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Lent 2019

Tuesday  15 January 2019  14:00 - 15:30

Does Political Oversight of the Bureaucracy Increase Accountability? Field Experimental Evidence from an Electoral Autocracy

Pia Raffler (Harvard University)

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


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Political Science and Political Economy Research Seminar
Tuesday  22 January 2019  14:00 - 15:30

Corrupt Hierarchies

Raul Sanchez de la Sierra (UC Berkeley) , joint with Kristof Titeca

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


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Political Science and Political Economy Research Seminar
Tuesday  29 January 2019  14:00 - 15:30

Signaling with Reform: How the Threat of Corruption Prevents Informed Policymaking

Ian Turner (Yale University) , joint with Keith E. Schnakenberg

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


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Political Science and Political Economy Research Seminar
Friday  01 February 2019  12:00 - 13:00

Nonparametric maximum likelihood methods for binary response models with random coefficients

Roger Koenker (UCL)

NAB 1.07, 1st Floor, New Academic Building, LSE, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3LJ


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Joint Econometrics and Statistics Workshop
Tuesday  05 February 2019  14:00 - 15:30

Deterrence with Imperfect Attribution

Ethan Bueno de Mesquita (Harris School, University of Chicago)

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


Political Science and Political Economy Research Seminar
Tuesday  12 February 2019  14:00 - 15:30

Trade and Political Fragmentation on the Silk Roads: The Economic and Cultural Effects of Historical Exchange between China and the Muslim East

Lisa Blaydes (Stanford University) , joint with Christopher Paik

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


Political Science and Political Economy Research Seminar
Wednesday  13 February 2019  12:30 - 13:45

CANCELLED

Andreas Fagereng (Statistic Norway)

IFS, 7 Ridgmount Street, London, WC1E 7AE


IFS-STICERD Public Economics Seminar
Thursday  14 February 2019  18:30 - 20:00

Netflix for Agriculture? Digital Technology for Development

Michael Kremer (Harvard University)

The rapid spread of mobile phones in developing countries, coupled with recent advances in our ability to analyze big data through tools such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, has generated considerable excitement about the potential of ICT for development. How does the reality of ICT use for development stack up to this excitement? And, which institutional arrangements best promote the use of ICT for development? Michael Kremer begins to answer these questions by examining the case of mobile-phone enabled agricultural extension for smallholder farmers. Recent changes in technology have made it possible to disseminate personalized agricultural information to smallholder farmers via their mobile-phones. In this lecture, Kremer explores the rapidly accumulating evidence on the impact of mobile-phone based agricultural extension. There appear to be at least some settings where farmers change their behavior and increase their yields in response to advice delivered via their mobile phones. Preliminary evidence suggests this may be highly-cost effective. However, due to market failures and asymmetric information private markets will typically undersupply this public good. Governments tend to fail as well due to design flaws that make their solutions difficult for farmers to understand. Kremer discusses potential hybrid solutions that incorporate elements of both private and public provision and argues that zero (or negative) pricing for such services is likely optimal. Finally, the lecture ends with a speculative vision of a “Netflix for Agriculture” in which farmers would provide information, knowing that this would allow the system to make better recommendations for them, and this would in turn improve the performance of the system in offering recommendations to other farmers.


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


STICERD Special Events
Thursday  14 February 2019  14:00 - 15:30

Statistical Theory and Algorithms for Machine Learning of Conditional Distribution Functions

Richard Spady (University of Oxford) , joint with Sami Stouli, University of Bristol

We propose an algorithm for machine learning of conditional distribution functions for a dependent variable (Y ) with continuous support. The algorithm produces a complete description of the conditional distribution function at all observed points in the covariate (X) space, and provides a similar estimate for other possible covariate values. The descriptions it provides are quite general and are globally valid conditional densities. The algorithm is multi-layered and feed-forward. Each layer has the same statistical interpretation: Layer k takes a vector e(k-1)that is nearly perfectly marginally Gaussian and makes it more marginally Gaussian and more independent of X. It does this by applying a continuous monotonic transformation that varies depending on an observation’s X value. Each layer is estimated by an elastic net regularization of maximum likelihood. We demonstrate Wilks’ phenomenon for the composite algorithm and show how to calculate the algorithm’s effective dimension.


32L 4.10, 4th Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH


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STICERD Econometrics Seminar Series
Monday  18 February 2019  12:00 - 13:30

All the Single Ladies: Job Promotions and the Durability of Marriage

Johanna Rickne (Stockholm)

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


CEP/STICERD Applications Seminars
Tuesday  19 February 2019  14:00 - 15:30

Armed conflict bargaining

James Fearon (Stanford University) , joint with Xin Jin

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


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Political Science and Political Economy Research Seminar
Thursday  21 February 2019  15:30 - 17:00

Quantifying information and uncertainty

Emir Kamenica (Chicago Booth) , joint with Alexander Frankel

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


STICERD Economic Theory Seminars
Monday  25 February 2019  12:00 - 13:30

An Experiment in Candidate Selection

Katherine Casey (Stanford)

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


CEP/STICERD Applications Seminars
Monday  25 February 2019  12:30 - 14:00

Abatement Strategies and the Cost of Environmental Regulation: Emission Standards on the European Car Market

Mathias Reynaert (Toulouse School of Economics)

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


STICERD Industrial Organisation Seminars
Thursday  28 February 2019  14:00 - 15:30

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Sophocles Mavroeidis (University of Oxford)

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


STICERD Econometrics Seminar Series
Thursday  28 February 2019  15:30 - 17:00

Mechanism Design with Limited Commitment

Vasiliki Skreta (University of Texas at Austin and UCL) , joint with Laura Doval

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


STICERD Economic Theory Seminars
Friday  01 March 2019  12:00 - 13:00

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Filipa Sa (Kings College London)

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


Joint Econometrics and Statistics Workshop
Monday  04 March 2019  12:00 - 13:30

Match or Mismatch? Learning and Inertia in School Choice

Yusuke Narita (Yale)

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


CEP/STICERD Applications Seminars
Wednesday  06 March 2019  16:30 - 18:00

Safety and Security: 2015-2020 (Social Policy and Distributional Outcomes programme seminar)

Kerris Cooper (CASE) , joint with Nikki Lacey (LSE Law)

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


CASE Social Exclusion Seminars
Thursday  07 March 2019  14:00 - 15:30

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Alberto Abadie (Harvard University)

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


STICERD Econometrics Seminar Series
Thursday  07 March 2019  14:00 - 15:30

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Alberto Abadie (Harvard University)

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


STICERD Econometrics Seminar Series
Thursday  07 March 2019  14:00 - 15:30

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Alberto Abadie (Harvard University)

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


STICERD Econometrics Seminar Series
Thursday  07 March 2019  15:30 - 17:00

Moral Hazard and Time Inconsistency: Dynamic Contracting with Non-Exponential Discounting

Can Urgun (Princeton)

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


STICERD Economic Theory Seminars
Monday  11 March 2019  12:00 - 13:30

Nonlinear Pricing in Village Economies

Orazio Attanasio (UCL)

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


CEP/STICERD Applications Seminars
Monday  11 March 2019  12:30 - 14:00

Diagnosing Price Dispersion

Matt Grennan (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)

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


STICERD Industrial Organisation Seminars
Wednesday  13 March 2019  18:30 - 20:00

Amartya Sen Lecture: Foundations of State Effectiveness

Tim Besley (EOPP, LSE) , joint with Professor Amartya Sen as discussant

Hosted by the Amartya Sen lecture series, STICERD and the International Inequalities Institute. An effective state promotes freedom and the well-being of its citizens. This lecture will discuss the importance of norms, values and institutions in supporting state effectiveness drawing on recent developments in social science. As well as making connections to Amartya Sen’s ideas, the lecture will reflect on some of the major policy challenges that the world faces in the turbulent times that we are living through.


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


STICERD Special Events
Thursday  14 March 2019  14:00 - 15:30

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Christoph Rothe (University of Mannheim)

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


STICERD Econometrics Seminar Series
Thursday  14 March 2019  15:30 - 17:00

Misinterpreting Others and the Fragility of Social Learning

Mira Frick (Yale) , joint with Ryota Iijima and Yuhta Ishii

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


STICERD Economic Theory Seminars
Friday  15 March 2019  12:00 - 13:00

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Degui Li (University of York)

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


Joint Econometrics and Statistics Workshop
Monday  18 March 2019  12:00 - 13:30

Railroads, Reallocation, and the Rise of American Manufacturing

Martin Rotemberg (NYU)

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


CEP/STICERD Applications Seminars
Monday  18 March 2019  12:30 - 14:00

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Sebastian Fleitas (University of Leuven)

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


STICERD Industrial Organisation Seminars
Thursday  21 March 2019  14:00 - 15:30

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Testuya Kaji (University of Chicago)

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


STICERD Econometrics Seminar Series
Thursday  21 March 2019  15:30 - 17:00

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David Dillenberger (University of Pennsylvania)

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


STICERD Economic Theory Seminars
Friday  22 March 2019  12:00 - 13:00

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Viktor Chernozhukov (MIT)

32L G.03, Ground Floor, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH


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Joint Econometrics and Statistics Workshop
Monday  25 March 2019  12:00 - 13:30

The Mechanics of Job Search Behavior: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Uganda

Imran Rasul (UCL and IFS)

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


CEP/STICERD Applications Seminars
Wednesday  27 March 2019  12:30 - 13:45

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Sebastian Findeison (University of Mannheim)

IFS, 7 Ridgmount Street, London, WC1E 7AE


IFS-STICERD Public Economics Seminar
Friday  29 March 2019  12:00 - 13:00

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Duo Qin (SOAS, University of London)

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


Joint Econometrics and Statistics Workshop
  
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