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, October 25th
Paul-Vincent Lombardi
rm. tbd  |  3:30-5:00pm  |  FREE, open to the public 


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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