[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 2018

Friday, February 9, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  CDE classroom.  Mary Hallward-Driemeir, World Bank Group, CDE Seminar, Trouble in the Making? The Future of Manufacturing-Led Development.

Friday, March 2, 12:15pm-1:15pm.  CDE building.  Ralph Chami, International Monetary Fund, CDE Development Dialogue, “What’s Different about Remittances”.  [Spaces are limited.  Please RSVP to [email protected]]

Tuesday, March 6, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  Marianne Bitler, UC Davis, Economics Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar, Long Run Effects of Food Assistance and Early Human Capital Programs.

Wednesday, April 4, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  Sarah Jacobson, Williams College, Economics Department Seminar, Variances: Regulatory Discretion for Good or for Ill.

Thursday, April 5-Friday, April 6, CDE Conference:  Technology and Financial Services: Finance for All?

Thursday, April 5, 8:00pm. Brooks–Rogers Recital Hall.  Keynote Address. Arvind Panagariya, Columbia University, “Financial Technology, Inclusion, and Economic Development.”

Friday, April 6, 9:00am-. Griffin 3.  The complete schedule is located here.

Tuesday, April 10, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  David Wilcox, Federal Reserve Board, Economics Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar, Okun Revisited: Who Benefits Most From a Strong Economy?

Tuesday, April 17, 4:00pm-5:30pm. Griffin 6.  Mikael Svensson, Williams College, Economics Department Seminar, Women and the Poor are More Sensitive to Health Care Prices – Regression Discontinuity Evidence.

Thursday, April 19, 4:00pm-5:30pm. Schapiro 241.  Ben Ho, Vassar College, Economics Department Seminar, Toward an understanding of the economics of apologies:  evidence from a large-scale natural field experiment.

Tuesday, April 24, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Schapiro 241.  Jean-Paul L’Huillier, Brandeis University, Economics Department Seminar, Technological Revolutions and the Three Great Slumps: A Medium-Run Analysis.

Thursday, April 26, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  James Poterba, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Economics Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar, “Retirement Saving and Retirement Security.”  [The discussion will include findings from the following paper.]

Wednesday, May 9, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  Stephen Sheppard, Williams College, Economics Department Seminar, Do Airbnb properties affect house prices?

Fall 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 4:00pm-5:30pm. Schapiro 241.  Fiona Burlig (’12), University of Chicago, Economics Department Seminar, Out of the Darkness and Into the Light? Development Effects of Rural Electrification.

Monday, September 25, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  Daniel Riera-Crichton, Bates College, Economics Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar, Non-linear distortion-based effects of tax changes on output: A worldwide narrative approach.

Friday, September 29, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 7.  Andrew Powell, Inter-American Development Bank, CDE and Economics Department Seminar, “Routes to Growth in a New Trade World.”

Monday, October 2, 7:30pm-9:00pm.  Griffin 6.  Paul Pierson, UC Berkeley Political Science, Political Economy Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar, Who Governs Now? Political Influence in an Era of High Inequality (a closely-related background reading with a different title is available here).

Thursday, October 5, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Schapiro 129.  Stephanie Miner, Mayor of Syracuse, NY, Political Economy Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar, The Need for Reflection in a Hot-Take Culture.

Wednesday, October 11, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  Matthew Gibson, Williams College, Economics Department Seminar, (Bed)Time Inconsistency.

Thursday, October 12, 4:00pm-5:30pm. Schapiro 241.  Ishani Tewari, Curry College, Economics Department Seminar, Durable Ownership, Time Allocation and Female Labor Force Participation: Evidence from China’s ‘Home Appliances to the Countryside’ Rebate.

Friday, October 13, 12:00pm-1:00pm.  Schapiro 309.  Stelios Michalopoulos, Brown University, Economics Brown Bag Seminar, Folklore.

Tuesday, October 17, 4:00pm-5:30pm. Schapiro 241.  Martin Rotemberg (’08), New York University, Economics Department Seminar, Engines of Productivity Growth: Railroads, Reallocation, and the Rise of American Manufacturing.

Thursday, October 19, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  Petra Moser, NYU Stern, Economics Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar, Effects of Copyrights on Science.

Monday, October 23, 7:30pm.  Paresky auditorium.  Robert Stavins, Harvard Kennedy School, Economics Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar co-hosted with Environmental Studies program, “Global Climate Change Policy in the Age of Trump:  What Can an Economist Possibly Have to Say About Climate Change?”

Friday, October 27, 12:15pm-1:15pm.  CDE building. Hank Healey, RTI International, CDE Development Dialogue,“Improving Education Systems through Purposeful Decentralization.” [Spaces are limited; please RSVP to Rachel Louis.]

Friday, November 3, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 7.  Jim Berry, University of Delaware, CDE Seminar, “Mainstreaming an Effective Intervention: Evidence from Randomized Evaluations of ‘Teaching at the Right Level’ in India.”

Thursday, November 9, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Griffin 6.  Nina Pavcnik, Dartmouth College, Economics Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar, Export Markets and Labor Allocation in a Low-Income Country.

Thursday, November 16, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Schapiro 241.  Bradley Hardy, American University, Economics Department Seminar, The Effect of the Earned Income Tax Credit in the District of Columbia on Poverty and Income Dynamics.

Wednesday, December 6, 4:00pm-5:00pm.  Griffin 6.  Steven Nafziger, Williams College, Economics Department Seminar, “The Births, Lives, and Deaths of Corporations in Late Imperial Russia.”


Prior year seminars