Hazards and the Choice of Contracting: The Case of Municipal Bonds
September 28, 2018

Stephanie Fortune-Taylor

Ph.D. Candidate, Tulane University

Econ seminar: Is More Always Better? Evidence of Preference Heterogeneity in the 1994 EITC Expansion
October 5, 2018

John Gibson

Georgia State University

Econ seminar: Assessing the Impact of Informal Sector Employment on Young Less-Educated Workers
October 19, 2018

Adam Isen

Office of Tax Analysis, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Econ seminar: Parental Resources and College Attendance: Evidence from Lottery Wins
November 2, 2018

Rui Wang

Ph.D. Candidate, Tulane University

Econ seminar: Price Transparency and Healthcare Expenditure: The Case of New Hampshire Healthcase Market
November 9, 2018

Edward Norton

University of Michigan

Econ seminar: Do Report Cards Predict Future Quality? The Case of Skilled Nursing Facilities
November 30, 2018

Rodrigo Aranda

Ph.D. Candidate, Tulane University

Econ seminar: Behavioral Responses to Mass Shootings: Physical Activity, Mental Health and Labor Outcomes
December 7, 2018

Joseph Ferrie

Northwestern University

Econ seminar: Rosie's Kids: World War II Preschools and Life-Course Outcomes in the U.S., 1943-2015

Fall 2017

Date Event Description

September 8, 2017

Ermanno Affuso

University of South Alabama

Econ seminar: Aircraft Noise and Urban Externalities

September 15, 2017

Randall Akee

University of California-Los Angeles

Econ seminar: Show Them the Money: The Effect of Unconditional Cash Transfers on Intergenerational Patterns of Voter Participation ( abstract )

September 29, 2017 (in Tilton 305)

Michael Spanbauer

Tulane University

Econ seminar: Self-defense Policy, Justified Homicides, and Race

October 6, 2017 ( 1:00 pm , in Gibson 325 )

Ayca Kaya

University of Miami

Econ seminar: Uncertainty-driven Cooperation

October 27, 2017

Ali Enami

Tulane University

Econ seminar: Labor versus Capital in the Provision of Public Services: Estimating the Marginal Products of Inputs in the Production of Student Outcomes

November 3, 2017

Nancy Chau

Cornell University

Econ seminar: Contract Employment as a Worker Discipline Device

November 10, 2017

Alan Olmstead

University of California-Davis

Econ seminar: Cotton, Slavery, and the New History of Capitalism

December 1, 2017

Rodrigo Aranda Balcazar

Tulane University

Econ seminar: TBA

December 4, 2017 ( new date )

Jacqueline Fiore

Tulane University

Econ seminar: TBA




Spring 2018

Date Event Description

February 7, 2018

Seth Benzell

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Econ seminar: TBA

February 23, 2018

Gregory DeAngelo

University of West Virginia

Econ seminar: TBA

March 2, 2018

David Miller

University of Michigan

Econ seminar: TBA

March 9, 2018 ( new date )

Stephen Billings

University of Colorado

Econ seminar: TBA

March 19, 2018 ( Monday , in Mayer 101 )

Nicole Maestas

Harvard Medical School

Econ seminar: The Effect of Economic Conditions on the Disability Insurance Program: Evidence from the Great Recession

April 6, 2018 ( Cancelled )

David Deming

Harvard University (Kennedy School)

Econ seminar: Cancelled

April 20, 2018

Till von Wachter

University of California-Los Angeles

Econ seminar: The Costs of Job Displacement over the Business Cycle and its Sources: Evidence from Germany

April 27, 2018 ( New )

Benjamin Sperisen

Tulane University

Econ seminar: Drug Wars, Crackdowns, and Policy Design under Collusion ( abstracts )


Fall 2016

Date Event Description

September 2, 2016

Suresh Naidu

Columbia University

Econ seminar: Contested Property: Fugitive Slaves in the Antebellum U.S. South

September 30, 2016

Sarah Miller

University of Michigan

Econ seminar: Childhood Medicaid Coverage and Later Life Health Care Utilization

October 7, 2016

Qingmin Liu

Columbia University

Econ seminar: Auctions with Limited Commitment

November 4, 2016 (new date)

Cheng Hsiao

University of Southern California

Econ seminar: Do China’s High-Speed-Rail Projects Promote Local Economy?

November 11, 2016 (new date)

Jianjing Lin

Tulane University

Econ seminar: Does Health IT Adoption Lead to Better Information or Worse Incentives?

November 18, 2016

Roman Sheremeta

Case Western Reserve University

Econ seminar: Why Are We So Competitive? ( Part I ) ( Part II )

December 2, 2016

Flavio Cunha

Rice University

Econ seminar: Eliciting Maternal Expectations About the Technology of Cognitive Skill Formation

December 9, 2016

Rodolfo Nayga

University of Arkansas

Econ seminar: Supermarket Access and Childhood Obesity: Evidence from Store Openings and Closings

Spring 2017

Date Event Description

January 20, 2017

Maria Polyakova

Stanford University

Econ seminar: Private Provision of Social Insurance: Drug-specific Price Elasticities and Cost Sharing in Medicare Part D

January 27, 2017 (New!)

Xun Li

Wuhan University

Econ seminar: Haze and Decision Making: A Natural Laboratory Experiment (Abstract)

February 3, 2017

Monica Capra

Claremont Graduate University

Econ seminar: How Did It Get So Late So Soon? The Effects of Time Distortion on Discounting

February 10, 2017 (Rescheduled)

Henry Thompson

Auburn University

Econ seminar: Resource Depletion, Factor Proportions, and Trade

February 17, 2017

Dave Weatherspoon

Michigan State University

Econ seminar: Policy, Prices, Expenditures and Dietary Diversity of Rwandan Households

February 20, 2017 (Rescheduled)

Richardson 204

Matt Harris

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Econ seminar: Flypaper or Attractive Recycling? The Department of Defense 1033 Program and Local Government Spending

March 10, 2017

Benjamin Brooks

University of Chicago

Econ seminar: An Algorithm for Stochastic Games with Perfect Monitoring

March 24, 2017

Amanda Ross

University of Alabama

Econ seminar: The Impact of the Cost of Car Ownership on the Housing Price Gradient in Singapore

April 7, 2017

Hani Mansour

University of Colorado-Denver

Econ seminar: Taste-Based Discrimination and the Labor Market Outcomes of Arab and Muslim Men in the United States (paper coming soon)

April 21, 2017 (cancelled)


April 28, 2017

David Neumark

University of California-Irvine

Econ seminar: TBA

May 5, 2017

Tilton 307

Karl Widerquist

SFS-Qatar, Georgetown University

Econ seminar: The Political Economy of the Upcoming Basic Income Experiments


Spring 2016

Date Event Description

January 15, 2016

Philip Armour

Rand Corporation

Econ seminar: The Effect of Social Security (Mis)information on the Labor Supply of Older Americans ( paper coming soon )

January 22, 2016

Don Kenkel

Cornell University

Econ seminar: Cowboys & Indians: Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment in Cigarette Brand Loyalty (paper coming soon)

January 29, 2016



February 12, 2016

Sevin Yeltekin

Carnegie Mellon University

Econ seminar: Computing Equilibria of Dynamic Games

February 26, 2016

1:30 PM -- Tilton 307

David Grabowski

Harvard University

Econ seminar: Do Hospital-Owned Skilled Nursing Facilities Provide Better Post-Acute Care Quality?

March 4, 2016

Dan Kovenock

Chapman University

Econ seminar: Generalizations of the General Lotto and Colonel Blotto Games

March 11, 2016

Soohyung Lee

University of Maryland-College Park

Econ seminar: The Impact of School and Classroom Gender Composition on Educational Achievement

March 18, 2016

Francisca Antman

University of Colorado-Boulder

Econ seminar: For Want of a Cup: The Rise of Tea in England and the Impact of Water Quality on Economic Development

April 1, 2016

William Collins

Vanderbilt University

Econ seminar: Up from Slavery? Intergenerational Mobility in the Shadow of Jim Crow

April 8, 2016

Steve Durlauf

University of Wisconsin-Madison


Thursday , April 14, 2016

3:30 pm, Tilton 307

Harold Alderman

International Food Policy Research Institute

Econ seminar: The Contribution of Increased Equity to the Estimated Social Benefits from a Transfer Program: An Illustration from PROGRESA

April 15, 2016

Zongwu Cai

University of Kansas

Econ seminar: A Semiparametric Quantile Panel Data Model with an Application to Estimating the Growth Effect of FDI

Fall 2015

Date Event Description

Sep 4, 2015

note: Tilton 301

Joanna Lahey

Bush School of Government, Texas A & M University

Econ seminar: Discrimination at the Intersection of Age, Race, and Gender: Evidence from Resume Randomization and Eye-tracking

Sep 18, 2015

Jianjing Lin

Tulane University Economics/Murphy Institute

Econ seminar: Profit Complementarities in the Adoption of Electronic Medical Records by U.S. Hospitals

Sep 25, 2015

Emilson Silva

University of Alberta School of Business

Econ seminar: Overlapping International Green R&D Agreements

Oct 2, 2015

Daniel Henderson

University of Alabama

Econ seminar: A Partially Parametric Model

Oct 9, 2015

Robert Trosper

Tulane University Economics/Murphy Institute

Econ seminar: Getting What We Vote For: A Quasi-Experimental Test of Ballot Initiatives

Oct 23, 2015

Gultekin Gollu

Tulane University Economics/Murphy Institute


Oct 30, 2015

Bibek Adhikari

Tulane University

Econ seminar: When Does Introducing a Value Added Tax Increase Economic Effciency? Evidence from Synthetic Control Methods

Nov 6, 2015

Trevon Logan

Ohio State University

Econ seminar: The National Rise in Residential Segregation

Nov 9, 2015, 4:00-5:30 pm

LBC 203 (Stibbs Room)

Murphy Institute Yates Lecture : Joel Slemrod

University of Michigan

Murphy seminar: Taxing Beards and Breasts, Wigs and Windows: Weird Taxes of the Past and Their Lessons for Tax Policy Today

Nov 13, 2015

Ulrich Doraszelski

University of Pennsylvania

Econ seminar: Is Dynamic Competition Socially Beneficial? The Case of Price as Investment

Nov 20, 2015

Sean Higgins

Tulane University

Econ seminar: Banking on Trust: Debit Cards, Cash Transfers, and Savings in Mexico

Dec 4, 2015 ( 3:00-4:15 )

Whitney Ruble

Tulane University

Econ seminar: The Effect of Contracting Out Low Performing Schools on Student Performance


Spring 2015

Date Event Description

Feb 27, 2015

Raymond Robertson

Macalester College

Econ seminar: Trade, Migration, and the Place Premium: Mexico and the United States

Thurs, March 5, 4:00 pm : Rogers Memorial Chapel

Lawrence Katz

Harvard University

Murphy Yates Lecture: Understanding Long Run Changes in U.S. Wage Inequality

March 13, 2015

Michael Price

Georgia State University

Econ seminar: TBA

March 20, 2015

Ian McCarthy

Emory University

Econ seminar: Understanding the Limited Demand for Long-term Care Insurance: The Role of Financial Literacy

March 27, 2015

Michael Luca

Harvard University

Econ seminar: Optimal Aggregation of Consumer Ratings: An Application to

Apr 10, 2015

Sebastian Otten

Rheinisch-Westfaelisches Institut

Econ seminar: (New topic) The Role of Source- and Host-Country Characteristics in Female Immigrant Labor Supply

Apr 17, 2015

Christopher Cronin ( new! )

Notre Dame

Econ seminar: Insurance-Induced Moral Hazard: A Dynamic Model of Within-Year Medical Care Decision Making Under Uncertainty

Monday, April 20, 2015, 3:00 pm : Mayer 106

William Neilson

University of Tennessee

Econ seminar: Shareholder Protection and Dividend Policy: An Experimental Analysis

April 24, 2015

Susanna Loeb

Stanford University

Econ seminar: One Step at a Time: The Effects of an Early Literacy Text Messaging Program for Parents of Preschoolers

Fall 2014

Date Event Description

Sep 12, 2014

Nick Sanders

William and Mary

Econ seminar: Coal to Crops: Fuel Makeup, Air Pollution, and Domestic Food Production

Sep 19, 2014

Jonah Gelbach


Econ seminar: When Do Covariates Matter? And Which Ones, and How Much?

Sep 26, 2014

Douglas Nelson

Tulane University

Econ seminar: Nontariff Barriers, Integration and the Transatlantic Economy

Mon, Oct 6, 2014, 12 noon : Gibson 126A

Christopher Ellis


Econ seminar: Dynamic Dissolutions and Unifications

Oct 17, 2014

Stephen Younger


Econ seminar: The Incidence of Recent Child Health Improvements

Oct 24, 2014


Murphy Institute Conference: Expanding the Frontiers of Behavioral Public Economics

Oct 31, 2014: 12 noon , Tilton 307

Anne van den Nouweland

University of Oregon

Econ seminar: Lindahl and Equilibrium

Nov 7, 2014

David Malueg

University of California-Riverside

Econ seminar: Private-Information Group Contests

Nov 21, 2014

Bradley Shapiro

University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

Econ seminar: Positive Spillovers and Free Riding in Advertising of Prescription Pharmaceuticals: the Case of Antidepressants

Mon, Dec 1, 2014, 3:00 pm : Gibson 126A

Michael Burda

Humboldt University, Berlin

Econ seminar: Payroll Taxes, Social Insurance and Business Cycles

Dec 5, 2014

Steven Slutsky


Econ seminar: A Little Bit Nasty, Some of the Time: Mixed Strategy Equilibria in Political Campaigns with Continuous Negativity

Financial support for the Department of Economics Seminar Series is provided by the Murphy Institute . Seminars marked with an asterisk are funded by the Newcomb-Tulane Duren Professorship.