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Microeconomics Seminar Series (Archive)


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The Microeconomics Seminar Series is a weekly series hosted by the World Bank's research department. The series invites leading researchers in applied microeconomics from the fields of poverty, human development and public service delivery, agriculture and rural development, political economy, behavioral economics, private sector development, and a range of other fields to present the results of their most recent research in a seminar format.

To access the current lineup of microeconomics seminars, please visit: https://www.worldbank.org/en/research/brief/microseminar
 

Fall 2019 Schedule of Seminars

Date Time Venue Speaker Paper
Sep 4 12:30 - 2 pm MC 3-570 Austin Wright (Chicago Harris) Rebel Capacity and Combat Tactics
Sep 11 12:30 - 2 pm MC 10-100 Ben Olken (MIT) Tax Administration vs. Tax Rates: Evidence from Corporate Taxation in Indonesia
Sep 18 12:30 - 2 pm MC 3-570 Jonathan Colmer (UVA) The Economics of Marine Conservation
Sep 25 12:30 - 2 pm MC 3-570 Karen Macours (PSE) Education, Income and Mobility: Experimental Impacts of Childhood Exposure to Progresa after 20 Years
Oct 2 12:30 - 2 pm MC 3-570 Rosella Calvi (Rice) Sharing the Pie: Undernutrition, Intra-household Allocation, and Poverty
Oct 9 12:30 - 2 pm MC 10-100 Eliana La Ferrara (Bocconi) Interaction, Stereotypes and Performance: Evidence from South Africa
Oct 16 12:30 - 2 pm G 8-090 Rodrigo Soares (Columbia SIPA) Down the River: Glyphosate Use in Agriculture and Birth Outcomes of Surrounding Populations
Oct 23 12:30 - 2 pm MC 3-570 Erika Deserranno (Northwestern Kellogg) Aid Crowd-Out: The Effect of NGOs on Government-Provided Public Services
Oct 30 12:30 - 2 pm MC 3-570 Natalie Bau (UCLA) Misallocation and Capital Market Integration: Evidence From India
Nov 6 12:30 - 2 pm MC 9-100 Jie Bai (HKS) Quid Pro Quo, Knowledge Spillover and Industrial Quality Upgrading
Nov 13 12:30 - 2 pm MC 3-570 Sylvie Lambert (PSE) Adoption of improved seeds, land allocation and welfare: Evidence from DRC
Dec 4 12:30 - 2 pm MC 3-570 Quy-Toan Do (World Bank) Sophisticated Policy with Naive Agents: Habit Formation and Optimal Water Pricing in Vietnam
Dec 9 12:30 - 2 pm MC 3-570 John Firth (University of Notre Dame)
I’ve Been Waiting on the Railroad: The Effects of Congestion on Firm Production

 

Spring 2019 Schedule of Seminars

Date Time Venue Speaker Paper
Feb 27 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Frank Schilbach (MIT) Does Poverty Lower Productivity?
March 6 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Nate Baum-Snow (Toronto) The Long-Run Effects of Neighborhood Change on Incumbent Families
March 13 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Xavier Gine (World Bank) Targeting Inputs: Experimental Evidence from Tanzania
March 20 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Alessandra Voena (Chicago) Age of Marriage, Weather Shocks, and the Direction of Marriage Payments
March 27 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Jeremy Magruder (Berkeley) Irrigation in Rwanda: Farmers' responses to a massive change in the production possibility frontier
April 3 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Johannes Haushofer (Princeton) General Equilibrium Welfare Effects of Cash Transfers: Experimental Evidence from Kenya
April 10 12:30 - 2:00 pm G 8-090 Lucie Gadenne (Warwick) Taxation and Supplier Networks: Evidence from India
April 17 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Maureen Cropper (UMD) Why Do Discrete Choice Approaches to Valuing Climate Amenities Yield Different Results Than Hedonic Models?
April 24 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Rebecca Dizon-Ross (Chicago) Incentivizing Behavioral Change: The Role of Time  Preferences
May 1 10:30 - 12:00 pm MC 10-100 Esther Duflo (MIT) Leveraging Data Science, Experiments, and Informal Social Networks to Improve Immunization in India 
May 8 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Siwan Anderson (UBC) Marriage, Commitment and Social Norms: Theory and Evidence from Egypt 
May 15 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Joana Naritomi (LSE) Job Displacement Insurance and (The Lack of) Consumption-Smoothing
May 22     No seminar
 
May 29     No seminar  
June 5 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Andrew Foster (Brown) Are There Too Many Farms in the World? Labor-Market Transaction Costs, Machine Capacities and Optimal Farm Size
June 12 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Mar Reguant (Northwestern) Mitigating Emissions Leakage in Incomplete Carbon Markets
June 19 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Cormac O'Dea (Yale) Insurance, Efficiency and the Design of Public Pensions
June 26 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Tristan Reed (World Bank) Interlinked Transactions and Competition: Experimental Evidence from Cocoa Markets

 

Fall 2018 Schedule of Seminars

Date Time Venue Speaker Paper
Sep 5 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Julien Labonne (University of Oxford) Making Policies Matter: Voter Responses to Campaign Promises
Sep 12 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Felipe Barrera-Osorio (HGSE) Delivering Education to the Underserved through a Public-Private Partnership Program in Pakistan
Sep 19 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Attila Ambrus (Duke) Informal Risk Sharing with Local Information
Sep 25 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Giacomo de Giorgi (Geneva) From Farmers to Entrepreneurs
Oct 3 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Gabriel Kreindler (Chicago/ Harvard) The Welfare Effect of Road Congestion Pricing: Experimental Evidence and Equilibrium Implications 
Oct 10 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Rachael Meager (LSE) Aggregating Distributional Treatment Effects: A Bayesian Hierarchical Analysis of the Microcredit Literature
Oct 17 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Gerard Padro-i-Miguel (Yale) Doing Business in China: The Interplay between Parental and Governmental Influence
Oct 24 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Paul Dower (Wisconsin) Land rights, rental markets, and the post-socialist cityscape
Oct 31 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Benjamin Marx (Sciences Po) Elections as Incentives: Project Completion and Visibility in African Politics
Nov 7 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Mark Agerton (UC Davis) Learning Where to Drill: Drilling Decisions and Geological Quality in the Haynesville Shale
Nov 14 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Ted Miguel (Berkeley) Skill versus Voice in Local Development
Nov 28 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Jessica Goldberg (UMD) Leveraging Patients' Social Networks to Overcome Tuberculosis Under-detection: A Field Experiment in India
Dec 5 12:00 - 1:30 pm MC 3-570 Imran Rasul (UCL) Please note this seminar is cancelled due to closure of World Bank headquarters. 
Dec 10 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Sean Higgins (Berkeley) Financial Technology Adoption


2018 Spring Schedule of Seminars

Date Time Venue Speaker Paper
June 27 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Snaebjorn Gunnsteinsson The Impact of Children's Disabilities on Families
June 20 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Oyebola Okunogbe Technology, Taxation, and Corruption: Evidence from the Introduction of Electronic Tax Filing
June 13 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Fernanda Brollo The Political Economy of Program Enforcement: Evidence from Brazil
June 6 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Alex Anas The optimal mix of pricing and infrastructure expansions to alleviate traffic congestion and in-bus crowding in Grand Casablanca
May 30 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Aislinn Bohren The Dynamics of Discrimination: Theory and Evidence
May 23 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Hoyt Bleakley A Nudge to School: Triangulating the Gains
May 16 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Hanan Jacoby Governing the Commons? Water and Power in Pakistan's Indus Basin
May 9 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Mushfiq Mobarak Demand Estimation with Strategic Complementarities: Sanitation in Bangladesh
May 2 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Kristian Behrens Are clusters resilient? Evidence from Canadian textile industries
April 25 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Owen Ozier/ Pam Jakiela Gendered Language
April 18 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Alwyn Young Consistency without Inference: Instrumental Variables in Practical Application 
April 11
12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Eric Verhoogen Using Exchange Rates to Estimate Production Functions: Evidence from Colombia
April 4 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Clement Imbert Costs and Benefits of Seasonal Migration: Evidence from India
March 28 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Gautam Rao The Endowment Effect and Collateralized Loans
March 14 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Supreet Kaur The Limits of Neighborly Exchange
March 7 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Anna Alberini Response to Extreme Energy Price Changes: Evidence from Ukraine
Feb 28 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Eric Edmonds The Transmission of Gender Norms

 

2017 Schedule of Seminars

Date Time  Venue Speaker Paper
Dec 13 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Daniel Mahler The Roots of Inequality: Estimating Inequality of Opportunity from Regression Trees
Dec 6 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Asim Khwaja (HKS) Crossing Boundaries: Experimental Evidence on Access Constraints for Women
Nov 29 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Juliano Assuncao (PUC-Rio, Brazil) Electrification, Agricultural Productivity and Deforestation in Brazil
Nov 15 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Jishnu Das (World Bank) Upping the Ante: The Equilibrium Effects of Unconditional Grants to Private Schools
Nov 8 12:30 - 2:00 pm   Paul Niehaus (UCSD) General Equilibrium Effects of (Improving) Public Employment Programs: Experimental Evidence from India
Nov 1 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Anthony Keats (Wesleyan) What Can We Learn from Babies Born During Health-Worker Strikes?
Oct 25 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Robyn Meeks (Duke) Grid versus Off-grid in Nepal: Heterogeneity in Electricity Services and Enterprise Development
Oct 18 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Imran Rasul (UCL) Tackling Youth Unemployment: Evidence from a Labor Market Experiment in Uganda
Oct 11 12:30 - 2:00 pm I 4-020 Henrik Kleven (LSE Princeton) Wealth Taxation and Wealth Accumulation: Theory and Evidence from Denmark
Oct 4 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Emily Breza (Harvard) Information Delivery Under Endogenous
Communication: Evidence from the Indian
Demonetization
Sep 27 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Shing-Yi Wang (Wharton) Property Rights, Land Misallocation and Agricultural Efficiency in China
Sep 20 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Jing Cai (Maryland) Interfirm Relationships and Business Performance
Sep 12 12:30 - 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Francisco Ferreira Ageing Poorly? Accounting for the decline in earnings inequalityin Brazil, 1995-2012 
Sept 6 12:30 – 2:00 pm MC 3-570 Antonio Bento, USC, NBER; Kevin Roth, UC-Irvine; Andrew Waxman, Arizona State University Avoiding Traffic Congestion Externalities? The Value of Urgency
Jun 28 12:30 – 2:00 pm   MC 3-570 Hanan Jacoby, World Bank Decentralizing Rent-seeking: Water and Power in Pakistan's Indus Basin
Jun 22 12:30 – 2:00 pm   MC 3-570 Quy-Toan Do, World Bank On the Speculative Poaching of African Elephants
Jun 14

 

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MC 3-570 Vivian Hoffmann, International Food Policy Research Institute Relief from Usury: Impact of a Self-Help Group Lending Program in Rural India
Jun 7 12:30 – 2:00 pm  MC 3-570 Manoj Mohanan, Duke University

Different Strokes for Different Folks: Experimental Evidence on the Effectiveness of

Input and Output Incentive Contracts for Health Care Providers with Different Levels of Skills

May 31 12:30 – 2:00 pm  MC 3-570 Sam Asher,World Bank Dirty Politics: Mining Booms and Politician Behavior in India
May 24 12:30 – 2:00 pm  MC 3-570 Stephen Smith, George Washington University How Sustainable are Benefits from Extension for Smallholder Farmers? Evidence from a Randomized Phase-Out of the BRAC Program in Uganda
May 17 12:30 – 2:00 pm  MC 3-570 Duncan Thomas, Duke University Child health after a natural disaster
May 3 12:30 – 2:00 pm   MC 3-570 Christopher Timmins, Duke University Learning by Viewing? Social Learning, Regulatory Disclosure, and  Firm Productivity in Shale Gas
Apr 26 12:30 – 2:00 pm MC 3-570

Dilip Mookherjee, Boston University  Decentralized Targeting of Agricultural Credit Programs: Private Agents or Local Governments?
Apr 12 12:30 – 2:00 pm  MC 3-570 Eli Fenichel, Yale University Ecosystem Based Management and the Wealth of Ecosystems
Apr 5 12:30 – 2:00 pm   MC 3-570 Tarek Ghani, Washington University of St. Louis Mobile-izing Savings with Automatic Contributions: Experimental Evidence on Present Bias and Default Effects in Afghanistan
Mar 29 12:30- 2:00pm MC3-570 Amy Ando, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Reducing climate-related uncertainty in outcomes of investments: When does spatial conservation portfolio diversification work best?
Mar 22 12:30- 2:00pm MC 3-570 Andrew Newman, Boston University Loopholes and the Evolution of Contract Form
Mar 15 12:30- 2:00pm MC 3-570 Gaurav Khanna (CGD & UCSD) Large-scale Education Reform in General Equilibrium: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from India
Mar 8 12:30- 2:00pm MC 3-570 Jessica Goldberg, University of Maryland Endowment Effects and Usage of Financial Products: Evidence from Malawi
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