UCLA Anderson School of Management

University of California GEM-BPP Research Workshop


Conference Co-Chairs: Romain Wacziarg and Noam Yuchtman

Conference Coordinator: Susie Sassoon

May 15 - 16, 2015 at the Apple Farm Inn, San Luis Obispo

Preliminary Program

Friday, May 15, 2015

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm:  Faculty Check In to the Apple Farm Inn

7:00 pm:  Faculty/Spouse Dinner in a private room located in the Main Dining Room


Saturday, May 16, 2015

8:00 to 9:00 am:  Continental Breakfast, Harvest Room

9:00 to 10:00 am:  Nico Voigtländer: "Input Diffusion and the Evolution of Production Networks"

10:00 to 11:00 am:  Ernesto Dal Bo: "Consolidating Order and Prosperity: State Formation with Endogenous Military and Productive Capabilities."

11:00 to 11:30 am: Coffee break #1

11:30-1:00 pm: Shorts Session #1:

•a)      Leonardo Bursztyn: "The Power of Moral Suasion: Experimental Evidence from Repayments of an Islamic Credit Card"

•b)      Romain Wacziarg: "Ancestry, Language and Culture"

•c)      Jerry Nickelsburg: "Structural Adjustment and Regional Labor Markets:  Lessons From Post-Cold War Base Closures"

1:00 to 2:00 pm: Lunch on the Patio

2:00 to 3:00 pm: Reed Walker: "Why is Pollution from U.S. Manufacturing Declining? The Roles of Trade, Regulation, Productivity, and Preferences"

3:00 to 3:15 pm: Coffee break #2

3:15 to 4:15pm: Noam Yuchtman: "The Labor Demand Shock from Hell: The Protestant Reformation, Secular Human Capital Investments, and Economic Development in Early Modern Germany"

4:15-4:30 pm: Coffee break #3

4:30-6:00 pm: Shorts Session #2: PhD Students

•a)      Mikhail Poyker: "The Political Economy of FGM"

•b)      Lucy Hu: "What is the Crowd Worth? The Role of Social Influence in Crowdfunding"

•c)      Laura Boudreau: "Disciplining Politicians Who Have Been Delegated Decision Making Power: The Case of Mexico's Natural Disaster Fund"

6:00 pm  Conference Adjourns