Faculty Research Series

Upcoming Research Talks

"Global Food Security and Human Appropriation of Water Resources"
Paolo D'Odorico, Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
September 20, 2013, 10:00am - 11:30am
Garrett Hall Commons

Paolo D'Odorico's research focuses on the understanding and modeling of the hydrological processes that determine the temporal and spatial dynamics of soil moisture at different scales. In particular he is presently studying how these dynamics affect the soil nutrient budget, the occurrence of water stress in vegetation, the coupling between the land surface and the overlying atmosphere, the soil susceptibility to wind erosion and the stability of hillslopes and colluvial deposits. 

Jonathan Meer, Assistant Professor of Economics, Texas A&M University
September 26, 2013, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Garrett Hall Commons

Jonathan Meer attended Princeton University for his undergraduate degree and Stanford University for his PhD. His recent work focuses on different aspects of charitable giving, including social pressure and long-term habit formation.

Lesley Turner, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Maryland
October 18, 2013, 10:00am - 11:30am
Garrett Hall Commons

Lesley Turner's research applies theory and methods from labor and public economics to topics in the economics of education and broadly considers the role government should play in providing and financing education. Her work on K-12 education policy has examined the impact of school accountability measures on student achievement and whether incentive pay for teachers increases student achievement and teacher effort. In work on higher education, she has examined how postsecondary institutions strategically respond to need-based student aid in order to estimate the economic incidence of the Pell Grant Program. Dr. Turner received her BA from the University of Michigan in 2004, her MPP from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan in 2005, and her PhD from Columbia University in 2012. She was awarded the Upjohn Institute Dissertation award for the best PhD dissertation in labor economics in 2012.

Elisabeth Gerber, Professor, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
November 15, 2013, 10:00am - 11:30am
Garrett Hall Commons

Elisabeth R. Gerber's current research focuses on regionalism and intergovernmental cooperation, transportation policy, state and local economic policy, land use and economic development, local fiscal capacity, and local political accountability. She is the author of The Populist Paradox: Interest Group Influence and the Promise of Direct Legislation (1999), co-author of Stealing the Initiative: How State Government Responds to Direct Democracy (2000), and co-editor of Voting at the Political Fault Line: California's Experiment with the Blanket Primary (2001) and Michigan at the Millennium (2003).

"Media Influences on Teen Sexual Behavior and Childbearing: The Impact of MTV's 16 and Pregnant"
Phillip Levine, Professor of Economics, Wellesley College
November 22, 2013, 9:30am - 11:00am
Garrett Hall Commons


Phillip Levine's research has examined such issues as the impact of abortion policy changes on pregnancy, abortion, and birth; the impact of the business cycle on retirement behavior; and the ability of alternative public policies to raise the adult incomes of children who grow up in poverty. Along with many publications in academic journals and edited volumes, he is the author of Sex and Consequences: Abortion, Public Policy, and the Economics of Fertility, co-editor of Targeting Investments in Children: Fighting Poverty When Resources are Limited, and co-author of Reconsidering Retirement: How Losses and Layoffs Affect Older Workers.

"The Politics of Pensions"
Sarah Anzia, Assistant Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley

February 14, 2014, 10:00am - 11:30am -- CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER; TO BE RESCHEDULED
Garrett Hall Commons

Sarah Anzia is a political scientist who studies American politics with a focus on state and local government, elections, interest groups, political parties, and public policy. Her forthcoming book, Timing and Turnout: How Off-cycle Elections Favor Organized Groups, examines how the timing of elections can be manipulated to affect both voter turnout and the composition of the electorate, which, in turn, affects election outcomes and public policy. She also studies the role of government employees and public sector unions in elections and policymaking in the U.S. In addition, she has written on the topics of women in politics, the historical development of electoral institutions, and the power of political party leaders in state legislatures. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, and American Studies in Political Development. She has a PhD in political science from Stanford University and an MPP from the Harris School at the University of Chicago.

"Self-Control in School-Age Children"
Angela Duckworth, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
March 7, 2014, 10:00am - 11:30am
Garrett Hall Commons

Angela Duckworth studies competencies other than general intelligence that predict academic and professional achievement. Her research centers on self-control (the ability to regulate emotions, thoughts, and feelings in the service of valued goals) and grit (perseverance and sustained interest in long-term goals).  She is particularly interested in the subjective experience of exerting self-control and grit – and conscious strategies which facilitate adaptive behavior in the face of temptation, frustration, and distraction.

"Learning the Ropes: Task Specific Experience and the Output of Idaho State Troopers"
Emily Owens, Associate Professor Criminology, University of Pennsylvania
March 28, 2014, 9:30am - 11:00am
Garrett Hall Commons

Emily Owens focuses primarily on the effect of government regulations on crime. This includes studying how government policies affect the prevalence of criminal activity as well as the structure and response of the criminal justice system. Owens is currently engaged in an NIJ-funded field experiment evaluating a police training program, along with ongoing research projects on alcohol regulation, immigration policy, and economic development programs.

In this paper, Owens and Gregory DeAngelo provide new estimates of the importance of task-specific and job-specific human capital, using a unique data set of all citations issued by state troopers in Idaho between 2005 and 2009, linked to human resource records of the Idaho State Police. They document that the relationship between trooper experience and the number of tickets issued in a given month follows a logarithmic growth pattern, similar to previously documented relationships between experience and output in other industries. They then show that when the Idaho Legislature amends laws that the troopers must enforce, there is a temporary reduction in the number of times troopers “use” that law. Task-specific and job-specific experience appear to be substitutes, in the sense that the reduction in citations is largest for officers with less experience, and law changes later in a given officer’s career have a smaller effect on their use of the law.  

"Sociotechnical Imaginaries as Policy Levers: An Analysis of US and EU Telecommunications Policy Trajectories from the 70's till the Present"
Tolu Odumosu, Assistant Professor of Science Technology and Society, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
April 11, 2014, 10:00am - 11:30am


Tolu Odumosu's research focuses on studying the various processes by which societies select, adopt and implement large technological systems with an emphasis on digital communications technologies. He has previously carried out ethnographic work on mobile communications in Nigeria, and has undertaken a comparative study of the development and emergence of the telecommunications industries of the European Union and the United States. Dr. Odumosu holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Electronics (University of Lagos, Nigeria), a masters of engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Cornell) and a PhD in Science and Technology Studies (Rensselaer). Prior to taking up his position at UVa, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs where he assisted in developing Harvard's research program on Information Communications and Cyber Policy and was a research associate at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Neale Mahoney, Assistant Professor of Economics and Robert King Steel Faculty Fellow, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
April 25, 2014, 10:00am - 11:30am
Garrett Hall Commons

Neale Mahoney studies public finance, industrial organization, and health economics. His dissertation examines health insurance markets. His paper “Pricing and Welfare in Health Plan Choice” (written jointly with M. Kate Bundorf and Jonathan Levin) is forthcoming in the American Economic Review. Mahoney has worked as an associate at the consulting firm McKinsey & Company and on health care reform for the Obama Administration. For his research, he has been awarded a National Tax Association Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award (first runner-up) and the Lamport Prize for the best undergraduate thesis in economics at Brown University. Before joining the faculty at Chicago Booth, Mahoney was an RWJ Fellow in Health Policy Research at Harvard University. He received a PhD and MA in economics from Stanford University and an ScB in applied mathematics-economics from Brown University.

Patricia Anderson, Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College
September 26, 2014, 10:00am - 11:30am
Garrett Hall Commons

Patricia M. Anderson is Professor of Economics at Dartmouth and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA.  She received her BA Economics and Mathematics from William and Mary in 1985, and her PhD in Economics from Princeton in 1991.  Prof. Anderson’s research interests fall broadly in the field of applied microeconomics, with specific interests in child health & nutrition and in social insurance programs.  She is a Co-editor for the Journal of Human Resources and is on the Editorial Board for B.E. Journals in Economic Analysis and Policy.

2012-2013 Talks

Democratic Competition and Citizens' Preferences: An Uneasy Tension?
Jamie Druckman, Payson S. Wild Professor of Poltical Science and Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University
April 26, 2013

Rucker Johnson, Associate Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
Rescheduling for fall 2013

Americans Fill Out President Obama's Census Form: What is His Race?
Jack Citrin, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
March 4, 2013

The Imprisoner's Dilemma: A Cost Benefit Approach to Incarceration
David Abrams, Assistant Professor of Law, Business Economics, and Public Policy, University of Pennsylvania Law School
February 15, 2013

Pay-What-You-Want and Non-Selfish Behavior in Markets
Ayelet Gneezy, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Rady School of Management, University of California, San Diego
February 1. 2013

Price Subsdies, Diagnostic Tests, and Targeting of Malaria Treatment: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial
Pascaline Dupas, Assistant Professor of Economics, Stanford University
December 6, 2012

Exploring Variation in State Fiscal Shock during the Great Recession
Andrea Campbell, Associate Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
November 1, 2012

Behavioral Responses to Teacher Transfer Incentives: Results from a Randomized Experiment
Steven Glazerman, Senior Fellow at Mathematica Policy Research
September 24, 2012

Incentivizing Educational Investment: The Impact of Performance-Based Scholarships on Student Use of Time
Cecilia Rouse, Lawrence and Shirley Katzman and Lewis and Anna Ernst Professor in the Economics of Education, Princeton University
September 10, 2012