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GEM Seminar Series

All seminars are held on Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in room B117 unless otherwise noted.

Below is the calendar of upcoming events and a link to the speaker's website when you click on their name. If you have any questions about upcoming events or would like more information about schedule availability of a speaker please e-mail

Date & Time Title Speaker
September 23, 2021
This session will be held on Zoom
The Impact of Criminal Records on Employment, Earnings, and Tax Outcomes

Alex Mas


October 7, 2021

The Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War

Felipe Valencia Caicedo


October 21, 2021

From Rivals to Partners: The Alignment of Capital and State Coercion in the Rise of Modern Economic Growth (with Lukas Leucht and Noam Yuchtman)

Ernesto Dal Bo

Berkeley Haas

October 28, 2021

Allan Drazen

University of Maryland

November 4, 2021

Jean Imbs


December 2, 2021

Ilyana Kuziemko


Date Title Speaker
March 04, 2021

Frankfurt Alexander Ludwig

Goethe University

March 11, 2021

Pierre-Philippe Combes

Sciences Po

March 18, 2021
1:00 p.m. to 2:15p.m.

Robert Garlick


April 01, 2021

Ilyana Kuziemko


April 08, 2021

Katie Coffman


April 15, 2021

Brian Knight

Brown University

April 22, 2021

Leah Boustan


April 29, 2021

Rebecca Diamond

Stanford Graduate School of Business

May 06, 2021

Lise Vesterlund

University of Pittsburgh

May 13, 2021

Stefano DellaVigna


May 20, 2021

Ghazala Azmat

Sciences Po

May 27, 2021

Alex Mas


June 03, 2021

Ernesto Dal Bo

Berkeley Haas

February 27, 2020 The Academic Market and the Rise of Universities in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (1000-1800)

David De La Croix


Nov 21, 2019

Political Discretion and Antitrust Policy: Evidence from the Assassination of President McKinley

Carola Frydman

Kellogg Northwestern

Nov 7, 2019 Inefficient Collective Households: Abuse and Consumption

Krishna Pendakur

Simon Fraser University

Oct 21, 2019 Stereotypes and Politics

Marco Tabellini

Harvard Business School

Oct 24, 2019 Historical Self-Governance and Norms of Cooperation

Devesh Rustagi


Oct 3, 2019

Patronage for Productivity: Selection and Performance in the Age of Sail

Guo Xu

Haas School of Business

May 23, 2019 The Incidence of Public Subsidies to Private Hospitals under Weak Governance: Evidence from India

Pascaline Dupas

Stanford University

May 16, 2019 Does Workplace Competition Increase Labor Supply? Evidence from a Field Experiment

Amalia Miller

University of Virginia

May 2, 2019 From Weber to Kafka: Political Instability and the Overproduction of Law

Massimo Morelli

Bocconi University

April 18, 2019 The Strength of Weak Ties: Indirect Exposure to Colonial Education and Intergenerational Mobility in Benin

Leonard Wantchekon

Princeton University

April 11, 2019 Economic Incentives, Home Production and Gender Identity Norms

Andrea Ichino

European University Institute

April 10, 2019 Incentives and the Allocations of Authority in Organizations: A Field with Bureaucrats

Oriana Bandiera

London School of Economics

April 4, 2019 Skills, Signals and Search in Low-Income Labor Markets: Evidence from a Six-Year Field Experiment in Uganda

Imran Rasul

University College London

February 28, 2019 Import Exposure and Skill Content: Plant-Level Evidence from the U.S.

Mina Kim

Wisconsin University

February 14, 2019 (In)attention to the Costs of Homeownership: Evidence from the Residential Real Estate Market

Leila Bengali

Yale University

January 17, 2019 The Welfare Effects of Social Media

Matthew Gentzkow

Stanford University

December 6, 2018 Wages and the Value of Nonemployment

Simon  Jäger


November 29, 2018 The Institutional Foundations of Religious Politics: Evidence from Indonesia

Sam Bazzi

Boston University

October 18, 2018

Jonas Hjort

Columbia University

October 11, 2018 

Decio Coviello

HEC Montreal

June 7, 2018 Social Norms, Labor Market Opportunities, and the Marriage Gap for Skilled Women  (joint with Public Policy and Social Sciences)

Claudia Olivetti

Boston College

May 31, 2018 Social Structure and Conflict: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa  (joint with Public Policy and Social Sciences)

James Robinson

University of Chicago

May 17, 2018 Gender Difference in the Choice of Major: The Importance of Female Role Models

Danilla Serra

Southern Methodist University

May 16, 2018 Trade Shocks and the Provision of Local Public Goods  (joint with  Forecast)

Leo Feler

Boston Consulting Group

May 10, 2018 Worker History and Labor Markets: The Role of Costly Information  (joint with  Forecast)

Irina Zotova

UCLA Anderson School of Management

May 3, 2018 Gender Differences in Politician Persistence  (joint with Public Policy and Social Sciences)

Melanie Wasserman

UCLA Anderson School of Management

Apr. 11, 2018 Inequality Around the World: Evidence and Implications  (joint with Economics, Public Policy and Social Sciences and California Center for Population Research)

Emmanuel Saez

UC Berkeley

March 15, 2018 Kinship Systems, Cooperation, and the Evolution of Culture (joint with Behavioral Decision Making Group)

Ben Enke

Harvard University

March 8, 2018 Long-Lasting Effects of Propaganda on Financial Risk-Taking (joint with UCLA Anderson Finance and Behavioral Decision Making)

Ulrike Malmendier

UC Berkeley

March 1, 2018 The Mommy Effect: Do Women Anticipate the Effect of Motherhood on Employment and Preferences?

Jessica Pan

National University of Singapore

Feb. 8, 2018 Tax-Exempt Lobbying (with Marianne Bertrand, Raymond Fisman, and Francesco Trebbi)

Matilde Bombardini

University of British Columbia

Feb. 1, 2018 Regressive Sin Taxes, with an Application to the Optimal Soda Tax

Hunt Allcott

New York University

Jan. 18, 2018 The Impact of Mandated Maternity Benefits on the Gender Differential in Promotions: Examining the Role of Adverse Selection

Mallika Thomas

Cornell University

Dec. 7, 2017 Serenity Now, Save Later? New Field Evidence on Retirement Savings Puzzles

Saurabh Bhargava

Carnegie Mellon University

Nov. 30, 2017 Swords into Bank Shares: Finance, Conflict, and Political Reform in Meiji Japan

Kris Mitchener

Santa Clara University

Nov. 9, 2017 The Entertaining Way to Behavioral Change

Eliana La Ferrara

Bocconi University

Oct. 26, 2017 Making Policies Matter: Voter Responses to Campaign Promises

Francesco Trebbi

University of British Columbia

Oct. 19, 2017 How Much Does Your Boss Make? The Incentive Effects of Horizontal and Vertical Inequality

Zoe Cullen

Harvard University

Oct. 12, 2017 Austerity and the Rise of the Nazi Party

Chris Meissner

UC Davis

Oct. 5, 2017 Commuting, Migration and Local Employment Elasticities

Ferdinando Monte

Georgetown University

Sept. 28, 2017 Bombs, Broadcasts, and High Treason: Opposition to the Nazi Regime in Germany during World War II

Joachim Voth

University of Zurich