Past Seminars

CMEPR organizes the Micro-Economic Policy Seminar (MEPS)

Spring 2019 MEPS Seminars:

January 22: Carlos Ramirez (George Mason University, Economics) “The Real Effects of Liquidity: Evidence from a Quasi-Natural Experiment in Puerto Rico

January 29: Sebastian Galiani (University of Maryland) “Persuasion by Populist Propaganda: Individual Level Evidence from the 2015 Argentine Ballotage

February 5: Ritam Chaurey (Johns Hopkins University, SAIS) “Creditor Rights, Threat or Liquidation, and the Labor-Capital Choice of Firms

February 12: Chris J. Kennedy (George Mason University, Environmental Science and Policy) “Natural resources and environmental change: interactions with management institutions drive alternative stable equilibria”

February 19: Tom DeLeire (Georgetown University) “How Do Low-Income Enrollees in the Affordable Care Act Exchanges Respond to Cost-Sharing?

February 26: Katharine Abraham (University of Maryland) “Driving the Gig Economy

March 5: Jessica Leight (American University) “Exporting out of Agriculture: The Impact of WTO Accession on Structural Transformation in China

March 12: Spring Break

March 19: Filipe Campante  (Johns Hopkins University, Economics) “Mobile Phones, Social Media, and the Behavior of Politicians: Evidence from Brazil”

March 26: Olga Timoshenko (George Washington University) “Uncertainty and Trade Elasticities

April 2: Heiwai Tang (Johns Hopkins University, SAIS) “Global Sourcing and Domestic Production Networks

April 9: Dan Ringo (Federal Reserve Board) “The Propagation of Demand Shocks Through Housing Markets

April 16: John Sabelhaus (Federal Reserve Board) “Lifecycle Dynamics of Saving and Wealth Accumulation

April 23: Dan Cao (Georgetown University) “Firm Growth through New Establishments”

April 30: Natalia Radchenko (American University) “Title – TBD”

Fall 2018 MEPS Seminars:

August 28: Joana Silva (World Bank) “The Effects of Welfare Programs on Formal Labor Markets: Evidence from Conditional Cash Transfers in Brazil

September 4: Dany Bahar (Brookings) “Let their knowledge flow: the effect of Yugoslavian returning refugees on export productivity

September 11: Weifeng Zhong (American Enterprise Institute) “Reading China: Measuring Policy Change with Machine Learning
– Source code: http://github.com/open-source-economics/PCI
– Website: http://www.policychangeindex.com

September 18: Lucas Nunez (George Mason University) “Partial Effects for Binary Outcome Models with Unobserved Heterogeneity

September 25: Michael Strain (American Enterprise Institute) “Inflation-Indexed Minimum Wages

October 2: Brad Jensen (Georgetown University) “The Geography of Consumption

October 9: Kristin McCue (Census Bureau) “Just Passing Through: Characterizing U.S. Pass-Through Business Owners

October 16: Susan Parker (University of Maryland) “School Quality and Long Term Impacts of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs”

October 23: Barbara Smith (Social Security Administration) “Can Informational Interventions Be Effective Policy Tools?  The Social Security Statement”

October 30: Sergio Urzua (University of Maryland) “Dynamic Treatment Effects of Job Training”

November 1: Hillel Rapoport, (Paris School of Economics) “From Exodus to Exitus: Politically selective emigration after Germany’s Failed 1848 Revolutions and the Rise of the Nazi Party” (with Toman Barsbai)

November 6: Kyung Min Lee (George Mason University) “Medicaid and the Supply of Entrepreneurs: Evidence from the Affordable Care Act

November 13: David McKenzie (World Bank) “Improving Management with Individual and Group-Based Consulting: Results from a Randomized Experiment in Colombia”

November 20: Jordan Neyland (GMU Law School), “Do Lawyers Matter in Initial Public Offerings?

November 27: Jessica Vistnes (AHRQ) “Changes in Health Insurance Decisions by Medium-Sized Employers after the Implementation of the Employer Mandate”

December 4: Chao Wei (George Washington University) “A Tale of Two Families: Macroeconomic Analysis of Child Care and Female Labor Supply”

December 11: Anh Pham (George Mason University) “The Impact of Local Public-Sector Governance on Business Registrations: Evidence from Vietnam Household Business Census”

 

Spring 2018 MEPS Seminars:

January 30: Andrew H. McCallum (Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System) “Better Bunching, Nicer Notching

February 6: Ryan Decker (Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System) “Firm Dynamics and Local Economic Shocks: Evidence from the Shale Oil and Gas Boom

February 13: Cesar Martinelli (Economics, GMU) “Politics, Entertainment and Business: A Multisided Model of Media

February 20: Erdal Tekin (American University) “Does It Matter How and How Much Politicians are Paid?

February 27: Alex Philipov (Finance, GMU) “Bonds, Stocks, and Sources of Mispricing

March 6: Toshi Mukoyama (Georgetown University) “Firm Growth through New Establishments” with Dan Cao (Georgetown) and Erick Sager (BLS).

March 13: No Seminar (Spring Break)

March 20: Brian Richter (University of Texas at Austin) “The Value of Political Geography”

March 27: Sandip Sukhtankar (University of Virginia) “Authentication and Targeted Transfers”

April 3: Ritam Chaurey (Binghamton University and SAIS JHU) “Infrastructure Grants and Microenterprise Performance”

April 10: Philip Armour (RAND Corporation) “What Do People Expect from Social Security and Does It Matter?: Evidence from the 2014 Reintroduction of the Social Security Statement

April 17: Stephen Oliner (AEI) “The Impact of Federal Housing Policy on Housing Demand and Homeownership: Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment

April 24: Kevin Corinth (Council of Economic Advisers) “The Impact of Social Disorder on Crime: The Case of Homelessness

May 1: Joonkyu Choi (University of Maryland) “Endogenous Risk-Taking, Young Firm Dynamics, and Aggregate Implications”

 

Fall 2017 MEPS Seminars:

September 5: Erin Troland (Treasury), “Before the war on poverty: the impact of union health programs in Appalachia”

September 12:  Sumit Agrawal (Georgetown University), “Dragon Babies: Fortunes of Birth and Life

September 19:  Brad Kells (GMU Economics), “Heterogeneous Reform Incentives in the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program”

September 26: Diana C D’amico (George Mason University) and Robert Pawlewicz (George Mason University), “Where are all the Black teachers? Discrimination in the teacher labor market

October 3: Rebecca Zarutskie (Federal Reserve), “Going Entrepreneurial?  IPOs and New Firm Creation

October 10:  Serguey Braguinsky (University of Maryland), “Centers of Gravity: The Role of Top Management Teams in Firm Growth and Industry Evolution” (by Rajshree Agarwal, Serguey Braguinsky, Atsushi Ohyama).

October 17: Len Nicholls (GMU, Center for Health Policy), “Making Health Markets Work Better through Targeted Doses of Competition, Regulation, and Collaboration

October 24:  Judith Hellerstein (University of Maryland), “Social Capital and Labor Market Networks”

October 31: Jing Cai  (University of Maryland), “The Impact of Corporate Taxes on Firm Innovation: Evidence from Corporate Tax Collection Reform in China,” (with Yuyu Chen and Xuan Wang)

November 7: Robert Axtell (Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University), “Dynamics of Firms from the Bottom Up: Data, Theories and Models” (Paper 1; Paper 2)

November 14: Emin Dinlersoz (US Census Bureau), “Early-Stage Business Formation: An Analysis of Applications for Employer Identification Numbers”

 

Spring 2017 MEPS Seminars:

January 31 (3:00pm): Scott Cunningham (Baylor University) “Vertical differentiation or offsetting behaviors: screening in commercial sex markets”

February 10 (Friday): John Abowd (Cornell University and Census Bureau) “Revisiting the Economics of Privacy

February 14: Annamaria Lusardi (George Washington University) “Entrepreneurship among Baby Boomers: Recent Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study

February 21: Geoffrey Paulin (BLS) Three Separate Mini-Talks about Consumer Expenditure Survey
(1) Arcenis Rojas (BLS): “Trade-offs in Parental Spending on Children: Apparel vs Education”
(2) Taylor Wilson (BLS): “Mortgages and Risk Preference: Evidence from the Consumer Expenditure Survey” (Taylor Wilson’s Article)
(3) Geoffrey Paulin (BLS): “After Graduation: How Student Loan Debt Relates to Income, Expenditures, Asset Accumulation, and Other Debt.”

March 2 (Thursday): Ethan Kaplan (University of Maryland) “Unemployment Insurance Generosity and Aggregate Employment

March 7: CANCELLED Len Nichols (George Mason University) – TBA

March 14: No Seminar (Spring Break)

March 21: Miriam Bruhn (World Bank) “The Impact of Consulting Services on Small and Medium Enterprises: Evidence from a Randomized Trial in Mexico

March 28: Alison Cuellar (George Mason University) “Consumers’  Response to a Price Transparency Tool”

April 4: Alice Henriques (Federal Reserve Board) “Retirement Adequacy and Wealth Distribution Among Early Savers

April 11: Anh Pham (George Mason University) – “Impact of Oil Price Fluctuations on Financial Markets Since 2014

April 18: Emek Basker (Census Bureau) “Customer-Employee Substitution: Evidence from Gasoline Stations

April 25: Darwyyn Deyo (George Mason University) – “Does Increasing the Minimum Wage Increase Commercial Crime? A Study Using Local City Arrest Data”

May 2: Anna Scherbina (UC Davis) “Do personal characteristics influence career outcomes? Evidence from the mutual fund industry”

 

Fall 2016 MEPS Seminars:

September 6:   Eun-Hee Kim (George Washington University) “Customer Reactions and Analyst Stock Recommendations: Evidence from S&P 500 Electric Power Companies’ Twitter Accounts”

September 13:   Adam Isen (Treasury) “Parental Resources and College Attendance:  Evidence from Lottery Wins?”

September 20:   Aparna Mathur (American Enterprise Institute) “Did right-to-work laws impact income inequality? Evidence from US states using the Synthetic Control Method

September 27:   Sven Neelsen (Erasmus University Rotterdam) “Progressive Universalism? The Impact of Targeted Coverage on Healthcare Access and Expenditures in Peru

October 4:  Ha Nguyen (World bank) “Demand-driven propagation: evidence from the Great Recession

October 11:   Sanjay Patnaik (George Washington University) “Cap(-ture) and Trade: How Multinational Firms Capture Economic Rents through Environmental Regulations”

October 18:   Joanne Hsu (Federal Reserve) “Minimum Wages and Consumer Credit: Do Lender and Borrowers Respond to Changing Policy?

October 25:   Stephen Weymouth (Georgetown University) “Winners and Losers in International Trade: The Effects on U.S. Presidential Voting” (joint work with Brad Jensen and Dennis Quinn)

November 1:   Jessica Golberg (University of Maryland) “When Defaults Matter: Behavioral Economics and the Use of Savings Accounts in Malawi”

November 8:   Bob Rijkers (World Bank) “How do dictators get rich? Evidence from Tunisia”

November 15:   Jon Lanning (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) “Does Prejudice Impact Discretionary Market Transactions? Evidence From The Indirect Auto Lending Market”

November 22:   No Seminar (Thanksgiving week)

November 29:   Sandip Sukhtankar (University of Virginia) “General Equilibrium Effects of (Improving) Public Employment Programs: Experimental Evidence from India” CANCELLED

December 6:   Theodore Breton (Universidad EAFIT, Colombia) “Education and Economic Growth: Where All the Education Went

 

Spring 2016 MEPS Seminars:

February 16:  Erdal Tekin (American University), “The impact of community traumatic attacks on student achievement; Evidence from Beltway Sniper Attacks” POSTPONED BECAUSE OF ILLNESS; WILL BE RE-SCHEDULED

February 23:  Mine Senses (Johns Hopkins – SAIS), “Trade Shocks and the Provision of Local Public Goods” (with Leo Feler, SAIS)

March 1:  Stephanie Cellini (George Washington University), “Gainfully Employed? Measuring the Returns to For-Profit Certificates Using Administrative Data” (with Nicholas Turner, U.S. Treasury)

March 8:  No seminar (GMU Spring Break)

March 15:  Nora Gordon (Georgetown University), “Medicaid, Special Education, and Access to Services with Children with Disabilities”

March 22:  Darwyyn Deyo (GMU Dept. of Economics) and Danny Hughes (GMU Dept. of Health Administration and Policy), “The Effect of Utilization Regulation: The Case of CT Scans and the Affordable Care Act”

March 29:  John Haltiwanger (University of Maryland), Changing Business Dynamism: Volatility of Shocks vs. Responsiveness to Shocks?

April 5:  Mary Ann Bronson (Georgetown University), “Degrees Are Forever: Marriage, Educational Investment, and Lifecycle Labor Decisions of Men and Women

April 12:  Adriana Kugler (Georgetown University),  “Beyond Job Lock: Impacts of Public Health Insurance on Occupational and Industrial Mobility

April 19:  Franco Peracchi (University of Rome Tor Vergata and Georgetown),  “Growing up in wartime: Evidence from the era of two world wars

April 26:  Howard Shatz (RAND), “The Foundations of the Islamic State: Management, Money, and Terror in Iraq, 2005-2010”

 

Fall 2015 MEPS Seminars:

September 8 (FH 477, 11-12:15): Deniz Igan (IMF), “The Lion’s Share: Evidence from Federal Contracts on the Value of Political Connections” (Slide)

September 15 (FH 477, 11-12:15): Colin Xu (World Bank), “Hayek, Local Information and the Decentralization of State-Owned Enterprises in China

September 22 (FH 477, 11-12:15): Melissa Kearney (University of Maryland), “Early Childhood Education by MOOC: Lessons from Sesame Street

September 29 (FH 477, 11-12:15): Grant Lewis (GMU), “Picking Winners:  Market Outcomes of Public Venture Capital

October 6 (FH 477, 11-12:15): Francisco Perez-Arce (RAND), “Consumption Smoothing, Frequency of Benefit Payments, and Effectiveness of Social Programs

October 13 (FH 477, 11-12:15): Michael Makowsky (Clemson University), “To Serve and Collect: The Fiscal and Racial Determinants of Law Enforcement”

October 20 (FH 477, 11-12:15): Charles Griffiths (EPA), “Evaluating the Effectiveness of Voluntary Programs: Did Ohio’s Tox-Minus Program Affect Participants’ TRI Emissions?

October 27 (FH 477, 11-12:15): Anh Pham (GMU), “Firm Manipulation and Take-up Rate of a 30 Percent Temporary Corporate Income Tax Cut in Vietnam

November 3 (FH 477, 11-12:15): Leo Feler (Johns Hopkins University), “Local Multipliers and Spillovers from Cash Transfers to the Poor

November 10 (FH 477, 11-12:15): Elizabeth Akers (Brookings), “Is a Student Loan Crisis on the Horizon?”

November 17 (FH 477, 11-12:15): Nick Burger (RAND), “Assessing the Impact of Farmer Field Schools on Fertilizer Use in China

December 1 (FH 477, 11-12:15): Javier Miranda (Census Bureau), “Where Has All the Skewness Gone?  The Decline in High-Growth (Young) Firms in the U.S.” (with Ryan Decker, John Haltiwanger, and Ron Jarmin)

December 8 (FH 477, 11-12:15): Shanthi Ramnath (Treasury), “The Impact of State Taxes on Small Businesses: Evidence from the 2012 Kansas Income Tax Reform”

 

Spring 2015 MEPS Seminars:

January 27 (FH 322, video link to JC 311D), 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.:  Anh Pham (UC-San Diego), “A Temporary Corporate Income Tax Reduction and Its Effects on Firm Behavior: A Case Study of Vietnam”

February 2 (FH 322), 11 a.m – 12:15 p.m.:  Hoai-Luu Nguyen (MIT), “Do Bank Branches Still Matter? The Effect of Closings on Local Economic Outcomes”  CANCELLED

February 4 (FH 322, video link to JC 311D), 10:30– 11:45  a.m.:  Kevin Shih (UC-Davis), “The Impact of International Students on U.S. Graduate Education

February 5 (FH 322), 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.:  Richard Sweeney (Harvard), “Environmental Regulation, Imperfect Competition and Market Spillovers: The Impact of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments on the US Oil Refining Industry CANCELLED

February 6 (FH 120, for skype link contact klee17@gmu.edu), noon-1:15:  Jason Debacker (Middle Tennessee State University), “Once Bitten, Twice Shy? The Lasting Impact of IRS Audits on Individual Tax Reporting

February 9 (FH 120, for skype link contact klee17@gmu.edu), 9:30-10:45:  Yueming (Lucy) Qiu (Arizona State University), “Pre-Paid Electricity Plan and Electricity Consumption Behavior

February 10 (FH 322, video link to JC 311D), 10:30– 11:45  a.m.:  Jennifer Poole (UC-Santa Cruz and Council of Economic Advisers), “Trade and Labor Reallocation with Heterogeneous Enforcement of Labor Regulations

February 24 (FH477, 11-12:15):  Seth Gershenson (American University), “Performance Standards and Employee Effort: Evidence from Teacher Absences

March 3 (FH477, 11-12:15)David Newhouse (World Bank), “Earnings Premiums and Penalties for Self-Employment and Informal Employees Around the World” (with T. H. Gindling and Nadwa Mossaad (UMBC))

March 6 (FH477, 11:30-12:45):  Greg Clark (UC-Davis), “Born this way?  Nature versus Nurture in the Intergenerational Persistence of Status”

March 17 (FH477, 11-12:15):  Philip Keefer (World Bank), “Incumbent Advantage, Voter Information and Vote Buying

March 24 (FH477, 11-12:15):  Thomas Stratmann and David Chandler Thomas (GMU Economics Department), “The Effect of Innovations in Communication Technology and Emergency Medicine on Homicide”

April 7 (FH477, 11-12:15):  Lindsay Oldenski (Georgetown),  “Labor Market Effects of Offshoring Within and Across Firm Boundaries

April 14 (FH477, 11-12:15):  Felipe Lage de Sousa (World Bank), “Relaxing Credit Constraints in Emerging Economies:  The Impact of Public Loans on the Performance of Brazilian Manufacturers” (with Gianmarco Ottaviano)

April 21Remi Jedwab (GWU), “The Mortality Transition, Malthusian Dynamics, and the Rise of Poor Mega-Cities” (joint with Dietrich Vollrath, University of Houston)

April 28:  No seminar

May 4Roberto Fattal Jaef (World Bank), “The Dynamics of Development: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Reallocation” (with Francisco Buera, Chicago Fed)

 

Fall 2014 MEPS Seminars:

Sept 2:  William Lincoln (SAIS – JHU), “Entry Costs and Increasing Trade

Sept 9:  Ling Ling Ahn and Alexei Alexandrov (CFPB), “Identifying a Suitable Control Group Based on Microeconomic Theory: The Case of Escrows in the Subprime Market”

Sept 16:  Mario Macis (Johns Hopkins University), “Do Female Executives Make a Difference?  The Impact of Female Leadership
on Gender Gaps and Firm Performance” (with Luca Flabbi, Andrea Moro, and Fabiano Schivardi)

Sept 23 (4 pm at Georgetown University Dept. of Economics, ICC Bldg, 7th floor): Kevin Lang, Boston University, “The Misuse of Ordinal Scales: Some Partial Solutions with Applications to the Black-White Test Score Gap and Happiness Scales”

Oct 14:  No MEPS (Colombus Day holiday, according to GMU schedule)

Oct 21Erdal Tekin (American University):  “Less Cash, Less Crime: Evidence from the Electronic Benefit Transfer Program

Oct 28Sita Slavov (SPGIA), “Does Retirement Improve Health and Life Satisfaction?

Nov 4:  Cancelled (postponed until next semester)  David Newhouse (World Bank) and Tim Gindling (UMBC):  Self-Employment Wage Premia

Nov 11:  Volodymyr Vakhitov (Kyiv School of Economics),  “Wages, Productivity, and Market Power

 

Spring 2014 MEPS Seminars:

January 28:  Dhammika Dharmapala (University of Illinois College of Law), “The Costs and Benefits of Mandatory Securities Regulation: Evidence from Market Reactions to the JOBS Act of 2012.”  FH, Room 111.

January 31:  Sita Slavov (AEI), “The Role of Retiree Health Insurance in the Early Retirement of Public Sector Employees.”  FH Room 111.

February 4:  Seth Giertz (University of Nebraska), “The Elasticity of Taxable Income with Respect to Marginal Tax Rates: A Critical Review.”  FH Room 111.

February 18 at 1 pm:  Susan Yeh (GMU Law School),  “The Impact of Government Power to Expropriate on Economic Growth and Inequality”  FH, Room 477.

February 25:  Jason Faberman (Chicago Fed), “The Urban Density Premium across Establishments.”  FH, Room 477.

March 18:  Lorens Helmchen (GMU Department of Health Administration and Policy),  “Do Communication-and-Resolution Programs Affect Physicians’ Practice Patterns? Evidence from Discharge Records”  FH, Room 477.

March 25:  Thomas Stratmann (GMU Dept of Economics),  “Judging on Thin Ice: Affiliation Bias in Judging Figure Skating”  FH, Room 477.

April 1 at 12 noon:  Tom DeLeire (Georgetown Department of Economics and McCourt School of Public Policy), “The Effect of Public Insurance on the Labor Supply of Low-Income Childless Adults”  FH, Room 477.

April 22:  J. Brad Jensen (Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and Peterson Institute for International Economics),  “The Tradability of Services:  Geographic Concentration and Trade Costs”  FH, Room 477.

April 29:  Nada Eissa (Georgetown Department of Economics and McCourt School of Public Policy):  TBA