Previous Workshop Schedules

Spring 2018 

Thursday, April 26, 2018  |  DMH 161  |  4:30-5:30pm
Raymond March, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, San Jose State University
"Gordon Tullock Meets Phineas Gage: The Political Economy of Lobotomies"
Download the paper(pdf)

Thursday, March 8, 2018  |  DMH 347  |  3:30-5:00pm
Todd M. Nesbit, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Ball State University
"Challenges of Taxation Designed For Your Own Good"


Fall 2017

December 1, 2017  |  DMH 149A  |  3:30-5:00pm
Darwyyn Deyo, Ph.D.
San Jose State University
"Public Reporting and Self-Regulation: Hospital Compare's Effect on Brain and Sinus Computed Tomography Utilization"

October 27, 2017  |  DMH 149A  |  3:30-5:00pm 
Liam Rose

Ph.D. candidate, UC Santa Cruz
"Retirement and Health: Evidence from England"

September 22, 2017  |  DMH 165  |  3:30-5:00pm
Luca Andrea Minola
Ph.D. candidate at Polytechnic Univerity of Milan (Italy)
"The Taxation of Land Value as the Means Towards Optimal Urban Development and the Extirpation of Excessive Economic Inequality"

Spring 2017

Date Location Topic
Presenter, Affiliation
Feb 3 DMH 135 Measurement Error in Macroeconomic Data and Economics Research
Dr. Andrew C.Chang, 
Federal Reserve System
Mar 17 DMH 135 Health Insurance, Retirement Decisions and the Value of Medicare
Jonathan Zhang, PhD Candidate at Stanford University
April 21 DMh 135 Complexity Economics: Motivation, Methods, and Methodology
James Caton, PhD candidate at Geerge Mason University

Fall, 2015

Date Location Topic
Presenter, Affiliation
Sep 11 DMH 135 Fall Kickoff Party!
Oct 9 DMH 135 State Land Trusts
Scott Beaulier, Arizona State University
Nov 6 DMH 135 Tomorrow 3.0: Selling Reductions in Transactions Costs
Mike Munger, Duke University
Nov 20 TBA Topic TBA
Larry Martin, Michigan State University


Spring 2015

Date Location Topic
1/30/2015 DMH 353 Survey Methods and Research at SJSU
Dr. Mary Currin-Percival,
Associate Research Director
Survey and Policy Research Institute @ SJSU
2/27/2015 DMH 135 On Using Standard Values of Time in Project Appraisal: Income Equity vs. Preference Equity
Seiji S.C. Steimetz, Ph.D.
Department of Economics
California State University, Long Beach
Reading: here
4/3/2015 DMH 308 Student Research Presentations
SJSU students, TBA
Readings: TBA
4/17/2015 DMH 135 Anthony Gill, University of Washington
“Septics, Sewers, and Secularization: How Government Flushes Religion Down the Drain.”
5/8/2015 DMH 135 Scott Cunningham, Baylor University
“Mass Incarceration's Effect on Risky Sex” 
co-authored with Christopher Cornwell.


Fall 2014

Date Location Topic
Reading:(Title and link to reading provided)
9/19/2014 DMH 308 Ground Rent Seeking in U.S. Economic History
Fred Foldvary, San Jose State University
Reading: click here.
10/31/2014 DMH 308 Book Discussion: The Taste of Many Mountains  and Games in Economic Development
Discussion Leader: Colleen Haight, SJSU
11/14/2014 DMH 308 Developing Hope : The Impact of International Child Sponsorship on Self-Esteem and Aspirations
Bruce Wydick, University of San Francisco
Reading: click here
12/5/2014 DMH 308 Centripetal and Centrifugal Electoral Incentives in Multidimensional Policy Spaces
Robi Ragan, San Jose State University
Reading: TBA


Spring 2014

Date Location Topic
Reading: (Title and link to reading provided)
3/14/2014 DMH 308 The Power of the South: A Multidimensional Analysis of the Philadelphia Convention
Keith Dougherty, University of Georgia
Reading: TBA
4/4/2014 DMH 308 Student Research Day
SJSU students present their research
Reading: TBA
4/25/2014 DMH 308 A Ranking of U.S. Recessions

Rui Liu, San Jose State University
Reading: TBA
5/2/2014 DMH 308 Entrepreneurship Inside Firms
Ivan Pongracic, Hillsdale College
A background reading, consisting of several chapters from the speaker's 2009 book, can be found on the table outside of the Econ Department office. 


Fall 2013

Date Location Topic
Reading: (Title and link to reading provided)
9/27/2013 DMH 135 How to Make Money and Find Happiness using Ordinary Least Squares
Matthew Holian, San Jose State University
The speaker will present results from several of his recent papers which can be found here.
10/11/2013 DMH 308 The Electricity Industry
Lynne Kiesling, Northwestern University
Electricity Regulation in an Environment of Technological Change and Competitive Retail Markets
10/18/2013 DMH 308 The Value of Formalism: Re-examining External Costs and Decision Costs with Multiple Groups
Robi Ragan, San Jose State University
The speaker will present this paper
11/15/2013 DMH 308 Testing Democracy in Deficit: Keynesian Economics in a Buchanan World
Edward Lopez, Western Carolina University
reading TBA
11/22/2013 DMH 308 Reading Group Discussion: Free Market Fairness

Mike Jerbic, San Jose State University
Two brief readings we will discuss, which can also be downloaded directly here and here.


Spring 2013

Date Location (Time) Topic
1/25/2013 DMH 135 1st meeting— group discussion of individual research plans for semester*
DMH 236 open lab (DMH 236); *

faculty will attend the annual Teaching Summit, but the COSS lab will be open for students
DMH 308 Seminar Presentation: Lydia Ortega, San Jose State University
  • Topic: Microfoundations of Macroeconomics Redux
DMH 236 Seminar Presentation: Richard Taketa, San Jose State University
  • Topic: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
DMH 236 Seminar Presentation: Richard Taketa, San Jose State University
  • Topic: Applications with GIS
3/1/2013 DMH 236 open lab (DMH 236); *
3/8/2013   Workshop Cancelled (Meetings of the Public Choice Society)
3/15/2013 DMH 236 open lab (DMH 236); *
3/22/2013 DMH 236 open lab (DMH 236); *
3/29/2013   No Workshop: Spring Break
Spring Break Reading: Madmen, Intellectuals, and Academic Scribblers: The Economic Engine of Political Change
4/5/2013 DMH 308 Reading Group; Discussion Leader: Matt Holian, San Jose State University
  • Topic: Discuss Madmen, Intellectuals, and Academic Scribblers
4/12/2013   open lab (DMH 236); *
4/19/2013 DMH 308 Seminar Presentation Donald Wittman, UC Santa Cruz
4/26/2013 DMH 236 open lab (DMH 236); *
5/3/2013 DMH 236 open lab (DMH 236); *
5/10/2013 DMH 308 Seminar Presentation: Yeung Nan Shieh, San Jose State University
Topic: Wilhelm Launhardt’s Spatial Monopoly Theory in 1885
Suggested background reading: Launhardt's Chapter 27: Market Area for the Sale of Goods

* SJSU students and faculty only


Fall 2012

Date Topic Readings Barstool Location
Aug 24 Student Research Presentations
Jim Caton and Anand Saxena.
TBA Students can crash the Grad student orientation, DMH 149A, 5:30-7pm
Aug 31 No Workshop    
Sep 7 No Workshop    
Sep 14 Reading Group Discussion (Part I) Violence and Social Orders, by North, Wallis and Weingast. Grande Pizzeria
Sep 21 No Workshop    
Sep 28 Colleen Haight, San Jose State University Lessons from Delphi: Religious Markets and Spiritual Capitals,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 18 November 2010 Grande Pizzeria
Oct 5 No Workshop    
Oct 12 Reading Group Discussion (Part II) Violence and Social Orders, by North, Wallis and Weingast.
"Violence, access, and competition in the market for protection", by Douglas B. Rogers, Adam C. Smith, and Bart J. Wilson
Grande Pizzeria
Oct 19 No Workshop    
Oct 26 Kirill Chernomaz, San Francisco State University Doing experiments in economics Grande Pizzeria
Nov 2 Barry Weingast, Stanford Univesity Political-Economic Development Traps
(paper available on table outside the main office of the Econ Dept.)
Grande Pizzeria
Nov 9 Tom Means, San Jose State University Unintended or intended consequences? The effect of below market housing mandates on housing markets in California Grande Pizzeria
Nov 16 No Workshop – SEA conference    
Nov 23 No Workshop    
Nov 30 Student Research Presentations
Kevin Chiu
Who Supports Growth Control Initiatives in San Francisco? Grande Pizzeria
Date TBD Post-Comp Exam Barstool Celebration! Location TBD  


Spring 2012

Date Presenter Topic Barstool
01/27 No Workshop-First week of class    
02/03 No Workshop-Faculty Teaching Summit    
02/10 Claudia Williamson (Development Research Institute, New York University) "Constraining Private Predation" 4th Street Pizza
02/17 No Workshop Scheduled    
02/24 Readings Group Michael C. Munger, "Euvoluntary or Not, Exchange is Just," (Social Philosophy & Policy 2011) ungated copy on author's website. 4th Street Pizza
03/02 Matt Zwolinski (University of San Diego) -Exploitation and Unfair Pricing- (emphasis on pp.7-8, 18-25) Grande Pizza
03/09 Readings Group Assigned reading:
Peter Leeson, "Trading With Bandits," J. of Law & Economics 2007
Additional suggested reading:
Alvin Roth, "Repugnance as a Constraint on Markets," J. of Economic Perspectives 2007 
Grande Pizza
03/16 Alexandre Padilla (Metropolitan State College of Denver) -Why are HIV outbreaks in the adult film industry the exception and not the norm?- 4th Street Pizza
03/23 Placeholder: student presentations    
03/30 No Workshop-Spring Break    
04/06 No Workshop-APEE Conference    
04/13 Jed DeVaro (CSU East Bay) -Using -Opposing Responses- and Relative Performance to Distinguish Empirically Among Alternative Models of Promotions.- Grande Pizza
04/20 Joshua C. Hall (Beloit College) Frictions in Polycentric Administration with Non-Congruent Borders: Evidence from Ohio School District Class Sizes
4th Street Pizza
04/27 No Workshop Scheduled    
05/04 Bart Wilson (Chapman University) An Experimental Economic History of Whalers' Rules of Capture- Grande Pizza
05/11 William F. Shughart, II (Utah State University) -Hope and Change in the Obama Administration-s Antitrust Policy- 4th Street Pizza


Fall 2011

Date Barstool
Paper Title or Reading Topic Paper Presenter or Reading Selection
08/26 Grande Pizza Introduction and Group Discussion Video and Discussion, TBD
09/02 Smoke Eaters McCloskey on Rhetoric Rhetoric of Inquiry (19pp.)
Discussion Leader: Ed Lopez
09/09 Grande Pizza McCloskey on Econometric Methodology Size Matters (20pp.)
Discussion Leader: Matt Holian
optional readings: Leamer comment; Hooks & Robinson
09/16 Smoke Eaters McCloskey on the Bourgeois Era Bourgeios Dignity Chapters:
1 (The Tide of Innovation)
26 (Institutions Cannot Be Viewed As...) (NB: this is ch.33 in final book)
27 (Nor Did The Glorious Revolution...); (NB final ch #)

Discussion Leader: Jeff Hummel
optional: 28 (And So the Chronology...); 29 (And Anyway the Entire Absence...); Boettke comment
09/23 Grande Pizza Special Event*
*room change: DMH 149B
A Video Conversation with Dierdre McCloskey
09/30 Grande Pizza "Center City Vibrancy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transportation" Matt Holian, SJSU
10/07 4th St Pizza The Financial Crisis in the U.K.: Uncertainty, Calculation, and Error Anthony J. Evans, Fulbright Scholar in Residence and ESCP Europe Business School
10/14 No Workshop Scheduled    
10/21 NoWorkshop Scheduled    
10/28 Grande Pizza "An Analysis of Tax-Induced Cigarette Smuggling in America" Todd Nesbit, College of Charleston
11/04 4th St Pizza "L'Oreal v. eBay: Trademarks Reshaping Cross-border Internet Trade." Tsvet Tsonsevski, Foundation for Economic Education
11/11 Grande Pizza “The U.S.-E.U. Antitrust Coordination Doctrine” Robert Dixon Crouch, M.A. Candidate, Department of Economics, SJSU
11/18 No Workshop Scheduled Southern Economic Association meeting  
11/25 No Workshop Scheduled Thanksgiving Holiday  
12/02 4th St Pizza “The retention consequences of caps on executive compensation during financial crises” Jed de Varo, CSU East Bay
12/09 Grande Pizza “Brief, Renewable, and Private: A Better Fashion Copyright” (paper not available yet but here is a short background reading) Ed Lopez