University of Wisconsin–Madison

Fall 2018 Schedule

Department Seminar

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Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Does Being a “Top 10” Worst Polluter Affect Environmental Releases? Evidence from the U.S. Toxic Release Inventory

We use the 1998 expansion of the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) that required newly regu- lated industry sectors to report facility releases to obtain exogenous changes in a facility’s relative ranking within a state to test whether being labeled a “Top 10” worst polluter affects a...[more]

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Agriculture and the New Deal

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Split-Sample Strategies for Avoiding False Discoveries

Preanalysis plans (PAPs) have become an important tool for limiting false discoveries in field experiments. We evaluate the properties of an alternate approach which splits the data into two samples: An exploratory sample and a confirmation sample. When hypotheses are homogeneous, we describe an...[more]

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Reducing the Cost of Remoteness: Community Health Workers, Fertility Choices and Child Health Investments

Lack of primary health care use can increase preventable maternal and child deaths in low-income countries. Community health workers can be an alternative supply to deficient formal healthcare provision among underserved poor populations, but the empirical evidence on their impact on health...[more]

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Development Economics Workshop

Gender and Land in Mexico

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Rainfall Shocks and Risk Aversion: Evidence from Southeast Asia

Empirical studies advocating the temporal variability of risk attitudes suggest that adverse covariate shocks significantly alter risk attitudes over time, but there is no consensus on the direction. In this paper, we investigate whether risk aversion increases or decreases in response to shocks....[more]

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Understanding the Rationale for Heterogeneous Farmers' Agricultural Technology Adoption Decisions

This paper aims to understand the rationale behind farmers’ decisions about agricultural technology adoption. I construct a farmer’s decision-making model which takes into account both the expected value and the variance of a farmer’s profit, and within it I build a farmer's production...[more]

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Anticipatory Migration & Local Labor Responses to Rural Climate Shocks

Observed levels of adaptation to climate change among rural households remain low and poorly understood. This is troublesome because climate change is predicted to increase the incidence and severity of temperature and precipitation shocks affecting agricultural production. To address this...[more]

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Exploring the Part-Time Gap in Performance Evaluations

We explore the career implications of part-time work by focusing on employers’ expectations of employees’ productivity. Using personnel records from three large companies in the Netherlands, we document a sizable part-time gap, but no overtime premium, in the subjective performance ratings...[more]

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Environmental Policy and Cattle Productivity in the Amazon

Do anti-deforestation policies increase productivity and increase investment? If so, do they lead to a decrease in clearing? We study these questions in the context of cattle production in the Brazilian Amazon and consider two policies: the Priority Municipalities List, an increase in the intensity...[more]

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Is Tomorrow Another Day? Coping with an Environmental Disaster: Evidence from Vietnam

We examine the coping mechanisms of fishermen to a large-scale environmental disaster in 2016, when toxic industrial waste contaminated the marine ecosystem of Vietnam's central coast. Combining labor force surveys with a novel satellite data of boat detection, we find significant negative effects...[more]

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Information, Credit, and Inputs: the Impacts and Mechanisms of a Program to Raise Smallholder Productivity

Raising smallholder agricultural productivity has the potential to boost GDP and to reduce rural poverty, but the evidence on how to best achieve productivity gains remains mixed. Technologies exist that can increase smallholder yields and profits, but researchers and practitioners grapple with how...[more]

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Applied Economics Workshop

The Determinants of Binge Drinking: Fresh Eyes to an Old Problem

To investigate how alcohol and its correlates affect socio-economic and health outcomes by estimating the demand for problem drinking, we use the 2016 waves of three annually conducted national population surveys in this research: the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance (BRFSS), the National Survey...[more]

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

The Impact of Clean Water Act Regulations on Farm Practices: The Case of U.S. Dairy CAFOs

This paper analyzes the impact of Clean Water Act (CWA) regulations on the farm management practices of U.S. dairy concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). We employ a system-of-equations approach to examine how dairy farmers adjust their management practices in response to the policy...[more]

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Quantifying Disruptive Trade Policies

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

What's Mine is Yours: Transboundary Pollution from Abandoned Coal Mines

In this paper I investigate whether state regulators in the US consider environmental benefits to neighboring states when prioritizing abandoned coal mines for reclamation. I approach this question in two steps. First, I examine the spatial magnitude of the downstream water quality improvements...[more]

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Quantifying Heterogeneous Returns to Genetic Selection: Evidence from Wisconsin Dairies

In the agriculture sector, a large vector of productivity growth has been improvements in biological innovations, specifically improvements in genetics (Olmstead and Rhode 2008). The dairy sector in the US is an interesting case study for such growth, which has been achieved by innovations in the...[more]

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Policy Implications of Joint Estimation of Crop Insurance Demand

The federal crop insurance program is a major risk management program for U.S. farmers to manage production risks, but federal spending for the premium subsidy has been much debated. This study empirically estimates county-level demand for the two primary crop insurance policies – yield and...[more]

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Pronoun Drop Language and Social Preferences: Experimental Evidence from Japan

We join a growing body of literature in behavioral economics suggesting that the structure of language exerts an influence on people’s thoughts and decisions. We test if dropping the first-person pronoun “I” affects social preferences in a dictator game-like setting. We conduct an online...[more]

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Air Toxics, Early Cognitive Development, and Household Responsiveness

This paper examines a widespread and under-studied source of environmental harm to children's early cognition, and illustrates how parental investments in child development respond to these external threats. Motivated by a growing empirical literature showing causal links between historic or...[more]

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)