The Department of Economics at Western Michigan University hosts speakers and other events during the fall and spring semesters.

Upcoming Friday Seminar Series

All Friday seminar series are at 12:30 p.m.** in 1215 Wood Hall

January 19, 2024
Comparing and Assessing Four AI Chabots' Competence in Economics - Patrik Hultberg, Kalamazoo College

January 26, 2024
Are Special Economic Zones Products of Corruption? - Julia Cartwright, Kalamazoo College **This event only will be held @ 3pm

February 9, 2024
Assisting Public Policy Decisions with Good Economic Development Research - Iryna V. Lendel, Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

February 23, 2024
Regulation by Reputation? Intermediaries, Labor Abuses & International Migration - Nilesh Fernando, University of Notre Dame

March 15, 2024
Socioeconomic Impacts of Floods on Rural Communities: Evidence from a Field Survey - Muhammad Ishtiaq, Western Michigan University

April 12, 2024
Long-distance Transmission & the Spatial Redistribution of Pollution Concentrations - Erik Johnson, Carthage College

Previous Friday Seminar Series

Fall 2023

2022-23 Werner Sichel Lecture Series

Noon to 1:15 p.m. in 2028 Brown Hall

October 28, 2022

"The i-frame and the s-frame:  How focusing on individual-level solutions has led behavioral public policy astray," presented by Professor George Loewenstein, Carnegie Mellon University

November 9, 2022

"More on Us and Them:  Identity and Economic Preferences in the Laboratory," presented by Professor Robert Oxoby, University of Calgary

November 30, 2022

"Applying Operant Behavioral Economics to Issues of Societal Importance" presented by Professor Derek Reed, University of Kansas

February 22, 2023

"Mixed Signals:  How Incentives Really Work" presented by Professor Uri Gneezy, University of California, San Diego

March 15, 2023

"Hyperbolic Discounting, impulsivity, and self control interventions" presented by Professor Gregory Madden, Utah State University

April 12, 2023

"The Challenges of Behavioral Welfare Economics" presented by Professor Douglas Bernheim, Stanford University

See the series history for past speakers and topics.

2022-23 Research seminar Series

Fridays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in 2708 Wood Hall
Seminar Coordinator: Jason Beasley

September 23, 2022

"Rational Inattention via Ignorance Equivalence," Michele Muller-Itten, Notre Dame

September 30, 2022

"Vaccination Policy, Delayed Care, and Health Expenditures," Erkmen Aslim, Grand Valley State University

October 14, 2022

"The Decline of Public Hospitals in the U.S," Emilie Jackson, Michigan State University

October 21, 2022

"Measles Vaccination in Childhood:  The Impact on Labor Market Participation and Employee Compensation" Amanda Stype, Eastern Michigan University

November 4, 2022

"Use of Carbon Border Taxes as a Solution in Pollution Control," Darshana Udayanganie, Kalamazoo College

December 2, 2022

"Price Dispersion and Trade Policy," Jahangir Alam, Western Michigan University

January 13, 2023

"The impact of DACA on the Occupation Outcomes of Undocumented Migrants," Camila Morales, University of Texas at Dallas

January 20, 2023

"Reallocation, Financial Frictions, and Unconventional Monetary Policy," Jahangir Alam, Western Michigan University

January 27, 2023

"On the Design of Subsidy Programs:  Access to Clean Energy and Liquidity," Prabhat Barnwal, Michigan State University

February 17, 2023

"Oil News Shocks and The U.S. Stock Market," Zeina AlSalman, Oakland University

March 24, 2023

"Families' Investments and Firms' Promotion Decisions," Ana Reynoso, University of Michigan

April 7, 2023

"Reconsidering Random vs. Fixed Effects in Panel Data Estimation:  A Nonparametric Test for Exogeneity in Individual Fixed Effects," Seolah Kim, Albion College

April 21, 2023

"Preserving Lake Michigan Shorelines:  Evaluating Willingness to Accept On-Site Retreat Strategies," Jason Beasley, Western Michigan University