Economics Seminar Series

During the academic year, the Department of Economics sponsors a series of topical seminars. The seminar series provides a medium for faculty, researchers, representatives of funding agencies and others to discuss pressing issues related to topics in Economics. 

Time: 3:30-5pm*
Location: 444 Fronczak Hall*
Cost: Seminars are free of charge and all are welcome to attend.

*Unless otherwise noted.

Fall 2021

October 1 - Paul Grieco, Penn State University - Evolution of Market Power in the US Auto Indus

October 8 - Jacqueline Oliveira, Rhodes CollegeThe Effects of Roads on Trade and Migration: Evidence from a Planned Capital City

October 15 - Allison Shertzer, University of PittsburghThe Value of Piped Water and Sewers: Evidence from 19th Century Chicago

October 22 - Hongbin Li,  Stanford University (co-sponsored with the UB Confucius Institute) - Can Elite College Education Change One's Fate in China?

October 29 - Rania Gihleb, University of PittsburghDynamic Effects of Educational Assortative Mating on Labor Supply

December 3 - Joseph Steinberg, University of TorontoTax Evasion and Capital Taxation

December 10 - Daniele Coen-Pirani, University of PittsburghMatching Pell Grants: Implications for College Debt and Parental Transfers


Spring 2022

February 18th - Roozbeh Hosseini, University of GeorgiaHow Important Is Health Inequality for Lifetime Earnings Inequality?

February 25th - Bruno Badia, Rhodes CollegeCost Uncertainty and Process Innovation in Bertrand Duopoly

March 4th - Albert Ma, Boston UniversityEquilibrium Information in Credence Goods

March 10th - Special Guest Speaker - Michael Koved, President Advanced Analytics - Best Practices for Successful Presentations and Data Visualizations

March 11th - Philipp Kircher, Cornell UniversityAn Economic Model of the Covid-19 Pandemic with Young and Old Agents: Behavior, Testing and Policies

March 18th - Chao Fu, University of WisconsinEquilibrium in the Market for Public School Teachers: District Wage Strategies and Teacher Comparative Advantage

3/25 Spring Break

March 30th - UB VITAL Speaker - Rafael Alfena Zago, University of OklahomaLet There Be Light! Improved Public Lighting and Nighttime Crime Evidence from Brazil

April 1st - David Huffman, University of PittsburghIncentive Complexity, Bounded Rationality and Effort Provision

April 8th - Virgiliu Midrigan, New York UniversityWhy Are Returns to Private Business Wealth So Dispersed?

May 6th - (CANCELLED - Rescheduled for next Fall) Anusha Chari, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

May 13th - (CANCELLED - Rescheduled for next Fall) Panle Jia Barwick, Cornell University

About the Department

Our faculty have had a number of notable personal achievements in recent years in terms of publications in top economics journals, prestigious awards and membership in national and international research organizations. Faculty research productivity is on the rise and our faculty members have been active in national and international conferences making presentations, organizing sessions and chairing sessions. 

Graduate Students
Our graduate students participate in a number of educational and social activities which help build camaraderie among our students. Some of our PhD students are also recognized for teaching and research accomplishments.

The Economics department also houses the editorial office of the Journal of Human Capital, published by the University of Chicago Press.