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Lent 2017

Tuesday  10 January 2017  14:00 - 15:30

When Order Affects Performance: Behavioural Spillovers and Institutional Path Dependence

Jenna Bednar (University of Michigan) , joint with Scott E Page

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Political Science and Political Economy Research Seminar
Friday  13 January 2017  14:00 - 15:00
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“Universal” pre-schooling: who benefits? Analysis using the English National Pupil Database

Tammy Campbell (CASE, London School of Economics) , joint with Ludovica Gambaro and Kitty Stewart

32L 3.05, 3rd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH


STICERD Work in Progress Seminars
Friday  13 January 2017  12:00 - 13:00

Bootstrap inference under random distributional limits

Giuseppe Cavaliere (University of Bologna) , joint with Iliyan Georgiev

Leverhulme Library, COL 6.15, 6th Floor, Columbia House, LSE, 69 Aldwych, London WC2B 4RR


Joint Econometrics and Statistics Workshop
Monday  16 January 2017  18:30 - 20:00

Policy Issues Affecting the Bank of England: Inflation control and social choice

Mark Carney (Governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee, Financial Policy Committee and the Board of the Prudential Regulation Authority) , joint with Organised by the Department of Economics and Centre for Macroeconomics

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Old Theatre, Ground Floor, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE


LSE India Observatory Related Event


For further information please contact india.observatory@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 7615.
Tuesday  17 January 2017  18:30 - 20:00

Amartya Sen Lecture: Religious Intolerance and its Impact on Democracy

Asma Jilani Jahangir (Human Rights lawyer and social activist, co-founder of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan)

In this special event Asma Jilani Jahangir will focus on how government failure to address the questions of religious intolerance and free expression dilutes the principles of democracy, equality and justice, particularly for women and religious minorities. Religious intolerance gives rise to religious militancy, which further undermines democratic principles as national security measures come into play. In the process of combating religious tensions, the challenge today is to protect democratic principles and values rather than dilute them.


Old Theatre, Ground Floor, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE


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STICERD Special Events
Tuesday  17 January 2017  14:00 - 15:30

Presidential Prescriptions for State Policy: Obama's Race to the Top Initiative

William Howell (University of Chicago) , joint with Asya Magazinnik

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Political Science and Political Economy Research Seminar
Friday  20 January 2017  14:00 - 15:00
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The role of markets and governments in sustaining, increasing and reducing inequality

David Piachaud (Social Policy and CASE, LSE)

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STICERD Work in Progress Seminars
Tuesday  24 January 2017  14:00 - 15:30

Roman Roads to Prosperity: The Long-Run Impact of Infrastructure on Economic Activity

Ola Olsson (University of Gothenburg)

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Political Science and Political Economy Research Seminar
Wednesday  25 January 2017  16:30 - 18:00

Inequalities in life expectancy in England: Changes over time and implications for policy

David Maguire (The Kings Fund)

32L 1.04, 1st Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH


CASE Social Exclusion Seminars
Friday  27 January 2017  14:00 - 15:00
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Multi-dimensional disadvantage among Gypsy and Traveller children in England and Wales

Tania Burchardt (CASE, London School of Economics) , joint with Polina Obolenskaya and Polly Vizard

32L 3.05, 3rd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH


STICERD Work in Progress Seminars
Friday  27 January 2017  12:00 - 13:00

Some recent progress on nonlinear spatial modelling: A personal review

Zudi Lu (University of Southampton)

Leverhulme Library, COL 6.15, 6th Floor, Columbia House, LSE, 69 Aldwych, London WC2B 4RR


Joint Econometrics and Statistics Workshop
Monday  30 January 2017  18:30 - 20:00

Inclusive Prosperity: Making it possible

Tharman Shanmugaratnam (Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies in Singapore)

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3LJ


LSE India Observatory IG Patel Lecture
Tuesday  31 January 2017  14:00 - 15:30

Abortion, Environment, Guns: How Single-Minded Voters Shape Politicians' Decisions

Paola Conconi (ECARES) , joint with Laurent Bouton, Francisco Pino and Maurizio Zanardi

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Political Science and Political Economy Research Seminar
Wednesday  01 February 2017  16:30 - 18:00

Constructing a metric of wellbeing among older people in the UK, with Age UK

Asghar Zaidi (University of Southampton)

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CASE Social Exclusion Seminars
Friday  03 February 2017  14:00 - 15:00
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Pharmaceutical promotion and health outcomes: Evidence from the Opioid Epidemic

Fernando Fernandez (STICERD PODER Fellow, and Pompeu Fabra)

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STICERD Work in Progress Seminars
Tuesday  07 February 2017  14:00 - 15:30

Office-Selling, Corruption, and Long Term Development in Peru

Jenny Guardado (Georgetown University)

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Political Science and Political Economy Research Seminar
Wednesday  08 February 2017  18:30 - 20:00
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The Relationship between Inequality and Poverty: mechanisms and policy options - Dr Eleni Karagiannaki and Dr Abigail McKnight

Various Speakers 

This lecture examines the empirical relationship between economic inequality and poverty across countries and over time, paying attention to different measurement issues. It then considers a range of potential mechanisms driving this relationship and explores policy options.


Hong Kong Theatre, CLM 01, Ground Floor, Clement House, LSE, 99 Aldwych, London WC2B 4JF


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CASE Special Events
Friday  10 February 2017  12:00 - 13:00

Testing uniformity on high-dimensional spheres against monotone rotationally symmetric alternatives

Davy Paindaveine (Université libre de Bruxelles) , joint with Christine Cutting and Thomas Verdebout

Leverhulme Library, COL 6.15, 6th Floor, Columbia House, LSE, 69 Aldwych, London WC2B 4RR


Joint Econometrics and Statistics Workshop
Friday  10 February 2017  13:00 - 14:00

The power of money: The consequences of electing a privately-funded politician

Nelson Ruiz-Guarin (International Development, LSE)

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STICERD Work in Progress Seminars
Tuesday  14 February 2017  14:00 - 15:30

Leadership or Luck: An Analysis of World Leaders, Governors, and Mayors

Christopher Berry (Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago)

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Political Science and Political Economy Research Seminar
Thursday  16 February 2017  14:00 - 15:30
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Nonlinear Random Coefficients and Preference Heterogeneity

Arthur Lewbel (Boston College)

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Standard random coefficients models are either linear in regressors, or equal a transformation of a linear index of regressors (e.g., random coefficient logit models). In contrast, this paper shows identification of, and consistent estimators for, general nonlinear random coefficients models with unknown parameters. For example, we consider a model that includes interaction terms in regressors and nonlinear transformations of regressors, where each regressor has a random coefficient, and the joint distribution of the random coefficients is unknown. We then model unobserved preference heterogeneity in consumer demand as utility functions with random Barten scales. These Barten scales appear as random coefficients in nonlinear demand equations. Using Canadian data, we compare estimated energy demand functions with and without random Barten scales. We find that unobserved preference heterogeneity substantially affects the estimated consumer surplus costs of an energy tax.


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STICERD Econometrics Seminar Series
Thursday  16 February 2017  12:00 - 13:30

The co-benefits of the low carbon economy to health, social equity and disadvantaged areas

Professor Paul Wilkinson (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

Alison Smith (Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford)

Ruth Mayne (Oxfam GB and ECI, University of Oxford)

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Climate Change, Inequality and Social Policy Seminar
Friday  17 February 2017  13:00 - 14:00

The impact of a wage tax in the financial sector on wages and employment

Malka Guillot (Department of Economics, LSE)

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STICERD Work in Progress Seminars
Monday  20 February 2017  16:00 - 17:30

Can Policy Crowd Out Culture?

Natalie Bau (University of Toronto)

32L 1.04, 1st Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH


STICERD-UCL Development and Growth Seminar
Tuesday  21 February 2017  14:00 - 15:30

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Andrea Tesei (Queen Mary)

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Political Science and Political Economy Research Seminar
Tuesday  21 February 2017  17:00 - 18:30

Channeled Attention and Stable Errors

Joshua Schwartzstein (Harvard Business School) , joint with Tristan Gagnon-Bartsch and Matthew Rabin

A frequent critique of recent models of ways people misunderstand the world is that people should figure out their mistakes after observing events they thought were extremely unlikely or impossible. This paper develops a framework to provide guidance in assessing when a particular error is likely to be noticed in a given environment, focusing on two criteria. First, we clarify that the notion of “unlikely” that should induce a person noticing inconsistent data to deem her mistaken theory implausible is unlikeliness relative to a compelling alternative theory. Second, and our primary premise, a person may ignore, disregard, or discard information her mistaken theory leads her to deem irrelevant. We propose solution concepts embedding such “channeled attention” that predict when a particular theory might persist indefinitely when a person encodes and analyzes data if and only if it is perceived as having positive value within that theory. For any erroneous theory, a person can selectively attend to information she deems sufficient without noticing anything she would find impossible. We investigate which combinations of errors and situations tend to provoke incidental learning, providing comparative statics on both preferences and information that make erroneous beliefs stable. The paper applies these principles to study the attentional stability of several common errors and psychological biases. We show, for example, how a person might remain naive about her self-control problems—and why full naivete can be more stable than partial naivete. Additionally, when certain errors lead a person to overvalue advice or listen to the wrong people, rich feedback on the quality of advice can in fact increase the stability of those errors relative to cases where feedback is sparse.


32L 2.04, 2nd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH


STICERD Psychology and Economics Seminar
Thursday  23 February 2017  14:00 - 15:30
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Adverse Selection and Moral Hazard in a Dynamic Model of Auto Insurance

Elena Krasnokutskaya (Johns Hopkins) , joint with STICERD Econometrics Seminar Series

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NERA-STICERD Industrial Organisation Seminars
Thursday  23 February 2017  14:00 - 15:30
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Adverse Selection and Moral Hazard in a Dynamic Model of Auto Insurance

Elena Krasnokutskaya (Johns Hopkins) , joint with NERA-STICERD Industrial Organisation Seminar Series

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STICERD Econometrics Seminar Series
Thursday  23 February 2017  16:00 - 17:30

A Theory of Small Campaign Contributions

Laurent Bouton (Georgetown University) , joint with Micael Castanheira and Allan Drazen

32L 3.05, 3rd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH


STICERD Economic Theory Seminars
Friday  24 February 2017  15:30 - 16:30
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Shan Aman-Rana (Department of Economics, LSE)

32L 1.04, 1st Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH


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STICERD Work in Progress Seminars
Friday  24 February 2017  12:00 - 13:00

Detection of periodicity in functional time series

Siegfried Hörmann (Université libre de Bruxelles)

Periodicity is one of the most important characteristics of time series, and tests for periodicity go back to the very origins of the eld. The importance of such tests has manifold reason. One of them is that most inferential pro-cedures require that the series be stationary, but classical stationarity tests (as e.g. KPSS procedures) have little power against a periodic component inthe mean. In this account we respond to the need to develop periodicity tests for functional time series (FTS). Examples of FTS's include annual temperature or smoothed precipitation curves, daily pollution level curves, various daily curves derived from high frequency asset price data, daily bond yield curves, daily vehicle trac curves and many others. One of the important contributions of this article is the development of a fully functional ANOVA test for stationary data. If the functional time series (Yt) satises a certain weak-dependence condition, then, using a fre- quency domain approach, we obtain the asymptotic null-distribution (for the constant mean hypothesis) of the functional ANOVA statistic. The limiting distribution has an interesting form and can be written as a sum of independent hypoexponential variables whose parameters are eigenvalues of the spectral density operator of (Yt).


Leverhulme Library, COL 6.15, 6th Floor, Columbia House, LSE, 69 Aldwych, London WC2B 4RR


Joint Econometrics and Statistics Workshop
Monday  27 February 2017  12:30 - 14:00

An Empirical Study of Cartel Behavior in the Presence of Detection Possibility

Masato Nishiwashi (Waseda University (visiting LSE))

32L 2.04, 2nd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH


NERA-STICERD Industrial Organisation Seminars
Monday  27 February 2017  16:00 - 17:30

The Impact of Land Title Registration in Rwanda

Markus Goldstein (World Bank)

Using the randomized, national roll out of a land title registration program, we examine the effects of improved property rights on rural household outcomes. We find that as rights strengthen, households shift labor from their farms to off-farm work, resulting in improved welfare. The specific mechanism at work seems to be a reduction in time spent guarding fields against encroachment from neighbors. These results provide evidence on how land tenure improvements can aid development by facilitating the early stages of structural transformation.


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STICERD-UCL Development and Growth Seminar
Tuesday  28 February 2017  14:00 - 15:30

Deterrence and counter deterrence in the fight against global terror

Scott Tyson (University of Michigan) , joint with Livio Di Lonardo

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Political Science and Political Economy Research Seminar
Wednesday  01 March 2017  16:30 - 18:00

The evaluation of the Troubled Families Programme

Susan Purdon (Bryson Purdon Social Research) , joint with Paul Gregg (University of Bath, as respondent)

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CASE Social Exclusion Seminars
Thursday  02 March 2017  14:00 - 15:30
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Identification of Valuation Distributions in English Auctions

Andrew Chesher (University College London) , joint with Adam M. Rosen

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STICERD Econometrics Seminar Series
Thursday  02 March 2017  16:00 - 17:30

Search: Breadth vs Depth

Michael Richter (Royal Holloway)

We consider a fundamental trade-off in search: when choosing between multiple unknown alternatives, is it better to learn a little about all of them (breadth) or a lot about a single one (depth)? Generally, we find that breadth is optimal for “small” problems and that depth is optimal for “large” ones. We find that in a political setting where voters learn about candidates and find a rational justification for the stylized fact that voters tend to learn only about their preferred candidate. Finally, we consider extensions to fat-tails, correlation, and a strategic IO setting and find that in all extensions, breadth is superior.


32L 3.05, 3rd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH


STICERD Economic Theory Seminars
Friday  03 March 2017  13:00 - 14:00

Discretionary Grants and Political Accountability: Evidence from matching grants to Brazilian municipalities

Michel Azulai (Department of Economics, LSE)

32L 3.05, 3rd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH


STICERD Work in Progress Seminars
Monday  06 March 2017  16:00 - 17:30

Voting corrupt politicians out of office: Evidence from an Experiment in Paraguay

Pepita Miquel (TSE) , joint with Rumilda Cañete, Stephane Straub and Karine Van Der Straeten

Corruption is a major threat to economic and social development. Democratic institutions are not necessarily conducive to less corruption. Voters may lack information on politicians' wrongdoings, and political institutions may not allow voters to remove corrupt politicians from office. We develop a simple theoretical model describing voters' behavior under alternative open and closed list systems, and derive predictions regarding the impact of electoral rules and information on candidates. We test these hypothesis in a survey experiment performed in Paraguay taking advantage of a rare social upbringing following a corruption scandal. We find that under the open system turn out and vote shares for the big political parties increase, specially so for the incumbent. While the open system is good news for big parties, it is not for the candidates in these parties exposed in corruption scandals.


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STICERD-UCL Development and Growth Seminar
Tuesday  07 March 2017  14:00 - 15:30

A Taste for Polarization? Uncertainty, Legislative Agendas, and Preferences Over Representatives

John Patty (University of Chicago)

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Political Science and Political Economy Research Seminar
Tuesday  07 March 2017  17:00 - 18:30

Bounded Reasoning: Cognition or Rationality?

Terri Kneeland (UCL) , joint with Amanda Friedenberg and Willemien Kets

32L 2.04, 2nd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH


STICERD Psychology and Economics Seminar
Wednesday  08 March 2017  12:45 - 14:00

Unemployment, underweight, and obesity: Findings from Understanding Society (UKHLS)

Amanda Hughes (ISER, University of Essex)

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CASE Welfare Policy and Analysis Seminars
Thursday  09 March 2017  14:00 - 15:30
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Using Instrumental Variables for Inference about Policy Relevant Treatment Parameters

Alex Torgovitsky (Northwestern University) , joint with Magne Mogstad and Andres Santos

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STICERD Econometrics Seminar Series
Thursday  09 March 2017  12:00 - 13:30

Time and Carbon: Low carbon fun? A time use perspective towards sustainability (Angela Druckman), The case for a shorter working week (Anna Coote)

Professor Angela Druckman (Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity, University of Surrey) , joint with Anna Coote (Principal Fellow at the New Economics Foundation and the author of 'Time on our Side')

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Climate Change, Inequality and Social Policy Seminar
Thursday  09 March 2017  16:00 - 17:30

Rational Inattention Dynamics: Inertia and Delay in Decision-Making

Colin Stewart (Toronto University) , joint with Jakub Steiner and Filip Matějka

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STICERD Economic Theory Seminars
Friday  10 March 2017  12:00 - 13:00

Sequential Testing for Structural Stability in Approximate Factor Models

Lorenzo Trapani (Cass Business School) , joint with Matteo Barigozzi

We develop a a family of monitoring procedures to detect a change in a large factor model. Our statistics are based on the following property of the (r+1)-th eigenvalue of the sample covariance matrix of the data: whilst under the null the (r+1)-th eigenvalue is bounded, under the alternative of a change (either in the loadings, or in the number of factors itself) it becomes spiked. Given that the sample eigenvalue does not have a known limiting distribution under the null, we regularise the problem by randomising the test statistic in conjunction with sample conditioning, obtaining a sequence of i.i.d., asymptotically chi-squared statistics which are then employed to build the monitoring scheme. Numerical evidence shows that our procedure works very well in finite samples, with a very small probability of false detections and tight detection times in presence of a genuine change point.


Leverhulme Library, COL 6.15, 6th Floor, Columbia House, LSE, 69 Aldwych, London WC2B 4RR


Joint Econometrics and Statistics Workshop
Friday  10 March 2017  13:00 - 14:00

Neighbourhoods, cooperation, and local public goods: Experimental evidence from urban Ethiopia

Simon Franklin (CEP, LSE)

32L 3.05, 3rd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH


STICERD Work in Progress Seminars
Monday  13 March 2017  16:00 - 17:30

Is There An Energy-Efficiency Gap? Experimental Evidence from Indian Manufacturing Plants

Nicholas Ryan (Yale)

32L 1.04, 1st Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH


STICERD-UCL Development and Growth Seminar
Tuesday  14 March 2017  14:00 - 15:30

Inequality and Redistribution Behaviour in a Give-or-Take Game

Ken Scheve (Stanford University) , joint with Michael Bechtel and Roman Liesch

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Political Science and Political Economy Research Seminar
Wednesday  15 March 2017  16:30 - 18:00

Destitution in the UK

Suzanne Fitzpatrick (Heriott Watt University)

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CASE Social Exclusion Seminars
Thursday  16 March 2017  14:00 - 15:30
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A Robust Test for Network Generated Dependence

Ingmar Prucha (University of Maryland)

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STICERD Econometrics Seminar Series
Thursday  16 March 2017  16:00 - 17:30

Deliberately Stochastic

Pietro Ortoleva (Columbia University) , joint with Simone Cerreia-Vioglio, David Dillenberger and Gil Riella

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STICERD Economic Theory Seminars
Friday  17 March 2017  13:00 - 14:00

The Effect of Peer Observation on Consumption Choices: Experimental Evidence

Antonia Grohmann (DIW, Berlin)

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STICERD Work in Progress Seminars
Monday  20 March 2017  12:30 - 14:00

Household Diversification: The Vehicle Portfolio Effect

Dave Rapson (University of California, Davis) , joint with James Archsmith, Kenneth Gillingham, Christopher Knittel

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Households value diversity in many settings, including financial assets, gender of children, and occupations. This paper quantifies the extent to which multi-car households exhibit preferences for a diversified vehicle portfolio. We deploy a novel identification strategy to examine how an exogenous change in the fuel economy of a kept vehicle affects a household's choice of a second vehicle purchased and find strong preferences for a diverse portfolio in fuel economy. We further find that this effect operates via car attributes that are correlated with fuel economy, including vehicle footprint and weight. This new evidence suggests that the portfolio effect exerts a strong force that may erode a substantial portion of the expected future gasoline savings from fuel economy standards, particularly those that are attribute-based.


32L 2.04, 2nd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH


NERA-STICERD Industrial Organisation Seminars
Monday  20 March 2017  16:00 - 17:30

Nation Building Through Foreign Intervention: Evidence from Discontinuities in Military Strategies

Melissa Dell (Harvard) , joint with Pablo Querubin

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STICERD-UCL Development and Growth Seminar
Tuesday  21 March 2017  14:00 - 15:30

Democratizing the Party: The Effects of Primary Election Reforms in Ghana

Nahomi Ichino (University of Michigan) , joint with Noah L. Nathan

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Political parties in new democracies increasingly use primaries to select legislative candidates. But we know little about how internal party procedures shape the field of politicians who seek elected office in patronage-oriented political systems. We propose that democratizing candidate selection by expanding the primary electorate has two consequences: the electorate will have more diverse preferences and vote buying will become a less effective strategy. These changes, in turn, affect the types of politicians who seek and win legislative nominations. We construct an original dataset to analyze the impacts of recent reforms to primary rules by one of the major parties in Ghana. We show that expanding the primary electorate opened paths to office for politicians from groups that were previously excluded, including women, members of local non-plurality ethnic groups, and members of ethnic groups outside a party's core coalition.


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Political Science and Political Economy Research Seminar
Tuesday  21 March 2017  17:00 - 18:30

Measuring and Bounding Experimenter Demand

Jonathan de Quidt (IIES)

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STICERD Psychology and Economics Seminar
Wednesday  22 March 2017  12:30 - 13:45

The effect of minimum wages on the total number of jobs: Evidence from the United States using a bunching estimator

Attila Linder (UCL)

IFS, 7 Ridgmount Street, London, WC1E 7AE


IFS-STICERD Public Economics Seminar
Wednesday  22 March 2017  12:45 - 14:00

Can we use behaviour incentives to raise GCSEs in poor neighbourhoods?

Simon Burgess (Bristol University and CASE)

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CASE Welfare Policy and Analysis Seminars
Thursday  23 March 2017  16:00 - 17:30

Crises: Equilibrium Shifts and Large Shocks

Stephen Morris (Princeton University) , joint with Muhamet Yildiz

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STICERD Economic Theory Seminars
Friday  24 March 2017  12:00 - 13:00

TBC

Esther Ruiz (Universidad Carlos III)

Leverhulme Library, COL 6.15, 6th Floor, Columbia House, LSE, 69 Aldwych, London WC2B 4RR


Joint Econometrics and Statistics Workshop
Friday  24 March 2017  13:00 - 14:00

A Model of Risk Taking With Experimentation and Career Concerns

Gianpaolo Caramellino (Department of Economics, LSE)

32L 3.05, 3rd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH


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