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These seminars are held on Mondays at 16.00-17.30 at STICERD in room 32L 1.04 (1st floor, 32 Lincolns Inn Fields, London), in Lent and Summer terms. During Michaelmas term,  seminars are held at UCL in the Ricardo Lecture Theatre (Basement, Drayton House, UCL, 30 Gordon Street, London).

Entry is on a first-come first-served basis. No registration is required but places are limited. 

Seminar organisers: Dr Greg Fischer (LSE), Dr Gharad Bryan (LSE), Dr Bet Caeyers (IFS) and Dr Marcos Vera-Hernández (UCL)

For further information please contact Rhoda Frith.

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Monday  24 April 2017  16:00 - 17:30

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Karthik Muralidharan (University of California San Diego)

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


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


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