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These seminars are held on Fridays in term time at 13:00-14:00 in the Michio Morishima Room, 32L 3.05 (3rd floor, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH).

Entry is on a first-come first-served basis. No registration is required but places are limited. A light lunch will be available.

Seminar organisers: Sacha Dray, Amanda Dahlstrand-Rudin and Ellie Suh

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Friday  02 November 2018  13:00 - 14:00

Female Genital Cutting and Education: Theory and causal evidence from Senegal

Jorge Garcia-Hombrados (LSE)

32L 3.05, 3rd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH
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Friday  09 November 2018  13:00 - 14:00

The values of confidential policy information: Persuasion, transparency and influence

Clement Minaudier (LSE)

32L 3.05, 3rd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH
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Friday  16 November 2018  13:00 - 14:00

The Role of Social Norms in Old-age Support: Evidence from China

Xuezhu Shi (Department of Economics, LSE)

The norm of families providing support to the elderly is common in developing countries without comprehensive pension coverage and is important; it is usually gender-specific. This paper studies the inter-generational transmission of this social norm in China, focusing on the same-gender transmission channel. The mechanism behind this transmission is that parents, by their provision of support to their own parents, shape their children's preference for same-gender old-age support. That is, parents support their own parents according to the gender of their children. Given that the gender ratio of Chinese children is not random, I use an interaction term of the timing of the ban on sex-selective abortions in China and the gender of the first-born child as the instrumental variable for the gender of the children to alleviate possible endogeneity from the unbalanced gender ratio. The empirical results, using two Chinese datasets, show that parents with more same-gender children provide more support to their ageing parents than parents with cross-gender ones. The father effect is more significant in rural subsamples, and the mother effect is seen mainly in the urban ones. The urban-rural difference in the results may indicate a normative shift accompanying economic and demographic changes.


32L 3.05, 3rd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH
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Friday  23 November 2018  13:00 - 14:00

Knowing what's good for you: Can a repayment flexibility option in microfinance contracts improve repayment rates and business outcomes?

Giorgia Barboni (University of Warwick)

32L 3.05, 3rd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH
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Friday  30 November 2018  13:00 - 14:00

Free-riders and underdogs: participation in corporate voting?

Moqi Xu (LSE)

32L 3.05, 3rd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH
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Friday  07 December 2018  12:00 - 13:00
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The Unintended Consequences of Infrastructure Development: Sewerage diffusion and early-life mortality in Peru

Antonella Bancalari (LSE)

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