Spring 2019 Schedule

Applied Economics Workshop

Green Acres? Cannabis agriculture, formalization, and rural land values in Northern California

Cannabis legalization has progressed rapidly in the last decade. Unlike previous efforts, which concentrated on the retailing and consumption of cannabis, recent changes in the legal regime include widespread formalization of the entire cannabis supply chain. These reforms will have important...[more]

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Efficient Learning of Site-Specific Management in Precision Agriculture

In precision agriculture (PA), farmers face new opportunities and challenges. They can achieve greater efficiency by optimizing site-specific management based on unique information on each site obtained through various sensor technologies. At the same time, since modern PA equipment often requires...[more]

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

The Price-Perceived Quality Relationship: Evidence from U.S. Cheese Markets

In this paper I examine how price as a quality indicator impacts consumer choice. I develop a mixed logit model with behavioral conditions to decompose the price effect into two channels: (i) the negative channel that affects the cost of obtaining the product and (ii) the positive channel that...[more]

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Investigating Treatment Effects of Participating Jointly in SNAP and WIC when the Treatment is Validated Only for SNAP

USDA operates several food assistance programs aimed at alleviating food insecurity. We study whether participation in both SNAP and WIC alleviates food insecurity compared with participation in SNAP alone. We bound underlying causal effects by applying nonparametric treatment effect methods that...[more]

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Recent Patterns in Reported Well Being in the US

We leverage data from a Gallup survey administered daily to a representative sample of US respondents over the past decade to assess the impact of major national events (elections, terrorist attacks, police shootings etc.) on the reported well being of respondents. In particular, we investigate...[more]

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Fundamental Surprises, Market Structure, and Price Formation in Agricultural Commodity Futures Markets

Our study seeks to provide a better understanding of price formation process and determining factors of price volatility in agricultural commodity markets. We focus on corn and soybean futures traded in CBOT (Chicago Board of Trade). We innovatively construct two sets of variables to represent...[more]

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Auto Loan Price Disparities by Source and Race

Our paper documents racial disparities in interest rates of the auto lending market and investigate whether this racial pricing differences vary by different credit sources. Data from the Survey of Consumer Finances is employed to examine auto loans originated from 2000 to 2016. Results indicate...[more]

Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

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Sheldon (Xiaodong) Du
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