School of Economics Seminars

Economics Research Group Seminars

For more information please see the following links:

Sydney Macroeconomics Reading Group

Sydney Experimental Brownbag Seminar

Microeconometrics and Public Policy Working Group

Econometric Theory Research Seminar

Internal Brown Bag Seminar Series

2016 Seminars

Seminar coordinators:
and Jordi Vidal-Robert

All seminars will take place 11-12:30pm in Merewether room 498 unless otherwise stated.

Semester 2





21 July

Peter Dolton

University of Sussex

The Optimal Length of the Working Day: Evidence from Hawthorne Experiments

27 July


*Lifecourse Centre Seminar

Nidhiya Menon

Brandeis University

Christianity and Infant Health in India

28 July

Martin Byford


Permission to exist

4 Aug

Bettina Klaus

University of Lausanne

Allocation via Immediate-Acceptance: Characterizations and an Affirmative Action Application

11 Aug

Franziska Tausch

Max Planck Institute

Stability of self-stated risk preferences and media coverage of economic news

16 Aug

*Lifecourse Centre Seminar

Bhash Mazumder

Chicago Federal Reserve Bank

Intergenerational Health Mobility in the US and the Role of Childhood Circumstances

18 Aug

Jessie Handbury

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Is the focus on food deserts fruitless? Retail access and food purchases across the socioeconomic spectrum

25 Aug

John Tang

Australian National University

The engine and the reaper: industrialization and mortality in late nineteenth century Japan

1 Sep

Tess Stafford


Experience and the Wage Elasticity of Labor Supply

8 Sep

Efrem Castelnuovo


Estimating the Real Effects of Uncertainty Shocks at the Zero Lower Bound

9 Sep

*Friday *3.30pm-4.30pm

*Lifecourse Centre Seminar

Tina Rampino

University of Queensland

An international comparison of subjective perceptions of inequality of opportunity

13 Sep

*Room 398, Merewether Building

John Ham

National University of Singapore

Novelty, Knowledge Spillovers and Innovation: Evidence from Nobel Laureates*
15 Sep Lionel Page Queensland University of Technology Knowing When to Stop and Make a Choice, an Experiment on Optimal Sequential Sampling

22 Sep


Shaun Vahey University of Warwick *Cancelled

27 Sept


Shino Takayama

University of Queensland

A Model of Two-stage Election

29 Sep

Andrew McLennan

University of Queensland

No Lonely Toy! A Combinatoric Algorithm for Computing Brouwer Fixed Points
6 Oct Phillip McCalman University of Melbourne Empirics of Air Services Agreements: A Structural Model of Network Formation
13 Oct Paul Burke Australian National University Easing the Traffic: The effects of Indonesia's Fuel Subsidy Reforms on Toll Road Travel
20 Oct Sephorah Mangin Monash University Efficiency in Search and Matching Models: A Generalized Hosios Condition

25 Oct


Philipp Strack University of California, Berkeley On the Speed of Social Learning
27 Oct Richard Holden UNSW Network Capital
3 Nov Chris Meissner University of California, Davis Geography, Policy, or Productivity? Regional Trade in Five South American Countries, 1910-1950

10 Nov


Emil Temnyalov UTS *Cancelled
17 Nov Jun Zhang UTS Optimal Contest Design with Incomplete Information: The Role of Negative Prizes
24 Nov Jed DeVaro California State University Strategic Shirking in Competitive Labor Markets: A General Model of Multi-Task Promotion Tournaments With Employer Learning
1 Dec Niels Haldrup Aarhus Sources of long memory


Semester 1





5 Feb

Russell Davidson

McGill University

A Discrete Model for Bootstrap Iteration
23 Feb

Daniel Kuehnle

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

*Lifecourse Seminar
Love your leave, don’t leave your love! Paid parental leave and child living arrangements

1 March

Helmut Lutkepohl

DIW Berlin

Calculating Joint Confidence Bands for Implulse Response Functions using Highest Denisty Regions

3 March

Simon Burgess


Using Behaviour Incentives to Improve Performance on High Stakes Tests: Evidence from a Field Experiment

8 March

Issac Mbiti

University of Virginia

Inputs, Incentives, and Complementarities in Primary Education: Experimental Evidence from Tanzania

15 March

Alex Teytelboym

INET at Oxford

A Simple Model of Cascades in Networks

17 March

Ryoji Sawa

University of Aizu


24 March

David Frazier

Monash University

Indirect Inference with Endogenously Missing Exogenous Variables

31 March

Michela Tincani

University College London

Heterogeneous Peer Effects and Rank Concerns: Theory and Evidence

14 April

Liam Lenton

La Trobe University Doping Behaviours and Efficiency of Drug Prevention in Sports: An Experimental Study

21 April

Pushkar Maitra

Monash University Social Networks, Women's Political Enagagement and Public Goods Provision
5 May Guy Maraz University of Melbourne Priors and Desires: a Model of Optimism, Pessimism, and Cognitive Dissonance
12 May Asadul Islam Monash University Parent-Teacher meetings and students’ outcome: Evidence from field experiments in remote communities 
19 May Indranil Chakraborty NUS Procurement Auctions

20 May

*3.30pm to 4.30pm

Jan Kabatek University of Melbourne N.B. 3.30 to 4.30pm
Lifecourse Centre seminar: Happy Birthday, You're Fired! The Effects of an Age-Dependent Minimum Wage on Youth Employment Flows in the Netherlands
26 May Martine Mariotti ANU Labor Migration and the Structure of Rural Labor Markets 
2 June Sarah Walker UNSW Tariffs and Trees: The effects of the Austro-Hungarian customs union on specialization and land use change 
9 June Idione Meneghal ANU Predicting the Unpredictable: A Theory of Learning Under Unawareness
10 June Ngo Van Long McGill University International Competition with Non-Linear Pricing
16 June Leslie M. Marx Duke University Prior-Free Baysian Optimal Double Clock-Auctions
28 June Phillip Oreopoulos University of Toronto Lifecourse Centre Seminar:  Keeping College Options Open: A Field Experiment to Help All High School Seniors Through the College Application Process
1 July Arthur Lewbel Boston College Keeping up with peers in India: A new social interactions model of perceived needs