Each year the Department of Economics invites economists to present research seminars.


Riley Acton, Miami University

Sarah Cohodes, Teachers College, Columbia University


Ying Shi, Syracuse University

Jason Lindo, Texas A&M University


Lindsey Woodworth, University of South Carolina
“Physician-Patient Race-Match Reduces Patient Mortality”

Will Olney, Williams College & University of Hawaii


Morten Endrikat, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
“The effect of air quality on welfare accounting”

Dora Gicheva, UNC-Greensboro
“The Impact of Affordable Health Insurance Access for College Students”

Elena Simintzi, UNC-Chapel HIll


Lisa Schulkind, UNC Charlotte

Sarah Komisarow, Duke University: Sanford School of Public Policy

Jeronimo Carballo, Colorado University-Boulder


Marie Hull, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
“The Skill Development of Children of Immigrants” (with Jonathan Norris)

Caleb Stroup, Davidson College
“Entry and Competition in Takeover Auctions”(with Matthew Gentry)

Marcos Rangel, Duke University
“Agriculture, Fires and Infant Health”


Bob Hammond, North Carolina State University
“What Drives Pricing Behavior in Peer-to-Peer Markets? Evidence from the Carsharing Platform BlaBlaCar” (with Mehdi Farajallah and Thierry Penard)

Simon Alder, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Chinese Roads in India: The Effect of Transport Infrastructure on Economic Development”


Julie Berry Cullen, University of California, San Diego
“Political Alignment and Tax Evasion”

Jeremy Bray, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
“The Effect of Alcohol Use on the Wage Returns to Education”


Steve Hemelt, University of North Carolina
“The Impact of International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Program (PYP) on Student Performance: Evidence from Michigan and North Carolina”

David Bruner, Appalachian State University
“Does Decision Error Decrease with Risk Aversion?”

Johnny Ducking, NC A&T State University
“The Effects of Minimum Salaries on Career Length: Evidence from the National Football League”

Marianna Kudlyak, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
“Measuring Heterogeneity in Job Finding Rates Among the Nonemployed Using Labor Force Status Histories”


Thomas Kittsteiner, RWTH Aachen
“Competition and Organizational Change”

Thomas Lubick, Richmond Federal Reserve
“The Shifting and Twisting Beveridge Curve: An Aggregate Perspective”

Stephen Holland, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
“Optimal Trading Ratios for Pollution Permit Markets”

Brooks Depro, Research Triangle Institute
“Examining County-Level Firm Job Creation and Destruction: The Case of Wind Power Development in Texas”


David Ribar, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
“Food Assistance and Family Routines in Three American Cities”

Bryan Engelhardt, Holy Cross
“Competitive Search: A test of direction, efficiency, and submarkets”

John Deskins, Creighton University
“Small Business and State Economic Growth: Which industries matter most?”

Jennifer Maki, North Carolina State University
“Sex, Drugs, and Cancer: The association between oral tobacco use, HPV, and head and neck cancer”

Susan Leguizamon, Tulane University
“Education, Race, and Revealed Attitudes Towards Homosexual Couples”


Tom Mroz, Clemson University
“A Multiple State Duration Model with Endogenous Treatment”

Ken Snowden, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
“Repairing a Mortgage Crisis: HOLC lending and its impact on local housing markets in the 1930s”

Daniel LaFave, Duke University
“Farms, Families, and Markets: New Evidence on agricultural household behavior”

John Dalton, Wake Forest University
“Explaining the Growth in Manufacturing Trade”

John Eberhard, University of Southern California
“Do Initial Endowments Matter only Initially? Birth Weight, Parental Investments and School Achievement”

David Blanchflower, Dartmouth College
“Can Europe Cut its Way to Growth? The Austerity Question”

Steve Billings, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
“Learning to be Criminals: School re-segregation and crime in Charlotte-Mecklenburg”


Elizabeth Ananat, Duke University
“The Effects of Job Loss on the Birth Rates of Young Women”

Melinda Sandler Morrill, North Carolina State University
“Booms, Busts, and Divorce”

Rimvydas Baltaduonis, Gettysburg College
“Strategic Behavior in Smart Markets with Avoidable Fixed Costs: An Experimental Study”

Garth Heutel, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
“Optimal Policy Instruments for Externality-Producing Durable Goods Under Time Inconsistency”

Christopher Ruhm, University of Virginia
“Understanding Overeating and Obesity”

Amanda Griffith, Wake Forest University
“Peer Effects in Higher Education: A look at heterogeneous Impacts”


Pedro Silos, FRB Atlanta
“Time Entry and Labor Market Dynamics”

Donna Gilleskie, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
“Untangling the Direct and Indirect Effect of Body Mass Dynamics on Earnings”

Jeff Yankow, Furman University
“Some Empirical Evidence on the Efficacy of Job Matching in Urban Labor Markets”


Neil Olitsky, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
“Academic Achievement and the College Major Earnings Differential”

Robert Tamura, Clemson University
“Fertility Declines, Baby Booms, and Economic Growth: Evidence from the United States and 20 other countries”

Richard Green, University of Southern California
“The Real Estate and Credit Meltdown – How did we get here?”

Olivia Lorz, University of Aachen
“Enlargement vs. Deepening: The trade-off facing economic unions”


Mark Kurt, University of Iowa
“The Intra-Industry Wage Differential, Educational Choice, and Directed Search”

Andrew Ewing, University of Washington
“Estimating the Impact of Relative Expected Grade on Student Evaluation of Teachers”

Subhra Saha, Ohio State University
“Economic Effects of Universities and Colleges”

Steven McMullen, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
“The Impact of Homework Time on Academic Achievement”

Pietra Rivoli, Georgetown University
“Who Made Your Shirt”

Joni Hersch, Vanderbilt University
“When Do We Know It’s Discrimination? Gender, Skin Color, and Wages”

Eric Young, University of Virginia
“Credit Market Innovations and the Changing Role of Unsecured Credit”

Philip Shaw, University of Connecticut
“Educational Corruption”