Public Policy & Economics

This workshop meets on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in Room 140C, 1155 E. 60th St. in Chicago. The faculty organizers are Anjali Adukia and Koichiro Ito. To receive regular updates about the workshops, please email May Woodard-Hickey  (


Sept 28David Deming (Harvard University)"The Growing Importance of Social Skills in the Labor Market"
Oct 5Isaac McFarlin (University of Florida) "An Experimental Analysis of Cream Skimming in Charter Schools"
Oct 12Sendhil Mullainathan (Harvard University) "Economic Applications of Machine Learning"
Oct 19Jennifer Doleac (University of Virginia) "Does 'ban the box' help or hurt low-skilled workers?  Statistical discrimination and employment outcomes when criminal histories are hidden"
Oct 26Eric Edmonds (Dartmouth College) "Coercion, Debt Bondage, and Human Capital" (joint with S. Sharma and M. Shrestha)
Nov 2Rohini Pande (Harvard University) "E-governance, Accountability, and Leakage in Public Programs:  Experimental Evidence from a Financial Management Reform in India"
Nov 9Lucas Davis (University of California, Berkeley) "Do Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver at the Right Time?"
Nov 16Judith Scott-Clayton (Columbia University) "Financial Aid, Debt Management, and Socioeconomic Outcomes:  Post-College Effects of Merit-Based Aid*"
Nov 23Thanksgiving (No Seminar)
Nov 30Doug Staiger (Dartmouth College) "Validating Teacher Effect Estimates Using Changes in Teacher Assignments in Los Angeles"
Dec 7Jonah Rockoff (Columbia University)"The Causes and Consequences of Test Score Manipulation:  Evidence from the New York Regents Examinations"
Mar 29Ben Handel (University of California, Berkeley)"Information or Compensation? Understanding the Role of Information Technology in Physician Response to Pay-for-Performance"  CANCELLED TODAY
Apr 5Ann Harrison (University of Pennsylvania)
Apr 12Martha Bailey (University of Michigan)
Apr 19Josh Angrist (MIT)
Apr 26Nathan Nunn (Harvard University)
May 3David Autor (MIT)
May 10Ray Fisman (Boston University)
May 17Petra Persson (Stanford University)
May 24Joe Altonji (Yale University)
May 31Mark Duggan (Stanford University)
Jun 7Janet Currie (Princeton University)