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.

Spring 2024

February 9 - Jeanine Miklós-Thal, University of RochesterOpportunism in Vertical Contracting: A Dynamic Perspective

March 1 - Sarah Hamersma, Syracuse University - How does SNAP access prior to pregnancy affect maternal and infant health outcomes

March 15 - Melissa McInerney, Tufts UniversityThe Responses of Older Adults to SNAP Benefit Expansions

March 29 - Carolina Arteaga Cabrales, University of TorontoThe Political Consequences of The Opioid Epidemic

April 5 - Daniel Hamermesh, University of Texas at Austin - The Economic Impact of Heritable Physical Traits: Hot Parents, Rich Kid?

       Lunch talk: "How Does the Economics Profession Work?"

 April 12 - Ginger Zhe Jin, University of MarylandVoluntary Report of Standardized Test Scores: An Experimental Study

April 26 - Meng Liu, Washington University in St. LouisDoes Human-algorithm Feedback Loop Lead To Error Propagation? Evidence from Zillow’s Zestimate

Upcoming Fall 2024 Serminar Speakers

Michael R Richards, Cornell Brooks Public Policy
Erzo FP Luttmer, Dartmouth College

Fall 2023

Septermber 1 - Sergio Urzua, University of MarylandTeacher Quality and Learning Inequality

September 8 - Joanna Lahey, Texas A&M UniversityEffects of Restrictive Abortion Legislation on Cohort Mortality: Evidence from 19th Century Law Variation

Septermber 15 - JJ Prescott, University of MichiganSubjective Beliefs about Contract Enforceability

Septermber 22 - Felix Koenig, Carnegie Mellon UniversityLabor Shortages and Firm Search

Septermber 29 - Ignacio Presno, Federal Reserve BoardGlobal Flight to Safety, Business Cycles, and the Dollar

October 13 - John Jones, Federal Reserve Bank of RichmondAccounting for Black-White wealth gaps: Earnings, demographics and rates of return

October 20 - Steven Mello, Dartmouth CollegePolice Discretion and Public Safety

November 3 - Nathan Chan, UMass AmherstOn Generosity in Public Good and Charitable Games

Noember 10 - Steven Lehrer, Queen’s UniversityAlgorithms for Predictive Analytics: Communication, Privacy and Weights

November 17 - Matthew Mitchell, University of TorontoPricing and Perpetual Royalties with Repeated Resale

December 8 - Emilie Jackson, Michigan State UniversityEffects of Unemployment Insurance for Self-Employed and Marginally-Attached Workers

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.