Sponsored by the Christian A. Johnson Lecture Series



2019-2020 Seminars

Spring ’20
Thursday, March 12, 2020, (Diamond 141)
“Women’s Job Opportunities and Marriage Quality”
Jagori Chatterjee
Furman University

Thursday, March 19, 2020
Title TBA
Alexander Rodivilov 
Stevens Institute of Technology

Thursday, April 9, 2020
Title TBA
Leticia Arroyo Abad
City University of New York, Queens College

Thursday, April 16, 2020
Title TBA
Ben Griffey
University of Albany, SUNY


Fall ’19
Friday, September 13, 2019
Title TBA
Kyle Herkenhoff
University of Minnesota

Thursday, October 10, 2019
“Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, Opioid Abuse, and Crime”
Brady Horn
University of New Mexico

Friday, November 1, 2019 (3 pm)
“On the Quantity and Quality of Girls: Fertility, Parental Investments, and Mortality”
S Anukriti
Boston College

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Title TBA
Brian Beach
Vanderbilt University

Monday, November 18, 2019 (sometime 1-3:30 in ALCM 205)
Topic TBA
Brian Baisa
Amherst College

Tuesday, December 10, 2019, (12:00-1:15pm)
Loss Aversion and Property Tax Avoidance
Peter Jones ’13
UC Berkeley


2018-2019 Seminars

Spring ’19
Friday, May 3, 2019
“Assessing the Direct and Spillover Effects of Shocks to Refugee Remittances”
Sarah Walker
University of New South Wales

Friday, April 26, 2019
“Skill Mismatch Unemployment”
Erin L. Wolcott
Middlebury College

Friday, April 19, 2019
“Manager Gender and the Effect of Performance Feedback on Effort and Attitude”
Martin Abel
Middlebury College

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
“Cooperation, reciprocity, and efficiency in polygynous pastoralist households”
Jessica Hoel
Colorado College

Monday, April 8, 2019
“Auction Mechanisms and Treasury Revenue: Evidence from the Chinese Experiment”
Dakshina De Silva
Lancaster University Management School

Thursday, February 21, 2019
“Labor Market Flows and Development”
Kevin Donovan
Yale School of Management


Fall ’18
Thursday, December 6, 2018
“Minimum Wage Indexation As Equilibrium Selection in an Expectations-Driven Liquidity Trap”
Andy Glover
University of Texas, Austin

Thursday, November 8, 2018
“Poole Rules: Implementing Monetary Policy Using Multiple Instruments”
Stephen D. Morris
Bowdoin College

Thursday, November 1, 2018
“Labor Market Concentration, Earnings Inequality, and Earnings Mobility”
Kevin Rinz
U.S. Census Bureau

Thursday, October 25, 2018
“Gender Differences in Executive Departure”
Rachel Landsman
University of Pittsburgh

Monday, October 8, 2018
“Subcontracting Requirements and the Cost of Government Procurement”
Benjamin Rosa
Virginia Tech


2017-2018 Seminars

Spring ’18
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
“The Impact of Summer Employment for Low-Income Youth: Experimental Evidence from the Philippines”
Emily Beam
University of Vermont


Fall ’17
Friday, November 17, 2017
“Refugee Admissions and Public Safety: Are Refugee Settlement Areas More Prone to Crime?”
Cynthia Bansak
St. Lawrence University

Monday, November 6, 2017
“Rents and Welfare in the Second Industrial Revolution: Evidence from New York City”
Rowena Gray
University of California, Merced

Friday, October 27, 2017
“Forest Loss, Malaria, and Children’s Health and Education Outcomes in Nigeria”
Julia Berazneva
Middlebury College

Thursday, October 19, 2017
“Implementing Faustmann-Marshall-Pressler:  Stochastic Dynamic Programming in Space”
Harry Paarsch
University of Central Florida

Monday, October 2, 2017
Topic TBD
Alan Zebedee
Clarkson University

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
“Social Insurance and Efficient Occupational Mobility”
Pedro Silos
Temple University


2016-2017 Seminars

Spring ’17
April 21, 2017
“Sequential Second-Price Auctions with Budget-Constrained Bidders”
Gagan Ghosh
California State University Fullerton

April 13, 2017
To be determined
Dayanand Manoli
University of Texas at Austin

April 5, 2017
“What Impedes Efficient Adoption of Products? Evidence from Randomized Sales Offers for Fuel-Efficient Cookstoves in Uganda”
Andrew Simons
Fordham University

March 30, 2017
“Small and Large Firms Over the Business Cycle”
Neil Mehrotra
Brown University
Federal Reserve Board of Minneapolis

March 9, 2017
“Notching for free: Do cyclists reveal the value of time?”
Casey Wichman
Resources for the Future

March 2, 2017
“Paying farmers to reduce phosphorus runoff into Lake Erie: How to do it cost effectively”
Scott Swinton
Michigan State University
Paper 1 Paper 2


Fall ’16
“Pollution, Mortality Risk, and the Distribution of Income”

Nicholas Muller
Middlebury College

November 3, 2016
“What’s Yours is Mine, and What’s Mine is Mine: Bargaining Power and Income Concealing Between Spouses in India”
Carolina Castilla
Colgate University

October 25, 2016
“Selecting (In) and Crowding Out: Experimental Evidence of the Power of Religious Authority in Afghanistan”
Sera Linardi
University of Pittsburgh

October 21, 2016
“Financing Imperial Russian Growth: New Evidence from Corporate Balance Sheets”
Amanda Gregg
Middlebury College

October 13, 2016
“Ranking Asymmetric Auctions with Several Bidders”
René Kirkegaard
University of Guelph

September 29, 2016
“The Disability Option: Labor Market Dynamics with Health and Economic Risks”
Amanda Michaud
Indiana University


2015-2016 Seminars

Spring ’16
May 5, 2016
“Family Background, Academic Ability, and College Decisions in the 20th Century U.S.”
Chris Herrington
Virginia Commonwealth University

April 20, 2016
“Do Disasters Affect Growth? Five Macro Model-Based Insights on the Empirical Debate”
Lint Barrage
Brown University

March 29, 2016
“Management and Shocks to Worker Productivity: Evidence from Air Pollution Exposure”
Namrata Kala
Harvard University and MIT

March 16, 2016
“Rational and Heuristic-Driven Trading Panics in an Experimental Asset Market”
Chad Kendall
University of Southern California

March 10, 2016
“Using Administrative Tax Data to Estimate Work Participation and Earnings Elasticities of Married Couples”
Patricia Tong
Office of Tax Analysis, US Treasury

February 16, 2016
To be determined
Eric Rosengren
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston


Fall ’15
November 4, 2015
“Bidding and Drilling Under Uncertainty”
Jimmy Roberts
Duke University

October 28, 2015 (Todger Anderson Inaugural Lecture)
Todger Anderson Inaugural Lecture
Leonard Wolk
Colby College

October 22, 2015
To be determined
Julio Garin
University of Georgia

October 15, 2015
“Nuclear Shutdown, Coal Power Generation, and Infant Health: Evidence from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in the 1980s”
Edson Severnini
Carnegie Mellon University

October 2, 2015 (at 12:00pm in Diamond 221, joint with Sociology)
“The Spontaneous Emergence of Conventions: An Experimental Study of Cultural Evolution”
Damon Centola
University of Pennsylvania

September 24, 2015
“Risk and Ambiguity in an Experimental Market Featuring a Long-Lived Asset”
John Griffin (’95)
Fordham University

September 14, 2015
“Simulating a Homogenous Product Merger: A Case Study on Model Fit and Performance”
Dan Greenfield (’02)
Federal Trade Commission


2014-2015 Seminars

Spring ’15
April 21, 2015
“Increasing Demand for HIV Prevention Interventions: Evidence from Two RCTs”
Harsha Thirumurthy
Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

March 17, 2015
“Tax Compliance and Fiscal Externalities: Evidence from U.S. Diesel Taxation”
Justin Marion
University of California, Santa Cruz

March 16, 2015
“Rounding the Corners of the Policy Trilemma”
Michael Klein
The Fletcher School
Tufts University

March 9, 2015
Commodity Futures
Jon Koplik


Fall ’14
December 4, 2014
“Short Trading Cycles: The Case of Kidney Exchange”
Ivan Balbuzanov (’09)
University of California, Berkeley

November 19, 2014
“Organized Crimes Against Nature: Elephants in South Africa”
Adrian Lopes
Bates College

November 14, 2014 (Presentation)
Job Prospects in International Policy and Development
Benjamin Wood
International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)

November 6, 2014 (Panel Discussion)
William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate Series
A Conversation on Unconventional Oil and Gas
Erin Mansur
Tuck School of Business
Dartmouth College

November 3, 2014
“Signals, Similarity and Seeds: Social Learning in the Presence of Imperfect Information and Heterogeneity”
Emilia Tjernström (’06)
University of California, Davis

October 29, 2014
“Jewish Persecutions and Weather Shocks: 1100-1800”
Mark Koyama
George Mason University

October 15, 2014 (Presentation)
“What in the World is Natural Resource Economics? Application to Fisheries Problems”
Sunny Jardine
School of Marine Science and Policy
University of Delaware

October 9, 2014
“The Returns to Higher Education and Effect of Student Loan Scheme Design”
Ian Walker
Lancaster University

October 2, 2014
“Reputation, Compliance and Judicial Decision Making”
Giri Parameswaran
Haverford College

September 25, 2014
“The Composition of Exports and Human Capital Acquisition”
Will Olney
Williams College

September 24, 2014
“Affirmative Action and Human Capital Investment: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment”
Brent Hickman
University of Chicago


2013-2014 Seminars

Spring ’14
April 17, 2014
“Yardstick Competition and Property Tax Limit Overrides: Revisiting Massachusetts’ Proposition 2 1/2”
Jon Rork
Reed College

April 10, 2014
“Greening India’s Growth: Costs, Valuations, and Trade-Offs”
Muthukumara Mani
World Bank

April 2, 2014
“China at a Crossroads—Reform and Rebalance, or else…?”
Markus Rodlauer
International Monetary Fund

March 19, 2014 (Presentation)
Yoram Bauman
The World’s First and Only Stand-Up Economist

March 19, 2014 (Panel Discussion)
“Managing the Risks from a Changing Climate: Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies”
Yoram BaumanDylan VoorheesJennifer KiersteadTom Tietenberg


Fall ’13
November 17, 2013 (Film Premier)
Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve
Q&A to follow with Producer/Director/Writer Jim Bruce

October 25, 2013
“Auctions for Charity”
Jeff Carpenter
Middlebury College

October 16, 2013
“Governance after the Glorious Revolution”
Dan Bogart
University of California–Irvine

October 10, 2013
“Community Forests, Carbon Sequestration and REDD+: Some Evidence from Ethiopia”
Randy Bluffstone
Portland State University

October 4, 2013
“Risk Taking, Tax Evasion and Labor Supply”
Denvil Duncan
Indiana University School of Public & Environmental Affairs

September 18, 2013
“Private Provision of Public Goods: Evidence from the Effect of Environmental Groups on Water Quality”
Laura Grant
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee


2012-2013 Seminars

Spring ’13
April 23, 2013 (Lecture)
“The Clock Auction Design and Bidder Strategy: What has Worked and What Hasn’t”
Allan Ingraham (Colby ’96)
Navigant Economics

April 15, 2013 (Economics Bicentennial Lecture)
“The Gender Gap: Going, Going…….But not Gone”
Francine Blau
Cornell University

March 18, 2013 (Lecture)
“Accounting for Nature: Incorporating the Value of Ecosystem Services into Decision Making”
Steve Polasky
University of Minnesota

March 15, 2013
“More Schooling and More Learning: Effects of a 3-Year Conditional Cash Transfer Program in Nicaragua After 10 Years”
John Maluccio
Middlebury College

March 11, 2013 (Presentation)
“The Economics of Immigration”
Madeline Zavodny
Agnes Scott College

March 6, 2013
“Tradable Permits to Manage Environmental Externalities With Time Lags and Uncertainty”
Yusuke Kuwayama
Resources for the Future

February 28, 2013
“Transfer Pricing by Multinational Firms: New Evidence from Foreign Firm Ownerships”
Anca Cristea
University of Oregon


Fall ’12
October 18, 2012
“Hui: A Case Study of a Sequential Double Auction of Capital”
Harry Paarsch
University of Melbourne


2011-2012 Seminars

Spring ’12
April 12, 2012
“Economic Shocks and Civil Conflict”
Masami Imai
Wesleyan University

March 8, 2012
“The Long Arm of Colonialism? Landownership and Institutions in Early Independent Peru”
Leticia Arroyo Abad
Middlebury College


Fall ’11
November 30, 2011
“Taxation and the Extraction of Exhaustible Resources: Evidence from California Oil Production”
Nirupama Rao
New York University

October 27, 2011
“Does Happiness Matter? The Effect of Teacher Job Satisfaction on Productivity”
Lauren Calimeris (Colby ’03)
Metropolitan State College of Denver

October 19, 2011
“Child Ability, Parental Investments and Child Nutrition in Ecuador”
Emilie Bagby
Mathematica Policy Research


2010-2011 Seminars

Spring ’11
March 17, 2011
“Intermediaries in Corruption: An Experiment”
Danila Serra
Florida State University

February 21, 2011
“Media Proliferation and Electoral Outcomes with Quasi-Rational Voters”
Daniel Stone
Oregon State University

February 8, 2011
“Building Vintage and Electricity Use: Old Homes Use Less Electricity in Hot Weather”
Howard Chong
University of California-Berkeley

February 1, 2011
“Radical and Ethnic Disparities in Federal Sentencing: A Quantile Regression Approach”
Beth Freeborn
University of Virginia


Fall ’10
December 1, 2010
“Recommendations and Demand for Digital Music”
Peter Newberry (Colby ’03)
University of Wisconsin

November 17, 2010
“Choosing Where to Teach: The Effect of Teacher Quality on the Charter Versus Public School Decision”
Lauren Calimeris (Colby ’03)
University of Colorado

November 3, 2010
“Explaining Health and Life Satisfaction in East and West Germany Post-Reunification”
Jackie Smith Zweig (Colby ’04)
University of Southern California

October 6, 2010
“Effects of an Advertising Campaign to Boost Energy Efficiency”
Laura Malaguzzi Valeri
Colby College

September 23, 2010
“Induced Development in Risky Locations: Fire Suppression and Land Use in the American West”
Sheila M. Olmstead
Resources for the Future


2009-2010 Seminars

Spring ’10
April 23, 2010
“Does Access to Equity Finance Limit Innovative Activity? New Evidence from Europe”
Jamie Brown
College of Business, Iowa State University

April 2, 2010
“How Low Will You Go? The Depth of Negative Equity and Mortgage Default Decisions”
Jane Dokko
Federal Reserve Board of Governors

February 2010
“Identifying the Role of Risk Shocks in the Business Cycle using Stock Price Data”
Sami Alpanda
Amherst College