2018 Selected Students and Workshop Groups

Group #1 |  Macroeconomics, Development & International Finance
Advisor: Nancy Jianakoplos, Colorado State University 

  • Isha Agarwal, Cornell University - Department of Economics
    The Bank Lending Channel and the Exchange Rate Disconnect
  • Alex Xi He, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Department of Economics
    Rent-Extracting Mergers
  • Jonathan Malacarne, University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
    The Farmer and The Fates: Perceptions of Self-Efficacy, Learning and Investment in a Stochastic Production Process

Group #2 | Policy Effectiveness in Education, Energy, Environment & Development
Advisor: Maureen Pirog, Indiana University 

  • Katy Bergstrom, Stanford University - Department of Economics
    The Targeting Benefit of Conditional Cash Transfers
  • Matthew Butner, University of Colorado Boulder - Department of Economics
    Gone with the Wind: Consumer Surplus from Renewable Generation
  • Jongwook Lee, University of Minnesota- Department of Applied Economics
    The Effect of Early Childhood Malnutrition on Human Capital Development in Ethiopia

Group #3 | Applied Micro Analysis: Labor, Environment & Education
Advisor: Daniel Rees, University of Colorado Denver 

  • Sarah Bana, University of California, Santa Barbara - Department of Economics
    Identifying Vulnerable Displaced Workers: The Role of State-Level Occupation Conditions
  • Maulik Jagnani, Cornell University - Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
    Sunset-Induced Reallocations of Time and Human Capital Production
  • Nicholas Wright, Georgia State University - Department of Economics
    Need-Based Financing Policies, College Decision-Making and Labor Market Behavior
  • Karen Ye, University of Chicago - Department of Economics
    Peer Effects in College Application Interventions

Group #4 | Labor Market Issues & Behavioral Economics
Advisor: Jane Ruseski, West Virginia University 

  • Panka Bencsik, University of Sussex - Department of Economics
    Stress and Behavioral Effects of Neighborhood Crime: Evidence from the UK
  • Chang Hyung Lee, University of California, Santa Barbara - Department of Economics 
    Minimum Wage Policy and Community College Enrollment Patterns
  • Ding Xuan Ng, Johns Hopkins University - Department of Economics
    Technological Unemployment and Occupational Mobility
  • Siobhan O'Keefe, University of California, Davis - Department of Economics
    Baby's Gone: The Effects of Increased Sentencing Severity on Fertility and Family Formation

2017 Selected Students and Workshop Groups

Group #1 |  Credit, Debt Collection, Public Health, Local Impacts
Advisor: John Cawley, Cornell University 

  • Janjala (Pom) Chirakijja, Northwestern University - Department of Economics
    The Local Economic Impacts of Prisons
  • Julia Fonseca, Princeton University - Department of Economics
    Access to Credit and Financial Health: Evaluating the Impact of Debt Collection
  • Lauren Hoehn Velasco, Boston College - Department of Economics
    Human Capital Formation and the Childhood Disease Environment: Evidence from a Rural Public Health Investment in the US
  • Yi Xin, Johns Hopkins University - Department of Economics
    Asymmetric Information, Reputation, and Welfare in Online Credit Markets

Group #2 | Networks, Reputation, Media Personality & Political Premium 
Advisor: Tim Brennan, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

  • Vesall Nourani, Cornell University - Department of Economics
    Social Network Effects of Technology Adoption: Investing with Family, Learning from Friends & Reacting to Acquaintances
  • Harry Di Pei, Massachusetts Institute of Technology -  Department of Economics
    Reputation Effects under Interdependent Values
  • Heyu Xiong, Northwestern University - Department of Economics
    Media Personality and Its Political Premium

Group #3 | Immigration, Migration, Crime & Minimum Wage
Advisor: Nancy Jianakoplos, Colorado State University

  • Christine Braun, University of California, Santa Barbara - Department of Economics
    Crime and the Minimum Wage
  • Oleg Firsin, Cornell University, School of Applied Economics and Management
    Low-Skilled Immigration and Offshoring Effects on Native Wages
  • Chen Liu, University of California, San Diego - Department of Economics
    Quantifying the Impacts of a Skill-based US Immigration System Reform
  • Ruben Rojas Valdes, University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
    The Dynamic Migration Game: A Structural Econometric Model and Application to Rural Mexico

Group #4 | Inequality, ACA & Risky Sex, SNAP & Obesity
Advisor: Maureen Pirog, Indiana University

  • Augustine Denteh, Georgia State University - Department of Economics
    The Effect of SNAP on Obesity in the Presence of Endogenous Misreporting
  • Nick Tsivanidis, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
    Commuting Technologies, City Structure and Urban Inequality: Evidence from Bogota's TransMilenio
  • Barton Willage, Cornell University - Department of Economics
    Ex Ante and Ex Post Moral Hazard: Lessons from the ACA and Risky Sex

2016 Selected Students and Workshop Groups

Group #1 | Empirical Investigations in Education and International Trade 
Advisor: Nancy Jianakoplos, Colorado State University 

  • Barbara Biasi, Stanford University - Department of Economics
    Unions, Salaries, and The Market for Teachers: Evidence from Wisconsin
  • Felix L. Friedt, University of Oregon - Department of Economics
    Trade Policy Effectiveness in the Presence of Integrated Bilateral Transport Costs: The Importance of the Backhaul Problem to the Determination of Trade
  • Sharat Ganapati, Yale University - Department of Economics
    Globalized Sourcing, Scale Economies, and Local Market Power: The Modern Wholesaler
  • Lester R. Lusher, University of California, Davis - Department of Economics
    College Better: Parimutuel Betting Markets as a Commitment Device and Monetary Incentive

Group #2 | Education, Labor Markets, Healthcare and Culture
Advisor: Maureen Pirog, Indiana University

  • Brenda Samaniego de la Parra, University of Chicago - Department of Economics
    How Much is Formality Worth? Evidence from Mexico's Labor Market
  • Atul Gupta, Stanford University -  Department of Economics
    Quality Incentives, Hospital Responses and Patient Health
  • Ciprian Domnisoru, Carnegie Mellon University - School of Public Policy and Management
    Overeducation, Choice of College Major and Parental Background
  • James V. Marrone, University of Chicago - Department of Economics
    Culture as a Habit: Assimilation and Language Learning Over the Lifecycle

Group #3 | Programs and Policies Affecting Human Capital, Child Development, Hospital Stays and Consumer Behavior
Advisor: Brian Duncan, University of Colorado

  • Teresa Molina, University of Southern California - Department of Economics
    Pollution, Ability and Gender-Specific Investment Responses to Shocks
  • Victor A. C. Ronda, Johns Hopkins University - Department of Economics
    Maternal Mental Health and Child Development
  • Liam Rose, University of California, Santa Cruz - Department of Economics
    The Effects of Skilled Nursing Facility Care: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from Medicare
  • Rebecca L. Taylor, University of California, Berkeley - Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics
    Giving Plastic Bags the Sack: The Non-Monetary Costs of Changing Consumption

Group #4 | Health, Education and Welfare 
Advisor: Bruce McGough, University of Oregon

  • Serena Canaan, University of California, Santa Barbara - Department of Economics
    Parental Leave, Intra-Household Specialization and Children's Well-Being
  • Peter Hull, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Department of Economics
    Hospital Quality and Choice: Evidence from Ambulance Referral Patterns
  • Lindsey K. Novak, University of Minnesota - Department of Applied Economics
    School of Thought: The Role of Formal Education in Shifitng Opinions of Female Genital Cutting in Burkina Faso
  • Evan Riehl, Columbia University - Department of Economics
    Mismatch and Complementaries: Admission Exams and the Allocation of College Quality

2015 Selected Students and Workshop Groups

Group #1 | Economics of Health 
Advisor: John Cawley, Cornell University 

  • Diane Alexander, Princeton University, Department of Economics
    Do Doctors Engage in Risk Selection? Unintended Consequences of Paying Doctors to Reduce Costs
  • Benjamin David Ukert, Georgia State University, Department of Economics
    The Effect of Smoking Cessation on Alcohol Consumption: Evidence from a Randomized Trial
  • Ariell Zimran, Northwestern University, Department of Economics
    Does Sample-Selection Bias Explain the Industrialization Puzzle?  Evidence from Military Enlistment in the Ninetheenth-Century United States
  • Jennifer E. Muz, University of California, Irvine, Department of Economics
    The Impact of the Business Cycle on Fertility Decisions among Dual Earner Couples

Group #2 | Programs and Policies Affecting Education and Fertility 
Advisor: Brian Duncan, University of Colorado, Denver

  • Nazmul Ahsan, University of Southern California, Department of Economics
    Do Parents Selectively Time Birth Relative to Ramadan? Evidence from Matlab, Bangladesh
  • Ricardo Espinoza, University of Maryland, Department of Economics
    Quality Information Disclosure and College Choice Decision: Evidence from an Accreditation Program
  • Michel Z. Grosz, University of California, Davis, Department of Economics
    The Returns to Community College Health Programs: Evidence from California
  • Jenna E. Stearns, University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Economics
    The Effects of Paid Maternity Leave: Evidence from Temporary Disability Insurance

Group #3 | Addressing Economic Issues with Data from Diverse Economies 
Advisor: Nancy Jianakoplos, Colorado State University

  • Ellen McCullough, Cornell University, School of Applied Economics and Management
    Understanding Agricultural Labor Exits in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Obie C. Porteous, University of California, Berkeley, College of Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics
    High Trade Costs and Their Consequences: An Estimated Model of African Agricultural Storage and Trade
  • Aine Seitz McCarthy, University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics
    His and Her Fertility Preferences: An Experimental Evaluation of Differential Information in Family Planning
  • Joseph Briggs, New York University, Department of Economics
    Wealth and Portfolio Risk: Evidence from Swedish Lotteries

Group #4 | Telephones, School Testing, Public Health, and Wages 
Advisor: Maureen Pirog, Indiana University

  • Robert M. Gonzalez, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Economics
    Social Monitoring and Electoral Fraud: Evidence from a Spatial Regression Discontinuity Design in Afghanistan
  • Sarah A. G. Komisarow, The University of Chicago, Department of Economics
    Public Health Regulation and Mortality: Evidence from Early 20th Century Milk Laws
  • Na'ama Shenhav, University of California, Davis, Department of Economics
    The Power of the Purse: Linking Changes in the Wage Structure, the Gender Gap and Family Outcomes
  • Michael J. Thacker, University of Oregon, Department of Economics
    A Bayesian Estimator of State-Space Time-Varying-Parameter Logit Models: An Evolutionary Model of Telephony Demand

2014 Selected Students and Workshop Groups

Group #1 | Education, Human Capital, Health & Labor Market
Advisor: Brian Duncan, University of Colorado, Denver 

  • Stefanie Fischer, University of California, Santa Barbara - Department of Economics
    The Differential Effect of Classroom Composition on Men's and Women's STEM Persistence: Evidence from General Chemistry
  • Gizem Kosar Karaca, John Hopkins University - Department of Economics
    The Effect of the EITC on Human Capital Formation
  • Elira Kuka, University of California, Davis - Department of Economics
    Unemployment Insurance and Health
  • Ben Zou, University of Maryland - Department of Economics
    The Local Economic Spillover Effects of Military Personnel Contractions

Group #2 | Econometric Investigations in Joint Consumption: Education, Networks, Climate, and Drug Coverage in Health Insurance
Advisor: Greg Hunter, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

  • Michael Gechter, Boston University - Department of Economics
    Extrapolating the Results of Social Experiments: Identification of Predicted Average Treatment Effects and Evidence from Two Education Experiments in India
  • Denise Hammock Clayton, University of California, San Diego - Department of Economics
    The Effect of Prescription Drug Coverage on Mortality: Evidence from Medicaid
  • Michael Leung, Stanford University - Department of Economics 
    A Random-Field Approach to Inference in Large Network Models
  • Benjamin Miller, University of California, San Diego - Department of Economics
    Does Validity Fall from the Sky? Observant Farmers, Exogenous Rainfall, and Climate Change

Group #3 | Effects of Young Children and Older Juveniles 
Advisor: Nancy Jianakoplos, Colorado State University

  • Gulcan Cil, University of Oregon - Department of Economics 
    The Effects of Posted Point-of-Sale Warnings on Alcohol Consumption during Pregnancy and on Birth Outcomes
  • Ankita Patnaik, Cornell University - Department of Economics
    Reserving Time for Daddy: The Short and Long-Run Consequences of Fathers' Quota
  • Kevin Shih, University of California, Davis - Department of Economics
    The Impact of International Students on U.S. Graduate Education
  • Megan Stevenson, University of California, Berkeley - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics 
    Breaking Bad: Social Influence and the Path to Criminality in Juvenile Jails

Group #4 | Bank Lending, Credit, and Debt 
Advisor: Ellis Tallman, Oberlin College

  • Filippo De Marco, Boston College - Department of Economics 
    Bank Lending and the Sovereign Debt Crisis
  • Benjamin Hebert, Harvard University - Business School
    Moral Hazard and the Optimality of Debt
  • Ji Huang, Princeton University - Department of Economics 
    Banking and Shadow Banking
  • Xuyang Ma, New York University, Stern School of Business - Department of Finance 
    Safe Harbor or Automatic Stay? A Model of Repo Runs

2013 Selected Students and Workshop Groups

Group #1 | Topics in Liquidity, Information, and Trade
Advisor: Ellis W. Tallman, Oberlin College 

  • Daniel J. Grodzicki, Stanford University
    Competition and Price Dispersion in the Credit Card Market
  • Philip A. Luck, University of California, Davis
    Intermediate Good Sourcing, Wages and Inequality: From Theory to Evidence
  • Jacopo Magnani, University of California, Santa Cruz
    Financial Circuit Breakers: Theory and Experiments
  • Alvaro Pedraza, University of Maryland, College Park
    Strategic Information Revelation and the Misallocation of Capital
  • Qi Sun, University of Southern California
    A Model of Corporate Liquidity Management

Group #2 | Applied Micro and Experimental Economics
Advisor: Daniel I. Rees, University of Colorado, Denver 

  • Richard B. Baker, Boston University
    From the Field to the Classroom: The Boll Weevil’s Impact on Education in Rural Georgia
  • Joseph R. Cummins, University of California, Davis
    The Use and Misuse of Child Height-for-Age Z-score in the Demographic and Health Surveys
  • Deborah Goldschmidt, Boston University
    State Abortion Restriction and Children’s Living Circumstances
  • Guojun He, University of California, Berkeley
    The Health Effects of Air Pollution: Evidences from the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Malgorzata Switek, University of Southern California
    Internal Migration and Life Satisfaction: Well-Being Effects of Moving as a Young Adult

2012 Selected Students and Workshop Groups

Group #1 | Labor, Experimental Economics, and Health
Advisor: Daniel I. Rees, University of Colorado, Denver 

  • Ciril Bosch-Rosa, University of California, Santa Cruz
    Surveying Annoyance in the Lab 
  • Christopher J. Cronin, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Annual Health Insurance Decisions, Uncertain Health Transitions, and within Year Medical Care Consumption 
  • Lisa J. Dettling, University of Maryland, College Park
    Opting Back In: Home Internet Use and Female Labor Supply 
  • John Michael Ian S. Salas, University of California, Irvine
    Evaluating the Impact of a Disruption in Publicly-Provided Contraception Supply on Fertility Outcomes in the Philippines 

Group #2 | Macroeconomics, Finance, Markets, and the Environment
Advisor: William S. Neilson, University of Tennessee, Knoxville 

  • Chiara Farronato, Stanford University
    Sale Mechanisms in Online Markets: What Happened to Internet Auctions? 
  • Kate Foreman, University of California, Berkeley
    Does Congestion Pricing Decrease Traffic Volumes and Travel Times? Evidence from Bay Area Toll Charges 
  • Weishi Grace Gu, Cornell University
    Jobless Recoveries: Employment Benefit Cost and Financial Frictions 
  • Gazi Ishak Kara, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    International Competition and Coordination for the Regulation of Systematic Risk 
  • Stephen J. Terry, Stanford University
    A Whale of A Tale: The Economics of Subsistence Hunts

2011 Selected Students and Workshop Groups

Group #1 | Advisor: Jeffrey T. LaFrance, Washington State University, Pullman

  • Jing Cai, University of California, Berkeley
    Determinants of Microinsurance Takeup: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in China
  • Kate B. Fuller, University of California, Davis, Julian M. Alston, University of California, Davis, and Jim Sanchirico, University of California, Davis
    Spatial Externalities and Vector-Borne Plant Diseases: Pierce’s Disease and the Blue-Green Sharpshooter in the Napa Valley
  • David Haim, Oregon State University
    Three Essays on the Economics of Climate Change, Land Use and Carbon Sequestration
  • Matthew J. Niedzwiecki, University of California, San Diego
    Estimating the Income Elasticity of Demand of Medical Care
  • Byoung Hoon Seok, University of Rochester
    Growth, Undervaluation, and Global Imbalances: The Role of Learning-by-Exporting

Group #2 | Advisor: Gordon B. Dahl, University of California, San Diego

  • Brad Hershbein, University of Michigan
    Worker Signals among New College Graduates: The Role of Selectivity and GPA
  • Ernest Boffy-Ramirez, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Explaining Changes in Immigrant Educational Attainment
  • Mohsen Javdani, Simon Fraser University
    Glass Ceilings or Glass Doors? The Role of Firms in Male-Female Wage Disparity in Canada
  • Meryl Motika, University of California, Irvine
    Planning Prosperity and Wealth: An Investigation of Retirement Saving Behavior
  • Denis Tkachenko, Boston University, and Zhongjun Qu, Boston University
    Identification and Frequency Domain QML Estimation of Linearized DSGE Models

2010 Selected Students and Workshop Groups

Group #1 | Advances in Modeling Dynamic Processes
Advisor: Gautam Gowrisankaran, University of Arizona

  • Diether Beuermann, University of Maryland, College Park
    The Role of Local Governments’ Efficiency in Decentralized Public Service Delivery: Evidence from a Randomized Intervention in Rural Russia 
  • Tim A. Graciano, Washington State University
    The Timing of Fixed Costs to Trade 
  • Joanne W. Hsu, University of Michigan
    Re-dividing Labor within the Household: Ability, Human Capital, and Financial Decision Making in Older Couples

Group #2 | Policy Issues for Developing Countries
Advisor: Jeffrey B. Nugent, University of Southern California

  • Gabriel Lara-Ibarra, University of Maryland, College Park
    Pension Reforms and the Incentives to Save: Lessons from Mexico 
  • Donghyun Lee, University of Oregon
    Essays in Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions and Technology 
  • Todd Pugatch, University of Michigan
    Essays on Labor Markets, Education and Migration in Developing Countries

2009 Selected Students and Workshop Groups

Group #1 | Macro/Trade
Advisor: Ellis Tallman, Oberlin College

  • Hirokazu Ishise, Boston University
    Trade Dynamics 
  • Brian Kovak, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Essays on Trade Policy, Local Labor Markets, and Inequality 
  • Tatevik Sekhposyan, University of North Carolina
    Inflation and Output Growth Differentials in the Euro Area: The Role of Monetary Policy 
  • Greg Wright, University of California, Davis
    Offshoring Costs and Worker Response to the Changing Distribution of Tasks 

Group #2 | Applied Micro
Advisor: Ronald L. Oaxaca, University of Arizona, Tucson

  • Moriah Bellenger, Oregon State University
    Essays on Environmental Productivity 
  • Sera Linardi, California Institute of Technology
    Expected Information (EI): An Environment Sensitive Measure for Information Aggregation
  • Maria Canon, University of Rochester
    The Role of Schools in the Production of Achievement 
  • Byron Lee, University of Toronto
    The Impact of Labour Market Experience on Employment Outcomes for High School Graduates: Evidence from British Columbia