Seminars

& Events

[Note: when a paper is available, we link to a PDF copy of the paper in the title, but we sometimes set it up so the links only work for those accessing the Internet from a Williams College IP address or VPN, in case the author is not ready to circulate the paper more widely yet.]

Spring 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 4:00pm – 5:30pm. CDE classroom. Shawn Powers, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, CDE Seminar, The Jameel Poverty Action Lab and Randomized Evaluation of Policy in Developing Countries.

Friday, February 21. 4:00pm-5:30pm. CDE classroom. Joshua Wilde, University of South Florida. CDE Seminar. Heat Waves at Conception and Later Life Outcomes.

Thursday, February 27. 4:00pm-5:30pm. Griffin 6. Douglas Elmendorf, Congressional Budget Office. Political Economy Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar. Approaches to Restraining Federal Health Care Spending.

Monday, March 3. 4:00pm-5:30pm. CDE classroom. Dina Pomeranz, Harvard Business School. CDE Seminar. Tax Me if You Can: Evidence on Firm Misreporting Behavior and Evasion Substitution.

Wednesday, March 5, 4:00pm-5:30pm. Griffin 6. Tara Watson, Williams College. Economics Department Seminar. Enforcement and Immigrant Location Choice.

Friday, March 7. Noon-1:00pm. CDE Dining Room. Prakarsh Singh, Amherst College. Development Dialogue. Targeting Child Malnutrition through Performance Incentives to Caregivers. [Note: for Development Dialogues only, reservations are required due to limited seating and provision of lunch. If you are interested in attending, please email Karima Barrow at Karima.E.Barrow@williams.edu and she will let you know if there is room for you.]

Monday, March 10, 4:00pm-5:30pm. Griffin 6. Sarah Jacobson, Williams College. Economics Department Seminar. Discovered Preferences for Risky and Non-Risky Goods.

Thursday, March 13. 4:00pm-5:30pm. Griffin 6. Mel Stephens, University of Michigan. Economics Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar.  Estimating the Impacts of Program Benefits: Using Instrumental Variables with Underreported and Imputed Data.

Tuesday, April 8. 4:00pm-5:30pm. CDE classroom. Eduardo Lora, former Chief Economist of the Inter-American Development Bank. CDE Seminar. More than Revenue: Taxation as a Development Tool.

Friday, April 11. 12:15pm-1:15pm. Schapiro 309. Ahmed Rahman, U.S. Naval Academy. Economics Brown Bag Lunch Seminar. Ex Tridenti Mercatus? – Sea-Power and Maritime Trade in the Age of Globalization.

[Canceled, will be re-scheduled later] Brianna Heggeseth, Williams College Statistics Department. Searching for Development Patterns.

Thursday, April 17. 4:00pm-5:30pm. Griffin 6. Leah Platt Boustan, UCLA. Economics Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar. Competition in the Promised Land: Black Migrants in Northern Cities and Labor Markets.

Thursday, April 24. 4:00pm-5:30pm. CDE classroom. Maria Soledad Martinez-Peria, The World Bank. CDE Seminar. Foreign Bank Subsidiaries’ Default Risk : What Factors Help Insulate Affiliates from their Parents?

Friday, April 25. Noon-1:00pm. CDE Dining Room. Lant Pritchett, Harvard Kennedy School. Development Dialogue. Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation: How to Change Not What Policies or Organizations Look Like but Rather What They Do. [Note: for Development Dialogues only, reservations are required due to limited seating and provision of lunch. If you are interested in attending, please email Karima Barrow at Karima.E.Barrow@williams.edu and she will let you know if there is room for you.]

Friday, April 25. 4:00pm-5:30pm. Griffin 6. Lant Pritchett, Harvard Kennedy School. CDE Seminar. Towards a Grand Unified Theory of Growth: Understanding Growth Transitions.

Thursday, May 1. 4:00pm-5:30pm. Griffin 6. Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar. Stephen Polasky, University of Minnesota. Implementing the Optimal Provision of Ecosystem Services.

Friday, May 2. 12:15pm-1:15pm. Schapiro 309. Economics Brown Bag Lunch Seminar. Theresa Gutbertlet, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Fall 2013

Friday, September 27, Noon. CDE. Development Dialogue. Stijn Claessens, International Monetary Fund. The IMF’s Role in Crisis Management. [Note: for Development Dialogues only, reservations are required due to limited seating and provision of lunch. If you are interested in attending, please email Karima Barrow at Karima.E.Barrow@williams.edu and she will let you know if there is room for you.]

Friday, September 27, 4:30pm – 6:00pm. Griffin 6. CDE Seminar. Stijn Claessens, International Monetary Fund. Macroprudential Policies to Mitigate Financial System Vulnerabilities.

Wednesday, October 2, 4:00pm – 5:30pm. Griffin 6.  Economics Department Seminar. Jessica Leight, Williams College. Grain into Gold? The Impact of Agricultural Income Shocks on Rural Investment and Industrialization in China.

Wednesday, October 2, 7:00pm – 8:30pm. Thompson Biology Room 112. Panel Discussion. Ashok Rai (Williams College Economics Department), Todd Holland (Zilkha Center) and Zoe Grueskin (student). Williams and Fossil Fuels: Consumption and Investment.

Thursday, October 3, 4:00pm – 5:30pm. Griffin 6. Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar. Luca Ricci, International Monetary Fund. International Capital Flows and Development: Financial Openness Matters.

Saturday, October 5, 11:00am – noon. Griffin 3. CDE Seminar. David Cole, economist with long experience working with Korea and former Harvard Professor. Korea Transformed: 1952-2012.

Wednesday, October 16, 7:00pm – 8:30pm. Hollander 241. History and Economics Seminar. Tirthankar Roy, London School of Economics. The Merchant Firm in Indian History.

Thursday October 17 – Friday October 18. CDE Conference on Urbanization and Development. (Link to conference poster).

Thursday, October 17, 8:00pm, ’62 Center. Gilles Duranton, University of Pennsylvania. Questions for Policy and Understanding of Urban Systems: the Case of Colombia.

Friday, October 18, 9:00am, Griffin 3.  Lakshmi Iyer, Harvard University. Urbanization, Property Rights and Entrepreneurship.

Friday, October 18, 10:00am, Griffin 3. Harris Selod, The World Bank. Land Markets, Property Rights, and City Structure in West African Cities.

Friday, October 18, 11:00am, Griffin 3. Stephen Malpezzi, University of Wisconsin. The Spatial Distribution of Population in 54 World Cities: The Role of Markets, Planning, and Topography.

Friday, October 18, 1:15pm, Griffin 3. Solomon Hsiang, Princeton University/UC Berkeley. Quantifying the Influence of Climate on Human Conflict.

Friday, October 18, 2:15pm, Griffin 3. Adam Storeygard, Tufts University. Climate Change and Urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Friday, October 18, 3:15pm, Griffin 3. Nathaniel Baum-Snow, Brown University. Transportation and Urban Growth in Chinese Cities.

Friday, October 18, 4:30pm, Griffin 3. Panel Discussion and Wrap-Up. Gilles Duranton, University of Pennsylvania; Yannis Ioannides, Tufts University; Stephen Sheppard, Williams College; moderated by Yong Suk Lee, Williams College.

Wednesday, October 23, 4:00pm – 5:30pm. Griffin 6. Economics Department Seminar. Peter Pedroni, Williams College. Structural Panel VARs.

Friday, October 25, 12:30pm – 1:30pm. Schapiro 309. Economics Department Brown Bag Lunch. Matt Jaremski, Colgate University. American Banking and the Transportation Revolution Before the Civil War.

Monday, October 28, 4:00pm – 5:30pm. Griffin 6. Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar. James X. Sullivan, University of Notre Dame. Consumption and Income Inequality in the U.S. Since the 1960s.

Wednesday, October 30, 4:00pm – 5:30pm. Griffin 6. Economics Department Seminar. Yong Lee, Williams College. Entrepreneurship, Small Businesses, and Urban Growth.

Friday, November 8, Noon. CDE. Development Dialogue. Mike Samson, Williams College and Economic Policy Research InstituteThe Role of Independent Research Institutes in the Policy Process in Developing Countries . [Note: for Development Dialogues only, reservations are required due to limited seating and provision of lunch. If you are interested in attending, please email Karima Barrow at Karima.E.Barrow@williams.edu and she will let you know if there is room for you.]

Monday, November 11, 7:30pm – 9:00pm. Griffin 3. Public Lecture. Joe Peek, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Monetary Policy and the Financial Crisis.

Friday, November 15, 4:00pm – 5:30pm. CDE. CDE Seminar. Susan Godlonton, International Food Policy Research Center and Williams College. The Demand for Male Circumcision.

Monday, November 18, 4:00pm – 5:30pm. Griffin 6. Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar. Christopher Foote, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Why Did So Many People Make So Many Ex Post Bad Decisions: The Causes of the Foreclosure Crisis.

Wednesday, November 20, 12:30pm-1:30pm. Hollander 317. Economics Department “Brown Bag Lunch.” Yong Lee, Williams College. Sanctions and North Korean Development.

Thursday, November 21, time TBA. Griffin 3. History and Economics Public Lecture. Harold James, Princeton University. The Euro and its Flaws.

Wednesday, December 4, 4:00pm – 5:30pm. Griffin 6. Economics Department Seminar. Lucie Schmidt and David Love, Williams College. Immigrants, Social Security, and the Adequacy of Wealth.

Friday, December 6, Noon-1:00pm, Schaprio 309. Economics Brown Bag Lunch. Tara Watson, Williams College. Protocols for Replicability of Student Empirical Projects.

Tuesday, December 10, Noon-1:00pm, Schapiro 309. Economics Brown Bag Lunch. Jessica Leight, Williams College. Value for Money in Purchasing Votes: A Lab Experiment in the Field.

Prior year seminars