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Economics Seminar Series - Past & Upcoming Seminars

Spring 2018

KMC 180 on Friday afternoons from 2:00-3:30 p.m. (unless otherwise specified)

April 13th: Topic TBA, Woan Foong Wong, University of Oregon

April 20thTopic TBA, Brian Dombeck, Lewis & Clark College

April 27th: Topic TBA, Yong Chen, Oregon State University

May 10th: Topic TBA, Kimberly Clausing, Reed College (NOTE: This seminar is from 5:30-7 p.m , location TBA )

May 25th: Topic TBA, Hiro Ito, Portland State University


Winter 2018
ASRC 230 on Friday afternoons 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (unless otherwise specified) 

January 12: “Control Function Estimation of Spatial Error Models with Endogeneity,” Riju Joshi, Ph.D. candidate, Michigan State University.

January 17: “Sensitivity Analysis in Triangular Systems of Equations with Binary Endogenous Variables,” Sungwon Lee, Ph.D. candidate, University of Texas at Austin NOTE LOCATION: Urban Center Building 212/Parson's Room

January 19: “Payroll, Revenue, and Labor Demand Effects of the Minimum Wage,” Ekaterina Jardim, University of Washington.

January 22: “Adoption Outcomes for Foster Care Children: The Role of Attorney Representation,” Amani Rashid, Ph.D. candidate, University of Oregon. NOTE LOCATION: Cramer Hall Sub-basement room 17

January 24: “The Effect of Family Planning Access on the Education and Labor Market Outcomes of Young Adults: Evidence from Medicaid Family Planning Expansions,” Grace Arnold, Ph.D., Louisiana State University NOTE LOCATION: CH 413

January 26: “In the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time? The Long-Run Effects of the Send-Down Movement in China,” Chuan He, Ph.D. candidate, University of California, Davis (Location: Academic & Student Rec Center 230)

January 31: “Occupation Gender Segregation: Empirical Evidence from a Matching Model with Transfers,” Miriam Larson-Koester, Ph.D. candidate, Cornell University (NOTE LOCATION: Urban Center Building 212/Parson's Room)

Fall 2017
CH 383 on Friday afternoons 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (unless otherwise specified) 

October 6: "Temporal Stability of Preferences - A difference-in-difference analysis of an improved stove choice experiment from Ethiopia," Sahan Dissanayake, Assistant Professor, Portland State University.

October 13: "Inflation Targeting and Financial Openness in Sovereign Debt Denomination in Developing Countries". Cesar Rodriguez, Assistant Professor, Portland State Univeristy.

*October 20: "The Effect of Violent Crime on Sector-Specific FDI in Latin America," Rossitza Wooster, Professor, Portland State Univeristy.

*-Changed from October 30

November 17: "Floodplain Designation and Property Sale Prices in an Urban Watershed," Noelwah R. Netusil, Professor, Reed College and Jacob Sherman, Housing Program Coordinator, Lents Collaborative, Portland Housing Bureau.
 Floodplain Designation and Property Values.pdf


Spring 2017
CH 269 on Friday afternoons 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (unless otherwise specified) 

April 21: "Assessing the Impact of Agri-Environmental Management Practices on Farm Productivity When Adoption is Endogenous." Moriah Bostian, Assistant Professor at Lewis and Clark College.

**April 26: "The Political Economy of Climate Change." Matthew Kotchen, Yale University, Professor of Economics and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. 

  • **NOTE: This is the annual Harold G. Vatter Lecture which will be held in the Native American Student and Community Center Room 110 from 5:30-7 p.m.

April 28: "The Taxation of Recreational Marijuana: Evidence from a Reform in Washington State." Keaton Miller, Assistant Professor at University of Oregon.

May 5: "The Effects of Four Day School Weeks on Student Achievement:  Evidence from Oregon." Paul Thompson, Assistant Professor, Oregon State University.

May 12: "Who Feels the Calorie Crunch and Why? The Impact of School Meals on the Incidence of Cyclical Food Insecurity." Michael Kuhn, Assistant Professor at University of Oregon.

May 19: "Getting Down in the Weeds: Neighbor and Community Aspects of Managing the Commons." Dave Ervin, Faculty Emeriti, Portland State University.

June 2: "Favoritism and Farming: Agricultural Productivity and Polygyny in Tanzania." Aine McCarthy, Assistant Professor, Lewis & Clark College.

Winter 2017
CH 271 on Friday afternoons 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (unless otherwise specified) 

January 20: "An Exploration of the Northwest Electric Power Industry Landscape (2016 – 2030)”," Joshua Binus.

February 10: "Learning, Experience, Fuelwood and Time Savings from Improved Biomass Cookstoves: Evidence from Randomized Controlled Cooking Tests in Ethiopia," Randy Bluffstone, Professor, Portland State University. 

February 24:"Economics of Aging," Fred Keast, Adjunct Faculty, Portland State University.

March 3: "The War On Crime vs The War on Drugs: AN Overview of Research on Intergovernmental Grant Programs to Fight Crime," Jamein Cunningham, Assistant Professor, Portland State University.

March 10: "Racial Bias in Police Investigations," Jeremy West, Assistant Professor, University of California Santa Cruz. 

Fall 2016
CH 382 on Friday afternoons 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (unless otherwise specified) 

October 14, 2016: "Preferences for REDD+ Contract Attributes in Low-Income Countries: A Choice Experiment in Ethiopia and Community Managed Forest Groups” and “REDD+ Contracts: A choice experiment analysis of preferences and opportunity cost”," Sahan Dissanayake, Assistant Professor in Economics and Research Fellow at the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs, Colby College.

October 21, 2016: "Cognitive and Economic Development," John Gallup, Associate Professor, Portland State University

October 28, 2016: "Inflation Targeting and International Debt," Cesar Rodriguez, Assistant Professor, Portland State University

November 18, 2016: "Great Grandfather Marx, Uncle Sraffa, and Radical Political Economy," Robin Hahnel, Affiliate Faculty, Portland State University

December 2, 2016: "Postscript: The [would-have-been] Economic Impacts of an Oregon Gross Receipts Tax," Northwest Economic Research Center (NERC), Portland State University

Spring 2016
CH 382 on Friday afternoons 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (unless otherwise specified) 

April 8, 2016: "Economic Structural Change as an Option for Mitigating the Impacts of Climate Change," Mike Toman, Energy and Environment Team at the World Bank

May 6, 2016: Quantitative easing and bank risk taking: Evidence from lending.” (joint with Bernd Schlusche) John Kandrac, Senior Economist, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

May 12, 2016: "Big Data and Big Cities," Edward Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Harvard University (Special Note: Thursday, Reception at 5:30pm with presentation at 6:00pm, Room 75, Lincoln Hall, Portland State University)

May 20, 2016: "Subreption and Evolutionary Economics" John Hall, Professor, Portland State University

May 27, 2016: "Medicaid Payments and Access to Primary Care Physicians," Rajiv Sharma, Associate Professor, Portland State University

June 3, 2016: "Time As Money: Contribution-Based Assignment Auctions," Forrest Williams, Assistant Professor, Portland State University

 Winter 2016
CH 271 on Friday afternoons 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (unless otherwise specified) 

January 22, 2016: "The Language of the Unheard: Legal Services and the 1960's Race Riots," Jamein Cunningham, Assistant Professor, Portland State University.

  • (no slides available for this seminar)

January 29, 2016: "Examining the Timing of Women's Retirement in Urban China: A Discrete Time Hazard Rate Approach," Denise Hare, Dr. Lester B. Lave Professor of Economics, Reed College. 

  • (no slides available for this seminar)

February 5, 2016: "Regional Forecasting for the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro MSA", Northwest Economic Research Center (NERC), Portland State University.

February 19, 2016: "Course Design for Reduced Student Procrastination and Increased Performance", Sarah Tinkler, Professor, and James Woods, Assistant Professor, Portland State University.

March 4, 2016: "Norm and Dishonesty in a Cheap-Talk Game," Arnab Mitra, Assistant Professor, Portland State University.

Fall 2015
ASRC Room 240 on Friday afternoons 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. (unless otherwise specified) 

October 16, 2015: "The Trials and Tribulations of Public Natural Resource Demand Forecasting: Harvest Plans for the Tongass National Forest", Mike Paruszkiewicz, Economist, Northwest Economic Research Center. 

October 23, 2015: "Unraveling the Economics of a Wicked (Weed) Problem," Dave Ervin, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Management and Economics, and Senior Fellow, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University.

October 30, 2015: "Econometric Computing in the Cloud," Kuan-Pin Lin, Professor, Portland State University.

November 13, 2015: "Trade Contracts and Exchange Rate Pass-Through," Jenny Lin, Assistant Professor at Oregon State. 

November 20, 2015: "The Role of Unemployment Insurance on Alcohol Use and Abuse Following Job Loss," Brittany Teahan, Assistant Professor at Linfield College.

Spring 2015
Cramer Hall Room 382 on Friday afternoons 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. (unless otherwise specified) 

April 3, 2015: "Access to Retirement Savings and Its Effects on Labor Supply Decisions," Yan Lau, Assistant Professor, Reed College. (no presentation available)

April 10, 2015: "Do We Like or Dislike the Greenback?: An Analysis of the Determinants of Reliance on Foreign-currency Denominated Debt," Hiro Ito, Professor, Portland State University and Cesar Rodriguez, Assistant Professor, Portland State University.

April 17, 2015:  "Advertising for Demand Creation for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision," Nicholas Wilson, Assistant Professor, Reed College. (no presentation available)

April 24, 2015: "Optimal Expectations and the Welfare Cost of Climate Variability," presented by Yonas Alem, Research Director, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

May 15, 2015: "Chaos Theory and the Amazon Basin: Towards a Theoretical Approach to a Frontier Economy," presented by John Hall, Professor, Portland State University.

May 22, 2015: "Shadow Banking in China: Implications for Financial Stability and Macroeconomic Rebalancing," Yan Liang, Associate Professor, Willamette University.

Winter 2015

Cramer Hall Room 150 on Friday afternoons 2:00-3:30 p.m. (unless otherwise specified) 

January 9, 2015"Genetically Engineered Crops and Herbicide Resistance: Common Pool Resource Economics in Action," presented by Emeritus Professor, Dave Ervin, Portland State University

  • "Genetically Engineered Crops and Herbicide Resistance: Common Pool Resource Economics in Action" Power Point presentation

January 23, 2015"Economic and Emissions Impacts of a Clean Air Tax or Fee in Oregon (SB306)," Northwest Economic Research Center.

February 13, 2015: "Countering Positive Result Bias in Energy Efficiency Evaluation," presented by Assistant Professor, James Woods, Portland State University

February 20, 2015;"Finding a new doctor in the US: Obamacare baseline results from an audit study", presented by Associate Professor Rajiv Sharma and Assistant Professor Arnab Mitra, Portland State University

February 27, 2015; "Debt and (Future) Taxes - Financing Intergenerational Public Goods", presented by Assistant Professor, Forrest Williams, Portland State University

Fall 2014
ASRC 215 on Friday afternoons 3:00-4:30 p.m. (unless otherwise specified) 

October 3, 2014: "Does Collective Action Sequester Carbon? The Case of the Nepal Community Forestry Program", Randy Bluffstone, Professor, Portland State University

October 17, 2014: "Calculating the Fiscal Revenue from Legalizing Marijuana in Oregon," Mike Wilkerson, Ph.D., Senior Economist, ECONorthwest

  • One page diagram can be found here.  Paper will be coming soon.

October 24, 2014: “Equilibrium Stability in Macroeconomic Models,” Bruce McGough, Associate Professor, University of Oregon

October 31, 2014: "U.S. Border Enforcement and Mexican Immigrant Location Choice,” Todd Pugatch, Assistant Professor, Oregon State University

November 7, 2014: "Environmental Sustainability in a Sraffa Framework," Robin Hahnel, Former Professor, Portland State University

November 21, 2014: "Riparian Shade Credit Programs: Valuing Ecosystem Services Benefits and Optimal Riparian Restoration," Sahan Dissanayake, Assistant Professor, Colby College

December 5, 2014: "Do our taxes and budget reflect Oregonians’ priorities?," Daniel Morris, Ph.D., Research Director, Our Oregon

Spring 2014
Cramer Hall 250 on Friday afternoons 3:00-4:30 p.m. (unless otherwise specified) 

April 11, 2014: “Valuing water quality tradeoffs under a targeted pollution policy: an integrated economic-biophysical hybrid genetic algorithm approach,” Moriah Bostian, Econ Dept., Lewis & Clark College

April 25, 2014, “Do Stimulant Medications Improve Educational and Behavioral Outcomes for Children with ADHD?,” Janet Currie, Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Director of the Center for Health and Well-Being

May 9, 2014, “Monetary Policy in Asia and the Pacific in the Post, Post-Crisis Era,” Hiro Ito, Econ Dept., Portland State University

May 16, 2014, "Of Railroads and Finance: The Making of Market Society in the Pacific Northwest," Mitch Green, Visiting Faculty, Franklin & Marshall College

May 30, 2014, “Contraception and the Fertility Transition,” Shankha Chakraborty, Econ. Dept. University of Oregon

Winter 2014
Neuberger Hall 462 on Friday afternoons 2:00-3:30 p.m. (unless otherwise specified) 


February 21st, NH 462"How Much Does Reading Change Rural Youth in Burkina Faso? Effects on Economic Preferences", Michael Kevane, Economics Department, Santa Clara University

March 7th, NH 462: "History, Path Dependence and Development: Evidence from Colonial Railroads, Settlers and Cities in Kenya", with Edward Kerby (LSE) and Alexander Moradi (Sussex). Remi Jedwab, Economics Department, George Washington University. 

Fall 2013
Cramer Hall 401 on Friday afternoons 3:00-4:30 p.m. (unless otherwise specified) 


October 11th, CH 53: "What Will 'Obamacare' Mean?  What Will and Won't Change?," presented by Rajiv Sharma, Economics Dept., Portland State University

October 25th, 3:30-5pm: "Alternatives to Corporate-Led Globalization: Regional Trade Policies for Latin America," presented by Martin Hart-Landsberg, Economics Dept., Lewis & Clark College

November 8th: "Incentives for Teacher Relocation: Evidence from the Gambian Hardship Allowance", presented by Todd Pugatch, Economics Dept., Oregon State University

November 22nd: "Carbon Tax and Shift: How to Make it Work for Oregon's Economy", presented by Tom Potiowsky, Jenny Liu and Jeff Renfro, PSU Northwest Economic Research Center

Spring 2013
ASRC 220 Friday afternoons 3:00-4:30 p.m. (unless otherwise specified) 


April 12th: "Grain Promotion and Food Consumption: Analysis of Chinese Provincial and Household Data," presented by Denise Hare, Economics Dept., Reed College

April 19th: "Russian Economics:From Marxism to Institutional Matrices Theory", presented by Svetlana Kirdina, Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Economics


May 10th: "The Rise and Fall of Patriarchal Capitalism", presented by Nancy Folbre, Economics Dept., Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst

May 17: "Economic Sector Choices of Mexican Migrants to the U.S.: Evidence from the 2011 EMIF Border Survey", presented by Rossitza Wooster, Econ Dept, PSU

 Winter 2013
ASRC 230 Friday afternoons at 2p.m. (Please note the new hour for this term!)


Feb. 22nd: "Who Pays the Corporate Tax in a Global Economy?," presented by Kim Clausing, Thormund A. Miller and Walter Mintz, Professor of Economics, Reed College

March 8th: "Measuring Baumol and Bowen Effects In Public Research Universities", presented by Robert Martin, Emeritus Boles Professor of Economics, Centre College

 Fall 2012
NH 222 Friday afternoons 3:00-4:30 p.m. (unless otherwise specified)


Sept. 28th: “Analysis of Brain Drain in Busan, South Korea?," presented by Jong Han Kim, Kyungsung University, South Korea

Oct. 19th: “Managing Species Invasion in a River Network: A Spatial Bioeconomic Model”, presented by Heidi J. Albers, Oregon State University

Monday, Oct. 29: "The Political Economy of American Empire:  a historical materialist analysis," presented by Sam Gindin and Leo Panitch, York University, Canada (Please note this is a Monday lecture and will be held in CH53) Co-sponsored by the Portland Center for the Public Humanities and KBOO Radio Station

Nov. 2nd: "Occupational Segregation of Hispanics in U.S. Metropolitan Areas," presented by Olga Alonso-Villar and Coral del Río, University of Vigo, Spain

Spring 2012
CH 150 Friday afternoons 3:00-4:30 p.m. (unless otherwise specified)


April 13th: “How Does Childlessness Affect Older Americans’ Health Status and Behavior?," presented by Robert Plotnick, University of Washington 

April 27th: “Model-Based or Design-Based? Methodological Approaches in Empirical Micro"  The University of Michigan's 2012 Woytinsky Lecture,” presented by David Card, U.C. Berkeley

May 4th: “The Worldwide Convergence of Income Distribution,” presented by John Gallup, Economics Department, Portland State University

May 11th: “Desegregating Southern Labor Markets," presented by Gavin Wright, Stanford University

May 18th: The Impact of Microcredit Borrowing on Household Consumption in Bangladesh”, presented by Liz Schroeder, Oregon State University

Winter 2012
CH 150 Friday afternoons 3:00-4:30 p.m. (unless otherwise specified)


Jan 20th: “Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Attributes for Optimum Ecosystem Restoration Design,” presented by Sahan Dissanayake, Visiting Faculty, Portland State University

Feb. 3rd: A New History of Banking Panics in the U.S., 1825-1929:Construction and Implications,” presented by Andrew Jalil, Economics Dept., Reed College

Feb. 17th“Trilemma Stability and International Macroeconomic Archetypes,” presented by Helen Popper, Economics Department, Santa Clara University

March 2nd: “Social Learning and Monetary Policy Rules," presented by Olena Kostyshyna, Economics Department, Portland State University


Fall 2011
CH 325 Friday afternoons 3:00-4:30 p.m. (unless otherwise specified)


Oct. 7th: “Awakening Giants, Feet of Clay: Assessing the Economic Rise of China and India," presented by Pranab Bardhan, Economics Dept., U.C. Berkeley [Video]

Oct. 21st: “The Return to College: Selection Bias and Drop-out Risk,” presented by Oksana Leukhina, Economics Dept., University of Washington.

Nov. 4th: “Modeling Preferences in Access to Treatment: Implications for Research and Policy on Disparities,” presented by Rajiv Sharma, Economics Department, Portland State University

Nov. 18th: “Land Markets and Inequality: Evidence from Medieval England," Cliff Bekar, Economics Department, Lewis & Clark College

Spring 2011


CH171 Friday afternoons 3:00-4:30 p.m. (unless otherwise specified)

April 8th: “Globalization? What Globalization? How National Institutions Determine Job Quality in Retail around the World,” presented by Chris Tilly, Director Institute for Research on Labor & Employment, UCLA [Paper 1Paper 2,Paper 3Video]

April 22nd: “No Country for Old Men (and Women): Do State Taxes Drive Away the Elderly?” presented by Jon Rork, Associate Professor Economics Dept., Reed College

May 6th: “Trade and the Global Recession,” presented by John Romalis, Assoc. Prof of Economics, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago [Video]

May 20th: “Macro Economic Strategies and Human Rights,” presented by Radhika Balakrishnan, Executive Director Center for Global Leadership, Rutgers University [Paper 1Paper 2Video]


Winter 2011


Feb 4: "The State of the Safety Net in the Post-Welfare Reform," presented by Hilary Hoynes, Professor, Economics Department, UC-Davis. [Video] 

Feb 18th: "Seven Dimensions of Oregon's Employment Situation," presented by Nick Beleiciks, State Employment Economist, Oregon Employment Department. [Video]

March 4th: "Capital Tax Competition and Social Security," by Ray Batina, Professor, Economics Department, Washington State University. [Video]


Fall 2010


Oct 8th: Jason Lindo, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Oregon, "Drawn into Violence: Evidence on 'What Makes a Criminal from the Vietnam Draft Lotteries"

Oct 22nd: Erik Offerdal, former Official of the International Monetary Fund, "The global economic crisis 2007-09; it's origins, the incipient recovery, and the perspective of the IMF" [SlidesVideo]

Nov 5th: Mary Lopez, Assistant Professor of Economics, Occidental College, “Border Enforcement and Immigrant Selection: Evidence from the United States’ Southern Border” [Video]

Nov 19th: Jenny Liu, Visiting Assistant Professor, PSU  “Household Vehicle Choice through an Adoption Perspective:  A Theoretical & Simulation-Based Examination

Spring 2010


April 9th: Tom Potiowsky, State Economist “The State of the State” [Video]

April 23rd: Lee Badgett, University of Massachusetts, Amherst “When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage”

May 7th: Yan Liang, Economics Dept., Willamette University, "China and the Global Financial Crisis: Have We Learned the Right Lessons?" [Video]

May 21st: Jasmina Arifovic, Simon Fraser University, "Individual Evolutionary Learning, Other Regarding Preferences, and the Voluntary Contributions Mechanism"

May 28th: Gerard Sasges, U.C. Berkeley Education Abroad – Vietnam Center, "Scratching the Surface: Exploring the Legacies of History in Vietnam’s Political Economy” [Supporting Papers 12]

Winter 2010 


Feb 5th: Josh Aizenman, Economics Dept., U.C. Santa Cruz "Emerging Markets, International Reserves, and the Global Crisis" [Papers 12, Non-technical Overviews 12][Video]
Feb 19th: Barry Eichengreen, Economics Dept., U.C. Berkeley “From Great Depression to Great Credit Crisis: Causes, Consequences and Lessons” [Papers 12][Video]

March 5th: Randy Bluffstone, Economics Dept., PSU “Why do we trash the world? An economic perspective” [Video]

Fall 2009  


October 9th"Eastern German Unemployment: A Post Keynesian Interpretation" John Hall, Professor of Economics, Portland State University.

October 23rd: "The U.S. Mortgage Crisis: Sub-Prime or Systemic?" Eric Tymoigne, Asst. Professor of Economics, Lewis and Clark, [Supplemental Papers 1 and 2].

November 3rd: "Whither Our Economy?” A Panel Discussion on the Financial Crisis, Part II",  Tom Potiowsky, PSU Professor of Economics and Oregon State Economist, Hiro Ito, Associate Professor of Economics at Portland State University, John Walker, Professor of Economics at Portland State University [Slides]

November 6th: "Personality and Marital Surplus" Shelly Lundberg, Castor Professor of Economics, University of Washington.

November 20th: "Saving Kyoto" Kristen Sheeran, Executive Director, Economics for Equity and the Environment Network.

Spring 2009


April 10th: "Employer Drug Screening and Employment Outcomes", Abigail Wozniak, Notre Dame.

April 17th:“Learning to Optimize” Bruce McGough, Associate Professor, Oregon State University.

May 1st: “India and Globalization” Alok Ray, Visiting Faculty, Portland State University.

May 29th: “ Does the Provision of Public Goods Correspond to Local Demand: Evidence from Rural China.” Denise Hare, Economics Department, Reed College.

June 1st: “Economic State of the State” Tom Potiowsky Professor of Economics, PSU State Economist State of Oregon Office of Economic Analysis, Josh Lehner Economic Analysis, State of Oregon Office of Economic Analysis.

June 12th: "Climate Change Treaty and Copenhagen: Some Analytical Issues” Jagdish Bhagwati, Columbia University.