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The School of Economics has a wide range of seminars, reading groups, conferences and workshops showcasing the depth and breadth of our research
 

Australasian Economic Theory Workshop

18 - 19 November 2021

The Australasian Economic Theory Workshop is an annual conference of Economic Theorists in Australasia that is hosted by a different university in the region each year.

Seminars

2021 Seminar Coordinator: Alastair Fraser

Our seminars regularly take place in Room 650, Social Sciences Building (SSB) and online via Zoom on Thursday 11am - 12.30pm, unless otherwise stated. 

Find School Seminars on our events page and events calendar

Our meetings provide a forum for ongoing research on econometric theory and application. Speakers from both within and outside the School are welcome. We intend to to use this platform to foster the exchange of ideas and maintain a collaborative econometrics research environment. 

If you would like to contribute a presentation or have any queries, please contact ye.lu1@sydney.edu.au

The purpose of this seminar series is to create an environment for researchers from the fields of International Trade and Macroeconomics to present their ongoing research. The meetings normally take place fortnightly on Tuesdays 2pm-3pm in Room 650, Social Sciences Building (SSB). Please contact vladimir.tyazhelnikov@sydney.edu.au if you would like to join the mailing list or contribute with a presentation. 

The Sydney Experimental Brownbag Seminar is a joint venture between experimental economics researchers at The University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, and University of Technology Sydney.

The seminar meets fortnightly, and welcomes presentation of experimental research, broadly defined, at all stages – from design through to finished papers. Speakers usually present at a location other than their home institution, and presentations by research students are most welcome.

For more information, contact the University of Sydney seminar coordinator for 2021 at emilia.tjernstrom@sydney.edu.au. In Semester 1, 2021 seminars will be held fortnightly on Tuesdays 12pm-1pm in a hybrid format . 

Theory seminars take place fortnightly on Fridays 4pm-5.30pm in the Social Sciences Building (A02) at the University of Sydney and online.

Please contact mert.kimya@sydney.edu.au or mengke.wang@sydney.edu.au if you would like to contribute or join the mailing list. 

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (the Life Course Centre) is a national research centre uniquely positioned to tackle the intergenerational transmission of deep and persistent disadvantage in Australian families.

The School of Economics (Life Course Centre Sydney node) runs seminars periodically, designed to provide a network and collaborative opportunities for academics from Australia and abroad.

Reading Groups

The group provides an opportunity for academic staff working on empirical microeconomics and public policy, broadly understood, to present ongoing research, including at the earliest stages. Interested faculty and Ph.D. students with research relevant to the themes of the group are invited to present from time to time.

There can be more than one presenter in a given week, depending on how much material each presenter has ready. However, keeping in mind the need to allow ample time for discussion of early-stage work, we usually plan to have a single presenter present for 30-40 minutes, and allow the remainder of the time for questions and discussion.

For 2021, please contact valentina.duque@sydney.edu.au if you would like to get on the mailing list or contribute a presentation. In Semester 2, 2021, MPP seminars will be held fornightly on Fridays from 1-2pm.

The purpose of the group is to meet on a regular basis and discuss major publications or presenter's own work-in-progress in dynamic macroeconomics.

The group convenes on Tuesdays, 4.30-6pm every fortnight at the presenter's university. If you would like to receive announcements or contribute with a presentation, please contact christopher.gibbs@sydney.edu.au.

The main aim of the reading group is to create a collaborative environment for exchange of research ideas, presentation of early research work and research funding proposals among staff and research students with interest in agricultural, environmental and resource economics.

The group also aims to facilitate the establishment of new collaborations, and to foster existing research collaborations across disciplines with interest in these areas within the University of Sydney. The group also links with researchers that have interest in this area across several universities based in Sydney. 

The reading group meets fortnightly during semester sessions, and at other times when the need or opportunity arises. The usual time and place for meetings is 11am-12pm on Wednesdays at the University of Sydney.

To register for the group’s mailing list or to suggest a presentation please contact alastair.fraser@sydney.edu.au.

The Centre of Behavioural Economics: Science and Policy (CoBE SaP) is a small group of academic staff at the School of Economics working on all topics related to behavioural economics and policy. CoBE SaP members meet informally to discuss current research and potential projects, and to share their passion for interesting data. A key goal of the group is to build collaborations with and between ECRs, Postdocs, Predocs, Honours and advanced undergraduate students interested in policy-relevant topics focused on the economics of behavioural economics. CoBE SaP members are especially interested in using novel data to enhance public policy decisions in the spheres of education, environment and health, among others. We believe that data advances scientific advances which leads to meaningful policy changes.

If you and your students love to discuss economic research on behavioural economics and policy topics, please join our weekly discussions. For more information please contact emilia.tjernstrom@sydney.edu.au to join. 

Past Seminars

Speaker Affiliation Title

David Zilberman

University of California, Berkeley

The Economics of GMOs

Dan Friedman

University of California Santa Cruz

Order Protection through Delayed Messaging

Junior Maih

Norges Bank

State Space Models with Endogenous Regime Switching

Thijs Van Rens

University of Warwick 

Inequality in Diet and Obesity

Ian Walker

Lancaster University

Choosing Schools and School Choice

Galina Hale

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Home Currency Issuance in International Bond Markets

Mushfiq Mobarak

Yale University

Slippery Fish: Enforcing Regulation under Subversive Adaptation

Nicholas Groshenny

University of Adelaide

Do we really know that US Monetary policy was destabilizing in the 1970s?

Todd Sanderson

CSIRO

Defining, Measuring and Valuing Economic Resilience

Richard Smith

University of Cambridge

Quasi-Maximum Likelihood and The Kernel Block Bootstrap for Nonlinear Dynamic Models

Dick Startz

University of Santa Barbara California 

How Research Goes Astray: Paths and Equilibria

Emiliano Huet Vaugn

University of Sydney 

Choice Architecture to Improve Financial Decision Making

Alessandro Sforza

University of Bologna

Shocks and the Organization of the Firm: Who Pays the Bill?

Steve Yeong

University of Sydney 

Can pre-recorded evidence raise conviction rates in cases of Domestic Violence? Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment in New South Wales

Sylvan Herskowitz

IFPRI

Firm Response to Insecurity: Evidence from Afghan Phone Records

Pauline Grosjean

University of New South Wales

Corporate Gender Culture

Kentaro Tomoeda

University of Technology Sydney

Sophistication and Cautiousness in College Applications

Valentin Zelenyuk

University of Queensland

Improving Finite Sample Approximation by Central Limit Theorems for DEA and FDH efficiency scores

Leslie Martin

University of Melbourne

The Margins of Response to Road Use Prices

Luis Henrique Uzeda Garcia

Bank of Canada

Endogenous Time-Variation in Vector Autoregressions

Tom Cusbert

University of Sydney 

Asset Pricing Models with a Drift in the Labour Share of Income

Pratiti Chatterjee

University of New South Wales

Uncertainty Shocks, Financial Frictions and Business Cycle Asymmetries Across Countries

Shang-Jin Wei

Columbia University 

An Unhealthy Trade Surplus?

David Cooper

Florida State University and University of East Anglia 

Why Join a Team?

Chengsi Wang

Monash University

Platform investment and price parity clauses

Ilya Serov

University of Sydney (HDR)

What Drives the Housing Market: Expectations or Credit Conditions? Evidence from the Australian Securitisation Market

Shengyu Li

University of New South Wales

Input Prices, Productivity and Trade Dynamics: Long-run Effects of Liberalization on Chinese Paint Manufacturers

Di Lan

University of Sydney (HDR)

The Education and Labour Market Pathway of Young Adults in Australia: The Role of Ethnic Background

Vance Martin

University of Melbourne

Measuring Financial Interdependence in Asset Markets with an Application to Eurozone Equities

Orla Doyle

University College Dublin

The First 2,000 Days and Child Skills: Evidence & Update from a Randomized Experiment of Home Visiting

Andy Cheung

University of Sydney (HDR)

Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment Inflows: A new perspective for the Chinese experience

Hayley Fisher

University of Sydney

The effect of future welfare eligibility on current relationship stability

Martin Berka

Massey University

Deviations in real exchange rate levels in the OECD and their structural determinants

David Rogers

University of New South Wales

Pensions and Participation: Evidence from WWII Veterans in Australia

Shingo Ishiguro

Osaka University

Relational Contracts and Savings

Michela Giorcelli

University of California Los Angeles 

Not All Management Is Created Equal: Evidence from the Training Within the Industry Program

Russell Toth

University of Sydney 

Banking on Persistence: The Impacts of a Credit Guarantee on Bank Lending in Indonesia

Speaker Affiliation Title

John Stachurski

Australian National University

Stability of Equilibrium Asset Pricing Models: A Necessary and Sufficient Condition

Andrew Schotter

New York University

Trust Me: Communication and Competition in Psychological Games

Yanhui Wu

University of Southern California

Social Media, Information Networks, and Protests in China

Martin Huber

Universitat Freiburg

Direct and Indirect Effects based on Changes-in-Changes

Moshe Haviv

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Social cost of deviation and its applications to queueing games

Edwin Jiang

University of Sydney (HDR)

Shadow Offshoring and Complementarity in Product Space

Hannah Schildberg-Horisch

Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf

Does the provision of time resources reduce stress? Causal evidence

Ngo Van Long

McGill University

The Curse of Knowledge: Having Access to Customer Information Can Reduce Monopoly Profit

Dan Hamermesh

University of Texas

“O Youth and Beauty:” Childrens looks and children's cognitive development

Daniel Kamhofer

Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf

Self-Control: Determinants, Life Outcomes and Intergenerational Implications

Tristan Truuvert

University of Sydney (HDR)

Do low interest rates make financial crises more likely?

Michael (Qingliang) Fan

WISE, Xiamen University

Estimation of Conditional Average Treatment Effects with High-Dimensional Data

Christopher Hoy

Australian National University

How does Information about Inequality Shape Preferences for Redistribution and Voting Intentions? Evidence From a Randomized Survey Experiment in Indonesia

Peyman Khezr

University of Queensland

Entry and social efficiency under Bertrand competition and asymmetric information

Nigel McClung

Bank of Finland

Performance of Simple Interest Rate Rules Subject to Fiscal Policy

Jonathan Newton

Kyoto University

Conventions Under Heterogeneous Choice Rules

Maruge Zhao and Xiru Li

University of Sydney (HDR)

Water portfolio facing climate change & Evaluation of the targeted poverty alleviation program in China, an example of Gansu province

Alan Rai

Australian Energy Market Commission

Australia’s National Electricity Market after twenty years

Dick van Dijk

Erasmus University

Uncertainty and the macroeconomy: A real-time out-of-sample evaluation

Vlad Smirnov

University of Sydney

Preemption with a Second-Mover Advantage

Arthur Lewbel

Boston College

Social Networks with Misclassified or Unobserved Links

Cyn-Young Park

Asian Development Bank

Financial Inclusion: A New Measurement and Cross-Country Impact Assessment

Pengzhi Xia

University of Sydney (HDR)

Political Job Assignments and Incentives

Bram de Rock

ECARES

A new year, a new you? A two-selves model of within-individual variation in food purchases

Juan Carlos Carbajal

University of New South Wales

Cause and Effect in Political Polarization: A Dynamic Analysis

Fabio Canova

Florence School of Banking and Finance

Mind the Gap! Stylized Dynamic Facts and Structural Models

Michael Keane

University of New South Wales

Evaluating Consumers’ Choices of Medicare Part D Plans: A Study in Behavioral Welfare Economics

Manfred Lenzen

University of Sydney

Marrying Economics and Environmental Science: Investigating climate-change disasters and what drives them

Gabriella Conti

University College London

(Growing) Up in Smoke? The impact of prenatal and postnatal maternal smoking on child development

Matthew Ho

University of Sydney (HDR)

Democracy and Development in America: Evidence from counties in the United States, 1790 to 1990

Rohan Nelson

ABARES

Modernising ABARES forecasting services for agriculture

Shuping Shi

Macquarie University

Common Bubble Detection in Large Dimensional Financial Systems

Tomer Siedner

Hebrew University

Optimal Pricing by a Risk-Averse Seller

Elif Incekara Hafalir

University of Technology Sydney

The Effect of Payment Medium on Effort

Gordon Leslie

Monash University

Dynamic Costs and Market Power: The Rooftop Solar Transition in Western Australia

Haishan Yuan

University of Queensland

National Representation and Local Public Expenditure: A Natural Experiment from Japan

Didier Nibbering

Monash University

Panel Forecasting with Asymmetric Grouping

Jeremy Fox

Rice University

Geographic Expansion Mergers and FCC Spectrum Policy: Estimating a Matching Game with Externalities

Massimo Franchi

Sapienza Università di Roma

Autoregressive processes, cointegration and related results

Mikhail Anufriev

University of Technology Sydney

Planar Beauty Contests

David Frazier

Monash University

Weak Instruments in Discrete Choice Models

Marco Castillo

Texas A&M

Detecting drivers of behavior at an early age: Evidence from a longitudinal experiment

Christopher Woodruff

Oxford University 

Information and Bargaining through Agents: Experimental Evidence from Mexico’s Labor Courts

Joeri Smits

Yale University

Too Much of a Good Thing? The Encouraging and Distortionary Effects of Conditional Cash Transfers

Damian Clarke

Universidad de Santiago de Chile

Maternal Mortality and Women’s Political Participation

Speaker Affiliation Title
Justus Wesseler Wageningen University, The Netherlands  
Francisco Rosas ORT University, Uruguay  
Morten Lau Copenhagen Business School  
David Ribar University of Melbourne Daughters and Divorce
Sarah Zubairy Texas A&M University Homeownership and Housing Transitions: Explaining the Demographic Composition
Helmut Lutkepohl DIW Berlin, Germany Bootstrapping Impulse Responses of Structural Vector Autoregressive Models with GARCH Residuals
Markus Brueckner Australian National University Non-Gravity Trade
Vera Eichenhauer ETH Zurich December Fever in Public Finance
Julian Kuan University of Sydney (HDR) Conflict and Stalemate
Michael Anderson University of California, Berkeley School Lunch Quality and Academic Performance
Tibor Besedes Georgia Institute of Technology Trade Integration and the Fragility of Trade Relationships: Theory and Empirics
Hayden Dimes University of Sydney (HDR) The interplay between voter turnout and egalitarianism
Adeline Delavande University of Essex Perceived returns from early-life investments and maternal investments in children
Kai Liu University of Cambridge The Supply of Skills and Endogenous Technical Change: Evidence From a College Expansion Reform
David Smerdon University of Queensland Trust and Inequality: Just bad luck?
Ning Xu University of Sydney (HDR) Nonparametric confidence bands for the cross-validation Errors
Angus Holford University of Essex Subjective returns to academic and non-academic investments: Evidence for a final-year cohort of undergraduates
Lata Gangadharan Monash University Leadership Selection: Can Changing the Default break the Glass Ceiling?
Chun Yi University of Sydney (HDR) Measuring Market expansion, Business stealing and Cannibalization effects of new movie’s entry
Federico Masera University of New South Wales Economic Incentives, Cultural and Institutional Change: The Evolution of Slavery in the Antebellum South
Maria Recalde University of Melbourne Leadership and risk-taking: A field experiment on the mechanisms underlying social influence
Jonathan Kearns Reserve Bank of Australia Explaining Monetary Spillovers: The Matrix Reloaded
Donna Ginther University of Kansas Do State TANF Policies Affect Child Abuse and Neglect?
Filippo Massari University of New South Wales Ambiguity, Learning, and Raiffa's critique
Xiangyi Kong University of Sydney (HDR) An empirical study on pre-auction estimates: Are they unbiased? How should them be interpreted?
Efrem Castelnuovo University of Melbourne Uncertainty-Driven Comovements in Booms and Busts: A Structural Intepretation
Eamon McGinn University of Technology Sydney Why doesn’t everyone vote? Evidence from compulsory elections in Australia

Krishnan Narayanan

Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai Paradigm shift in irrigation and its impact on irrigation efficiency and drought induced loss of crop productivity: A Study of Andhra Pradesh in India
Stephane Verani Federal Reserve Board Self-fulfilling Runs: Evidence from the U.S. Life Insurance Industry
Yoosoon Chang Indiana University Bloomington A structural investigation of monetary policy shifts
Yves Zenou Monash University Crime, Broken Families and Punishment
Anne Gielen Erasmus University Rotterdam Intergenerational Spillovers in Disability Insurance
Daniel Tregeagle University of California, Berkeley The Optimal Management of Orchards
Anandi Mani Oxford University Cognitive Droughts
Prabal Roy Chowdhury Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi MFI Competition in the presence of moneylenders: Theory and evidence
Speaker Affiliation Title
Kiminori Matsuyama Northwestern University Engel’s Law in the Global Economy: Demand-Induced Patterns of Structural Change, Innovation, and Trade*
Juan Dubra Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay Overconfidence, Illusion of Control, or Unskilled and Unaware?
Bruce Preston University of Melbourne On the Limits of Monetary Policy
Keith Ericson Boston University Inferring Risk Perceptions and Preferences using Choice from Insurance Menus: Theory and Evidence
Mohammed Abdellaoui HEC Paris, France Temporal Risk Resolution: Utility versus Probability Weighting Approaches
Jonathan Newton Kyoto University The Deconstruction of Conventions
Ran Abramitzky Stanford University Cultural Assimilation during the Two Ages of Mass Migration
Maryam Abdolrahimi University of Sydney (HDR) The Economics of Natural Disasters: The Case of Income Effect of Floods in Queensland
Omer Moav University of Warwick The Emergence of Hierarchies and States: Productivity vs. Appropriability 
Paul Scott New York University Linear IV Regression Estimators for Single-Agent Dynamic Discrete Choice Models
Greg Kaplan University of Chicago What Would You Do with $500? Spending Responses to Gains, Losses, News and Loans
Xuan Rong Lu University of Sydney (HDR) A Model of Market Expansion
Colin Cameron UC Davis Cluster-Robust Inference: Recent Developments
Pablo Guerron Quintana Boston College On Regional Borrowing, Default, and Migration
Stone Shi University of Sydney (HDR) The Economics in Container Shipping
Jana Mareckova University of Konstanz Shrinkage for Categorical Regressors
Peer Skov Auckland University of Technology Do Lower Minimum Wages for Young Workers Raise their Employment? Evidence from a Danish Discontinuity
Saroj Bhattarai University of Texas, Austin A Unified Model of International Business Cycles and Trade
Moriah Bostian Lewis & Clark College Assessing the Productivity Consequences of Agri-Environmental Practices When Adoption Is Endogenous
Benjamin Young University of Technology Sydney Contract Design with Framing Effects and Endogenous Cognition

Edwin Jiang

Xueting Wang

University of Sydney (HDR)

Destination Biased Export Spillovers

What do laboratory measures of self-control in the monetary domain tell us about self-control for healthy and unhealthy food rewards?

Pierre Sarte Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Sectoral and Aggregate Structural Change
Chun Yi University of Sydney (HDR) Entry, Exit, expectation and performance over the movie life cycle
Federico Mandelman Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Search Complementarities, Aggregate Fluctuations and Fiscal Policy 
James Colin Bishop University of Sydney (HDR) Is Declining Union Membership Contributing to Low Wages Growth?
Di Lan University of Sydney (HDR) The Education and Labour Market Pathway of Young Adults in Australia: The Role of Cultural Characteristics
Eben Lazarus MIT Sloan School of Management The Size-Power Tradeoff in HAR Inference
Vladimir Tyazhelnikov University of Sydney Spillovers in Global Value Trees
Nico Salamanca University of Melbourne Parents’ Behavioral Response to Teacher Qualifications

Gregor Jarosch

Laura Pilossoph

Princeton University

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Labor Market Search With Imperfect Information and Learning
Joshua Miller University of Alicante The Hot Hand Fallacy Fallacy
Rigissa Megalo-konomou University of Queensland Persistency in Teachers' Grading Biases and Effect on Longer Term Outcomes: University Admission Exams and Choice of Field of Study
Esther Girsberger University of Technology Sydney The Puzzle of Educated Unemployment in West Africa
Costas Azariadis

Washington University,

St. Louis

Corruption and Rent-Seeking in Economic Growth
Rebecca Taylor University of Sydney Unemployment Insurance as a Worker Indiscipline Device? Evidence from Scanner Data
Tara Sinclair George Washington University Forecast Evaluation and Macroeconomic Policy
Nadia Streletskaya Oregon State University Social Presence and Wine Shopping Behavior: Evidence on Signaling and Guilt Reciprocity from Video Data
Gianni Amisano Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Model-based output gap estimation and nowcasting at the Federal Reserve Board
Conor Walsh Yale University Growth, Demand, and Deleveraging
Juan Pablo Nicolini Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis 

Is There a Stable Relationship between Unemployment and Future Inflation? Evidence from U.S. Cities

Past Conferences and Workshops

14th Joint Economics Symposium of Six Leading East Asian Universities 

This unique symposium brings together academic economists from six esteemed univerisities within the Asia-Pacific region: Fudan University, Keio University, National Chengchi University, National University of Singapore, University of Sydney and Yonsei University. The theme for the 14th symposium is 'Growth and Policy in an Era of Slowing Globalization'. The symposium will host keynote speaker, Doowon Lee (Yonsei University). 

 

Life Course Centre Mini Workshop 

This workshop will be presented by Shelly Lundberg (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Simon Burgess (University of Bristol). 

4th Productivity Research Network Conference 

The theme for the 4th PRN conference is 'Productivity, Financial Constraints and Labour Decisions of SMEs'. This conference will host keynote speakers, Lin Tian (INSEAD), Joann Wilkie (NSW Department of Industry) and Warwick McKibbin (Australian National University).  

Sydney Workshop on Experimental Economics and Theory 

This workshop will host keynote speakers, Professor Onur Keston (Carnegie Mellon University), Professor Bettina Klaus (University of Lausanne), Professor Peter Moffatt (University of East Anglia) and Professor Andy Schotter (New York University). 

History of Economic Thought Society of Australia Conference 

This conference will host keynote speaker, Professor Fabio Petri (University of Siena). 

Life Course Centre Health Economics Workshop

This workshop will host speakers, Andrew Jones (University of York), Jenny Williams (University of Melbourne), Victoria Baranov (University of Melbourne) and Rebecca McKibbin (University of Sydney). 

Macroeconomic Reading Group Workshop 

Organizational Economics Summer Symposium 

The workshop will host keynote speaker, Kieron Meagher (Australian National University). 

CUHK Partnership Collaboration Award Workshop 

The second project workshop for this collaboration between the University of Sydney and the Chinese University of Hong Kong will focus on the theme, 'Evaluation of Environmental Effectiveness and Economics Efficiency of Incentive Based Instruments for Pollution Control in China and Australia'. 

Labour Econometrics Workshop

The School of Economics hosted the 21st Labour Econometrics Workshop (LEW 2018) at the University of Sydney on 17-18 August 2018. This year’s keynote speakers were Associate Professor Jessica Pan (NUS) and Professor Colin A. Cameron (UC-Davis). 

Behavioural and Experimental Economics and Finance Workshop

Keynote speakers for this workshop included Mohammed Abdellaoui, HEC Paris, Peter Bossaerts, University of Melbourne, Catherine Eckel, Texas A&M University and Keith Ericson, Boston University. 

Life Course Centre: Workshop on Intergenerational Disadvantage

Workshop on Development Economics

5th Continuing Education in Macroeconomics Workshop

Behavioural Economics: Foundations and Applied Research

4th Sydney Econometrics Research Group Workshop

11th Annual Organisational Economics Workshop

10th Annual Organisational Economics Workshop

4th Sydney Macro Reading Group Workshop

3rd Australasian Cliometrics Workshop

Workshop on Development Economics

Development Policy Workshop 'The role of the private sector in economic development: evidence, policy and practice'

Workshop on environmentally adjusted productivity and efficiency


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