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Research Seminars

Fall 2017

September 18
12:00pm-1:15pm


316 Lake Hall
Chris Udry Chris Udry (Professor, Northwestern University) is a development economist whose research focuses on rural economic activity in Sub-Saharan Africa.

His current research examines technological change, risk and financial markets, gender and households, property rights, psychological well-being and economic decision-making and a variety of other aspects of rural economic organization. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Board Member of Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

October 2
12:00pm-1:15pm


316 Lake Hall
Enrico SpolaoreEnrico Spolaore is a Professor of Economics at Tufts and a Research Associate with the NBER.

His main research interests are in political economy, growth and development, and international economics.

October 30
12:00pm-1:15pm


316 Lake Hall
Seema JayachandranSeema Jayachandran is an Associate Professor at Northwestern.

Professor Jayachandran will present her work, "Reshaping Adolescents' Gender Attitudes: Evidence from a School-Based Experiment in India."

Her research focuses on economic issues in developing countries.
Her current work explores the determinants of parents' investments in their children's health and education. Other topics she studies include the environment, labor markets, gender equality, and political economy. She is a recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Early Career Development grant. She serves as a reviewing editor for Science and associate editor for the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Journal of Economic Perspectives. She is an affiliate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a board member and co-chair of the Health Sector for the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab.

November 8
12:00pm-1:15pm


316 LA
Petra MoserPetra Moser joined New York University School of Business as an Associate Professor of Economics in July 2015.

Professor Moser’s research combines methods from empirical microeconomics and economic history to examine the determinants of creativity and innovation. She uses historical variation in patent and copyright laws to examine the effects of intellectual property on science, technological innovation and artistic creativity. Her research also investigates the impact of immigrants on US innovation and examines the biological underpinnings of individual-level differences in entrepreneurship and creativity. She has received an NSF CAREER grant and a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS).
November 13
12:00pm-1:15pm


316 Lake Hall
Stephen O'ConnellStephen is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at MIT SEII. His work focuses on labor mar­ket poli­cies, gen­der, and pro­duc­tiv­ity.

His work inves­ti­gates obsta­cles to eco­nomic oppor­tu­nity in edu­ca­tion and labor mar­kets, and the effects of poli­cies intended to address exist­ing dis­par­i­ties in these areas.

Stephen grad­u­ated with a PhD in Economics from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center in 2016.

CANCELLED

November 30 12:00 pm - 1:15pm
316 Lake Hall

CANCELLED; will be rescheduled in the Spring

 
Alicia Sasser ModestinoDr. Alicia Sasser Modestino is an associate professor with appointments in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Department of Economics.

Previously, Modestino was a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston where she lead numerous research projects on regional economic and policy issues for the New England Public Policy Center. In that role, she frequently advised policymakers and business leaders and testified on key pieces of legislation related to labor market policies. Her work has appeared in journals such as Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Human Resources, and Health Affairs and has been presented at the annual meetings of the American Economic Association.

December 4

12:00pm-1:15pm


316 Lake Hall
Bruce SacerdoteBruce Sacerdote is an American economist and the Richard S. Braddock 1963 Professor in Economics at Dartmouth College, where he "enjoy[s] working with detailed data to enhance our understanding of why children and youth turn out the way they do.
December 11

12:00pm-1:15pm


316 Lake Hall
Tanya Byker
Tanya Byker joined the Middlebury College Economics faculty as an assistant professor in the fall of 2014.

She teaches courses in regression, and the economics of gender.

Professor Byker graduated from Swarthmore College and received her PhD from the University of Michigan. Her research falls under the categories of labor and development economics and focuses on the interrelated choices individuals make about education, work and parenthood. She has studied how birth-related career interruptions in the US vary by mother’s education, and the ways that parental leave laws impact those labor-supply decisions. In a developing country context, she has studied how access to family planning impacts fertility and longer-term outcomes such as schooling and employment in Peru and South Africa.