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Department Seminars

Welcome to our departmental seminar series for 2019

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:    3:00 – 4:30pm

Semester 1

Friday 8 March
Niven Winchester, MOTU
"The Economic, Energy and Emissions Impacts of Climate Policy in South Korea"

Monday 11 March, 12:00-1:30pm
Anastas Tenev, Maastricht University
"Stronger bonds with less connected agents in stable resource sharing networks"

Friday 15 March
Addison Pan, University of Auckland
"Unanimous Jury Voting with an Ambiguous Likelihood"

Monday 18 March, 12:00-1:30pm
Mark Weder, University of Adelaide
"Animal Spirits, Financial Markets and Aggregate Instability" 

Friday 22 March
Elodie Blanc, MOTU
"Emulators of Global Gridded Crop Models"

Friday 29 March
Dag Einar Sommervoll, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
"Learning from Man or Machine: Spatial Fixed Effects in Urban Econometrics"

Monday 1 April, 12:00-1:30pm
Gianni De Fraja, University of Nottingham
"Optimal Healthcare Contracts: Empirical Evidence from Italy"

Friday 5 April
Andrea Menclova, University of Canterbury
"Maternal Stress and Birth Outcomes: Evidence from an Unexpected Earthquake Swarm"

Monday 8 April, 12:00-1:30pm
Richard Chisik, Ryerson University
“The Paradox of Transfers: Distribution and the Dutch Disease”

Friday 12 April
Iwan Bos, Maastricht University
"On Pure Strategy Nash equilibria in Price-Quantity Games"

Monday 15 April, 12:00-1:30pm
Anindya Banerjee, Birmingham University
"Panel Data Cointegration Analysis with Structural Instabilities"

Monday 29 April, 12:00-1:30pm
Branton Kenton-Dau, Kenton-Dau LLC
"Saver Token - Stable Money"

Monday 13 May, 12:00-1:30pm
Thijs van Rens, Warwick
"Inequality in Diet and Obesity"

Friday 17 May, 12:00-1:30pm, Room 426, OBS
Tim Fry, RMIT University
"Some thoughts on modelling return on investment“

Monday 20 May, 12:00-1:30pm
Andrew Coleman, University of Otago
"Job-to-Job Transitions and the Regional Job Ladder"

Semester 2

Friday 2 August
Narun Pornpattananangkul, University of Otago
"Alterations in Reward-Processing by the Person and the Situation"

Friday 9 August
Ronald Peeters, University of Otago
"Time inconsistency in games"

Friday 16 August
Duncan James, University of Canterbury
"Equilibration in Posted Offer Markets"

Monday 19 August - 12.00 - 1:30pm
Matt Walsh, AUT
"Exploring Adverse Childhood Experiences using the Growing Up in New Zealand study"

Friday 23 August
Harold Cuffe, Victoria University Wellington
"The Effects of Student Loan Access on Educational Attainment and Labour Market"

Friday 20 September
Kabir Dasgupta, AUT
"The Effect of Interest Rate Caps on Bankruptcy: Synthetic Control Evidence from Recent Payday Lending Bans"

Friday 27 September
Marc Vorsatz, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia
"Inferring beliefs from choices: A level-k approach" (joint work with C. Ballester and G. Ponti)

Friday 4 October
Helena Veiga, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
"Quantile Consumption-Capital Asset Pricing Model" (joint work with S. Ramos, A. Taamouti, and CW Wang)

Friday 18 October
Zack Dorner, University of Waikato
“Voluntary contributions to public goods with heterogeneous, uncertain or ambiguous individual productivity”

Friday 1 November
Claire Armstrong, The Arctic University of Norway
William Evans Fellow
“It’s the ecology, stupid - Willingness to pay for cold water coral protection in the deep sea”

MONDAY 4 November - 12.00 - 1.30pm
Viktoria Kahui, University of Otago
"Foraging for extinction"

MONDAY 11 November - 12.00 - 1.30pm
Rachel Nichols
Title TBA

MONDAY 18 November - 12.00 - 1.30pm
Mark McGillivray, Deakin University
"Location, Location, Location: Modelling the Allocation of New Zealand Bilateral Aid Allocation"