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Waterloo Economics Workshop

Since 2014, the Department of Economics has been holding a one-day workshop towards the end of the Winter semester. These workshops bring together researchers to present papers on a chosen theme, with the goal of providing students and faculty with an overview of leading edge research in the discipline.  Workshops are free and open to all.


Friday April 6th, 2018 -- Current Challenges in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
EIT 1015, University of Waterloo

Workshop funding provided by the Global Risk Institute and the Department of Economics, University of Waterloo. 

Time Speaker Agenda/Topic
9:00 AM -- Welcome: coffee and pastries
9:30-10:20

Charles Mason (University of Wyoming)

Infrastructure Issues in Hydrocarbon Markets

10:20-11:10 Hassan Benchekroun (McGill University) OPEC, Shale Oil, and Global Warming - On the importance of the order of extraction
11:10-11:40 -- Coffee break
11:40-12:30

Lucija Muehlenbachs (University of Calgary)

The Accident Externality from Trucking: Evidence from Shale Gas Development

12:30-2:00 -- Lunch
2:00-2:50

Martino Pelli  (Université de Sherbrooke)

Roads and Resources: Groundwater Depletion in the North China Plains

2:50-3:40 Andrew Leach (University of Alberta) Carbon pricing, resource royalties, and emissions
3:40-4:00 -- Coffee break
4:00-4:45 Margaret Insley (University of Waterloo) Strategic Interactions and Uncertainty in Decisions to Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Saturday, March 25, 2017 -- The Economics of Crime
EIT 1015, University of Waterloo

Time                     Speaker Agenda
9:45 - 10:00 -- Welcome and introduction
10:00 - 11:00 Jennifer Doleac, University of Virginia

"Does “ban the box” help or hurt low-skilled workers? Statistical discrimination and employment outcomes when criminal histories are hidden"

11:15 - 12:15 Amanda Agan, Rutgers "Ban the Box, Criminal Records, and Racial Discrimination: A Field Experiment", with Sonja Starr
12:15 - 2:15 -- Lunch (University Plaza)
2:15 - 3:15 Marit Rehavi, UBC "Tipping the Scales? Testing for Political Influence on Public Corruption Prosecutions" with (B. Nyhan)
3:30 - 4:30 David Bjerk, Claremont McKenna "Using a Ratio Test to Estimate Racial Differences in Wrongful Conviction Rates"

Saturday, March 26, 2016 - Developments in Labour Economics
QNC 1502, University of Waterloo

Time                     Speaker Agenda
9:45 - 10:00 -- Welcome and introduction
10:00 - 11:00

Rui Castro
Western University

"Occupational Choice, Human Capital and Financing Constraints"
11:15 - 12:15

Miana Plesca
University of Guelph

"Career Mobility of Post-secondary Graduates"
12:15 - 2:15 -- Lunch (University Plaza)
2:15 - 3:15 Ben Sand
York University
"Taking Selection to Task: Bounds on Trends in Occupational Task Prices
for the U.S., 1984-2013"
3:30 - 4:30

Ethan Lewis
Dartmouth College

"Understanding the labor market impact of immigration: the role of
capital-skill complementarity"


Workshop schedules from previous years are listed below. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015 -- Income Inequality
QNC 1502, University of Waterloo

Time                     Speaker Agenda
9:45 - 10:00 -- Welcome and introduction
10:00 - 11:00 Wojciech Kopczuk, Columbia University "Stability and Persistence of Intergenerational Wealth Formation: Evidence from the Danish Wealth Records of Three Generations"
11:15 - 12:15

Mike Veall, McMaster University

"Piercing the Veil: Private Corporations and the Income of the Affluent Canadians"
12:15 - 2:15 -- Lunch (University Plaza)
2:15 - 3:15 Robin Boadway, Queen's University "Revisiting Cash Flow Corporate Taxation: Risk Aversion and Asymmetric Information" 
3:30 - 4:30

Jim Davies, Western University

"Trends in Global Wealth Inequality"

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - Developments in macroeconomics
RCH 110, University of Waterloo
Time                     Speaker Agenda
9:45 - 10:00 am -- Welcome and introduction
10:00 - 11:00 am

Paul Beaudry, University of British Columbia

"Reconciling Hayek's and Keynes' views of recessions"
11:15 - 12:15

Simona Cociuba, Western University

"Collateralized borrowing and risk taking at low interest rates"
12:15 - 2:15 -- Lunch (University Plaza)
2:15 - 3:15 Allen Head, Queen's University "Inequality, home-ownership, and the liquidity of housing"
3:30 - 4:30

Shouyong Shi, University of Toronto

"Financial frictions, investment delay and asset market interventions"