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Research and Extension Seminars

Upcoming Seminars
The Social Costs of Second-Best Policies: Evidence from Agricultural GHG Mitigation
Speaker: Pierre Mérel, Univ. of California, Davis
Date: Friday, Feb. 6
Time: 10:30am-Noon
Place: 401 Warren
Seminar type: Dyson School Invited Seminar
Abstract: This paper investigates the social costs of second-best agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation policies. We capture adjustments along the land use and input intensity margins by calibrating a regionalized optimization model of California crop production to economic and agronomic information. Second-best policies relying on spatially aggregated GHG emission factors lead to small abatement efficiency losses, while policies targeting a single GHG lead to moderate losses. In contrast, policies targeting a single input entail large abatement efficiency losses, which nonetheless can be reduced by combining instruments. Realizing part of agriculture's GHG mitigation potential appears to be within policy reach.

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The Dyson School Invited Seminar Series provides several School-wide seminars a year, bringing distinguished academics and practitioners nominated by the faculty to speak on contemporary topics related to the four program areas of the Dyson School: Food and Agricultural Economics, Management, Environmental and Resource Economics, and International and Development Economics. The seminars are targeted toward a graduate-level audience, addressing contemporary research and policy issues. Dyson graduate students are required to attend ALL seminars in this series.

Spring 2015
Feb. 6, Pierre Merel, Univ. of California, Davis
Mar. 9, Josh Lerner, Harvard Business School
Mar. 20, Clifton Green, Emory Univ.
Mar. 27, Michael Haines, Colgate Univ.
April 10, Yana Rodgers, Rutgers Univ.
April 17, Aldo Musacchio, Brandeis International Business School
May 1, Jeffrey Flory, Claremont McKenna College
May 5, William Clark, Harvard Univ.

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Dyson Sponsored Seminars are co-sponsored by other schools, centers, departments, and associations at Cornell University and feature speakers of interest to the Dyson School's faculty and students.

Spring 2015

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The Applied Economics and Management Graduate Student Association Seminar Series provides a forum for the Dyson School's graduate students to present their research to a peer audience; gain insights, information, and practical advice from outside speakers; and facilitate faculty and student discussion panels to address issues of interest to the graduate student community.

Unless otherwise noted, seminars during Spring 2015 will be held from 12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Warren B50.

Spring 2015
Jan. 30
Feb. 13, Andrew Waxman
Feb. 20, Stephen OConnell, Graduate Center, City Univ. of New York
Feb. 27, Ritam Chaurey, Binghamton Univ.
Mar. 6, Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Panel
Mar. 13
April 24
May 15

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Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture, and Development (CIIFAD)

Cornell System Dynamics Network (CSDNet)

David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future

Economics Department Seminar Series

Applied Microeconomics Workshop

2015 Seminars top

Date Speaker Topic
1/15 Dexin Zhou
Emory Univ.
The Blame Game
1/16 Sumudu Watugala
Oxford Univ.
Economic Uncertainty and Commodity Futures Volatility
1/27 Peter Kelly
Yale School of Management
The Information Context of Realized Losses
1/28 David Yang
Harvard Univ.
Does the Tail Wag the Dog? How Options Affect Stock Price Dynamics
2/6 Pierre Mérel
Univ. of California, Davis
The Social Costs of Second-Best Policies: Evidence from Agricultural GHG Mitigation

2014 Seminars top

Date Speaker Topic
1/6 Derek Farnsworth
Univ. of California, Davis
Explaining Agricultural Labor Shortages with Unpredictable Product Losses: A Case Study of Spotted Wing Drosophila in California Raspberries
1/8 Jennifer Ifft
US Department of Agriculture
Does Federal Crop Insurance Lead to Higher Farm Debt? Evidence from the Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS)
1/9 Barrett Kirwan
Univ. of Illinois
The Effect of Federal Crop Insurance on Risk-Mitigation and Investment
1/10 Emanuele Massetti
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)
Using Degree Days to Value Farmland?
1/14 Ariel Ortiz-Bobea
Fellow – Resources for the Future
Climate Change Impacts on US Agriculture
1/15 Thomas Sproul
Univ. of Rhode Island
Does Risk Aversion Matter for Shallow Loss Crop Insurance?
1/17 Marshall Burke
Univ. of California, Berkeley
Adaptation to Climate Change: Evidence from US Agriculture
1/21 Paul Christian
Brown Univ.
The Distributional Consequences of Group Procurement: Evidence from a Randomized Trial of a Food Security Program in Rural India
1/24 Byoung-Hyoun Hwang
Purdue Univ.
Wisdom of Crowds: The Value of Stock Options Transmitted Through Social Media
1/27 Hao Jiang
Univ. of Texas at Austin
Tail Risk and Hedge Fund Returns
1/28 Isaac Hacamo
Univ. of California, Berkeley
Finance and Welfare: The Effect of Access to Credit on Family Structure
2/21 Brian Wansink
Cornell Univ.
Forum on Food Psychology, Consumer Behavior, Behavioral Economics, and Marketinge
2/28 Jubo Yan
Cornell Univ.
An Experimental Examination of Willingness to Accept and Willingness to Pay Disparity Under Risky Prospects
3/7 Susan Offutt
Government Accountability Office
The US Fiscal Future: Projections and Methods
3/14 Steve Hamilton
California Polytechnic State Univ.
Oligopoly Intermediation, Relative Rivalry and the Mode of Competition
3/20 Paul Novosad
Dartmouth Univ.
Dirty Politics: Natural Resource Wealth and Politics in India
3/24 Marin Bozic
Univ. of Minnesota
Price Discovery, Volatility Spillovers and Adequacy of Speculation when Spot Prices are Stationary: The Case of U.S. Dairy Markets
3/28 Adrian Lopes
Cornell Univ.
Civil Unrest and the Poaching of Rhinos in the Kaziranga National Park, India
4/16 Jason Snyder
Information Disclosure and Firm Performance: Evidence from the Dialysis Industry
4/17 David Stifel
Lafayette College
Economic Benefits and Returns to Rural Feeder Roads: Evidence from a Quasi-Experimental Setting in Ethiopia
4/18 William Kerr
Harvard Business School
Highway to Success: The Impact of the Golden Quadrilateral Project for the Location and Performance of Indian Manufacturing
4/22 Matthew Kahn
Adapting to Climate Change: An Economist's Perspective
4/25 Ariel BenYishay
Australian School of Business
The Transmission of Mistrust: Institutional Consequences of Early-Life Rainfall
5/1 Eilyan Bitar
Cornell Univ.
Random Renewable Energy and the Marginal Value of Storage
5/9 Xiaobo Zhang
Mechanization and Division of Labor in Chinese Agricultural Production
5/9 H.S. Dillon
Government of Indonesia
Political Economy of Poverty Alleviation in Indonesia
5/16 Vidhya Soundararajan
Cornell Univ.
Contract Labor and Firm Productivity in the Indian Manufacturing Sector
6/9 Bill Pritchard
Univ. of Sydney
How Does Land Ownership Affect Household Food and Nutrition Security? Revisiting the Agriculture-Nutrition Disconnect in Two North Indian Villages
9/5 Ivan Png
National Univ. of Singapore
Law and Innovation: Evidence from State Trade Secrets Laws
9/26 Thomas W. Hertel
Purdue Univ.
Global Market Integration Increases Likelihood That a Future African Green Revolution Could Increase Crop Land Use and CO2 Emissions
10/8 Taylor Bentley
Washington Univ.
The Value of Informational Organic Links for Sponsored Search Advertising
10/15 Geoff Fisher
California Institute of Technology
Value Estimation and Comparison in Multi-Attribute Consumer Choice
10/17 Pimbucha Rusmevichientong
Cornell Univ.
Food Stamps, Food Insufficiency and Health of the Elderly
10/22 Yiting Deng
Duke Univ.
DVR Advertising Targeting
10/24 Norbert Wilson
Auburn Univ.
When Higher Quality Does Not Translate to Higher Prices: A Case of Quality and Specialty Coffees from the Cup of Excellence Auctions
10/29 Noah Stoffman
Indiana Univ.
Do Shocks to Personal Wealth Affect Risk Taking in Delegated Portfolios?
10/30 Eva Vivalt
New York Univ.
How Much Can We Generalize From Impact Evaluation Results?
10/31 Vicki Bogan, Ravi Kanbur,
Yanyan Liu

Cornell Univ.
Open Research Questions in Microfinance: A Faculty Panel
11/3 Pushpika Vishwanathan
Erasmus Univ.
Assessing the "Mechanisms Turn" In Corporate Social and Financial Performance Studies: A Meta-Analysis
11/4 Cary Frydman
Univ. of Southern California
What Drives Peer Effects in Financial Decision-Making? Neural and Behavioral Evidence
11/5 Leonard Kostovetsky
Univ. of Rochester
“Whom Do You Trust?” Investor-advisor Relationships and Mutual Fund Flows
11/6 Jason Snyder
How Socially Responsible Business Practices Reinforce Human Capital Strategy
11/7 Scott Yonker
Indiana Univ.
Do Local Managers Give Labor an Edge?
11/14 Parul Sharma
Cornell Univ.
How does Equity Market Liberalization Affect Investment Choices? Evidence from China's Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor Program
11/21 Holly Wang
Purdue Univ.
Food Attribute Preferences in China's Restaurants: The Perspective of US Duck Industry Penetrating the Chinese Market
12/5 Marc Bellemare
Univ. of Minnesota
Social Media for Economists
12/12 Peter Slade
Univ. of Guelph
A Structural Model of Hiring, Promotion, and Job Exit with Application to Gender and Academic Hiring
12/15 Avigail Kifer
Univ. of Chicago
The Incidence of a Soda Tax, In Pennies and Pounds