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General Information

This seminar series is jointly sponsored by the Department of Economics and the School of Labor and Employment Relations. Unless otherwise noted, all seminars meet on Fridays from Noon to 1:30pm in the Wagner Education Center, rooms 35 and 43 on the lower level of the LER Building (formerly LIR), 504 East Armory Avenue in Champaign. For additional seminars that may be of interest at the School of LER, see h Seminars are open to the public.

Upcoming Lectures

See the schedule for the Economics and Policy seminar

Date Location Name Affiliation Lecture

Past Lectures

Date Location Name Affiliation Lecture
Fri. , April 4, 2014
Joint with Development
7DKH Adriana Kugler Georgetown "Preference for Boys, Family Size and Educational Attainment in India"

Fri, Dec. 6, 2013


(Note date change)

7 DKH Seyed Karimi UIUC TBA

Fri. , Nov. 22, 2013


35/43 LER Kurt Lavetti Ohio State TBA

Thurs. , Nov. 14, 2013


(Note different day)

7 DKH Nora Gordon Georgetown "Local Responses to Federal Grants: Evidence from the Introduction of Title I in the South"

Fri. , Nov. 1, 2013


35/43 LER Ron Laschever Purdue "Two-Sided Interview Schedules and Employment Outcomes: Evidence from the Choices of Recruiters and Job Applicants"

Fri, Oct. 11, 2013


35/43 LER Rafael Ribas UIUC "Direct and Indirect Effects of Cash Transfer on Entrepreneurship"

Fri. , April 19, 2013


317 DKH Ricardo Perez-Truglia Harvard "Social effects in campaign contributions: Evidence from a field experiment in the 2012 US presidential election"

Wed. , Jan. 16, 2013


Joint with Applied Micro

(Note different day)

317 DKH Bhash Mazudmer Federal Reserve Bank, Chicago TBA

Tues. , Nov. 27, 2012


(Note different day & time)

215B DKH Jason Lindo University of Oregon "Economic Downturns and Child Abuse: Implications from Models of Family Labor Supply"

Mon. , Nov. 12, 2012


Joint with Development

(Note different day/time)

317 DKH Seema Jayachandran Northwestern "The Price Effects of Cash Versus In-Kind Transfers"

Fri. , Nov. 9, 2012


35/43 LER Dongwoo Kim University of Illinois The Effect of High School Shootings on Schools and Student Performance

Thurs. , Nov. 8, 2102


Joint with Development

(Note different day/time)

219 DKH Avi Ebenstein The Hebrew University of Jerusalem ''The Long-Run Impact of Air Pollution on Life Expectancy: Evidence from China's Huai River Policy''

Fri. , Oct. 26, 2012


Joint with Econometrics

(Note different day/time)

215 DKH Luojia Hu Chicago Fed Prenatal Sex Selection and Girls' Well-Being: Evidence from India

Fri. , Oct. 5, 2012


35/43 LER Aaron Sojourner University of Minnesota TBA

Tues. , Sept. 18, 2012


Joint with Applied Micro

(Note different day/time)

215B David Albouy University of Michigan Metropolitan Land Values and Housing Productivity
Tues, Aug 30, 2011  2pm 3007 Business Instructional Facility Gopi Shah Goda Stanford What's My Account Really Worth? The Effect of Lifetime Income
Fri, Sept 16, 2011   12pm 35/43 LER Hilal Atasoy UIUC The Effects of Broadband Expansion on Labor Market Outcomes
Fri, Sept 30, 2011   12pm 35/43 LER Chichun Fang UIUC TBA
Wed. , Oct 26, 2011 5:30-6pm                    Joint with Development (note time and day) 119 DKH Abhijit Banerjee MIT The Diffusion of Microfinance

Fri, Oct 28, 2011    10:30-12pm

Joint with IGPA 

(note LOCATION and time)


1007 W. Nevada, Urbana

Justin Smith Wilfrid Laurier University The Long Run Impacts of Early Childhood Education: Evidence From a Failed Policy Experiment
Thurs, Nov 3, 2011    3:30-5pm                  (note location and time) 126 Wohlers Sarah Miller UIUC The Effect of Insurance on Outpatient Emergency Room Visits: An Analysis of the 2006 Massachusetts Health Reform

Fri. , Nov 11, 2011


209 DKH Mark Killingsworth Rutgers University Does childhood religious education affect adult earnings? Evidence from the National Jewish Population Survey

Fri. , Nov 18, 2011


(note time)

35/43 LER Vidisha Vachharajani UIUC Prenatal Exposure to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and Health Outcomes in India

Wed, April 20, 2011
Noon to 1pm

Joint with IGPA

NOTE Time & Location

IGPA Giertz Conference Room Kristine Brown UIUC TBA
Fri, April 15, 2011
Noon to 1:30pm
35/43 LER Darren Lubotsky & Craig Olson UIUC "Premium Copayments and the Trade-off between Wages and Employer Provided Health Insurance"

Fri, April 1, 2011
Noon to 1:30pm

Joint with IGPA

35/43 LER Walter McMahon UIUC "Higher Education and Development in the UK and US"
Fri, March 4, 2011
Noon to 1:30pm
35/43 LER Ron Laschever UIUC " Keeping Up with CEO Jones: Benchmarking and Executive Compensation"

Mon. , Feb 28, 2011

3:30pm to 5pm

(Joint with the Development Economics Seminar)

NOTE Time & Location

123 DKH Rafael Perez Ribas UIUC "When Conditional Transfer is Not a Novelty: The Impact of Bolsa Família on Labor Market in Brazil"
Fri, Feb 25, 2011
Noon to 1:30pm
35/43 LER Hilal Atasoy UIUC "Broadband Internet Effects on Labor Market Outcomes"

Fri, Feb 18, 2011
Noon to 1:30pm


35/43 LER Craig Olson UIUC "CEO Pay and Firm Performance: The role of CEO-Firm Match Quality"
Fri, Jan 28, 2011
Noon to 1:30pm
35/43 LER Sarah Miller UIUC "The Effect of Insurance on Outpatient
Emergency Room Visits: An Analysis of the 2006 Massachusetts Health Reform"
Fri. , Dec. 10, 2010 12:00-1:30 35/43 LER John Abowd Cornell University

"How Important is Endogenous Mobility for Measuring Employer and Employee Heterogeneity?"

"Endogenous Mobility"

Tues. , Nov. 16, 2010 joint with CBPP 2:00-3:20


3007 BIF Marcus Casey Duke University "Neighbor Preference and the Decision To Move: A Dynamic Approach"
Fri. , Nov. 12, 2010 12:00-1:30 35/43 LER Craig Olson University of Illinois "The Incentive Effects of CEO Stock Option Grants on Firm Value"
Fri. , Oct. 29, 2010 12:00-1:30 35/43 LER Angelo Mele University of Illinois "A Structural Model of Segregation in Social Networks"
Fri. , Oct. 22, 2010 joint with IGPA 12:30-2:00 (Note Time Change) 35/43 LER Finley Edwards University of Illinois "Early to Rise: The Effect of Daily Start
Times on Academic Performance"
Tues. , Oct. 19, 2010 joint with CBPP 2:00-3:20 3007 BIF Nicole Maestas RAND TBA
Fri. , Oct. 1, 2010 12:00-1:30 35/43 LER Sarah Miller University of Illinois "Risk Factors for Consumer Loan Default: A Censored Quantile Regression Analysis"
Tues. , Sept. 28, 2010 joint with CBPP 2:00-3:20 3007 BIF Amy Finkelstein MIT TBA
Fri. , Sept. 10, 2010 joint with CBPP 2:00-3:20 2041 BIF Brian Jacob University of Michigan TBA
Fri. , April 2, 2010 134 Temple Buel Hall Colleen Flaherty Manchester University of Minnesota "Screening for Commitment: The Effect of Maternity Leave Use on Wages"
Fri. , March 19, 2010 joint with Public Economics 35/43 LER Kevin J. Mumford Purdue University "Welfare Stigma Due to Public Disapproval"
Fri. , Feb. 26, 2010 35/42 LER Jane Leber Herr University of Chicago ""Opt-Out" Rates at Motherhood Across High-Education Career Paths: Selection Versus Work Environment"
Fri. , Feb. 5, 2010 joint w/ IGPA - 10:30 - 12 IGPA Susan Dynarski University of Michigan "Cheaper by the Dozen: Using Sibling Discounts at Catholic Schools to Estimate the Price Elasticity of Private School Attendance"
Fri. , Dec. 18, 2009 35/34 LER Chichun Fang University of Illinois "Risk and Returns to Education"
Fri. , Dec. 11, 2009 - 10:30 -12



James Ziliak University of Kentucy


Tues. , Nov. 3, 2009 joint with CBPP - Note Date/time/location

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

3007 BIF

Courtney Coile Wellesley College "Recessions, Reeling Markets, and Retiree Well-Being"

Fri. , Oct. 30, 2009 -


35/43 LER Jason Dunick UIUC  
Fri. , May 1, 2009 -2:30 - 4:00 p.m. --- NOTE TIME 119 David Kinley Hall Josh Angrist MIT "New Evidence on Autonomy and Decentralization in Public Schools"
Fri, April 24, 2009 35/42 LER Kristine Brown and Ron Laschever


"When They're Sixty-Four: Peer Effects and the Timing of Retirement"
Fri. , April 17, 2009 -joint Departmental - 3:30 p.m.

123 David Kinley Hall

Dale Mortensen Northwestern University "Wage Dispersion in the Search and Matching Model with Intra-Firm Bargaining"
Fri. , April 10, 2009   Chichun Fang and John Dencker Labor & Emp. Relations at UIUC "Corporate Restructuring, Wage Patterns , and Inequality within a Firm"
Fri. , April 3, 2009 35/43 LER Marcus Casey UIUC & Duke University "Race in Housing Markets: Evidence from Transactions Data"
Tues. , March 17 - joint w/Development/CBPP 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. 243 Wohlers Hall Giovanni Peri University of California-Davis "The Causes and Effects of International Migrations: Evidence from OECD Countries 1980-2005"
Fri. , March 13 34/43 LER Ethan Cohen-Cole Federal Reserve Bank of Boston "Understanding Bankruptcy"
Fri. , March 6, 2009   Eric Neuman School of Business at UIUC "Public Policy and Entrepreneurship: The Development of Competitive Local Telephone Service Industry"
Fri. February 27, 2009 joint w/College of Business CANCELLED   Timothy Vogus Vanderbilt University CANCELLED
Fri. , February 13, 2009   Ruby Mendenhall Dept. of Sociology, UIUC TBA
Fri. , January 30, 2009   Elizabeth Gorman University of Virginia  
Fri. , January 23, 2009   Kim Wade-Benzoni Duke University "Legacies, Immortality, and the Future: The Psychology and Intergenerational Decisions"

Fri. , November 21, 2008

(Joint with Applied Micro)

Wagner Educatin Center LER Soohyung Lee University of Maryland "Preferences and Choice Constraints in Martial Sorting: Evidence from Korea"
Fri, November 7, 2008 Wagner Education Center (LER) Jason Shaw University of Minnesota "Employee-organziation Exchange relationships, HRM Practices, and Quit Rates of Good and Poor Performers"
Fri. , Oct. 31, 2008   Marianne Bitler University of California-Irvine "Effects of Increased Access to Infertility Treatment on Infant and Child Health: Evidence from Health Insurance Mandates"
Fri. , October 17, 2008   Rich Trumka AFL-CIO TBA
Fri. , October 10, 2008   Adam Stevenson University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign "Admissions Policy and the Male-Female Gap in Post-Baccalaureate School Quality"
Fri. , October 3, 2008   Ki-wook Kwon Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign "High Performance Work Systems and Firm Performance: Focusing on High Performer Turnover"

*Tu. September 30, 2008

(Joint with CBPP)

3007 BIF Mel Stephens Carbegie Mellon University "Can Governments Help Households Smooth Consumption? Evidence from Japanese Public Pension Benefits"
Fri. , September 19, 2008 35/43 LER Sergey Popov University of Illinois "Fraternities and Labor Market Outcomes"

*Tu. September 16, 2008

(Joint w/ Development)

223 David Kinley Hall

Andy Foster Brown University "Do Voluntary Pollution Reduction Programs Help Reduce Pollution Levels? Evidence from the Mexican Clean Industry Program"
*Tu. September 9, 2008 (Time change: 11 - 12:30 - 133A LER) formerly LIR   Rebecca Givan Cornell University "The Public and Private Politics of Healthcare Employment: Rethinking the UK-US Comparison"
Fri. , August 29, 2008   David Goldberg University of Illinois Not Your Grandmother's Genetic Algorithm
April 25, 2008   Chris Taber Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin "Displacement, Asymmetric Information and Heterogeneous Human Capital" Joint with the Department of Economics, 3:30 to 5:00PM, 123 David Kinley Hall
April 23, 2008   Debopam Bhattacharya Department of Economics, Dartmouth University "Inferring Optimal Resource Allocation from Experimental Data" Joint with the Econometrics Seminar, 2:00 to 3:30PM, ILIR room 133A
April 18, 2008   Joel Slemrod School of Business and Department of Economics, University of Michigan "Tax Policy Issues" 3:30 to 5:00PM, Room 241 Wohlers Hall
April 15, 2008   Marianne Bertrand Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago "Affirmative Action in Education: Evidence from Engineering College Admissions in India" Joint with the Development Economics Seminar, 4:00 to 5:30PM, 219 David Kinley Hall
April 2, 2008   John Budd Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota "Unionism Over the Life Cycle: First-Timers and the Never-Unionized in a Cohort of the U.S. Labor Force" 3:30 to 5:00PM, ILIR room 133A
March 14, 2008   Paul Oyer Graduate School of Business, Stanford University "Personnel-Economic Geography: Evidence from Large US Law Firms"
March 28, 2008   Bing Bai Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, UIUC "The Impact of National Culture on High Performance Work Practices in U.S. Multinational Corporations Affiliates Using House's Cultural Scales"
March 7, 2008   Michael Lovenheim Stanford University "The Effect of Teachers' Unions on Education Production: Evidence from Union Election Certifications in Three Midwestern States"
February 8, 2008   Kevin Hallock ILR School, Cornell University "The Geography of Giving: The Effect of Corporate Headquarters on Local Charities" 10:00 to 11:30AM
February 1, 2008   Monica Bielski Boris Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, UIUC "Community Labor United: Social Movement Unionism In Boston"
January 25, 2008   Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, UIUC "Rethinking Labor and Employment Relations in the 21st Century:  Presentation and Dialogue"
November 30, 2007   Ofer Malamud University of Chicago "The Impact of College Education on Geographic Mobility: Evidence from the Vietnam Generation"
November 27, 2007   Ji-Young Ahn Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, UIUC "Does Stock-Based Pay Attenuate Destructive Competition among Top Executives?" 9:30AM to 10:30AM, LIR room 43.
November 9, 2007   Helena Worthen Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, UIUC "The AFSCME Family Scholarships: Children look at their parents' lives in the union"
October 26, 2007   Niti Pandey Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, UIUC "Who Prefers What Benefits? Examining the Impact of Demographic Characteristics on Employees' Benefits Preferences: The Study of a U.S. Manufacturing Corporation"
October 12, 2007   Angus Deaton Princeton University "Child Mortality, Income, and Adult Height"
October 11, 2007   Angus Deaton Princeton University "Health and Wellbeing around the World: Evidence from the Gallup World Poll" 4:30 to 6:00PM, 134 Temple Buell Hall
October 5, 2007   Greg Northcraft Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations and College of Business, UIUC "How to Write a CHRM Proposal"
September 28, 2007   Elizabeth Powers Department of Economics and Institute of Government and Public Affairs, UIUC "The Long-Term Care Workforce Retention Crisis: Causes and Consequences of Frontline Worker Turnover"
August 31, 2007   John Dencker Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, UIUC "Corporate Restructuring and Sex Differences in Managerial Promotion"