PhD Student Seminars

Fall 2020

Date Time Location Presenter Title

September 10



Hosted on WebEx - meeting link


Zehua Pan, University of Waterloo

 The Impact of Green Infrastructure on Water Treatment Costs and Drinking Water Incidents: A Spatial Instrumental Variable Regression Model
September 17 2:30-3:30pm Hosted on WebEx - meeting link Xinyuan Yang, University of Waterloo Agricultural fertilizer use under uncertainty
October 1 2:30-3:30pm Hosted on WebEx - meeting link

Fulei Liu, Western University

Field of Interest: financial econometrics, machine learning, asset pricing, risk management

Can the Premium for Idiosyncratic Tail Risk be Explained by Exposures to its Common Factor?
OCtober 15 10-11am Hosted on WebEx - meeting link Zhuojing Zhang, University of Waterloo "Where does the heaviness start from?"

Time and Location - Fall 2019

External PhD seminars

Date Time Location Presenter Title

September 27



EV3 3412


Jacob Loree, Ryerson University

Field of interest: labour economics; search frictions; occupational skills

"Multidimensional Skill Accumulation and Mismatch Over the Lifecycle"
October 3 2-3pm HH 259

Terrence (Adam) Rooney, Western University

Field of interest: applied game theory

"The Value and Effect of Perceptiveness in a Market-Entry Setting"
November 5 2:30-3:30pm HH 227

Renliang (Jason) Liu, University of Guelph

Field of Interest: international economics and applied econometrics

"What drives illicit financial flows? An Analysis Based on Trade Misinvoicing with Nonlinearities"
January 17 2:00-3:00pm HH 235

Alina Garnham, Queens University

Field of Interest: Macroeconomics

"Fighting for Fares: Uber and the Declining Market Price of Licensed Taxicabs"
January 24 1:30-2:30pm HH 235

Speaker: Chaoyi Chen, University of Guelph

Field of Interest: Empirical Growth, Energy Economics and Financial Econometrics

"A GMM estimator of linear index threshold model"
March 13 2-3:00pm HH 235

Speaker: Fulei (Fred) Liu, Western University

Field of interest: Finance; Asset Pricing; Risk Management

"Is the Tail Wagging the Dog? What Idiosyncratic Tail Risk Implies about Institutional Investors and Asset Prices."


PhD Students in the Department of Economics at University of Waterloo organize a bi-weekly seminar in each semester. The goals of the seminar are to provide graduate students opportunities to develop presentation skills and to provide a friendly academic environment in which PhD students can present their research advancements and benefit from criticism. The seminar is a great opportunity to improve presentation skills, to receive feedback from colleagues and professors, to strengthen the PhD community, and to share our academic worries and questions in a constructive and friendly meeting.


Following the successful passage of the Comprehensive Examinations, students will present in the Economics PhD student seminar starting in their second year and continuing until the semester of their thesis defense.

PhD students from other departments and universities are welcome to present if their topics are related to Economics. Master students and other academics are also welcome to contribute to the seminar.

The presentation will be 30-45 minute, followed by question time. The time and location will be announced in the beginning of every semester. The bi-weekly presentations will be scheduled as regularly as possible and repeated on a more or less regular basis.