Department Brown Bag Seminars

Wednesday 12:00 noon 1:05 p.m.
499 Engineering II

Winter Quarter 2020

January 8
Stefanie Fischer, CalPoly
"Semesters or Quarters? The Effect of the Academic Calendar on Postsecondary Student Outcomes"

January 15
Dan Friedman
"When Are Mixed Equilibria Relevant?"
Mixed Nash equilibria (NE) are a cornerstone of game theory, but their empirical relevance has always been controversial. We study in the laboratory two games whose unique NE is in completely mixed strategies; other treatments include the matching protocol (pairwise random vs population mean matching), whether time is discrete or continuous, and whether players can specify mixtures or only pure strategies. NE mixes predict observed behavior better than maximin in all treatments, but uniform mixes are better predictors than any equilibrium mixture in many treatments. In particular, mixed equilibrium predictions do not seem useful in standard pairwise random matching treatments. By contrast, in a control game with a unique NE in pure strategies, the best point prediction is NE. Regret-based sign preserving dynamics capture regularities across all treatments.

January 22
Zach Bleemer
"Gender Stereotypes in Professor-Student Interactions"

January 29
Laura Giuliano
"Does Screening in Person Affect Who Gets Hired?"

February 5
Brenda Samaniego

February 12
Gueyon Kim

March 4
Jeremy West

March 11
Peter Cramton
"Flow Markets"

Fall Quarter 2019

October 23
Ajay Shenoy
"Revisiting the Impact of Access to College"

October 30
Grace Gu
"China's Impact on Global Financial Markets"

November 6
Giacomo de Giorgi
"Farmers to Entrepreneurs"
Non farming enterprise might constitute an ex-post income smoothing device for uninsured households. So that the decision to initiate an enterprise is led by necessity rather than skills. We test such hypothesis and find that farmers become entrepreneurs in response to negative productivity shocks to farming, while credit constraints do not seem to play a substantial role. Importantly, and consistently with irreversible investment or learning-by-doing, these reluctant entrepreneurs do not revert to full farming following new positive productivity shocks. These reluctant entrepreneurs are typically “bad” entrepreneurs while they were above average farmers. This selection might contribute to the understanding of the dual phenomenon of low-productivity firms and farms coexisting in developing countries while speaking to the structural transformation of the economy.

November 13 --> moved to Nov. 14 as Micro Seminar
David Schonholzer, Stockholm University
"Mesauring the Efficacy and Efficiency of School Faculty Expenditures"

November 20
DJ Jeong
"Creating (Digital) Labor Markets in Rural Tanzania"

November 27
Donald Wittman
"Prediting College Student Success"

December 4
David Lee, BSOE Asst. Professor
"Crowdsourced Labor"