University of Wisconsin–Madison

Fall 2018 Schedule

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)

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Sheldon (Xiaodong) Du
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