Economics Workshop

The Friday Afternoon Workshops offer an opportunity for faculty and students to enjoy academic research presentations by scholars from around the world in their areas of expertise. Papers being presented are available for review prior to the workshop on our web site.

Following most workshop events, the Barstool Economists group meets at a local eatery, where the discussions with the speaker can be continued in a less formal environment. The workshops are open to all SJSU students, Faculty and invited guests. 

Fall 2018 Schedule

Thursday, November 8th
Mohsen Javdani, Ph.D.
DMH 355  |  3:00-5:30pm  |  FREE, open to the public
flyer (pdf)

"Who Said or What Said? Estimating Ideological Bias in Views Among Economists"
Abstract: There exists a long-standing debate about the influence of ideological views in
economics. Surprisingly, however, there is no concrete empirical evidence to examine this
critical issue. Using a randomized controlled online experiment involving economists in
nineteen countries, we estimate the effect of ideological bias on views among economists.
Participants were asked to evaluate statements from prominent economists on different
topics. However, source attribution for each statement was randomized without
participants’ knowledge. For each statement, participants either received the actual source,
an altered ideologically-different source, or no source. We find that changing source
attributions from mainstream to less-/non-mainstream, or removing them, significantly reduces economists’ reported agreement with statements. We suggest that these results are consistent with the existence of ideological bias among economists.
Full paper (pdf)
Mohsen Javdani is an Assistant Professor in Economics at University of British Columbia (Okanagan Campus).


Thursday, October 25th
Paul-Vincent Lombardi
Clark Hall 117  |  3:00-5:30pm  |  FREE, open to the public
flyer (pdf) 

"Examining the Effect of Economic Shocks on the Schooling Choices of Southern Farmers"
Abstract: Black men born in the Cotton South during the turn of the twentieth century
attended school for three and half fewer years relative to their white counterparts. In
this paper, I examine whether economic fluctuations contributed to blacks receiving fifty
percent less schooling than whites. Using US Census data, I find a positive correlation
between black school attendance and cotton production. The attendance rates of white
children are unaffected by changes in cotton production. Using features of the Southern
agricultural economy, I show credit constraints drives the positive correlation between school attendance and cotton production for black households.
Full Paper (pdf)
Paul Lombardi is an Assistant Professor in Economics at San Jose State University specializing in historical development economics.


Wednesday, September 26th
Siobhan O’Keefe, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Davis
BBC 223  |  3:30-5:00pm (from 3:00-5:30pm)  |  FREE, open to the public
Flyer, pdf

"Baby's Gone: The Effects of Increased Sentencing Severity on Fertility and Family Formation"
Abstract: Over the last several decades, the United States’ incarceration rate has steadily increased. By 2011, close to one percent of the adult population was experiencing some form of correctional supervision. Although incarcerated men are physically separated from their communities, their absence may still affect those who are left behind. Using the change in incarceration caused by a sentencing reform in North Carolina, together with an intensity of treatment research design, I show that effective incarceration policies have spillover effects on family formation patterns. In the wake of the policy change, unmarried and young black women reduced their fertility, and the composition of births shifted towards women of
higher socioeconomic status. At the same time, I find that among those who gave birth, the quality of partner matches decline. Also, white women are less likely to be married, but there is no effect on marriage rates for black women.
Siobhan is a PhD Candidate in Economics at UC Davis specializing in applied microeconomics.

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