University of Wisconsin–Madison

Fall 2018 Schedule

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)

For additional information contact:
Bradford Barham
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(608) 265-3090