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Economics at Otago is proud to host our departmental seminar series for 2015

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

All Seminars are in our Economics Seminar Room, CO520, 5th Floor, Commerce Building
Time: 3 – 4.30pm

Semester 1

Friday 27 February
Jennifer Steele, University of Auckland
Title: TBA

Friday 13 March
Geoff Kerr, University of Canterbury
"Economics of Managing NZ Big Game Hunting"

Friday 20 March
Daniel Schunk, Mainz
"The Many Faces of Human Sociality - Uncovering the Distribution and Stability of Social Preferences"

Friday 27 March
William Schulz, University of Cornell
"Beyond Prospect Theory: the Role of Emotion in Decision-Making?"

Friday 24 April
Chris Clark, University of Tennessee
"The Effect of mail-in Utility Rebates on Willingness-to-Pay for ENERGY STAR Certified Refrigerators"

Friday 1 May
Juergen Wolters, Freie Universitat Berlin
"Characterizing the Financial Cycle: Evidence from a Frequency Domain Analysis"

Friday 8 May
Cody Hsiao, University of New South Wales
“Debt and Financial Market Contagion”

Friday 22 May
Murat Genc, University of Otago
"Participation and Wages in the New Zealand Labour Market: An Analysis Using Copulas"

Friday 5 June
Randall Walsh, University of Pittsburgh
Title: TBA

Semester 2

Friday 31 July
Miles Kimball, University of Michigan
"The economics of happiness"

Friday, 7 August --- NOTE TIME CHANGE: 3.30 - 5.00pm
Andrew Cassey, Washington State University
"Exporting Spatial Externalities"

Friday, 14 August --- NOTE TIME CHANGE: 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Gazi Hassan, Waikato University
"Do Remittances Diminish Social Violent?"

Friday, 21 August
Paul Conway, Productivity Commission
"How to lift New Zealand's productivity growth – A conversation starter"

MONDAY, 31 August --- at 12pm
Julie Moschion, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
"Gender differences in the Effects of School-Starting-Age on Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Skills"

Friday, 11 September
Adam Jaffe, MOTU
"The Effect of Public Funding on Research Output: The New Zealand Marsden Fund"

Friday, 18 September
David Fielding, University of Otago
"Traditions of Tolerance: The Long-Run Persistence of Regional Variation in Attitudes towards English Immigrants"

MONDAY, 21 September --- at 12pm
James Morley, University of New South Wales
“Is the Beveridge-Nelson Trend-Cycle Decomposition Useful for Policy Analysis?"

WEDNESDAY, 23 September --- at 12pm
Girol Karacaoglu, Chief Economist and Deputy Secretary, The New Zealand Treasury
Connecting University Research with Government Polices

Friday, 25 September
Jaromir Kovarik, University of the Basque Country
"Natural Disasters and Social Cohesion"

MONDAY, 28 September --- at 12pm
Debdulal Mallick, Deakin University, Australia
"A Spectral Representation of the Phillips Curve in Australia"

MONDAY 12 October --- at 12pm
Alexander Arkhipkin, Faulkland Islands Government Fisheries
"'The role of fisheries in a small island economy: case of the Falkland Islands'

Friday 30 October
Bob Reed, University of Canterbury
"Two Surprising Findings for Applied Researchers Using time Series Data"

Friday 4 December
Frank Staehler, Tuebingen
Title TBA

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