Seminars, prior years

Winter & Spring 2013

Tuesday, January 8, 4:00PM, CDE. 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 8, Development Dialogue, Noon, CDE. The 500 Million Challenge: How Finance Can Unlock the Power of the World’s Agricultural Smallholders. Liam Brody, Senior Vice President of Value Chain Relations and Communications at Root Capital. [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.]

[Canceled due to Weather] Friday, March 8, 4:00PM, CDE. David Cole. Korea Transformed: 1952-2012.

Monday March 11, 4:00PM, Griffin 6. George Korniotis, University of Miami. Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar. Income Hedging and Portfolio Decisions.

Thursdsay, March 14, 4:15PM, Wege Auditorium. Lara Shore-Sheppard, Williams College. Insuring the Uninsured Before and After the Affordable Care Act.

Monday, April 1, 4:00PM, CDE. Petia Topalova, International Monetary Fund and Harvard University. CDE Seminar. The Rising Resilience of Emerging Market and Developing Economies.

Thursday, April 4, 4:00PM, Griffin 6. Martin Gaynor, Carnegie-Mellon University. Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar. Free to Choose? Reform and Demand Response in the English National Health Service.

Wednesday, April 10, 4:00PM, Griffin 6. Jon Bakija and William Gentry, Williams College. Economics Department Seminar. Capital Gains Taxes and Realizations: Evidence from a Long Panel of State-Level Data.

Thursday, April 11, 4:00PM, Griffin 6. Henry Schneider, Cornell University. Economics Department Seminar. Checklists for Economic Settings.

Friday, April 12, Development Dialogue, Noon, CDE. Stephan Klasen, University of Goettingen. Millennium Development Goals post-2015: A Modest Proposal. [Space is limited, so if students are interested in attending they should send an RSVP to Karima Barrow at keb1@williams.edu.]

Wednedsay, April 17, 4:00PM, Griffin 6. Lucie Schmidt, Williams College. Economics Department Seminar. Growth in the Supplemental Security Income Program for Children: The Role of Local Jurisdictions and Fiscal Incentives. (joint with Julie Cullen)

Thursday, April 18, 4:00PM, Griffin 6. Henry Farber, Princeton University, Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar. Do Extended Unemployment Bene fits Lengthen Unemployment Spells? Evidence from Recent Cycles in the U.S. Labor Market.

Friday, April 19, Noon, Schapiro 309. Economics Department Seminar. Jane Leber Herr, National Bureau of Economic Research. Understanding the Mechanism of the Return to Delayed First Birth.

[Cancelled due to Illness] Tuesday, April 30, 4:00PM, CDE. Dina Pomeranz, Harvard Business School. CDE Seminar. No Taxation without Information: Deterrence and Self-Enforcement in the Value Added Tax.

Wednesday, May 1, 4:00PM, Griffin 7. Anand Swamy,  Williams College. Economics Department Seminar.  Protecting the Borrower:  An Experiment in Colonial India. (joint with Latika Chaudhary)

Tuesday, May 7, 4:00PM, Griffin 6. Dietrich Earnhart, University of Kansas. Economics Department Seminar. Effect of Enforcement Approach on Environmental Management: Coercive vs. Cooperative Enforcement.

Fall 2012

Thursday, September 13, 4:00PM, CDE — Nancy Birdsall , Williams College and Center for Global Development & Jerry Caprio, Williams College, CDE Seminar. The Global Financial Crisis and the Development Agenda.

Wednesday, September 19, 4:00PM, Schapiro Hall 129 – Ken Kuttner, Williams College, Economics Department Seminar. Taming the Real Estate Beast: The Effects of Monetary and Macroprudential Policies on House Prices and Credit.

Friday, September 21, Development Dialogue, Noon, CDE — Paul Niehaus, University of California San Diego. Introducing a Radical New Way to Give: Directly. [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.]

Tuesday, September 25, 4:00PM, Griffin 6 — Bishnupriya Gupta, University of Warwick, Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar.  India and the Great Divergence: An Anglo-Indian Comparison of GDP per Capita, 1600-1871.

Thursday, September 27, and Friday September 28, ’62 Center Main Stage. Conference on The Future of the World Bank and the IMF: Redesign For a New (and Old) World, sponsored by the Williams College Center for Development Economics. All events listed for September 27 and 28 below (and marked with an asterisk *) are part of this conference. For these events only, tickets are required but are free of charge.  To reserve tickets, contact the ’62 Center Box Office at (413) 597-2425, Tuesday through Saturday, 1-5PM, or reserve online at 62center.williams.edu.

Thursday, September 27, 4:00PM, ’62 Center Main Stage — Panel discussion with: Nancy Birdsall, Center for Global Development and Williams College; Ishrat Husain, Former Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan; and Robert Wade, London School of Economics; moderated by Jerry Caprio, Williams College. What Kind of World Bank in the 21st Century? *

Thursday, September 27, 8:00PM, ’62 Center Main Stage – James Robinson, Harvard University. Why Nations Fail. *

Friday, September 28, 8:30AM, ’62 Center Main Stage — Panel Discussion with: Michael Bordo, Rutgers University; Atish R. Ghosh, International Monetary Fund; James Hanson, formerly World Bank; and Garry Schinasi, formerly International Monetary Fund. Moderated by Peter Montiel, Williams College. The Global Financial Architecture and Financial Stability: What Works? *

Friday, September 28, 9:45AM, ’62 Center Main Stage — Panel discussion with: Philip Lane, Trinity College (Dublin); Guillermo Ortiz, President, Banorte and former Governor, Banco Central de Mexico; and Ted Truman, The Peterson Institute for International Economics and Williams College. Moderated by Kenneth Kuttner, Williams College. The Role of a Lender of Last Resort. *

Friday, September 28, 11:35AM, ’62 Center Main Stage — Panel discussion with: Olivier Blanchard, International Monetary Fund; Michael Kremer, Harvard University; and Luis Serven, The World Bank. Moderated by Peter Pedroni, Williams College. The Role of Research in the Bank and the Fund. *

Friday, September 28, 1:45PM, ’62 Center Main Stage — Panel discussion with: Ken Chomitz, The World Bank; Matt Kotchen, Yale University; Andrew Steer, President, World Resources Institute, formerly Special Envoy for Climate Change, The World Bank. Moderated by Sarah Jacobson, Williams College. Environment and Development? *

Friday, September 28, 3:00PM, ’62 Center Main Stage — Panel discussion with: Uri Dadush, The Carnegie Foundation and Arvind Panagariya, Columbia University. Moderated by Ashok Rai, Williams College. The Rise of Emerging Markets and the International Financial Institutions. *

Tuesday, October 16, 4:00PM, Griffin 6 — Nathan Nunn, Harvard University, Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar. On the Origins of Gender Roles: Women and the Plough.

Thursday, October 18, 7:00PM, Clark Hall Room 105 — Jerry Caprio, Williams College. More than Medicare, Social Security, Even War: the Cost of Financial Misregulation.

Friday, October 19, Development Dialogue, Noon, CDE — Sajeda Amin, Population Council, Gender-Based Violence. [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.]

Wednesday, October 24, 4:00PM, Griffin 7 — Lucie Schmidt, Lara Shore-Sheppard, and Tara Watson, Williams College, Economics Department Seminar. The Effect of Safety Net Programs on Food Insecurity.

Wednesday, October 31, 12:30PM, Griffin 6 — Naomi Feldman, Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Economics Department Seminar. The Impact of Tax Exclusive and Inclusive Prices on Demand. [Note: this was originally scheduled for Tuesday Oct. 30th but has been moved due to the Hurricane Sandy.]

Friday, November 2, 4:00PM,  Griffin 6 — John Briscoe, Harvard University (and former Senior Water Advisor at the World Bank). CDE Seminar. The Challenge of Water Security in a Changing World. (Click here to read an interview with John Briscoe addressing the topic of his talk).

Friday, November 9, Development Dialogue, Noon, CDE — Nancy Birdsall, Center for Global Development and Williams College. How to Manage Easy Oil Money: Options and a New Idea? [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.]

Tuesday, November 13, 4:00PM, CDE — Nancy Birdsall, Williams College and Center for Global Development, CDE seminar. Institution Building through Cash on Delivery Aid.

Wednesday, November 14, 4:00PM, Griffin 7– Will Olney, Williams College, Economics Department Seminar. The Impact of Corruption on Exporting.

Wednesday, November 28, 4:00PM, Griffin 6 – Pierre-Richard Agenor, University of Manchester, joint Class of 1960 Scholars and CDE Seminar. Public Capital, Growth and Welfare.

Wednesday, December 5 4:00PM, Griffin 6 –  Tanseli Savaser, Williams College, Economics Department Seminar. Managerial Stock Options and Firm Risk: The Impact of Regulatory Changes.

Spring 2012

Thursday, January 12, 8:00PM, MainStage, ’62 Center – Prof. Lawrence Summers, Harvard University Kennedy School,  will give a talk on the economy.  Sponsored by Leadership Studies, Lecture Committee.

Wednesday, February 15, 4:00PM, Griffin 6- Prof. Sarah Jacobson, Williams College.  Economics Department Seminar. Those Outsiders: How Downstream Externalities Affect Public Good Provision.

Wednesday, February 22, 4:00PM, Griffin 6- Prof. Lucie Schmidt, Williams College.  Economics Department Seminar.  Understanding the Supplemental Security Income Program after the 1996 Welfare Reform.

Wednesday, February 29, 4:00PM, Griffin 6- Prof. Robert Gazzale, Williams College.  Economics Department Seminar.  Testing Motives for Charitable Giving: Revealed-Preference and Experimental Evidence on the Importance of Social Comparisons.

Tuesday, March 6, 4:00PM, Griffin 6- Prof. Helen Levy, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan.  Class of 1960′s Scholars Seminar. The Economics of Health Reform.

Thursday, March 8, 4:00PM, Wege Auditorium, Chemistry, Prof. Tara Watson, Williams College. Faculty Lecture Series.  Immigrants and Public Health Insurance.

Tuesday, March 13, 4:00PM, Griffin 6- Prof. Stephen Wu, Hamilton College.  Class of 1960′s Scholars Seminar.  Are Pregnant Women Happier? Racial Differences in the Relationship Between Pregnancy and Life Satisfaction.

Thursday, March 15, 4:00PM, Griffin 6- Prof. Abigail Hornstein, Wesleyan University.  Economics Department Seminar.  Managerial Investment in Mutual Funds.

Thursday, April 5, 4:00PM, Center for Development Economics- Prof. Nidhiya Menon, Brandeis University. CDE Lecture. Seasonal Effects of Water Quality on Infant and Child Health in India.

Monday, April 9, 12:30PM, Faculty House Lounge- Prof. David Laibson, Harvard University.  Class of 1960′s Scholars Seminar. Self Control and Liquidity: How to Design a Commitment Contract.

Monday, April 9, 7:30PM Griffin 3- Dr. Adam Posen, Bank of England, Edwin Truman, Williams College, Jan Van Eck, Van Eck Asociates, Kenneth Kuttner, Williams College. Economics Department Panel Discussion.  The Euro Crisis and its Impact. 

Tuesday, April 24, 4:00PM, Griffin 3- Prof. Gerard Caprio, Williams College, Class of 1960′s Scholars talk.  Guardians of Finance: Making Regulators Work for Us.

Monday, April 30, 4:00PM, Griffin 6- Prof. Kate Sims, Amherst College.  Two-dimensional Evaluation: The Environmental and Socioeconomic Impacts of Mexico’s Payments for Hydrological Services Program.

Fall 2011

Thursday, September 22, 4:00PM, Griffin 6- Prof. Ragan Petrie, George Mason University.  Class of 1960′s Scholars Seminar. Gender Differences in Bargaining Outcomes: A Field Experiment.

Thursday, September 22, 8:00PM, Griffin 3- Prof. Patrick Honohan, Trinity College – Ireland.  CDE Lecture.

Thursday, October 06, 4:00PM, Griffin 6- Prof. Dietz Vollrath, University of Houston.  Class of 1960′s Scholars Seminar.  The Agricultural Basis of Comparative Development.

Wednesday, October 12, 4:00PM, Griffin 6- Prof. Douglas Gollin, Williams College.  Economics Department Seminar. The Agricultural Productivity Gap in Developing Countries.

Friday, October 21, 8:00PM, Brooks Rogers – Dr. Nancy Birdsall, President, Center for Global Development.  CDE Lecture. Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Fixing the U.S. Approach to Development in Pakistan?

Saturday, October 22, 11:00AM, Griffin 3 – Panel on “Corruption and Reforms” with Ana Rodriguez-Ortiz CDE ’87, Inter-American Development Bank; William Savedoff, Center for Global Development; Anand Swamy, Williams College.

Tuesday, October 25, 4:00PM, Griffin 6- Prof. Dean Yang, University of Michigan.  CDE Lecture.  Making Remittances Work for Economic Development.

Wednesday, November 2, 4:00PM, Griffin 6- Prof. Steven Nafziger, Williams College.  Economics Department Seminar. Serfdom, Emancipation, and Economic Development in Tsarist Russia.

Wednesday, November 9, 4:00PM, CDE- Dr. Biju Rao, World Bank. CDE Lecture.

Monday, November 14, 4:00PM, Schapiro 129- Dr. David Wilcox, Federal Reserve Board.  Class of 1960′s Scholars Seminar.  The Conduct of Monetary Policy During and Since the Financial Crisis.

Tuesday, November 15, 4:00PM, CDE- Prof. Monica Singhal, Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  CDE Lecture.

Wednesday, November 30, 4:00PM, Schapiro 129- Prof. David Love, Williams College.  Economics Department Seminar. Optimal Rules of Thumb for Consumption and Portfolio Choice.

Thursday, December 1, 7:30PM, Griffin 3- Frank Veneroso, Veneroso and Associates.  Economics Department Talk. Is the Fed causing the next great bubble?

Wednesday, December 07, 4:00PM, Schapiro 129- Prof. Sara LaLumia, Williams College.  Economics Department Seminar. The EITC,  Tax Refunds, and Unemployment Spells.

Spring 2011

Thursday, March 3, 4:00 PM. Griffin 6–   Prof.  Thomas Ulen, University of Illinois – College of Law.  Class of 1960′s Scholars Seminar.  The Role of Law in Economic Growth and Development.

Wednesday, March 16, 4:00 PM, Griffin 6 — Prof. John Friedman, Harvard Kennedy School, Class of 1960′s Scholars Seminar, How Does Your Kindergarten Classroom Affect Your Earnings?  Evidence From Project STAR.

Monday, April 04, 3:00 PM, Griffin 3 — Prof. John Siegfried, Vanderbilt University, “Better Living Through Economics” Economics Department Seminar

Thursday, April 07, 4:00 PM Griffin 6 — Prof. Pinar Keskin, Wesleyan University, Economics Department Seminar. Farming the Ogallala Aquifer: Short-run and Long-run Impacts of Groundwater Access.

Thursday, April 14, 4:00 PM, Griffin 6 –Prof. Ricardo Reis, Columbia University, Economics Department Class of 1960′s Scholars Seminar. Targeted transfers and the fiscal response to the great recession.

Friday, April 15, 8:00 PM, Center for Development Economics –   Prof. James Levinsohn ’81, Yale School of Management, Policies to Alleviate Unemployment in South Africa. Center for Development Economics talk.

Wednesday, April 20, 4:00 PM, Griffin 6 – Prof. Robert Gazzale, Williams College, Economics Department Seminar. The Effect of Buyout Options on Effort Contributions to Reduce Carbon Emissions.

Wednesday, April 27, 4:00 PM Griffin 6 — Prof. William Olney,  Williams College, Economics Department Seminar.  A Race to the Bottom? Employment Protection and Foreign Direct Investment.

Friday, April 29, 4:00 PM, Center for Development Economics — Prof. Kristin Forbes ’92, MIT – Sloan School of Management. CDE seminar. Capital Controls: New Thinking on an Old Debate.

Wednesday, May 04, 4:00 PM, Griffin 6 — Seminar by Prof. Nicholas Wilson of Williams College.  Fertility Responses to PMTCT Scale-Up.

 

Fall 2010

Thursday, September 23, 4:00 PM, Griffin 6 — Enrica Detragiache, International Monetary Fund.  Bank Capital: Lessons from the Financial Crisis. CDE Seminar.

Wednesday, September 29, 4:00 PM, Griffin 6 — Prof. Tanseli Savaser, Williams College.  Economics Department Seminar. Asymmetric Information and the Foreign-Exchange Spreads of Global Custody Banks.

Friday, October 01, 4:00 PM, Griffin 6 — Prof. Nicholas Wilson, Williams College, The Early 21st Century Copper Boom and HIV/AIDS in Zambia. Economics Department Seminar.

Saturday, October 09, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM – Economic History & Development: Common Insights.  Melon 23 Workshop.

Tuesday-Friday, October 12-15, — Center for Development Economics 50th Anniversary: A Half Century of Searching and Learning.

Wednesday, October 13, 8:00 PM, ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance — Prof. Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University, A Half Century of Changing Perspectives on Development.  Public lecture presented as part of the Center for Development Economics 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Thursday, October 14, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM, Griffin 3 –   Changing the Pardigm: The Challenge to the Economics Profession in the Aftermath of the Crisis and the Role of the Institute for New Economic Thinking.  Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate, and Rob Johnson, head of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, which was established in the wake of the financial crisis, will discuss economics in academia: how it is taught, encouraged, evaluated, and translates into the economics profession.

Thursday, October 14, 8:00 PM, ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance — Prof. Dani Rodrik, Harvard University, Diagnostics before Prescription? Public lecture presented as part of the Center for Development Economics 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Thursday, October 21, 4:00 PM, Griffin 6 — Prof. Jeremy Stein, Harvard University.  Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar. A Macroprudential Approach to Financial Regulation.

Wednesday, October 27, 4:00 PM, Griffin 6 — Prof. Steven Rivkin, Amherst College. Economics Department Seminar. Estimating Principal Effectiveness

Tuesday, November 02, 4:00 PM, CDE — Prof. Rema Hanna, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Targeting the Poor: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Indonesia.  CDE Seminar.

Friday, November 05, Griffin 6 –  Michael Weinstein, Senior Vice President, Robin Hood Foundation.  Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar. Measuring Success: How Robin Hood Estimates the Impact of Grants

Thursday, November 11, 4:00 PM, Griffin 6 — Prof. Kristin Butcher, Wellesley College.  Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar. Giving ‘Til It Helps? Alumnae Giving and Children’s College Options.

Wednesday, December 01, 4:00 PM, Griffin 6 — Prof. Sarah Jacobson, Williams College.  Economics Department Seminar. The Effects of Conservation Reserve Program Participation on Later Land Use.

Thursday, December 02, 4:00 PM, Griffin 6 — Prof. Brigitte Madrian, Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar. Consumer Financial Protection.

Thursday, December 09, 4:00 PM, Griffin 6 — Prof. Jay Wilson, Michigan State University.  Economics Department Seminar.  Tax Policy and the Missing Middle: Optimal Tax Remittance with Firm-Level Administrative Costs.