​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Visiting Scholar Seminar Archives​

​​​​​The Economics Department invites experts in their field to present seminars to faculty and students. 

Seminars Listed by Year.


"Economic Populism"

Helios Herrera
University of Warwick
"Long Term Care Hospitals: A Case Study in Waste"

Liran Einav
Stanford University 
"Can Employers Inform Government Job Training Programs? Evidence from Brazil"

Stephen O'Connell
Emory University
​"The Phenomenon of Summer Diarrhea and its Waning"

Daniel Rees
University of Colorado - Denver
"Risk Sharing, Mortgage Backed Securities, and the 2008 Financial Crisis"

Asen Kochov
University of Rochester
"What is the Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute?"

Abigail Wozniak
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
"Higher Education Finance and the Returns to College"

Seth Zimmerman
University of Chicago Booth


"The Economics of Unkown Unknowns"

Marie-Louise Viero
Queens University
"Economics and Revealed Prefernce"

Chris Chambers
Geogetown University 
"The Unintended Consequences of 'Ban the Box' Policies"

Jennifer Doleac
University of Virginia
​"Why Can't You Find a Taxi in the Rain? The Behavioral Critique of Neoclassical Economics"

Henry Farber
Princeton University
"Does Religion Make Us (Economically) Different?"

Jonathan Tan
University of Nottingham
"Recommending Teams Promotes Pro-Social Lending in Online Microfinance"

Yan Chen
University of Michigan
​"The Economic Impacts of Immigration - An Overview"

David Card
UC Berkeley
​"Combining Empirical Methods in Economics"

Andreas Leibbrandt
Monash University
"The Highs and Lows of Research with Administrative Data"

Ben Hansen
University of Oreg​on
"The Efficient Market Hypothesis: The Experimental Evidence"

Elena Asparouhova
University of Utah
"Skills, Job Tasks, and Productivity in Teaching: Evidence from a Randomized Trial of Instruction Practices"
Eric Taylor
Harvard University
"A Machine Learning Approach to Historical Census Record Linkage"

James Feigenbaum
Boston University​​​
​​​"How Wide is the Firm Border?"

Enghin Atalay
University of Wisconsin
​​​"Recessions, Jobless Recoveries, and Disappearing Middle-Class Jobs"

Henry Siu
University of British Columbia


"Do Beliefs About Peers Matter for Donation Matching?"

Laura Gee
Tufts University
"The Effects of Free Trade on Workers: The Basics and Some Current Evidence"​

Sharon Traiberman
"Regression Discontinuity Designs"

Matias Cattaneo
University of Michigan
"Introduction to Estimation and Inference of Structural and Treatment Parameters Using Machine Learning Methods"​
Chris Hansen
​Chicago Booth
At a Loss: the Real and Reporting Elasticity of Corporate Taxable Income”​

Nathan Seegert
University of Utah
"Earnings Inequality: Stylized Facts, Underlying Causes and Policy"

Barry Hirsch
Tufts University
 "Job Displacement

Pawel Krolikowski
Tufts University
"Family Violence and Football: The Effect of Unexpected Emotional Cues on Violent Behavior

Gordon Dahl
UC San Diego
"Financial Heterogeneity and the Investment Channel of Monetary Policy"​

Pablo Ottonello
 "Recent Research on the Minimum Wage"

Jonathan Meer
Texas A&M
"The Housing Boom and Bust"​

Greg Kaplan
"Entrepreneurship and the U.S Economy"​

Ryan Decker
Federal Reserve Board
​​​"Government Statistics: How are they created and what can we learn from them?"

Martha Stinson


"Paying the Price: College Costs and the Betrayal of the American Dream​​"

Sarah Goldrick-Rab
​​University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Firm-dynamics and the Macroeconomy"

Ben Bugsley
NY Fed

Linda Tesar
University of Michigan
"Firm Heterogeneity and Aggregate Dynamics"

Thomas Winberry
University of Chicago
"​Participatory Democracy with Costly Participation: Absenteeism, Extremism, and Factions"

Martin Osborne
University of Toronto
"​The Impact of Comprehensive School Reform: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design"

Brian Jacob
University of Michigan
​"Cycling to School: Increasing Secondary School Enrollment for Girls in India"

Nishith Prakash
University of Connecticut
"Thinking Fast and Slow: Generosity Over Time"

Judd Kessler
University of Pennsylvania
"The Economics of Hope and Poverty"

Travis Lybbert
UC Davis
"An Economic Perspective on Career Transitions"

​Eliza Forsythe
University of Illinois


"​Cash for Corollas: When Stimulus Reduces Spending"

Mark Hoekstra
​​Texas​ A&M​
"​Applying Insights from Behavioral Economics to Policy Design"

Brigitte Madrian
"​Improving Estimates for the Monetary Benefits of Environmental Regulations"
​Nicolai Kuminoff
Arizona State Univeristy

​"Mental Health Stigma"

Prashant Bharadwaj
UC San Diego
"​Political Polarization"


Ma​ttias Polborn
University of Illinois
​"A Course Level Analysis of STEM Retention and the Distrbution of Ability: Can it Explain the Racial Gap?"
Matt Baird
Rand Corporation
"​The Demographic Effects of Wars: An Economic Perspective"

Guillaume Vandenbroucke
Research Division, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
"​The Impact of Unemployment Insurance on Unemployment"

Ioana Marinescu
University of Chicago Harris
"​The ACA's Medical Loss Ratio: What have we learned in the first three years?"

Briggs Depew
Louisiana State University
"​The LIFE-M Project"

Martha Bailey
University of Michigan
​"Staged Economic Development"

Ping Wang
Washington University in St. Louis


"Economics is an Experimental Science"

Tim Cason, Ph.D.
Purdue University
"Will the Labor Market Ever Recover from the Great Recession?"​

Thomas Lemieux
University of British Columbia
"The Economics Approach to Personal Financial Planning"

Larry Kotlikoff
Boston University
"The Growing (?) Importance of Who You Work For"

David Card
UC Berkeley
Bid Takers or Market Makers? The Effect of Auctioneers on Auction Outcomes”​

Justin Sydnor, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Can Economists Be More Useful, Like Engineers?"

Ken Judd, Ph.D.
Stanford University
 "Search in the Labor Market: The Diamond-Mortensen-Pissarides Model

Jim Albrecht & Susan Vroman, Ph.D.
Georgetown University
"Closing the Parenting Gap: Insights from Behavioral Economics and Neuroscience

Ariel Kalil, Ph.D.
"Health Reform in the US: The Past, Present & Future"​

​John Gruber, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 "The Economic Value of a Law Degree"

Frank McIntyre, Ph.D.
Rutgers University
"High-Quality Preschool: What We Know, and Directions for Future Research"​

Kasey Buckles, Ph.D.
Notre Dame University
"Does International Trade Hurt the American Worker​?"​

Eric O'N Fisher, Ph.D.
California Polytechnic State University
​​​"Voting and Utilitarianism"

John Morgan, Ph.D.
Berkeley Haas School of Business
​"Synthetic Controls for Policy Evaluation"

Alberto Abadie, Ph.D.
Harvard University


"Cell Phones and the Economic Development​"

 Travis Lybbert, Ph.D.
University of California, Davis
"​​Moral Hazard and Macroeconomics"

Roger Myerson, Ph.D.
Chicago University 
"​​Cheap Talk About Cheap Talk"

Gary Charness, Ph.D.
University of California, Santa Barbara
​​"Auctions, Revelation Principle, and Revenue Equivalence Theorem"

Andy Skrzypacz, Ph.D. 
Stanford University
"​Economics of Crime"

Rick Gregory
Provo Police Chief
"A History of the Clean Air Act and Human Health"

Jay Coggins
University of Minnesota
"A Brief Tour of the Wide World of Structural Methods in Microeconomics"

Brent Hickman, Ph.D.
University of Chicago
​"The Promise and Pitfalls of Market-based Education Reform"

David Figlio, Ph.D. 
Northwestern University
"Fiscal Policy and Unemployment"

Marco Battaglini​
Princeton University​

"Behavioral Economics and Education: Some Puzzles, Progress, and Possibilities"
Philip Oreopoulos, Ph.D.
University of Toronto
"​Benefit Generosity and Injury Duration: Evidence from Regression Kink" 

Ben Hans​en, Ph.D.
University of Oregon
"​Problems with Doing the Right Thing: Voting, Deliberation and Equilibrium"

Adam Meirowitz, Ph.D.
Princeton University


"The Impact of Monetary Policy Transparency on Risk and Volatility of Interest Rates: Evidence from the United States"
Amir Kia, Ph.D.
Utah Valley University
"College Applications and College Admissions"​

Hector Chade, Ph.D.
Arizona State University
"Unemployment Insurance and Job Search in the Great Recession"

Jesse Rothstein, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley
"Modeling Uncertainty in a Complicated World"

Steven Callander, Ph.D.
Stanford University
Can Economists be More Useful, Like Engineers?”​

Kenneth L. Judd, Ph.D.
Stanford University
"Global Economic Outlook"

D. Nathan Sheets, Ph.D.
 "Spousal Labor Supply Responses to Government Programs: Evidence from the Disability Insurance Program
Susan Chen
University of Alabama
"Corporate Taxation: Economics and Policy

Jason DeBacker
Middle Tennessee State University
"Why Does New Hampshire Matter - Simultaneous vs. Sequential Election with Multiple Candidates"​

​Melody Lo, Ph.D.
University of Hong Kong
 "The Labor Market Consequences of Forced CEO Turnover"

Christopher Stanton
University of Utah
"Testing for Educational Credit Constraints using Heterogeneity in Individual Time Preferences "​

Ben Cowan
Washington State University
"Global Hemispheric Temperature Trends and Co-Trending: A Shifting Mean Vector Autoegressive Analysis"​
Matt Holt
University​ of Alabama
​​​"China's Macroeconomics Development: Retrospect and Prospect"

Kevin Huang
Vanderbilt University
​"Using Discontinuities/Kink in Program RUles to Measure Casual Effects"

Zhuan Pei
W.E. Upjohn Institute


"Recent Developments in Intergenerational Mobility"

Sandra Black, Ph.D.
University of Texas-Austin
"​‘The Best Price You’ll Never Get’: The 2005 Employee Discount Pricing Promotions in the U.S. Automobile Industry"
Meghan Busse, Ph.D.
Northwestern University
​"Identifying Sibling Influence on Teenage Substance Use"

Joe Altonji, Ph.D.
Yale University
​"Job Loss and Unemployment
in the Great Recession"

Henry S. Farber, Ph.D.
Princeton University
​"America is Bankrupt and We Don’t Even Know It"

Larry Kotlikoff, Ph.D.
Boston University
"​Coordination Failures"


Russel Cooper, Ph.D.
European University Institute​
"​An Application of Statistics to Business Decision Making"

Kyoungwon Seo, Ph.D.
Northwestern University
"​Interest Rates Run"

Chris Phelan, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota
​"Beliefs about Expected Earnings and the Choice of College Major"

Peter Arcidiacono, Ph.D.
Duke University
"Panel Data and Treatment Effects"

Whitney Newey, Ph.D​.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology​​
Economics and Big Data"

Randall Lewis, Ph.D. 
"​The Rebirth of Modern Education"

Lant Pritchett, Ph.D.
Harvard University
"​Made in China: The Origin and Implications of China’s Economic Revolution"
Brian Aitken, Ph.D.
International Monetary Fund
"Correlation and Causation"

Paul Heaton, Ph.D.
RAND Institute for Civil Justice
"The Emerging Science on Cohabitation"

Glenn Stanton, M.A.
Focus on the Family