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Past Seminars

The Department of Economics has a long history of offering many public lectures and seminars. See below for a listing of past presentations. 

Wed, January 19, 12:30pm – 1:50pm 

 Shaun Shaikh, McMaster University 

 Description: Practice Job Market Paper Presentation 

 Title: Credibly Bounding Trends with Trending Measurement Error: Addressing the Unintended Consequences of Data Quality Improvement 


Wed, January 26, 12:30pm – 1:50pm 

 James Stutely, McMaster University 

 Description: Practice Job Market Paper Presentation 


Fri, February 18, 3:00pm – 4:30pm 

 Igor Livshits, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia 

 Title: “Building Credit Histories” (joint work with Kovrijnykh and Zetlin-Jones) 

 Host: Gajen Raveendranathan 


Wed, March 2, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Brantly Callaway, the University of Georgia
Title: Difference in Differences with Time-Varying Covariates 

Host: Irene Botosaru 


Fri, March 4, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Sergio Ocampo Díaz, Western University
Title: The evolution of U.S. retail concentration (joint work with Dominic Smith) 

Host: Pau Pujolas Fons 


Wed, March 9, 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

Distinguished Hooker Visitor: Dirk Krueger (the University of Pennsylvania) 

Title: Health versus Wealth: On the Distributional Effects of Controlling a Pandemic 


Thu, March 10, 3:30pm – 5:00pm 

Distinguished Hooker Visitor Public Lecture: Dirk Krueger (the University of Pennsylvania)
Title: The Fiscal and Welfare Effects of Policy Responses to the Covid-19 School Closures

Fri, March 11, 1:30pm – 3:00pm 

Distinguished Hooker Visitor: Dirk Krueger (the University of Pennsylvania)
Title: Neoclassical Growth Transition Dynamics with One-Sided Commitment

Wed, March 16, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Tim Christensen, New York University
Adaptive Estimation and Uniform Confidence Bands for Nonparametric IV
Host: Irene Botosaru 


Fri, March 18, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Julieta Caunedo, Cornell University
Title: Occupational Exposure to Capital Embodied Technical Change (joint with Elisa Keller and David Jaume)
Host: Pau Pujolas Fons 


Wed, March 23, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Joachim Freyberger, University of Bonn
Title: Normalizations and misspecification in skill formation models
Host: Irene Botosaru 


Fri, March 25, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Michael Boutros, Bank of Canada
Title: Windfall Income Shocks with Finite Planning Horizons
Host: Pau Pujolas 


Wed, March 30, 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

Soonwoo Kwon, Brown University 

Title: Inference in Regression Discontinuity Designs under Monotonicity. 

Host: Irene Botosaru 


Fri, April 1, 3:00pm – 4:30pm 

Andrew Barr, Texas A&M University 

Title: You Can’t Handle The Truth: The Effects Of The Post-9/11 GI Bill On Higher Education And Earnings
Host: Jonathan Zhang 


Wed, April 6, 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

Raffaele Saggio, The University of British Columbia 

Title: “Hours Mismatch” (joint with Marta Lachowska, Alexandre Mas and Stephen Woodbury).
Host: Adam Lavecchia 

Wed, September 8, 2021, 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

 Speaker: Rob Gillezeau, the University of Victoria 

 Title: TBA 

 Host: Mike Veall 


Wed, September 15, 2021, 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

Speaker: Shahar Rotberg, The Canada Mortgage and Housing 

Title: Inflation as a Subsidy to Homeownership 

 Host: Pau Pujolas 


Fri, September 24, 2021, 3:00pm – 4:30pm 

 Speaker: Michael Gilraine, New York University 

 Title: Incentives and the Persistence of Teacher Value-Added  

 Host: Angela Zheng 


Fri, October 1, 2021, 3:00pm – 4:30pm 

 Speaker: Walter Steingress, the Bank of Canada and University of Rochester 

 Title: Exporting and Investment under Credit Constraints (joint work with Kim Huynh, Robert Petrunia and Joel Rodrigue) 

 Host: Pau Pujolas 


Wed, October 20, 2021, 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

 Speaker: Markus Lampe, Vienna University of Economics and Business 

Title: “Deliberate Surrender? The Impact of Interwar Indian Protection” 

 Host: Pau Pujolas 


Fri, October 29, 2021, 3:00pm – 4:30pm 

Guillaume Sublet, Université de Montréal 

Title: TBA 

 Host: Gajen Raveendranathan 


Wed, November 10, 2021, 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

Speaker: Felipe Alves, the Bank of Canada 

 Title: “Job Ladder and Business Cycles” 

 Host: Angela Zheng 


Fri, November 12, 2021, 3:00pm – 4:30pm 

 Lucas Goodman, the US Department of the Treasury 

Title: “Efficiency in Household Decision Making: Large Evidence from the Retirement Savings of US Couples” 

 Host: Adam Lavecchia 


Wed, November 17, 2021, 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

 Vellore Arthi, the University of California, Irvine 

Title: Labor Market Scarring in the Very Long Run: Evidence from Large-Scale Longitudinal Microdata 

 Host: Pau Pujolas-Fons 


Fri, November 19, 2021, 3:00pm – 4:30pm 

 Louis-Phillipe Morin, the University of Ottawa 

Title: When Diligence Backfires: Gender Differences in Prioritizing Rewarding Tasks 

 Host: Angela Zheng 


Fri, November 26, 2021, 3:00pm – 4:30pm 

Nick Sander, Bank of Canada 

Title: Fiscal Policy in the Age of COVID: Does it get in all of the Cracks? 

 Host: Angela Zhang 

Fri, January 22, 2021, 3:00pm – 4:30pm 

Speaker: Vegard M. Nygaard, University of Houston 

Title: “The Impact of Employer-sponsored Insurance in 20th Century United States” (joint with Gajen Raveendranathan) 

Host: Gajen Raveendranathan 


Fri, January 29, 2021, 3:00pm – 4:30pm 

Speaker: Sitian Liu, Queen’s University 

Title: “The Geography of Jobs and the Gender Wage Gap” (co-authored with Yichen Su) 

Host: Siha Lee 


Fri, February 5, 2021, 3:00pm – 4:30pm 

Speaker: James Graham, University of Sydney 

Title: “Age, Industry, and Unemployment Risk During a Pandemic Lockdown” (co-authored with Murat Ozbilgin) 

Host: Angela Zheng 


Fri, February 26, 2021, 3:00pm – 4:30pm 

Speaker: Tatsuro Sengha, Queen Mary University of London 

Title: “Uncertainty, Imperfect Information, and Expectation Formation over the Firm’s Life Cycle”
Host: Gajen Raveendranathan 


Fri, March 5, 2021, 3:00pm – 4:30pm 

Speaker: Tatsuro Sengha, Queen Mary University of London 

Title: “The Effects of Layoffs on Opioid Use and Abuse” (joint with Marius Opstrup Morthorst and Peter Rønø Thingholm)
Host: Adam Lavecchia 


Fri, March 19, 2021, 3:00pm – 4:30pm 

Speaker: Rory McGee, University of Western University 

Title: “Old Age Savings and House Price Shocks”
Host: Siha Lee 


Fri, September 18, 2020, 3:00pm – 4:30pm 

Speaker: Aubhik Khan, Ohio State University
Host: Gajen Raveendranathan 


Wed, September 23, 2020, 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

Speaker: Hooker Visitor: Rachel Griffith, University of Manchester and IFS 

Title: “Price Floors and Externality Correction”
Host: Kate Cuff 


Thu, September 24, 2020, 12:00pm – 1:00pm 

Speaker: Hooker Visitor: Rachel Griffith, University of Manchester and IFS 

Title: “Inequalities and Wage Progression in Low-skilled Jobs”
Host: Kate Cuff 


Fri, September 25, 2020, 12:00pm – 1:30pm 

Speaker: Hooker Visitor: Rachel Griffith, University of Manchester and IFS 

Title: “Wage Progression in Low-skilled Jobs”
Host: Kate Cuff 


Wed, September 30, 2020, 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

Speaker: Jeffrey Clemens, University of California, San Diego
Host: Adam Lavecchia 


Fri, October 9, 2020, 3:00pm – 4:30pm 

Speaker:Ivan Korolev, Binghamton University
Host: Jeff Racine 


Wed, October 21, 2020, 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

Speaker: Kurt See, Bank of Canada 

Title: “Medicare for All”: The Macroeconomic and Welfare Consequences of Public Health Insurance Reform
Host: Gajen Raveendranathan 


Fri, October 23, 2020, 3:00pm – 4:30pm 

Speaker: Antonella Mancino, Wilfrid Laurier University 

Title: “Frictional Adjustment to Income Tax Incentives: An Application to the Earned Income Tax Credit” (joint with Joseph Mullins) 

Host: Adam Lavecchia 


Fri, November 13, 2020, 3:00pm – 4:30pm 

Speaker: Immo Schott, Université de Montréal 

Title: “Debt Maturity Matters for Monetary Policy” 

Host: Gajen Raveendranathan 


Wed, November 18, 2020, 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

Speaker: Thomas Winberry, University of Chicago 

Title:“The Investment Network, Sectoral Comovement, and the Changing U.S. Business Cycle” (joint with Christian vom Lehn)
Host: Gajen Raveendranathan 


Fri, November 20, 2020, 3:00pm – 4:30pm 

Speaker: Ami Ko, Georgetown University 

Title: “Marital Transitions, Housing, and Savings in Old Age” 

Host: Siha Lee 


Wed, December 2, 2020, 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

Speaker: Andrew Goodman-Bacon, Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank 

Title: “(Cash) Welfare Under (American) Federalism”
Host: Adam Lavecchia

Fri, December 4, 2020, 3:00pm – 4:30pm 

Speaker: Makoto Nakajima, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia 

Title: “Credit, Bankruptcy, and Aggregate Fluctuations” 

Host: Gajen Raveendranathan 


Mon, December 21, 2020, 12:30pm – 2:00pm 

Speaker: Karen Ugarte Bravo, McMaster University 

Title: “The Impact of Mandatory Universal Pharmaceutical Insurance on Prescription Opioid Use: Evidence from Canada”
Host: Arthur Sweetman 


Tues, December 22, 2020, 12:30pm – 2:00pm 

Speaker: Camille Simardone, McMaster University 

Title:“Handling Model Uncertainty: Model Averaging and Machine Learning Methods for Empirical Problems in Economics” 

Host: Arthur Sweetman 

Wed, January 22, 2020, 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

Speaker: Marcin Peski, University of Toronto 

Title: “Bargaining under Incomplete Information”
Host: Seungjin Han and Rumen Kostadinov 


Fri, January 31, 2020, 3:00pm – 4:30pm 

Speaker: Keisuke Hirano, Pennsylvania State University 

Title: “Analyzing Cross-Validation for Forecasting with Structural Instability” (joint with Jonathan H. Wright)
Host: Youngki Shin 


Tue, February 25, 2020, 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

Speaker: Bruno Salcedo, Western University 

Title: “Dog-Whistle Politics”
Host: Maxim Ivanov and Rumen Kostadinov 


Wed, March 4, 2029, 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

Speaker: Kevin Milligan, University of British Columbia 

Title: “Work, health, and mortality in a resource boom: the case of WLEMMAs” (joint with Joseph Marchand)
Host: Siha Lee 


Fri, March 6, 2020, 3:00pm – 4:30pm 

Speaker: Harry Pei, Northwestern University 

Title: “Repeated Communication with Private Lying Cost” 
Host: Maxim Ivanov and Rumen Kostadinov 


Wed, March 11, 2020, 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

Speaker: Nail Kashaev, Western University 

Title:  “Prices, Profits, and Production: Identification and Counterfactuals’’ (joint with Victor H. Aguiar and Roy Allen)
Host: Youngki Shin 

Wed, December 4, 2019, 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

Speaker: Matias Cortes, York University 

Title:  “Are Routine Jobs Moving South? Evidence from Changes in the Occupational Structure of Employment in the U.S. and Mexico” (joint work with Diego M. Morris).
Host: Bettina Brueggemann 


Fri, November 29, 2019, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Speaker: Johannes Hoelzemann, University of Toronto
Title: “Bandits in the Lab” (joint with Nicolas Klein)
Host: Bradley Ruffle 


Thu, November 28, 2019, 3:30pm – 5:00pm 

Speaker: Etienne Lehmann (CRED, Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II) 

Title:  “Comprehensive or Separate Income Tax?A Sufficient Statistics Approach,” with Marie-Noëlle Lefebvre and Michaël Sicsic
Host: Adam Lavecchia 


Wed, November 27, 2019, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Speaker: Manuel Hoffmann, Texas A&M University
Title: “Private Health Insurance under Universal Health Care”
Host: Irene Mussio 


Fri, November 22, 2019, 3:00pm – 4:30pm 

Speaker: Matt Webb, Carleton University 

Title:  “An Experimental Test of the No Safety Schools Theorem”  (with David Johnson)
Host: Arthur Sweetman 


Wed, November 20, 2019, 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

Speaker: Paul Missios, Ryerson University 

Title: “Shallow versus Deep Integration of International Agreements” (with Natalia Bezmaternykh)
Host: Pau Pujolas 

Fri, November 15, 2019, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Speaker: Kai Zhao, University of Connecticut
Title: “How Important Is Health Inequality for Lifetime Earnings Inequality?” (with Roozbeh Hosseini and Karen Kopecky)
Host: Gajen Raveendranathan 


Wed, November 13, 2019, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Speaker: Laurent Cavenaile, University of Toronto
Title: Are Markups Too High? Competition, Strategic Innovation, and Industry Dynamics (with M. Celik and X. Tian)
Host: Zach Mahone 


Fri, November 8, 2019, 3:00pm – 4:30pm  

Speaker: George Alessandria, University of Rochester 

Title: “Taking Stock of Trade Policy Uncertainty: Evidence from China’s Pre-WTO Accession” with (Khan and Khederlarian)
Host: Pau Pujola 


Wed, November 6, 2019, 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

Speaker: Joseph Steinberg, University of Toronto 

Title: “Tax the Wealthy? A Dynamic General Equilibrium Analysis of Progressive Wealth Taxation“ (with Shahar Rotberg)
Host: Pau Pujolas 


Fri, November 1, 2019, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Speaker: Saraswata Chaudhuri, McGill University
Title: A direct route to optimal parametric weighted least squares
Host: Youngki Shin 


Wed, October 30, 2019, 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

Speaker: Duk Gyoo Kim, University of Mannheim 

Title: Multilateral Bargaining over the Division of Losses (joint with Wooyoung Lim)
Host: Bradley Ruffle 


Fri, October 11, 2019, 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Speaker: Halis Yildiz, Ryerson University
Title: Tariff Bindings and Dynamic Formation of Preferential Trade Agreements
Host: Pau Pujolas 


Fri, October 4, 2019, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Speaker: Shakeeb Khan, Boston College
Title: “Informational Content of Factor Structures in Simultaneous Binary Response Models”
Host: Youngki Shin 


Fri, September 20, 2019, 3:00pm – 4:30pm 

Speaker: Marine Carrasco, University of Montreal 

Title: “A regularization approach to the dynamic panel data  model estimation” 

Host: Youngki Shin 


Fri, September 13, 2019, 12pm – 1pm 

Speaker: Guy Tchuente, University of Kent 

Title: “Dynamic Treatment Effects: Some Identification Results”
Host: Seungjin Han 


Thu, September 12, 2019, 3:00pm – 4:30pm CRL B-119
Speaker: Joint Econ/CHEPA/HEAM Seminar: Charles Manski, Northwestern University
Title: “Predicting Kidney Transplant Outcomes with Partial Knowledge of HLA Mismatch” 


Wed, September 11, 2019, 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

Speaker: Naomi Feldman, University of Jerusalem  

Title: “Hidden Baggage Behavioral Responses to Changes in Airline Ticket Tax Disclosure”
Host: Adam Lavecchia 

Wednesday, 13 March, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Speaker: The Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor: Gianluca Violante, Princeton University
Title: The Housing Boom and Bust: Model meets Evidence
Host: Bettina Brueggemann 


Monday, 18 March, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Speaker: Doug Davis, Virginia Commonwealth University
Title: Liquidity Requirements and the Interbank Loan Market: An Experimental Investigation
Host: Stuart Mestelman 


Wednesday, 27 March, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Xue Bai, Brock University
Title: Learning from Processing Trade: Firm Evidence from China
Host: Pau Pujolas 


Friday, 29 March, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Speaker: Baris Kaymak, University of Montreal
Title: Loss-Offset Provisions in the Corporate Tax Code and Misallocation of Capital
Host: Zach Mahone 


Wednesday, 3 April, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Adam Lavecchia, McMaster University
Title: The timing of tax incentives for saving, asset location and crowd-out: Evidence from Tax-Free Savings Accounts 

Thursday, 4 April, 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. 

Speaker: Tim Kehoe, University of Minnesota
Title: implications of Increasing College Attainment for Aging in General Equilibrium
Host: Mike Veall 

Friday, 5 April, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. 

Speaker: Vasia Panousi, Universite de Montreal
Title: Pharmaceutical Patents in Canada
Host: Bettina Brueggemann 

Wednesday, 10 April, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

Speaker: Thomas Winberry, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
Title: Investment Networks, Sectoral Comovement, and the Changing U.S. Business Cycle
Host: Gajendran Raveendranathan 

Friday, 12 April, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. 

Speaker: Arpad Abraham, European University Institute
Title: Climbing the Wage Ladders: Determining the Sources of Idiosyncratic Wage Dynamics and Implications for Policy
Host: Pau Pujolas 


Monday, 15 April, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Speaker: Edouard Schaal, CREI and Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Title: Optimal Transport Networks in Spatial Equilibrium
Host: Zach Mahone 


Friday, 26 April, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Speaker: Erwann Sabi, University of Auckland
Title:  Regularized Nonparametric Estimation of First-Price Private Value Auction
Host: Jeff Racine 


Wednesday, 1 May, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Natalie Malak, University of Alabama
Title: First, do no harm, second, say sorry?
Host: Arthur Sweetman 


Thursday, 2 May, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Speaker: Rose Anne Devlin, University of Ottawa
Title: Doing Good, Feeling Good: Causal Evidence from Volunteers
Host: Arthur Sweetman 


Thursday, 30 August, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Speaker: Eugene Beaulieu, University of Calgary
Title: Why are Women More Protectionist than Men?
Hosts: Mike Veall, Pau Pujolas 


Wednesday, 12 September, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Luba Peterson, Simon Fraser University
Title: Macroeconomic Literacy and Expectations” (with Michael Mirdamadi)
Hosts: Stuart Mestelman 


Friday, 14 September, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Speaker: David Freeman, Simon Fraser University
Title: Revealing Sophistication and Naïveté from Procrastination and Preproperation
Host: Stuart Mestelman 


Wednesday, 19 September, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Christos Shiamptanis, Wilfrid Laurier University
Title: Austerity Measures: Do they avert solvency crises?
Host: Pau Pujolas 


Wednesday, 26 September, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Peter Morrow, University of Toronto
Title: Is Processing Good?: Theory and Evidence from China
Host: Pau Pujolas 


Friday, 28 September, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Speaker: Heather Sarsons, University of Toronto
Title: Interpreting Signals in the Labor Market: Evidence from Medical Referrals
Host: Steve Jones and Kate Cuff 


Wednesday, 3 October, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Guy Tchuente, University of Kent
Title:Does Obamacare Care? A Fuzzy Difference-in-discontinuities Approach
Host: Jeff Racine 


Friday, 5 October, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Speaker: George Stephanidis, York University
Title: IMF Lending in Sovereign Default
Host: Gajen Raveendranathan 


Wednesday, 17 October, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Clara Santamaria Monturiol, CEMFI
Title: Small Teams in Big Cities: Inequality, City Size, and the Organization of Production
Host: Pau Pujolas 


Wednesday, 24 October, 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Speaker: Dana Galizia, Carleton University
Title: Putting the Cycle Back into Business Cycle Analysis
Host: Zach Mahone 


Friday, 26 October, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Speaker: Arthur Blouin, University of Toronto
Title: Culture and Contracts: The Historical Legacy of Forced Labour
Host: Zach Mahone 


Wednesday, 31 October, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Todd Morris, University of Melbourne
Title: Unequal Burden of Retirement Reform: Evidence from Australia
Host: Mike Veal 


Friday, 2 November, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Speaker: Cormac O’Dea, Yale University
Title: Isurance, Efficiency and the Design of Public Pensions
Host: Kate Cuff 


Wednesday, 7 November, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Richard Chisik, Ryerson University
Title: The Paradox of Transfers: Distribution and the Dutch Disease.
Host: Pau Pujolas 


Wednesday, 14 November, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Nouri Najjar, Ivey School of Business, Western University
Title: Environmental Regulations Affect the Decision to Export? (with Jevan Cherniwchan)
Host: Mike Veall 


Friday, 16 November, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Speaker: Kyle Herkenhoff, University of Minnesota
Title: Production and Learning in Teams
Host: Gajen Raveendranathan 


Wednesday, 21 November, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Miguel Cardoso, Brock University
Title: Immigrants and Exports: Firm-level Evidence from Canada
Host: Mike Veall 


Friday, 23 November, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Speaker: Sophie Osotimehin, Brock University
Title: Misallocation and intersectoral linkages
Host: Alok Johri 


Wednesday, 28 November, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Kyle Dempsy, The Ohio State University
Title: Macroprudential Capital Requirements with Non-Bank Finance
Host: Gajen Raveendranathan 


Friday, 30 November, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Speaker: Theodore Papageorgiou, McGill University
Title: Global Transport Markets: Impact on Trade and Efficiency
Host: Zach Mahone