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Michaelmas 2020

Wednesday  07 October 2020  16:30 - 17:30
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Program Recertification Costs: Evidence from SNAP

Tatiana Homonoff (NYU) , joint with Jason Somerville

Participants in means-tested programs must periodically document eligi­bility through a recertification process. If all cases that fail recertification are ineligible, the exact timing of this process should be irrelevant. We find that later recertification interview assignments for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP), which leave less time to reschedule missed interviews, decrease recertification success by 22 percent. The consequences of not recertifying due to later interviews are highly skewed: most cases quickly re-enroll, while one quarter remain off SNAP for over a year. The marginal disenrolled case is as needy as the aver­age participant, suggesting inefficient screening from late interviews.


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IFS-STICERD Public Economics Seminar
Thursday  08 October 2020  16:00 - 17:00

The Accretion of Advantage in Childhood: Evidence from an 11-year Experiment in Bangladesh

Oriana Bandiera (LSE) , joint with Robin Burgess, Imran Rasul

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IFS/STICERD/UCL Development Work in Progress Seminar
Thursday  15 October 2020  16:00 - 17:00

Informality, Consumption Taxes and Redistribution

Lucie Gadenne (Paris School of Economics) , joint with Pierre Bachas and Anders Jensen

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IFS/STICERD/UCL Development Work in Progress Seminar
Wednesday  21 October 2020  16:30 - 17:30
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Ben Olken (MIT)

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IFS-STICERD Public Economics Seminar
Monday  26 October 2020  14:00 - 15:30
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TOP WEALTH IN AMERICA: NEW ESTIMATES AND IMPLICATIONS FOR TAXING THE RICH

Owen Zidar (Princeton)

This paper uses administrative tax data to estimate top wealth in the United States. We build on the capitalization approach in Saez and Zucman (2016) while accounting for heterogeneity within asset classes when mapping income flows to wealth. Our approach reduces bias in wealth estimates because wealth and rates of return are correlated. We find that the top 0.1% share of wealth increased from 7% to 14% from 1978 to 2016. While this rise is half as large as prior estimates, wealth is very concentrated: the top 1% holds nearly as much wealth as the bottom 90%. However, the “P90-99” class holds more wealth than either group after accounting for heterogeneity. Private business and public equity wealth are the primary sources of wealth at the top, and pension and housing wealth account for almost all wealth of the bottom 90%. Our approach substantially reduces estimates of mechanical wealth tax revenue and top capital income in distributional national accounts, which depend on well-measured estimates of top wealth. From 1980 to 2014, capital income accounts for 2.4 out of 8.1 percentage points of the rise of the top 1% income share.


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CEP/STICERD Applications Seminars
Monday  02 November 2020  16:00 - 17:30
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Desmond Ang (Harvard)

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CEP/STICERD Applications Seminars
Wednesday  04 November 2020  16:30 - 17:30
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Michele Tertilt (Mannheim)

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IFS-STICERD Public Economics Seminar
Thursday  05 November 2020  15:00 - 16:30
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Guido Imbens (Stanford)

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STICERD Econometrics Seminar Series
Monday  09 November 2020  16:00 - 17:30
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Sule Alan (EUI)

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CEP/STICERD Applications Seminars
Thursday  12 November 2020  15:00 - 16:30
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Francesca Molinari (Cornell)

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STICERD Econometrics Seminar Series
Thursday  12 November 2020  15:30 - 17:00

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Mihai Manea (Stonybrook)

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STICERD Economic Theory Seminars
Monday  16 November 2020  16:00 - 17:30
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Marcella Alsan (Harvard)

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CEP/STICERD Applications Seminars
Wednesday  18 November 2020  16:30 - 17:30
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Benjamin Schoefer (Harvard)

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IFS-STICERD Public Economics Seminar
Thursday  19 November 2020  15:30 - 17:00

Behavioural Neural Networks

Chen Zhao (The University of Hong Kong)

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STICERD Economic Theory Seminars
Monday  23 November 2020  16:00 - 17:30
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Ellora Derenoncourt (Berkeley)

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CEP/STICERD Applications Seminars
Thursday  26 November 2020  11:00 - 12:30
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Alwyn Young (LSE)

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STICERD Econometrics Seminar Series
Thursday  26 November 2020  15:30 - 17:00

The Behavioral SIR Model, with Applications to the Swine Flu and COVID-19 Pandemic

Lones Smith (University of Michigan) , joint with Jussi Keppo and Marianna Kudlyak and Elena Quercioli and Andrea Wilson

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STICERD Economic Theory Seminars
Wednesday  02 December 2020  16:30 - 17:30
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Joana Naritomi (LSE/IFS)

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IFS-STICERD Public Economics Seminar
Thursday  03 December 2020  15:00 - 16:30
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Charles F. Manski (Northwestern University)

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STICERD Econometrics Seminar Series
Thursday  03 December 2020  15:30 - 17:00

Robust Monopoly Regulation

Yingi Guo (Northwestern University)

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We study the regulation of a monopolistic firm using a non-Bayesian approach. We derive the policy that minimizes the regulator’s worst-case regret, where regret is the difference between the regulator’s complete-information payoff and his realized payoff. When the regulator’s payoff is consumers’ surplus, he imposes a price cap. When his payoff is the total surplus of both consumers and the firm, he offers a capped piece-rate subsidy. For intermediate cases, the regulator uses both a price cap and a capped piece-rate subsidy. The optimal policy balances three goals: giving more surplus to consumers, mitigating underproduction, and mitigating overproduction.


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STICERD Economic Theory Seminars
Monday  07 December 2020  16:00 - 17:30
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Matthew Gentzkow (Chicago Booth)

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


CEP/STICERD Applications Seminars
Thursday  10 December 2020  14:00 - 15:30

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Edward J Vytlacil (Stanford University)

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STICERD Econometrics Seminar Series
Thursday  10 December 2020  15:30 - 17:00

The Price of Data

Jacopo Perego (Columbia Business School) , joint with Simone Galperti and Aleksanr Levkun

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