Department Brown Bag Seminars

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


October 10
Brenda Samaniego de la Parra
"How Much is Formality Worth?"

October 17
Jon Robinson
"The Effect of Multiple Savings Accounts: Evidence from Malawi"
We test whether providing people with multiple labeled savings accounts affects savings decisions and downstream outcomes in a field experiment with 480 entrepreneurs in urban Malawi. In the experiment, treatment respondents received either one account or multiple accounts (up to 3), while a control group received nothing. We find that multiple accounts increased savings in treatment accounts by about 30%, and find some evidence that total savings increased by more among those given multiple accounts. We also find that savings accounts had sizeable effects on a number of outcomes, including labor supply, farming decisions, household expenditures, land purchases, credit extended to customers, and interpersonal transfers. However, we find no evidence that multiple accounts had larger downstream effects than single accounts. We speculate that incremental effect of an additional account would likely appear over a longer time period.

October 24
Christopher Rauh, University of Montreal
"Is Marriage for White People? Incarceration, Unemployment, and the Racial Marriage Divide"

October 31
Dan Friedman

November 7
Rob Fairlie
"Experimental Evidence on Female-Male Peer Effects in STEM"

November 14
Ariel Weinberger, University of Oklahoma

November 28
Hikaru Saijo

December 5
Bruce Meyer, University of Chicago