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Economics at Otago is proud to host our departmental seminar series for 2017

Presenters include staff from the Department of Economics and other faculties, as well as scholars visiting from other universities.

Everyone is welcome!

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact the seminar coordinators: or

Venue: Economics Seminar Room 320, Level 3, Otago Business School
Time: 3 – 4.30pm

Semester 1

Friday 10 February
Onur Koska, Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey
"A consumer-surplus standard in merger approvals, foreign direct investment, and welfare”

Friday 17 February
Andrew Coleman, University of Otago
"Housing, the great income tax experiment, and the intergenerational consequences of the lease"

Friday 24 February
Dennis Wesselbaum, University of Otago
"Gone with the Wind: International Migration"

Friday 10 March
Martin Berka, The University of Auckland
"Structural determinants of the real exchange deviations in the OECD countries"

MONDAY 27 March - NOTE: 12 - 1.30pm
Frank Staehler, Universitaet Tuebingen
"International Agreements, Economic Sovereignty and Exit"

Friday 31 March
Peter Clough, NZIER
"Cool policy analysis in a warming world"

Friday 7 April
Saten Kumar, AUT
"Firms' asset holdings and inflation expectations"

Friday 28 April - NOTE: 1.30-3.00pm and venue is the Boardroom 219/220, Level 2, Otago Business School
Andy Puckett, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
"The Performance of Institutional Investors Across the Supply Chain" and is co-authored with Dallin Alldredge (Washington State University)

MONDAY 1 May - NOTE time: 12 - 1.30pm
Victoria Barham, University of Ottawa
"Strategic Philanthropy" by Victoria Barham and Roland Pongou

Friday 5 May
Anella Munro, RBNZ
"Exchange rates, risk and monetary policy"

MONDAY 15 May - NOTE time: 12-1.30pm
Maryam Naghsh Nejad, IZA
"The Human Capital Effects of Hosting Refugees: Evidence from Kagera"

Friday 19 May
Suzi Kerr, MOTU
“An Effective NZ ETS: Clear Price Signals to Guide Low-Emission Investment”

Friday 26 May
Mariah Ehmke, University of Wyoming
"An Economic Analysis of Returns to Beekeeping and Pollination Services"

Semester Two

MONDAY 17 July - NOTE TIME: 12 - 1.30pm
Michael Schwarz, Google
"Reserve Prices in Internet Advertising Auctions: A Field Experiment"

Friday 28 July
Bénédicte Rouland, AUT
"Does Activating Sick-Listed Workers Work? Evidence from a Randomized Experiment"

Friday 4 August
Andrew Coleman, University of Otago
"Quality, quantity, and population growth in New Zealand's residential construction markets: 1996-2016"

Friday 11 August
Yao Yao, Victoria University of Wellington
"Fertility and HIV Risk in Africa"

MONDAY 14 August - NOTE TIME: 12 - 1.30pm
Jan Feld, Victoria University of Wellington
"Students are Almost as Effective as Professors in University Teaching"

Friday 1 September
Anindya Banerjee, University of Birmingham
"Structural Factor Analysis of Interest Rate Pass Through in Four Large Euro Area Economies"

Friday 8 September
Fang Yao, RBNZ
"Housing Leverage and Consumption Expenditure - Evidence from New Zealand Micro Data"

Monday 11 September
Damian Mather, University of Otago
“Pricing Heuristics in Australasian Commerce”

Friday 15 September
Stefanie Schurer, University of Sydney
"Bonus Skills: Examining the Effect of an Unconditional Cash Transfer on Human Capital Formation"

Friday 13 October
Tugrul Vehbi, RBNZ
"International spill-overs of uncertainty shocks: Evidence from a FAVAR"

Friday 20 October
Simona Fabrizi, University of Auckland
"The Good, The Bad, and The Not So Ugly: Unanimity Voting with Ambiguous Information" (joint with Addison Pan, U. Auckland)

Friday 27 October
Ronald Peeters, University of Otago
"Adaptive Learning in Weighted Network Games" Authors Péter Bayer, Jean-Jacques Herings, Ronald Peeters and Frank Thuijsman

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