Applied Micro Seminar

Venue: Eggers 112
Day: Wednesday
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Note: Any change to the venue, day, or time will be indicated with the date of the event.

The Applied Micro Seminar is organized by Maria Zhu and Thomas Pearson. Topics will include theoretical and applied microeconomics, with speakers from SU and other universities. Speakers will discuss their own work or important recent contributions to microeconomics.

All fall seminars will be held in person. This page will be updated regularly with the seminar links if they are moved to Zoom. Presentations start at 11:00 a.m.  

To be added to the email list for this seminar please contact the department.

Spring 2024

DateSpeaker and InstitutionTitle
February 28

David Lagakos

(Boston University)

"Technology and Tax Capacity: Evidence from Local Governments in Ghana" 
March 6

Kevin Lang

(Boston University)

"Obsolescence Rents: Teamsters, Truckers, and Impending Innovations"
March 7 

Alex Willen

(Norwegian School of Economics)

"Childhood Shocks Across Ages and Human Capital Formation"
March 20

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

(University of California Merced)

"Managing Migration Crises: Evidence from Surge Facilities and Unaccompanied Minor Children Flows"
March 27

Siqi Zheng


"Tariff Wall Jumping at the China-Vietnam Border"
April 10

Dean Yang

(University of Michigan)

"War Mobilization and Economic Development: World War II and Structural Transformation in India"
April 17

Tanner Regan

(George Washington University)

"Evaluating Urban Planning: Evidence from Dar es Salaam"
April 24

Jason Lindo

(Georgia Tech)

"Marriage and Cohabitation as Economic Safety Nets"

Fall 2023

DateSpeaker and InstitutionTitle
September 13

Yinhan Zhang

(Syracuse University)

"Catching Up By Going Abroad: Chinese FDI and Quality Improvement."
September 20Jorge Valdebenito
(Syracuse University)
“The Other Side of the Coin: The Effects of Foreign Antidumping Duties on Brazilian Firms” 
September 27

Maria Padilla-Romo

(University of Tennessee)

"Persistence of the Spillover Effects of Violence and Educational Trajectories"
October 4

Scott Imberman

(Michigan State University)

"The Returns to College Major Choice: Average and Distributional Effects, Career Trajectories, and Earnings Variability"
October 11

Kyuhan Choi

(Syracuse University)

"Do Bad Apples Make Teachers Quit?"

October 11

12:45 PM

Jingxuan Du

(Syracuse University)

"Internal Migration, Structural Transformation and Intergenerational Educational Mobility"

October 13

10:00 AM

Fan Yang

(Syracuse University)

"A Dirichlet Generalized Ordered Logit Model of Women’s Labor Supply After Childbirth"

October 18

Zeyuan Xiong

(Syracuse University)

"Privatization Reform and Trade Liberalization in China: A Quantitative Analysis"

October 18

12:45 PM

Brian Green

(Syracuse University)

"The Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Multinational Profit Shifting"
October 25

Andrea Velasquez

(University of Colorado Denver)

"Responses to Temperature Shocks: Labor Markets and Migration Decisions in El Salvador"

November 1

Jooyoung Kim

(Syracuse University)

"Acceptance and Educational Sorting of Same-sex Couples"
November 8

Donghyuk Kim

(Iowa State University)

"Quantifying the Welfare Impact of State Competition for Firms: The Case of Craft Brewers"

November 15

Meiping Sun

(Fordham University)

December 6

Santiago Pérez

(University of California Davis)

Spring 2023

DateSpeaker and InstitutionTitle
March 8

Scott Carrell

(UC Davis)

"The Impact of School Quality on Postsecondary Success: Evidence in the Era of Common Core"
March 22Jamein Cunningham"The Impact of Affirmative Action Litigation on Police Killings of Civilians"
March 29

Shu Shen

(UC Davis)

"Panel IV with Dynamic Treatment Effect"

March 31 at


Javed Younas

(American University of Sharjah)

“The Economic and Environmental Effects of Infrastructure Improvements: Evidence from Pakistan’s Electricity Sector” 
April 5

Lisa Kahn

(University of Rochester)

"Racial and Ethnic Inequality and the China Shock"
April 12

Parag Pathak


"Still Worth the Trip? School Busing Effects in Boston and New York"
April 19

Damon Clark

(UC Irvine)

"How Do Parents Choose Schools? Evidence from Choices and a Survey of Choosers"
April 26

Paul Gertler

(UC Berkeley)

"Monitoring, Organizational Culture and Procurement"

Fall 2022

DateSpeaker and InstitutionTitle
September 7

Jan Brueckner

(UC Irvine)

"Taxes and Telework: The Incidence of State Income Taxes in a Work-from-Home Economy"

September 14

Zhanhan Yu

(Syracuse University)

“Does Air Pollution Impair Work Safety? The Impact of PM2.5 on Severe Workplace Injuries"
September 21

Radine Rafols 

(Syracuse University)

“Economic Consequences of Climate Change: Evidence from the Philippines”
September 28

Dan Zhang

(Syracuse University)

"Size of Export Markets and Trade Shock: Analysis on Chinese Firms and US Tariff Change"
October 5

Shuyuan Li 

(Syracuse University)

"No Child Left Behind: Differentiated Efforts and Achievement Gaps"
October 12

Wenzhen Lin 

(Syracuse University)

"A Dirichlet Nested Logit Model of Household Mortgage Payment in the CARES Act Forbearance Program"
October 12

Rui Xu

(Syracuse University)

"Staying in Higher Education During a Recession: Does It Pay Off?

Presenting at 12:45PM

October 19

Panle Jia Barwick

(University of Wisconsin, Madison)

"Efficiency and Equity Impacts of Urban Transportation Policies with Equilibrium Sorting"
October 26

Samuel Saltmarsh

(Syracuse University)

"Durable housing, vacancies, and blight: The effects of residential demolitions in Detroit"

November 2

Darren Lubotsky

(University of Illinois, Chicago)

"Immigration and Inequality in the Next Generation"
November 9

Maeve Maloney

(Syracuse University)

November 16

Zhe He

(Syracuse University)

“Partial Identification of the Marginal Treatment Effect with an Invalid Discrete Instrument”

Spring 2022

Date  Speaker and Institution Title 
February 23

 Analisa Packham

(Vanderbilt University)

“Effects of Unemployment Insurance Duration on Nonemployment, Wages, and Health”
 March 9

Manasi Deshpande

(University of Chicago)

“The (Lack of) Dynamic Effects of the Social Safety Net on Human Capital Investment"

April 4

Karthik Mulralidharan

(UC San Diego)

"General Equilibrium Effects of (Improving) Public Employment Programs: Experimental Evidence from India"
April 6

Zhanhan Yu and Alfonso Flores-Lagunes

(Syracuse University)

“Monopsony in Academia and the Gender Pay Gap: Evidence from California"
  April 13

Joshua Goodman

(Boston University)

"The COVID-19 Pandemic Disrupted Both School Bullying and Cyberbullying"
April 20

Kalena Cortes

(Texas A & M)

"A Bridge to Graduation: Post-Secondary Effects of an Alternative Pathway for Students Who Fail High School Exit Exams"

April 27

Ashvin Ghandi


"Minimum Wage and Employment Composition"

Fall 2021

Date  Speaker and Institution Title 
 September 8

 Steve Billings

(University of Colorado-Boulder)

“Partisan Residential Sorting on Climate Change Risk”

 September 15

 Yao Wang

(Syracuse University)

 “Linguistic Difference, Migration, and Welfare: Evidence from Indonesia"
 October 6

Joanne Song McLaughlin

 (University at Buffalo)

 October 13

Rachel Jarrold-Grapes

(Syracuse University) 

"Marijuana Legalization and Educational Outcomes: Evidence from Oregon"
October 27

Kristian Behrens


"Prime Locations" 

(joint with Gabriel Ahlfeldt and Thilo Albers)

November 10

Matthew Turner

(Brown University)

"The Value of Piped Water and Sewers: Evidence from 19th Century Chicago"

 November 17

 Stephanie Coffey

(Syracuse University)

"Did Rosie D. Improve Special Education? Evidence from Massachusetts"

Spring 2021

Spring 2021

DateSpeaker and InstitutionTitle

 March 3

 Simon Burgess

(University of Bristol)

 March 10

Celeste Carruthers

(University of Tennessee, Knoxville) 

 March 24

Jennifer Doleac

(Texas A&M University) 

April 7

 Elizabeth Setren

(Tufts University)

April 21

Adam Storeygard

(Tufts University)

Fall 2020

Fall 2020

DateSpeaker and InstitutionTitle

 August 26

 Woan Foong Wong

(University of Oregon)

"Entrepot: Hubs, Scale, and Trade Costs" 

 September 9

Jonathan Dingel

(Chicago Booth) 

"Spatial Economics for Granular Settings"

 September 23

Gerard Padro-i-Miquel

(Yale University) 

October 7

 Nina Harari


October 21

Robert Fairlie

(UC Santa Cruz)

"Isolating the 'Tech' from EdTech: Experimental Evidence on Computer Assisted Learning in China" 

 October 28

Rebecca Diamond

(Stanford GSB)

                                           "The Effect of Foreclosures on Homeowners, Tenants, and Landlords" 

 November 4

Seth Sanders

(Cornell University)

                  "Using Response Time to Model Cognition, Cognitive Decline and Mortality and Health in Social Science                                                                                                                                           Surveys" 

November 18 

 Juan Carlos Suarez Seratto

(Cornell University)

                                            "Taxing Property in Developing Countries: Theory and Evidence from Mexico"

Fall 2019

Fall 2019

DateSpeaker and InstitutionTitle

August 28

 Dan Black

(University of Chicago)

“Simple Tests for Selection Bias”

October 2

  Sergio Urzua

(University of Maryland)

"Shooting stars? Firms and Education as Mediators of the Returns to Skills" 

 October 16

 Renata Narita

(University of São Paulo)

 "The Value of Health Insurance: A Household Job Search Approach"

October 23

Eleonora Patacchini


"Information, Mobile Communication, and Referral Effect"

October 30

Bruce Sacerdote


"You Can't Handle the Truth: The Effects of the GI Bill on Higher Education and Earnings" 

November 13

Xiuming (Audrey) Dong

(Syracuse University)

"The Effect of Recreational Marijuana Sales Legalization on Workplace Injuries: Evidence from Oregon"

 November 20

Evan Riehl


"Isolating Peer Effects in the Returns to College Selectivity"

 December 4

 Elizabeth Willoughby

(Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City)

 Holding a seminar and workshop on writing in Economics

Spring 2019

Spring 2019

DateSpeaker and InstitutionTitle

 January 14


4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

 Maria Zhu


 "Job Networks through College Classmates: Effects of Referrals for Men and Women"

 January 15


4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

 Jesse Bruhn

(Boston University)

 "The Consequences of Sorting for Understanding School Quality"

 January 22


4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

 Xuan Li


 "The Costs of Workplace Favoritism: Evidence from Promotions in Chinese High Schools"

 January 23


11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

 Carolina Arteaga


 "The Cost of Bad Parents: Evidence from the Effects of Parental Incarceration on Children’s Educational"

 January 25


11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 Audrey Guo


 "The Effects of Unemployment Insurance Taxation on Multi-Establishment Firms"
 February 27

Michael Gilraine

(New York University)

 "Horizontal Differentiation and the Policy Effect of Charter Schools"
 March 6

Gabriel Kreindler

(University of Chicago and

Harvard University)

 "The Welfare Effect of Road Congestion Pricing: Experimental Evidence and Equilibrium Implications"
 March 20

 Ricardo Aliouchkin

 (Syracuse University)

 "The Cross-Section of Expected Housing Returns"

 March 22


3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 Andrew Hanson

(Marquette University)

 “Taxes and Borrower Behavior: Evidence from the Mortgage Interest Deductibility Limit”
April 3

Erich Battistin

(University of Maryland)

"School Performance, Score Inflation and Neighborhood Development"

April 10

David Neumark

(University California at Irvine)

 "The Long-Run Effects of the Earned Income Tax Credit on Women's Earnings"
April 17

Arindrajit Dube

(University of Massachusetts-Amherst)

"Monopsony and Employer Mis-optimization Explain Why Wages Bunch at Round Numbers”

April 24

Gary Solon

 "How Prevalent Is Downward Rigidity in Nominal Wages?"

"How Prevalent Is Downward Rigidity in Nominal Wages?"

Fall 2018

Fall 2018

Date  Speaker and Institution Title 
 September 5

Sebastian Calonico

(University of Miami)

  "Optimal Bandwidth Choice for Robust Bias Corrected Inference in Regression Discontinuity Designs”
 October 3

 Judith Liu

(Syracuse University)

 "The Long-Term Impact of Work-Hour Regulations on Physician Labor Supply." 
 October 10

 Lin Tian


 "Division of Labor and Productivity Advantages of Cities: Theory and Evidence from Brazil"
October 17

Decio Coviello


"Minimum Wage and Individual Worker Productivity: Evidence from a Large US Retailer"

(Co-authored with Erika Deserranno and Nicola Perisco)

October 24

(Joint with CPR)

 Chloe East

(University of Colorado)

“The Labor Market Effects of Immigration Enforcement”

 October 26


3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 Tianran Dai

(Shanghai University)

  "The Impact of Young Cohort Size on Adult Educational Upgrading: Evidence from Family Planning Policies in China"

 October 31

 Krieg Tidemann

(Syracuse University)

 "Minimum Wages, Spatial Equilibrium, and Housing Rents"

 November 1


 David Green

(University of British Columbia)

 “Immigrant Entrepreneurs: The Entry of  Immigrants into Firm Ownership”
November 7

Alexis Akira Toda

(University of California at San Diego)

"Geometrically Stopped Markovian Random Growth Processes and Pareto Tails"

 November 9


12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Remi Jedwab

(George Washington University)

 "Returns to Experience and the Misallocation of Labor"

 (co-authored with Asif Islam (World Bank), Paul Romer (NYU) and Daniel Pereira (GWU))Jedwab Paper

November 14


Eleonora  Patacchini

(Cornell University)

"Information Mobile Communication Patterns, and Social Referrals"

(co-authored with Panle Jia Barwich, Yanyan Liu & Qi Wu)

Spring 2018

Spring 2018

DateSpeaker and Institution Title 
 January 16
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Kyle Mangum
(Georgia State University) 
"Capitalization as a Two-Part Tariff: The Role of Zoning" 
January 18
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Alexander Rothenberg
(RAND Corp.) 
"Improving Mobility in Developing Country Cities:
Evaluating Bus Rapid Transit and Other Transport Policies in Jakarta"
January 22
4:00-5:30 p.m. 
Juan Pablo Chauvin
(Havard University) 
"Gender-Segmented Labor Markets and the Effects of Local Demand Shocks" 
March 2
3:00-4:30 p.m. 
Andrew Friedson
(UC Denver) 
"The Affordable Care Act and Ambulance Services" 
March 28Christian Moser
(Columbia Business School) 
"Earnings Inequality and the Minimum Wage: Evidence from Brazil"
(co-authored with Niklas Engbom)
April 11 Lorenzo Magnolfi
(University of
Wisconsin - Madison)
"Political Connections and Market Structure" 
(co-authored with Camilla Roncoroni)
April 18
4:00-5:30 p.m. 
Leah Boustan
(Princeton University) 
"The Role of Condominiums in Urban Gentrification"

(co-authored with Robert A. Margo, Matthew M. Miller and Justin Steil)

May 3
Note change in day
 Stuart Gabriel
“A Crisis of Missed Opportunities?
Foreclosure Costs and Mortgage Modification During the Great Recession”
(co-authored with Matteo Iacoviello and Chandler Lutz

Fall 2017

Fall 2017

DateSpeaker and InstitutionTitle 

September 6
4:00-5:30 p.m. 

Steven Lehrer
(Queen's University)  
"Estimating Context-Independent Treatment Effects in Education Experiments"
(co-authored with Weili Ding) 
September 27  Isaac Sorkin
(Stanford University) 
"Bartik Instruments: What, When, Why, and How"
(co-authored with Paul Goldsmith-Pinkham and Henry Swift) 
October 18 Wilbert van der Klaauw
(Federal Reserve Bank of New York) 
“Echoes of Rising Tuition in Students’ Borrowing, Educational Attainment,
and Homeownership in Post-Recession America”
(co-authored with Zachary Bleemer, Meta Brown, Donghoon Lee and Katherine Strair) 
October 25 Shoshana Grossbard
(San Diego State University)   
"Single Motherhood and the Abolition of Coverture in the United States"
(co-authored with Hazem Alshaikhmubarak and R. Richard Geddes) 
November 1 Janis Skrastins
(Washington University
in St. Louis) 
"Unemployment Insurance, Strategic Unemployment, and Firm-Worker Collusion"
(co-authored with Bernardus Van Doornik and David Schoenherr) 

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