Fall 2017 Semester

September 18, 2017
Chew Soo Hong, National University of Singapore
Location: ACB 214; 12:00-1:15

October 05, 2017
Youssef Benzarti, University of California, Los Angeles
“What Goes Up May Not Come Down: Asymmetric Incidence of Value-Added Taxes?”
“Abstract: This paper shows that prices respond more to increases than to decreases in Value-Added Taxes (VATs). First, using all VAT reforms from 1996 to 2015 across all European countries we show that prices respond 3 to 4 times more to VAT increases than decreases. Second, using a plausibly exogenous VAT reform, we show that the asymmetry persists over several years. Third, we document several empirical features of this asymmetry that are inconsistent with the standard incidence model. We provide evidence consistent with firm behavior driving the asymmetry.”
Location: ACB 214; 12:00-1:15

October 19, 2017
Hisam Sabouni, Claremont Graduate University
“Estimating Consumer Sentiment through the Dynamics of Music Sentiment.”
Location: ACB 214; 12:00-1:15

November 02, 2017
Wes Yin, University of California, Los Angeles
“Information Barriers in Health Care Decision-Making: Experimental Evidence from the California Health Benefits Exchange.”
“Abstract: Health care decision-making is complex and competes with other demands on consumers’ time and attention. In this paper, we study how information affects an important health decision: take-up of insurance. We exploit experimental variation in the information mailed to 120,000 households in California’s Health Benefits Exchange. We find that a basic reminder of the enrollment deadline raises enrollment by 1.5 pp (or 20 percent) in this typically low uptake population. Personalized information on federal subsidies reveal striking heterogeneity: among low income individuals, providing subsidy information marginally increases take-up above the simple reminder; but as incomes rise (and reported subsidies fall), these letters perform worse than the basic reminder. This result holds despite reminder-only recipients eventually observing subsidies before purchase–evidence of fixed transaction costs of the purchase process and/or reference dependent utility. Finally, all of our letter interventions equally induce healthier individuals into the market. These findings suggest that forgetfulness and transaction costs matter for insurance take-up, and that reminders–while avoiding information that negatively updates beliefs about plans’ benefits or costs–can improve both take-up and average market risk.”
Location: ACB 214; 12:00-1:15

November 09, 2017
David Haggman, Carnegie Mellon University
“Persuasion With Motivated Beliefs.”
“Abstract: Considerable empirical research finds that people derive utility not only from consumption, but also from their beliefs about themselves and the world. Rather than dispassionately updating their views in response to new information, such belief-based utility implies that people at times avoid information and use other strategies to protect their existing beliefs. We present a two-stage model of persuasion in the presence of belief-protecting strategies and test it in an incentive-compatible task. In the experiment, persuaders seek to shift receivers’ subjective numeric estimates related to emotionally charged topics, such as abortion and racial discrimination. We manipulate whether the persuader first acknowledges her own lack of certainty and whether she first has an opportunity to build rapport with the receiver. Though these elements of communication ought to be irrelevant or even backfire under the standard account, our theory predicts they will enhance persuasiveness.”
Location: ACB 214; 12:00-1:15

November 16, 2017
Alessandra Cassar, University of California, San Francisco
“The Competitive Woman”
“Abstract:Why are there so few women in top earning position and why are they paid less than men? In addition to established human capital and discrimination explanations, economists are pointing to a large body of experimental evidence suggesting that women have a lower desire to compete than men. Here we advance the hypothesis that the estimated gender differences critically depend on how we elicit such preferences, especially on the incentives used in the experiments. While cash is the standard method of subject payment, we remark that it is also culturally loaded as the traditional object of male-male competition in many societies. We test this hypothesis through a series of experiments in China, Colombia, Bosnia and Togo. Our data on parents show that, once the incentives are switched from monetary to child-benefitting, gender differences disappear. Cultural elements in each society matter. Competitiveness is higher among displaced women in Colombia and women in polygyny arrangements in Togo. This result suggests that female competition can be just as intense as male competition given the right goals, indicating important implications for policies designed to promote gender equality: a change in the workplace incentive structure and conditions could induce more women to enter workplace competitions.”
Location: Hahn 101, Pomona College; 12:00-1:15

November 30, 2017
Katherine Carman, Pardee RAND Graduate School
“Mental Accounting Matters: Evidence from Military Housing.”
Location: ACB 214; 12:00-1:15

December 07, 2017
Nayanna Bose, Scripps College
“Intergenerational Effects of Improving Women’s Property Rights: Evidence from India.”
Location: ACB 214; 12:00-1:15

Spring 2017 Semester

January 26, 2017
Matt Chao, Williams College
“Motivation crowding out in charitable giving: Evidence from the lab and field”
Location: Harper 53; 12:00-1:15

February 09, 2017
Lisa Kramer, Rotman School of Management
“Seasonally Varying Mood and Preferences: Evidence from Bid-Ask Spreads”
Location: Harper 53; 12:00-1:15

February 16, 2017
Emiliano Huet-Vaughn, Middlebury College
“Stimulating the Vote: ARRA Road Spending and Vote Share”
Location: McManus 35; 12:00-1:15

February 23, 2017
Workshop: Starting the Dissertation
Location: ACB 214; 12:00-1:15

March 02, 2017
Abhijit Bannerjee, MIT (at Pomona College)

March 09, 2017
Terence Burnham, Chapman University
“Experimental Evolution and Economics”
Location: ACB 214; 12:00-1:15

March 23, 2017
Workshop: Job Market
Location: ACB 214; 12:00-1:15

April 07, 2017
Candidate Job Talk
Jeffrey Naecker, Wesleyan College
Machine Learning, Behavioral, Experimental, Theory, PF
Location: Burkle 12; 12:00-1:30

April 10, 2017
Candidate Job Talk
Ben Gillen, Caltech
Econometrics, Experimetrics, Auctions, Finance
Location: Albrecht; 12:00-1:30

April 13, 2017
Charles Holt, University of Virginia
“Quantal Response Equilibrium and Estimation for Behavioral Game Theory”
Location: McManus 35; 12:00-1:15

April 17, 2017
Candidate Job Talk
Julian Jamison, World Bank
Development, Micro, Behavioral, Experiments
Location: Albrecht; 12:00-1:30

April 20, 2017
Laura Gee, Tufts University
“Do Beliefs About Peers Matter for Donation Matching? Experiments in the Field and Laboratory”
Location: ACB 214; 12:00-1:15

May 03, 2017
Candidate Job Talk
Greg DeAngelo, West Virginia University
Law and Economics, Crime, PF, Machine Learning
Location: Burkle 12; 12:00-1:30

May 04, 2017
Alex Reese-Jones, Wharton School
Location: Stauffer 106; 12:00-1:15

Fall 2016 Semester

September 08, 2016
Tom Chang, USC
“Something in the Air: Projection Bias and the Demand for Health Insurance (joint with Wei Huang and Yongxiang Wang)”
Location: Burkle 16; 12:00-1:15

September 22, 2016
Paul Niehaus, UCSD
“General Equilibrium Effects of (Improving) Public Employment Programs”
Location: Burkle 16; 12:00-1:15

September 29, 2016
Thomas Kniesner, Joshua Tasoff
Workshop: Starting the Ph.D.
Location: Burkle 16; 12:00 – 1:15

October 06, 2016
Marta Serra-Garcia, Rady School of Management, UCSD
“Putting Time Into Giving Money”
Location: Burkle 16; 12:00-1:15

October 13, 2016
Thomas Kniesner, Joshua Tasoff
Workshop: Basics of Teaching
Location: Burkle 16; 12:00 – 1:15

October 20, 2016
Agne Kajackaite, USC
“Lying Aversion and the Size of the Lie.”
Location: Burkle 16; 12:00-1:15

November 03, 2016
Vikram Maheshri, University of Houston
Gender Homophily and Segregation Within Neighborhoods.
Location: Burkle 16; 12:00-1:15

November 17, 2016
Rick Fernholz, Claremont McKenna College
A Model of Economic Mobility and the Distribution of Wealth.
Location: Burkle 16; 12:00 – 1:15

December 01, 2016
Taisuke Imai, Caltech
Estimating Time Preferences from Budget Set Choices Using Optimal Adaptive Design.
Location: Burkle 16; 12:00 – 1:15


Spring 2016 Semester

January 21, 2016
Thomas J. Kniesner, Claremont Graduate University, Syracuse University (Emeritus), and IZA
Reducing Risks in Wartime Through Capital-Labor Substitution: Evidence from World War II.
“Appendix”
Location: Stauffer 110; 12:00 – 1:15

February 18, 2016
Salar Jahedi, RAND Corporation
“Cognitive disruptions and economic decision making.”
Location: Stauffer 110; 12:00 – 1:15

March 03, 2016
Joshua Miller, Bocconi University
“The Hot Hand Fallacy Fallacy.”
Location: McManus Conference Room; 12:00 – 1:15

March 24, 2016
Charlie Sprenger, University of California, San Diego
“Using Preference Estimates to Customize Incentives: An Application to Polio Vaccination Drives in Pakistan.”
Location: Hahn 101, Pomona College; 12:00 – 1:10

March 31, 2016
Monica Capra, Thomas Kniesner, Joshua Tasoff
Workshop: Beginning the Economics Dissertation
Location: McManus Conference Room; 12:00 – 1:15

April 07, 2016
Yaron Levi, Marshall School of Business, USC
“Information Architecture and Intertemporal Choice: A Randomized Field Experiment in the United States.”
Location: McManus Conference Room; 12:00 – 1:15

April 14, 2016
Monica Capra, Thomas Kniesner, Joshua Tasoff
Workshop: Academic Job Market
Location: McManus Conference Room; 12:00 – 1:15

April 21, 2016
Sally Sadoff, Rady School of Management, USCD
“Dynamic Inconsistency and Commitment in Food Choice”
Location: McManus Conference Room; 12:00 – 1:15

April 28, 2016
Adam Greenberg, Anderson School of Management, UCLA
“Taking Out Versus Holding On: Anticipated Trajectories of Psychological Pain Influence Debt Aversion”
Location: McManus Conference Room; 12:00 – 1:15

May 05, 2016
Daniel Fessler, UCLA Department of Anthropology
“There are razor blades in the apples! Examining biased credulity, the evolution of beliefs, and political orientation.”
“Abstract”
Location: McManus Conference Room; 12:00 – 1:15


Fall 2015 Semester

September 17, 2015
Silvia Saccardo, UCSD Rady School of Management and CMU Social and Decision Science
“Bribery: Greed versus Reciprocity”
Location: Harper 65; 12:00 – 1:15

September 24, 2015
Workshop: Starting the Ph.D.
Location: Harper, Board of Trustees Room; 12:00 – 1:15

October 01, 2015
Workshop: Basics of Teaching
Location: Harper, Board of Trustees Room; 12:00 – 1:15

October 01, 2015
Galib Rustamov, Claremont Graduate University
“Limited Attention in the Residential Energy Markets: A regression discontinuity approach”
Location: ACB 214; 5:30 – 6:45

October 08, 2015
Stephanie Heger, Washington University in St. Louis
We should totally open a restaurant: how optimism and overconfidence affects beliefs
Location: Harper, Board of Trustees Room; 12:00 – 1:15

October 15, 2015
Andrew Royal, Claremont Graduate University
“Learning About Risks from Experience: Evidence on Insurance Takeup”
Location: Harper, Board of Trustees Room; 12:00 – 1:15

October 29, 2015
Veronika Alexander, Claremont Graduate University
“How organizational space affects group creativity: Neurophysiological field study”
Location: Harper, Board of Trustees Room; 12:00 – 1:15

November 05, 2015
Wendy Wood, USC Psychology
“How to Make Behavior Changes Stick”
Location: Harper, Board of Trustees Room; 12:00 – 1:15

November 12, 2015
Chad Kendall, Marshall School of Business, USC
Rational and Heuristic Driven Trading Panics in an Experimental Asset Market
Location: Harper, Board of Trustees Room; 12:00 – 1:15

November 19, 2015
Sophie Tripp, Claremont Graduate University
“The impact of promotion on wages: an analysis of race and gender differences”
Location: Harper, Board of Trustees Room; 12:00 – 1:15

December 03, 2015
Leandro Carvalho, Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR), USC
“Education and Decision-Making”
Location: Harper, Board of Trustees Room; 12:00 – 1:15

December 10, 2015
Raymundo M. Campos-Vazquez, Colegio de Mexico
“Pass-through and competition: The impact of soft drink taxes using Mexican supermarket stores”
Location: Harper, Board of Trustees Room; 5:30 – 6:45


Spring 2015 Semester

January 22, 2015
James Konow, Loyola Marymount University
Can Economics Ethics Be Taught?
Location: Burkle 24; 12:00 – 1:15

January 29, 2015
Jeff Butler, Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance and University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Social Risk and the Dimensionality of Intentions
Location: Burkle 24; 12:00 – 1:15

February 5, 2015
Michael Callen, Harvard Kennedy School
“Using Preference Parameter Estimates to Improve Public Sector Wage Contracts: An Application to Polio Vaccination in Pakistan”
Location: Burkle 24; 12:00 – 1:15

February 19, 2015
Paul Zak, Claremont Graduate University
The Heart of the Story; Peripheral Physiology During Narrative Exposure Predicts Charitable Giving
Location: Burkle 24; 12:00 – 1:15

February 20, 2015
Richard Scheffler, UC Berkeley
“Covered California: The Impact of Provider and Health Plan Market Power on Premiums”
Location: Stauffer 110; 12:00 – 1:15

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Monica Capra, Tom Kniesner, Josh Tasoff, CGU
“Dissertation Workshop”
Location: Burkle 24; 12:00 – 1:15

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Gary Charness, UCSB
Creativity and Incentives
Location: Burkle 24; 12:00 – 1:15

Friday, April 3, 2015
Suresh Naidu, Columbia University
Political Language in Economics
Location: McManus 33; 12:00 – 1:15

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Ryan Oprea, UCSB
“Do Wealth Dynamics Eliminate Bad Beliefs: A Test of the Market Selection Hypothesis”
Location: Burkle 24; 12:00 – 1:15

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Monica Capra, Tom Kniesner, Josh Tasoff, CGU
“Academic Job Market Workshop”
Location: Burkle 24; 12:00 – 1:15

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Yilmaz Kocer, USC
“Dynamic Matching with Learning”
Location: Burkle 24; 12:00 – 1:15


Fall 2014 Semester

September 11, 2014
Gidi Nave, California Institute of Technology
“Vasopressin increases cooperative decision-making behavior”
Location: McManus 31; 12:00 – 1:15.

September 18, 2014
Workshop: Starting a Ph.D.
Location: McManus 31; 12:00 – 1:15.

September 25, 2014
Ricardo Alonso, London School of Economics
Bayesian Persuasion with Heterogenous Priors
Location: McManus 31; 12:00 – 1:15.

October 2nd, 2014
Workshop: Basics of Teaching
Location: McManus 31; 12:00 – 1:15.

October 22, 2014
*Note room, time, and date change*

Nico Voigtlaender, UCLA Anderson
Bowling for Fascism: Social Capital and the Rise of the Nazi Party
Location: McManus 35; 11:40 – 12:50.

October 23, 2014
Alison Harris, Claremont McKenna College
“Neural Dynamics of Financial Decision-Making: The Disposition Effect”
Location: McManus 31; 12:00 – 1:15.

November 4, 2014
*Note room, time, and date change*

Harvey Kliman, Yale Medical School
“Markers of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)”
Location: McManus 35; 11:30 – 12:30

November 6, 2014
Cary Frydman, USC Marshall
What Drives Peer Effects in Financial Decision-making? Neural and Behavioral Evidence
Location: McManus 31; 12:00 – 1:15.

November 20, 2014
Brice Corgnet, Chapman University
“Cognitive Reflection and the Diligent Worker: An Experimental Study of Millenials”
Location: McManus 31; 12:00 – 1:15.

December 4, 2014
Shlomi Sher, Pomona College
“A Rational Analysis of Constructed Preference”
Location: McManus 31; 12:00 – 1:15.

Thursday, December 18, 2014
Mitchell Hoffman, University of Toronto
“The Determinants of Managerial Productivity”
Location: McManus 31; 12:00 – 1:15.


Spring 2014 Semester

January 23, 2014
Michael Murray, Bates College
“Delay Discounting and Alcohol Abusers: More Impatient Even When Not Impulsive?”
Location: Harper 65

February 6, 2014
Leonardo Burzstyn, UCLA Anderson School of Management
“Expressing Ideology: Evidence from an Experiment in Pakistan”
Location: Harper 65

February 20, 2014
Monica Capra, Claremont Graduate University
“Not All Talk is Cheap: Can We Learn Why?”
Location: Harper 65

March 6, 2014
Yariv Fadlon, Claremont Graduate University
“The Trade-off between State Minimum Wage and Unemployment over Time: Evidence from NLSY”
Location: Harper 65

March 13, 2014
Josh Tasoff, Claremont Graduate University
“Biotic Economics: A Framework for Trade in Microbial Ecosystems”
Location: Harper 65

March 27, 2014
Jeff Flory, Claremont McKenna College
“Banking the Poor: Evidence from a Savings Field Experiment in Malawi”
Location: Harper 65

April 17, 2014
Manisha Shah, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
“Drought of Opportunities: Contemporaneous and Long Term Impacts of Rainfall Shocks on Human Capital”
Location: Harper 65

May 1, 2014
Paola Giuliano, UCLA Anderson School of Management
“Understanding Cultural Persistence and Change”
Location: Harper 65

May 15, 2014
Nico Voigtlaender, UCLA Anderson School of Management
“Human Capital and Industrialization: Evidence from the Age of the Enlightenment”

Rescheduled for Fall 2014

October 3, 2013
Jean-Paul Carvalho, UC Irvine
“Coordination and Culture”
Location: McManus 35

October 17, 2013
Serkan Ozbeklik, Claremont McKenna College
“Peer Effects in Disadvantaged Primary Schools: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment”
Click here to read the paper
Location: McManus Conference Room

Ocotober 31,2013
Peiran Jiao, Claremont Graduate University
“Belief in Mean Reversion and the Disposition Effect:  An Experimental Test”
Click here to read the paper
Location: McManus 35


November 21, 2013

Florian Ederer, Yale School of Management
“Understanding Mechanisms Underlying Peer Effects: Evidence from a Field Experiment on Financial Decisions”
Click here to read the paper
Location: Harper 53


December 12, 2013

Giorgio Coricelli, USC
Location: McManus 35


Spring 2013 Semester

Friday, January 25*
Henrik Cronqvist, Claremont McKenna
*Time for this event is 4 – 6 p.m.
Prenatal Exposure to Testosterone Increases
Financial Risk Taking and Reduces the Gender Gap

Thursday, March 7 – no event

Thursday, March 14
Roman Sheremeta, Chapman University
Overbidding and Heterogeneous Behavior in
Contest Experiments

Thursday, April 4
Yu-Han  Chang, USC (Information Science Institute)
Graph Formation Effects on Social Welfare and
Inequality in a Networked Resource Game

Moral Values from Simple Game Play

Thursday, April 11
Terence Burnham, Chapman University
Caveman Economics

Thursday, May 9
Ori Heffetz, Cornell University

What Can We Learn from Happiness Data?


Fall 2012 Semester

Thursday, September 6
Marina Agranov, Caltech
“The Effect of Negotiations on Bargaining in Legislatures ”

Thursday, September 20
Michael McBride, UC Irvine
“Why Go to Court? Bargaining Failure Under the Shadow
of Trial with Complete Information”

Thursday, October 4
Jesse Kluver, University of Virgina (Darden)
“Metabolic expense management:
A hidden performance-related payoff from synchronized movement”

Thursday, October 11
Quinn Keefer, CGU
“The Sunk-Cost Fallacy and Managerial Decision Making:
The National Football League’s Concorde”

Thursday, October 18
Andrew Cassey, Washington State University
“The Location of US State’s Overseas Offices”

Thursday, October 25
Amos Nadler, CGU
“Testosterone and Asset Price Bubbles: Experimental Evidence”

Thursday, November 1
Latika Chaudhury, Scripps College
“Engines of Growth:The Productivity Advance of
Indian Railways, 1874-1912”

Thursday, November 8
Joshua Tasoff, CGU
“Exponential-Growth Bias and Lifecycle Consumption”

Thursday, November 29
Isabelle Brocas, USC
“A Neuroeconomic Theory of Self Control”