Center For Business and Public Policy Seminar Series

All presentations are in 3007 BIF, 2:00-3:20 pm, unless otherwise noted. Please visit this page to see our upcoming seminars.


Fall 2018


August 28 David Silver (Princeton) “Haste or Waste? Peer Pressure and the Distribution of Marginal Returns to Health Care”
September 11 Karen Clay (Carnegie Mellon University)
September 25 Meredith Fowlie (University of California, Berkeley)
October 2 Dan Sacks (Indiana University) “Does the Individual Mandate Affect Insurance Coverage? Regression Kink Evidence from the Population of Tax Returns”
October 9 Jonathan Skinner (Dartmouth) “Bayesian Learning, Misperception, and Technology Adoption”
October 23 Robin Williams (University of Maryland)
November 6 Carlos Dobkin (University of California, Santa Cruz) “Health Insurance and Access to Care for the Near Elderly”
November 27 Justin Sydnor (Unversity of Wisconsin)

Spring 2018

March 6 Jonathan Meer “No Dropouts Need Apply: Labor Substitution and the Minimum Wage”
March 13 Chris Ruhm (University of Virginia) “Drivers of the Fatal Drug Epidemic”
March 20 Spring vacation
March 27 Gernot Wagner (Harvard University) “Applying Asset Pricing Theory to Calibrate the Price of Climate Risk”
April 3 Gautam Gowrisankaran (University of Arizona) “Reclassification Risk in the Small Group Health Insurance Market”
April 10
April 17 Pietro Tebaldi (University of Chicago) “Distance to Physicians and Value of Choice in Individual Health Insurance”
April 24 Maya Rossin-Slater (Stanford University) “Violence while In Utero: The Impacts of Assaults During Pregnancy on Birth Outcomes”


Fall 2017


September 11 Sofia Villas-Boas  “Using Random Utility Structural Demand Models to Infer the Value of Quality Information”
September 19  Matthew Kahn “Prolonging Coal’s Sunset: The Causes and Consequences of Local Protectionism for a Declining Polluting Industry”
 September 26 Walker Hanlon “A Century of Pollution and Mortality: London 1866-1965”
October 10  Haizhen Lin  “Multimarket Contact in Medicare Advantage”
November 14  Martin Gaynor “The Price Ain’t Right? Hospital Prices and Health Spending on the Privately Insured”
 November 28  Kitt Carpenter  “Effects of Access to Legal Same-Sex Marriage on Marriage and Health: Evidence from BRFSS”
December 5
December 12 Rebecca Diamond “The Geography of Poverty and Nutrition: Food Deserts and Food Choices Across the United States”



Spring 2017


 March 14 Pierre-Thomas Léger “Physician Practice Style and Healthcare Costs: Evidence from Emergency Departments”
 March 21 Spring vacation
 March 28 Jay Bhattacharya “Measuring and Rewarding Novelty in Science”
April 4
 April 11 David Chan “Price-setting by Committee in Medicare”
 April 18
April 25 Katrina Jessoe “Spillovers from Behavioral Interventions: Experimental Evidence from Water and Energy Use”
May 2 Jeremy West “Racial Bias in Police Investigations”



Pre-2017 Seminars


Janet Currie Seminar (Princeton)
Tuesday, September 20 2016
Mortality Inequality: Why Things are Not as Bad as You Think

Sue Dynarski Seminar (University of Michigan)
Thursday, September 29, 2016
The Gap within the Gap: Using Longitudinal Data to Understand Income Differneces in Student Achievement

Olivier Deschenes Seminar (University of California Santa Barbara)
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Defensive Investments and the Demand for Air Quality: Evidence from the NOx Budget Program

Nicole Maestas Seminar (Harvard Medical School)
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
2:00-3:20 pm in Room 3007 BIF
American Working Confitions and Preference for Job Attributes

Joseph Shapiro Seminar (Yale University)
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Energy Prices, Pass-Through, and Incidence in U.S. Manufacturing

Manasi Deshpande Seminar (University of Chicago)
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Does Welfare Inhibit Success? The Long-Term Effects of Removing Low-Income Youth from Disability Insurance

Jonathan Ketcham Seminar (Arizona State University)
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Estimating the Heterogeneous Welfare Effects of Choice Architecture: An Application to the Medicare Prescription Drug Insurance Market

Rema Hanna Seminar (Harvard)
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Contracting out the Last-Mile of Service Delivery: Subsidized Food Distribution in Indonesia

Joe Doyle Seminar (MIT)
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Measuring Physician Quality

Marika Cabral Seminar (University of Texas Austin)
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Does Privatized Health Insurance Benefit Patients or Producers? Evidence from Medicare Advantage

Hilary Hoynes Seminar (Univeristy of California Berkeley)
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Experimental Evidence on Distributional Impacts of Head Start

Randy Walsh Seminar (Pittsburgh)
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Zoning and the Economic Geography of Cities

Max Auffhammer Seminar (University of California Berkeley)
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Quantifying the Long Run Impactsof Climate Chnage on Electricity Consumption Using Big data

David Slusky Seminar (University of Kansas)
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Second Trimester Sunlight and Asthma: Evidence from Two Independent Studies

Amanda Pallais Seminar (Harvard)
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Discrimination as a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Evidence from French Grocery Store

Mark Shepard Seminar (Harvard)
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Hospital Network Competition and Adverse Selection: Evidence from the Massachusetts Health Insurance Exchange

Ricardo Perez-Truglia Seminar (Microsoft Research)
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Tax Debt Enforcement: Theory and Evidence from a Field Experiment in the United States

Guy David Seminar (Wharton)
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
The Inner Workings of the Patient-Center Medical Home Model

David Cutler Seminar (Harvard)
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Physician Beliefs and Patient Preferences: A New Look at Regional Variation in Health Care Spending

Olivia Mitchell Seminar (U Penn)
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Financial Literacy

Jean Abraham Seminar (University of Minnesota)
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Competing Under New Rules: Insurer Entry and Premiums For Exchange-Based Coverage

Stuart Gabriel Seminar (UCLA)
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Default Option Excersie over the Financial Crisis and Beyond

Phillip Levine Seminar (Wellesley)
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Early Childhood Interventions by MOOC: Lessons from Sesame Street

Melissa Dell Seminar (Harvard University)
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
The Historical State and Long-Run Development in Vietnam

Dan Keniston Seminar (Yale University)
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The Efficient Deployment of Police Resources: Theory and New Evidence from a Randomized Drunk Driving Crackdown in India

Jason Abaluck Seminar (Yale University)
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Negative Tests and the Efficiency of Medical Care: What Determines Hetergeneity in Imaging Behavior

Matt Neidell Seminar (Columbia University)
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Temperature, Performance, and Human Capital

Yuhai Xuan Seminar (Harvard University)
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
The Contract Year Phenomenon in the Corner Office: An Analysis of Firm Behavior During CEO Contract Renewals

Daniel Bennett Seminar (University of Chicago)
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Learning, Hygiene, and Traditional Medicine

Rick Hornbeck Seminar (Harvard University)
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Creative Destruction: Barriers to Urban Growth and the Great Boston Fire of 1872 (Download paper)

Ben Keyes Seminar (University of Chicago)
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Regional Risk Sharing Through the U.S. Mortgage Market

Mark Duggan Seminar (Wharton)
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Who Benefits when the Government Pays More? Pass-Through in the Medicare Advantage Program

Byron Lutz Seminar (Federal Reserve Board)
Monday, April 28, 2014
Vestiges of Transit: Urban Persistence at a Micro Scale

Catherine Hausman Seminar (University of Michigan)
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Transmission Constraints in Electricity Markets: Evidence from a Nuclear Power Plant Closure

Phil Oreopoulos Seminar (University of Toronto)
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Pathways to Education: An Integrated Approach to Helping At-Risk High School Students

Randy Walsh Seminar (University of Pittsburgh)
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Zoning and Urbana Persistence

Catherine Wolfram Seminar (University of California – Berkeley)
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Poverty, Growth and the Demand for Energy-Using Assests

Amanda Starc Seminar (University of Pennsylvania)
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
How Product Standardization Affects Choice: Evidence from the Massachusetts Health Insurance Exchange

Charles Calomiris Seminar (Columbia University)
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Capital Requirements, Bank Leading, and Macro-Prudential Policy: Evidence from Three Papers Using UK Data

James Sullivan Seminar (University of Notre Dame)
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Consumption and Income Inequality in the U.S. Since the 1960s

Darius Lakdawalla Seminar (University of Southern California)
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
The Insurance Value of Medical Innovation

Jeffrey Clemens Seminar (University of California-San Diego)
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The Effect of U.S. Health Insurance Expansions on Medical Innovation

Erich Muehlegger Seminar (Harvard University)
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Do the Laws of Tax Incidence Hold? Point of Collection and the Pass-through of State Diesel Taxes

Tal Gross Seminar (Columbia University)
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Beyond Crowd Out: The Diffuse Incidence of Public Health Insurance

Tom DeLeire Seminar (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The Effect of Public Insurance Coverage for Childless Adults on Labor Supply

Hunt Allcott Seminar (New York University)
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Dutch Disease or Agglomeration? The Local Economic Effects of Natural Resource Booms in Modern America (Download Paper)

Keith Marzilli Ericson Seminar (Boston University)
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Pricing Regulation and Imperfect Competition on the Massachusetts Health Insurance Exchange (Download Paper)

Alexander Muermann Seminar (Vienna University of Economics and Business)
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Asymmetric Information in Automobile Insurance: Evidence from Driving Behavior (Download Paper)

Nathan Hendren Seminar (Harvard University)
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Private Information and Insurance Rejections (Download Paper)

Ryan Kellogg Seminar (University of Michigan)
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Climate Amenities, Climate Change, and American Quality of Life

Reed Walker Seminar (University of California, Berkeley)
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The Transitional Costs of Sectoral Reallocation: Evidence from the Clean Air Act and the Workforce (Download Paper)

Heidi Williams Seminar (MIT)
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Do Fixed Patent Terms distort innovaction? Evidence from Cancer Trials

Alessandro Previtero Seminar (University of Western Ontario)
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Driving by Looking in the Rearview Mirror: Stock Returns and Annuitization at Older Ages (Download Paper)

Matt Notowidigdo Seminar (University of Chicago)
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Duration Dependence and Labor Market Conditions: Theory and Evidence from a Field Experiment (Download Paper)

Damon Jones Seminar (University of Chicago)
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Individual Earnings Adjustment to Policy: Evidence from the Social Security Earnings Test (Download Slides)

Craig Garthwaite Seminar(Northwestern University)
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Black/White Educational Gap, Stalled Progress, and the Long Term Consequences of the Crack Epidemic (Download Paper)

Matthew Kahn Seminar (UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability)
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Energy Conservation “Nudges” and Environmentalist Ideology: Evidence from a Randomized Residential Electricity Field Experiment (Download Paper)

Francisca Antman Seminar (University of Colorado at Boulder)
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
International Migration, Spousal Control, and Gender Discrimination in the Allocation of Household Resources (Download Paper)

Shelly Lundberg Seminar (University of California-Santa Barbara)
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Non-Cognitive Skills and Educational Inequality

Devin Pope Seminar (University of Chicago)
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Projection Bias in the Car and Housing Markets

James Hines Seminar (University of Michigan)
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Trade Credit and Taxes

Jesse Shapiro Seminar (University of Chicago)
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Competition and Ideological Diversity: Historical Evidence from US (Download Paper)

Leila Agha Seminar (Boston University & NBER)
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The Impact of Health Information Technology on the Costs and Quality of Medical Care (Download Paper)

Robert Jenson Seminar (UCLA)
Monday, November 14, 2011
Inducing Labor: Experimental Evidence on Early Lifecycle Work and Family Transitions in India (Download Paper)

Alan Sorenson Seminar (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Market Thickness and Market Efficiency in Dynamic Auction

Soren Anderson Seminar (Michigan State University)
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
What do Consumers Believe about Future Gasoline Prices? (Download Paper)

Lee Lockwood Seminar (NBER)
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Incidental Bequests: Bequest Motives and the Choice to Self-Insure Late-Life

Jim Sallee Seminar (University of Chicago)
Tuesday, September 20,2011
Car Notches: Strategic Automaker Responses to Fuel Economy Policy (Download Paper)

Gopi Shah Goda Seminar (Stanford University)
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
What’s My Account Really Worth? The Effect of Lifetime Income Disclosure on Retirement Savings

Marcus Casey Seminar (completing a postdoc at Duke)
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Neighbor Preference and the Decision to Move: A Dynamic Approach

Martin Gaynor Seminar (Heinz School, Carnegie Mellon University)
Friday, November 12, 2010

Nicole Maestas Seminar (RAND Corporation)
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Consistency of the Disability Determination Process & Labor Supply Outcomes

Amy Finkelstein Seminar (MIT)
Tuesday, September 24, 2010
Selection on moral hazard in health insurance

Arnab Acharya Seminar (University of London)
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Country Response to International Development Assistance on Health

(Ford School, University of Michigan)
Friday, September 10, 2010
The Consumption Value of Postsecondary Education

Jon Kolstad Seminar (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Download PaperInformation and Quality when Motivation is Intrinsic: Evidence from Surgeon Report Cards

Amanda Kowalski Seminar (Yale) with Jonathan T. Kolstad
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The Impact of an Individual Health Insurance Mandate on Hospital Care, Preventive Care, and Health: Evidence from Massachusetts

Kerwin Charles Seminar (Harris School, Chicago) with Melvin Stephens, Jr
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Download PaperVoter Turnout and the Labor Market

Jesse Edgerton Seminar (Federal Reserve Board)
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Download Paper Investment, Accounting, and the Salience of the Corporate Income Tax

Lucas Davis Seminar (Haas School, Berkeley)
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Download PaperEvaluating the Slow Adoption of Energy Efficient Investments: Are Renters Less Likely to Have Energy Efficient Appliances?

Erik Hurst Seminar (Chicago Booth School of Business) with Veronica Guerrieri and Daniel Hartley
Friday, November 13, 2009
Download PaperNeighborhood Externalities and Housing Price Dynamics

Courtney Coile Seminar (Wellesley College) with Phillip Levine
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Download PaperRecessions, Reeling Markets, and Retiree Well-Being

Monical Singhal Seminar (Harvard Kennedy School) with Benjamin A. Olken
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Download Paper Informal Taxation

Emily Oster Seminar (Chicago Booth School of Business) with Ira Shoulson, Kimberly Quaid and Ray Dorsey
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Download PaperGenetic Adverse Selection: Evidence from Long-Term Care Insurance and Huntington Disease

David Figlio Seminar (Northwestern University)
Friday, October 9, 2009
Competitive Effects of Means – Tested School Vouchers

Joel Waldfogel Seminar (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Download PDFMusic for a Song: An Empirical Look at Uniform Song Pricing and its Alternatives

Ellen Meara (Harvard Medical School) with Pinka Chatterji
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Download PDFConsequences of Eliminating Federal Disability Benefits for Substance Abusers

Giovanni Peri (UC-Davis) with Francesc Ortega
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Download PDFThe Causes and Effects of International Migrations: Evidence from OECD Countries 1980-2005

Erzo Luttmer (Harvard Kennedy School) with Amy Finkelstein and Matthew J. Notowidigdo
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
What Good Is Wealth Without Health? The Effect of Health on the Marginal Utility of Consumption

Jonathan Meer (Stanford University)
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Download PDFBrother, Can You Spare a Dime? Peer Effects in Charitable Solicitation

Tom Buchmueller (Michigan) with John DiNardo and Robert G. Valletta
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Download PDFThe Effect of an Employer Health Insurance Mandate on Health Insurance Coverage and the Demand for Labor: Evidence from Hawaii

Doug Miller (UC-Davis) with Marianne Page and Ann Stevens and Mateusz Filipski
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Download PDFAre Recessions Really Good for your Health? Understanding Procyclical Mortality

Marianne Bitler (UC-Irvine)
Friday, October 31, 2008
Effects of Increased Access to Infertility Treatment on Infant and Child Health:
Evidence from Health Insurance Mandates

Gib Metcalf (Tufts University) with David Weisbach
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Download PDFThe Design of a Carbon Tax

Charles Blahous (White House National Economic Council)
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Supporting an Aging Society: The Flight from Responsibility

Nolan Miller (Harvard Kennedy School) with Robert T Jenson
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Download PDFGiffen Behavior, Subsistence Consumption, and Nutrition and 2)Do Consumer Price Subsidies Really Improve Nutrition?

Mel Stephens (Carnegie-Mellon) with Takashi Unayama
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Download PDFCan Governments Help Households Smooth Consumption? Evidence from Japanese Public Pension Benefits

James Rebitzer (Case-Western) with Randall Cebul and Lowell Taylor and Mark Votruba
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Download PDFUnhealthy Insurance Markets: Search Frictions and the Cost and Quality of Health Insurance

Leemore Dafny (Northwestern) with Mark Duggan and Subramaniam Ramanarayanan
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Download PDFPaying a Premium on your Premium? Consolidation in the U.S. Health Insurance Industry

Daniel Millimet (SMU) with David Drukker
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Download PDFAssessing the Pollution Haven Hypothesis in an Interdependent World

Julie Berry Cullen (UC San Diego) with Michael J Mazzeo
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Download PDF – Implicit Pay for Performance in the School Principal Labor Market

Mark Duggan (Maryland) with Fiona Scott Morton
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Download PDFThe Effect of Medicare Part D on Pharmaceutical Prices and Utilization

Justine Hastings (Yale) with Lydia Tejeda-Ashton
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Download PDF Financial Literacy, Information, and Demand Elasticity

Randy Walsh (University of Colorado at Boulder) with Spencer Banzhaf and Joshua Sidon
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Download PDFRace, Public Goods, and Neighborhood Choice

Jon Skinner (Dartmouth)
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Technology Diffusion and Productivity Growth in Health Care

Adriana Lleras-Muney (Princeton) with Seema Jayachandran
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Download PDFLife expectancy and human capital investments: Evidence from maternal mortality declines

Darius Lakdawalla (RAND) with Neeraj Sood
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Download PDF Health Insurance as a Two Part Pricing Contract