Seminars

& Events

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Winter and Spring 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2:45pm.  Griffin 3.  CDE fellows Micheal Kimbi (Cameroon), Balthazar Nganikiye (Burundi), Belisti Kebie (Ethiopia), Albino John Ajack (South Sudan), CDE Country Talks and Discussion.

Tuesday, January 27, 2:45pm.  Griffin 3.  CDE fellows Diala AlMasri (Lebanon), Sameer Khailah (Yemen), Mirjana Popovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), CDE Country Talks and Discussion.

Thursday, February 19, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  Karen Dynan, U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy and Chief Economist, Political Economy Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar, Enhancing Economic Opportunity for the Middle Class.

Wednesday, February 25, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  William Olney, Williams College, Economics Department Seminar, English Proficiency and Labor Market Performance in the Economics Profession.

Thursday, February 26, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  Taryn Dinkelman, Dartmouth College, Economics Department Seminar, The long run effects of labor migration on human capital formation in communities of origin  (joint work with Martine Mariotti at the Australian National University).

Friday, February 27, 12:15pm.  CDE Building.  Taryn Dinkelman, Dartmouth College, Development Dialogue, Learning about pathways out of poverty using historical data: Measuring the long run impacts of labor migration on economic outcomes in communities of origin  [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 keb1@williams.edu and she will let you know if there is room for you.]

Wednesday, March 4, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  Greg Phelan, Williams College, Economics Department Seminar, Securitization, Leverage, Tranching, and International Capital Flows (by Greg Phelan and Alexis Akira Toda).

Thursday, March 12, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  James Walker, Indiana University, Economics Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar, Externalities in appropriation: Responses to probabilistic losses (by Esther Blanco, Tobias Haller and James Walker).

Friday, March 13, 12:15pm-1:15pm.  CDE Building.  Stephen Golub, Swarthmore College, Development Dialogue, Informal Cross-Border Trade and Smuggling in Africa  [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 keb1@williams.edu and she will let you know if there is room for you.]

Wednesday, April 15, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6. Susan Godlonton, Williams College, Economics Department Seminar, Title TBA.

Monday, April 20, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  Susan Dynarski, University of Michigan, Economics Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar, Title TBA.

Monday, April 27, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  Alexis Toda, University of California, San Diego, Economics Department Seminar, Growth, Welfare, and Inequality under Basic Income/Flat Tax.

Tuesday, April 28, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  Phil Levine, Wellesley College, Economics Department Seminar, Title TBA.

Tuesday, May 5, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  Ana Fostel, George Washington University, Economics Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar, Title TBA.

Wednesday, May 6, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  Sarah Jacobson, Williams College, Economics Department Seminar, Title TBA.

 

Fall 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  William Olney, Williams College, Economics Department Seminar, The Composition of Exports and Human Capital Acquisition.

Friday, September 12, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  Albert Saiz, MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning, Economics Department Seminar, Immigrant Locations and Native Residential Preferences in Spain: New Ghettos.

Monday, September 29, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  Prachi Mishra, International Monetary Fund, Economics Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar, Beggar-thy-Neighbor Effects of Exchange Rates? A Study of the Renminbi.

Tuesday, September 30,  12:30pm-1:30pm.  CDE Dining Room.  Prachi Mishra, International Monetary Fund, Development Dialogue, Monetary Transmission 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 keb1@williams.edu and she will let you know if there is room for you.]

Wednesday, October 1, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 7.  Ashok Rai, Williams College, Economics Department Seminar, Sorting Through Affirmative Action: Three Field Experiments from Colombia.

Thursday, October 9, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  Anandi Mani, University of Warwick, Economics Department Seminar, Sex Workers, Stigma and Self-Belief: Evidence from a Psychological Training Program in India.

Friday, October 17, 2:30pm-5:15pm.  Griffin 3.  CDE Conference on Historical Persistence in Comparative Development.

2:45pm-3:30pm.  Enrico Spolaore, Tufts University, How Deep are the Roots of Economic Development?Fertility and Modernity

3:30pm-4:15pm.  Christian Dippel, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Forced Coexistence and Economic Development: Evidence from Native American Reservations

4:30pm-5:15pm.  James Fenske, Oxford University, Climate and the Slave Trade

Friday, October 17, 8:00pm.  Griffin 3.  CDE Conference on Historical Persistence in Comparative Development.   David Weil, Brown University, Conference Keynote Address:  The Global Spatial Distribution of Population and Economic Activity: Effects of Nature, History, and Agglomeration.

Saturday, October 18, 9:00am-4:00pm.  Griffin 3.  CDE Conference on Historical Persistence in Comparative Development.

9:00am-9:45am.  William Maloney, World Bank and Universidad de los Andes, Engineers, Entrepreneurs, and Development in the Americas

9:45am-10:30am.  Marcella Alsan, Stanford Medical School, The Effect of the TseTse Fly on African Development

10:45am-11:30am.  Dietrich Vollrath, University of Houston, Malthusian Dynamics and the Rise of Poor Megacities

11:30am-12:15pm.  Saumitra Jha, Stanford Graduate School of Business, “Unfinished Business”:  Historic Complementarities, Political Competition, and Ethnic Violence in Gujarat

1:30pm-2:15pm.  Nico Voigtlaender, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Bowling for Fascism: Social Capital and the Rise of the Nazi Party

2:15pm-3:00pm.  Stelios Michalopoulos, Brown University, The Long-Run Effects of the Scramble for Africa

3:15pm-4:00pm.  Noam Yuchtman, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, Intergenerational Mobility and Institutional Change in 20th Century China

Wednesday, October 22, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 7.  Jessica Leight, Williams College, Economics Department Seminar, Maternal Bargaining Power, Parental Compensation and Non-cognitive Skills in Rural China.

Thursday, October 23, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  Michael Klein, Tufts University, Economics Department Seminar, Rounding the Corners of the Policy Trilemma: Sources of monetary policy autonomy.

Monday, October 27, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  Paul Cheshire, London School of Economics, Economics Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar, Land Use Regulation and Productivity – Land Matters: Evidence From a UK Supermarket Chain.

Wednesday, October 29, 8:00pm.  Griffin 3.  Gary Kleiman, World Bank, CDE Seminar, Climate-Smart Development: Adding up the benefits of actions that help build prosperity, end poverty and combat climate change.

Wednesday, November 5, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  Greg Phelan, Williams College, Economics Department Seminar, Financial Innovation and Global Imbalances.

Friday, November 7, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  Dave Evans, World Bank, joint CDE-Economics Department Seminar, The Permanent Input Hypothesis: The Case of Textbooks and (No) Student Learning in Sierra Leone.

Thursday, November 20, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  Jim Hines, University of Michigan, Economics Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar, Random Policies in Federations.

Tuesday, December 9, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  Peter Pedroni, Williams College, Economics Department Seminar, “Panel SVARs Part II:  Applications from Recent Empirical Papers”.

 

Prior year seminars