Faculty Research Series

Upcoming Research Talks

Fall 2015

Clifford Carrubba, Professor of Political Science & Law by Courtesy, Emory University
September 18 , 2015, 10:00am - 11:30am
Garrett Hall Seminar Room

Professor Carrubba's specialty areas are: comparative legislative and judicial politics, comparative institutions, European politics, and game theory. His current research projects include studies of legislative behavior and roll call vote analysis, the design and change of judicial institutions (with application to the European Court of Justice), and statistical tests of game theoretic models. Dr. Carruba is currently serving as the Director of The Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods, developed and launched by him in December of 2011.

Bill Skimmyhorn, Assistant Professor (Economics) Deputy Director OEMA, West Point
September 25 , 2015, 10:00am - 11:30am
Garrett Hall Seminar Room

Lieutenant Colonel William Skimmyhorn is an Assistant Professor of Economics and the Deputy Director of the Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis. He earned a B.S. in Economics at West Point in 1997, and M.A. in International Policy Studies and an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford in 2006 and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2012. Prior to his current position he has served in a variety of command and staff positions in the U.S., Korea, Bosnia, Italy, and Afghanistan.  His primary research interests are household finance, human capital development, behavioral economics, and the economics of national security.

Spring 2016

Donald Moynihan, Professor of Public Affairs, La Follette School of Public Affairs
February 5, 2016, 10:00am - 11:30am
Garrett Hall Seminar Room

Donald Moynihan is Professor of Public Affairs and served as the Associate Director of the La Follette School from 2009-2012. His research examines the application of organization theory to public management issues such as performance, budgeting, homeland security, election administration, and employee behavior. In particular, he studies the selection and implementation of public management reforms. Professor Moynihan has presented his research on public sector performance to policymakers at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. His book, "The Dynamics of Performance Management: Constructing Information and Reform," was named best book by the Academy of Management's Public and Nonprofit Division and received the Herbert Simon award from the American Political Science Association, which honors the book with the most significant influence in public administration scholarship in the last three to five years. He created the Performance Information Project, which tracks research on performance management. Moynihan's work has appeared in Nature, the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and numerous other scholarly journals. In 2014, Moynihan was awarded the Kershaw Award, which is provided every two years by Mathematica and the Association of Public Policy and Management to one scholar under the age of 40 for outstanding contributions to the study of public policy and management.

2014-15 Talks

Spring 2015

"Grading, Student Choice, and Post-Education Welfare"
Michael Herron, Professor of Government, Dartmouth College

February 6, 2015, 10:00am - 11:30am
Garrett Hall Commons

Michael Herron is William Clinton Story Remsen 1943 Professor of Government at Dartmouth College. He received his PhD in 1998 from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and previously was on the faculty of Northwestern University.  Herron’s current research interests include election administration (‘‘Race, Party, and the Consequences of Restricting Early Voting in Florida in the 2012 General Election,’’ co-authored with Daniel A. Smith and published in Political Research Quarterly), rejected absentee ballots, and game-theoretic models of grade inflation.

"The Violation and Repair of Trust"
Peter Kim, Professor, University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business
February 20, 2015, 10:00am - 11:30am
Garrett Hall Commons

Peter Kim studies the dynamics of interpersonal perceptions and their implications for work groups, negotiations, and dispute resolution. His research has been published in numerous scholarly journals, has received nine national or international awards, and has been featured by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and National Public Radio. He serves on the editorial board of Organization Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Negotiation and Conflict Management Research. Professor Kim also serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Trust Research. He received a teaching award from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management.

“The Effects of Targeted Recruitment and Comprehensive Supports for Low-Income High Achievers at Elite Universities: Evidence from Texas Flagships”
Scott Imberman, Associate Professor of Economics, Michigan State University
March 6, 2015, CANCELLED (due to weather)
Garrett Hall Commons

Scott Imberman is an associate professor at Michigan State University with a joint appointment in the Department of Economics and the College of Education. His research looks at issues in education policy and the economics of education. He has previously written on charter schools, peer effects, bilingual education, gifted and talented education, school breakfast, school uniforms and accountability. His work has been published or is forthcoming in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Urban Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics and the American Economic JournalEconomic Policy. Currently he is researching issues in teacher incentive pay, housing market responses to school value-added reports and charter schools, and the impacts of attending elite universities on low income students, the impacts of college major choice, and the relationship between autism and assortative mating. He received a BA in economics from Columbia University in 2002 and a PhD in economics from the University of Maryland in 2007. 

"Do Politicians Use Policy to Make Politics? The Case of Public Sector Labor Laws"
Sarah Anzia, Assistant Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
March 20, 2015, 10:00am - 11:30am
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 recent 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 about the politics of public pensions, 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 Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and an M.P.P. from the Harris School at the University of Chicago.

"Comparing Apples to Oranges: Differences in Women's and Men's Incarceration and Sentencing Outcomes"
Kristin Butcher, Marshall I. Goldman Professor of Economics, Wellesley College
March 25, 2015, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Garrett Hall Commons

Kristin Butcher's research has two main strands: the impact of immigration on the United States and the causes of childhood obesity in this country. Her work encompasses the impact of immigration on labor market outcomes for U.S. natives, as well as the impact of immigration on crime in the United States. Her work on childhood obesity links between school policies and children's health. Other research includes evaluating the impact of various higher education programs on student outcomes. Her teaching and research complement one another nicely. Her research relies on rigorous analyses of data, and gets to pass along her zeal for econometric techniques when she teaches econometrics. She also teaches an upper-level class on economics of immigration that surveys the modern, mostly empirical, economics literature on immigration. She also teaches introductory microeconomics. She is currently Chair of the Economics Department at Wellesley.

"School Finance Reform and the Distribution of Student Achievement"
Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Associate Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University

April 3, 2015, 10:00am - 11:30am
Garrett Hall Commons

Economist Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach studies education policy, child health, and food consumption. Her recent work has focused on tracing the impact of major public policies, especially on children. She has investigated changes in student performance and other outcomes resulting from small-school and charter-school reform policies and from school accountability policies, such as the federal No Child Left Behind Act. In an innovative new study, she and her colleagues, including Raj Chetty of Harvard, are examining the life paths of almost 12,000 children who were randomly assigned to kindergarten classrooms in the 1980s as part of the Tennessee Project STAR experiment. Schanzenbach has also used Project STAR data to analyze the importance of classroom composition and class size on student outcomes. Her work on food stamps has measured how households alter their consumption of food and other goods when they receive food stamp benefits and whether increased benefits lead to improved health for recipients. Schanzenbach is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. From 2002 to 2004, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley. She was a faculty member at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago before joining Northwestern.

"A Model of the Model: Unpacking CGE Results on Leakage from Climate Policy" (joint with Kathy Baylis and Daniel Karney)
Don Fullerton, Gutgsell Professor of Finance, University of Illinois

April 9, 2015, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Monroe Hall 120 (joint Batten / Department of Economics seminar)

Don Fullerton received a BA from Cornell in 1974 and a PhD in Economics from U.C. Berkeley in 1978. He taught at Princeton University (1978-84), the University of Virginia (1984-94), Carnegie Mellon University (1991-94) and the University of Texas (1994-2008), before joining the University of Illinois in 2008. From 1985 to 1987, he served in the U.S. Treasury Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Analysis. At Illinois, he is Gutgsell Professor in the Finance Department and Center for Business and Public Policy, and he is Associate Director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA). He was Managing Editor for the B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (2001-2012), and is Director of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) program on Environmental and Energy Economics (2007-present).

"What Drives Forest Leakage?" (joint with Don Fullerton and Payal Shah)
Kathy Baylis
, Associate Professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois
April 10, 2015, 10:00am - 11:30am
Garrett Hall Commons

Kathy Baylis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois who works on international agriculture, environment and trade issues. She joined the department after several years as an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia and earning her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2003. Kathy has worked in agricultural policy in both Canada and the United States. In 2001/02, she was the staff economist in charge of agriculture for the Council of Economic Advisors in the White House, and in the mid-1990s, she worked as Executive Secretary with the National Farmers Union in Canada. She has published over 30 journal articles and book chapters on agricultural trade and environmental policy and has coauthored a textbook on Canadian-U.S. agricultural policy.

"Diversity and Team Performance in a Kenyan Organization" (with Benjamin Max and Vincent Pons)
Tavneet Suri, Maurice J. Strong Career Development Associate Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management
April 17, 2015, 12:00noon - 1:30pm

Garrett Hall Commons

Tavneet Suri is a development economist, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Her research centers on agriculture, household financial access and informal risk sharing, and, more recently, governance and political participation. A large body of her work focuses on the constraints to technology adoption in agriculture. She has also conducted a lot of research on the impacts of mobile money (for example, M-PESA in Kenya) and applications of the mobile money platform for credit contracts (e.g. trade credit and credit for solar panels). Her most recent work has focused on governance issues in the Kibera slum in Nairobi and a large scale field experiment she conducted in Kenya during the 2013 general election (the project where “they sent a million text messages, literally!”). She spends a lot of time in the field, collecting her own data, primarily in Kenya, Sierra Leone and Rwanda. She is the Scientific Director for Africa for J-PAL; a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research; an affiliate of BREAD and CEPR; and co-director of the Agriculture Research Program at the International Growth Center.

Fall 2014

"Impacts of the Affordable Care Act Dependent Coverage Provision on Health-Related Outcomes of Young Adults"
Charles Courtemanche, Assistant Professor of Economics, Georgia State University
September 5, 2014, 10:00am - 11:30am
Garrett Hall Commons

Dr. Courtemanche is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.  He is a health economist and applied microeconomist with particular research interests in the economics of obesity, public policies to expand insurance coverage, and big box retailers.  His research has been published in a variety of journals including the Economic Journal, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Economic History, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.  Dr. Courtemanche has previously been a faculty member at the University of Louisville and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  He is also a faculty research fellow in the Health Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

"Voluntary International Climate Finance: The Strategic Consequences of Different Modes of Funding"
Reimund Schwarze, Head of Climate Economics, Helmholtz-Center for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig, and Professor for International Environmental Economics, European University Viadrina (EUV), Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
September 19, 2014, 10:00am - 11:30am
Garrett Hall Commons

Dr. Schwarze received his PhD in economics from Technische Universität Berlin. In 1991, he accepted a position as a lecturer on environmental economics at Technische Universität Berlin, where he was promoted assistant professor in June 1995. In June 1998, he was awarded a one-year research fellowship at the Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. The focus of Dr. Schwarze’s research at Stanford was to examine legal and economic issues of the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In 2002, he assumed the position of a senior researcher in Berlin at the Economic Research Institute ― the largest of its kind in Germany ― where he was involved in designing the German National Allocation Plan for EU emissions trading. Since 2007, Dr. Schwarze has been at UFZ, coordinating economic research on climate change, and in 2011, he was elected Chair in International Environmental Economics at EUV. He is author of several books and journal papers on International Climate Change Policy, and has served as an environmental expert for the German Parliament and the German Ministry of Environmental Affairs. Dr. Schwarze also followed the international political negotiations of the UNFCCC as a political observer and government advisor in 2010 and 2011.

"Food Insecurity and the Great Recession: The Role of Unemployment Duration, Credit and Housing Markets"
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.

"Being by Doing: The Role of Identity in Behavioral Interventions"
Christopher Bryan, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of California, San Diego
October 10, 2014, 10:00am - 11:30am
Garrett Hall Commons

Christopher Bryan's research spans a range of theoretical interests and is driven by a core motivation to do research that enhances our understanding of and ability to address important real-world social, political, and policy problems. He is particularly interested in how subtle framing manipulations can change people’s attitudes and behavior in ways that benefit them, their communities and the larger society. A major theoretical theme of much of this work is the role of the self in influencing attitudes and behavior.

“The Value of Postsecondary Credentials in the Labor Market: An Experimental Study”
David Deming, Associate Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
October 14, 2014, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Garrett Hall Commons

David Deming is an Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses broadly on the economics of education, with a particular interest in the impact of education policies on long-term outcomes other than test scores. Deming has recently been named a William T. Grant Scholar for his proposed project, The Long-Run Influence of School Accountability: Impacts, Mechanisms and Policy Implications. He also has current projects on a variety of topics, including (1) the end of race-based busing in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, (2) understanding the rise of for-profit postsecondary education and the consequences for student outcomes, and (3) the policy implications of expanding access to early childhood education.

“Inmate Responses to Incentives for Good Behavior”
Benjamin Hansen, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Oregon

November 14, 2014, 10:00am - 11:30am
Garrett Hall Commons

Benjamin Hansen is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Oregon and a Faculty Research Fellow at the NBER. His research focuses on health, education and labortopics. Specifically, he researches factors influencing human capital accumulation, adolescent and adult risky behaviors, and crime.

2013-2014 Talks

Global Food Security and Human Appropriation of Water Resources
Paolo D'Odorico, Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
September 20, 2013

Behavioral Responses to Increased Household Fuel Economy: Regression Discontinuity Evidence
Jonathan Meer, Assistant Professor of Economics, Texas A&M University
September 26, 2013

Student Loans, the Cost of Borrowing, and Implications for the Effectiveness of Need-Based Grant Aid
Lesley Turner, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Maryland
October 18, 2013

Motivational and Behavioral Crowding in Sustainable Development Interventions
Elisabeth Gerber, Professor, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
November 15, 2013

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

The Politics of Pensions
Sarah Anzia, Assistant Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
February 14, 2014

Self-Control in School-Age Children
Angela Duckworth, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
March 7, 2014

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

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

Regulating Consumer Financial Products: Evidence from Credit Cards
Neale Mahoney, Assistant Professor of Economics and Robert King Steel Faculty Fellow, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
April 25, 2014

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