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


The Economics Department invites experts in their field

 to present seminars to faculty and students. 

Seminars Listed by Year.


"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 Mircofinance"

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

David Card
UC Berkeley


"Do Beliefs About Peers Matter for Donation Matching?"

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

​Sharon Traiberman ​

"Regression Discontinuity Designs"

Matias Cattaneo, P​hD ​
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 Un​​​iversity​

"Job Displacement"

Pawel Krolikowski
Tufts Un​​​iversity​
​​"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 ​U​​niversity

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 Berkley

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
Stanford University

Search in the Labor Market: The Diamond-Mortensen-Pissarides Model

Jim Albrecht and Susan Vroman Georgetown University

Closing the Par enting Gap: Insights from Behavioral Economics and Neuroscience

Ariel Kalil, Ph.D.

Health Reform in the US: The Past, Present & Future

Jon 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 Busin​ess
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 Multipple 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

Univeristy of Alabama
China's Macroeconomics Development: 
Retrospect and Prospect

Kevin Huang
Vanderbilt University
​​Using Discontinuities/Kink
in Program Rules to
Measure Causal 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