Past Departmental Lectures

Spring Semester 2017
Seymour E. & Ruth B. Harris Lecture

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Professor Heidi Williams (MIT)
"How Do Patents Affect Innovation?"  
Missing Markets for Innovation: Evidence from New Uses of Old Drugs
Patents and Research Investments: Assessing the Empirical Evidence
Do Firms Underinvest in Long-Term Research? Evidence from Cancer Clinical Trials

Fall Semester 2016
Seymour E. & Ruth B. Harris Lecture

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Stephen Morris (Princeton)
Information Design

Spring Semester 2016
Seymour E. & Ruth B. Harris Lecture

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Professor Pinelopi Goldberg (Yale University)
Price Rigidities: A Microeconomic Perspective

"Prices, Markups and Trade Reform"
"A Structural Approach to Identifying the Sources of Local-Currency Price Stability"
"The Evolution of Price Dispersion in European Car Markets"

Fall Semester 2015
Seymour E. & Ruth B. Harris Lecture

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Professor Matthew Jackson (Stanford University & Visiting Harvard)
“Gossip: Identifying Central Individuals in Networks and Information Diffusion Processes”

Spring Semester 2015
Seymour E. & Ruth B. Harris Lecture
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Susan Athey (Stanford University)
Econometrics Meets Machine Learning: New Methods and New Applications
"Machine Learning Methods for Estimating Heterogeneous Causal Effects" (with Guido Imbens)
"A Measure of Robustness to Misspecification" (with Guido Imbens)

Fall Semester 2014
Seymour E. & Ruth B. Harris Lecture
Monday, November 10, 2014
Matthew Gentzkow (University of Chicago, Booth School of Business)
Partisan Media and Democracy: Historical Lessons from US Newspapers
"The Effect of Newspaper Entry and Exit on Electoral Politics" (with Jesse M. Shapiro and Michael Sinkinson)
"Competition and Ideological Diversity: Historical Evidence from US Newspapers" (with Jesse M. Shapiro and Michael Sinkinson)
"Do Newspapers Serve the State? Incumbent Party Influence on the US Press, 1869-1928" (with Nathan Petek, Jesse M. Shapiro, and Michael Sinkinson)

Spring Semester 2014
Seymour E. & Ruth B. Harris Lecture
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Amir Sufi (University of Chicago, Booth School of Business)
Cash on Hand and Consumption: Evidence from Mortgage Refinancing
"House Price Gains and U.S. Household Spending from 2002 to 2006" (joint with Atif Mian, Princeton University and NBER)

Fall Semester 2013
Seymour E. & Ruth B. Harris Lecture
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Thomas Piketty (Paris School of Economics)
"Capital is Back: Wealth-Income Ratios in Rich Countries, 1700-2010" (joint with G. Zucman)

Spring Semester 2013
Seymour E. & Ruth B. Harris Lecture
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Edward Miguel (University of California, Berkeley)
Conflict, Climate and African Development

Spring Semester 2013
Political Economy Lecture Series
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Amy Finkelstein (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
The Impact of Health Insurance: Learning and Extrapolating from Experiments
"The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment: Evidence from the First Year"
"Selection on Moral Hazard in Health Insurance"

Fall Semester 2012
Political Economy Lecture Series
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Neil Shephard (University of Oxford)
Estimation of the Covariation of Assets Under Asynchronous Trading
"Econometric Analysis of Multivariate Realised QML: Efficient Positive Semi-definite Estimators of the Covariation of Equity Prices" (with Dacheng Xiu)
"Multivariate realised kernels: Consistent Positive Semi-definite Estimators of the Covariation of Equity Prices with Noise and Non-synchronous Trading" (with Ole E. Barndorff-Nielsen, Peter Reinhard Hansen, and Asger Lunde)

Fall Semester 2012
Seymour E. & Ruth B. Harris Lecture
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Antonio Rangel (California Institute of Technology)
The Neuroeconomics of Simple Economic Choice

Spring Semester 2012
Seymour E. & Ruth B. Harris Lecture
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Tim Besley (London School of Economics)
State Capacity and Cohesive Institutions
"Development Clusters" Chapter One, Pillars of Prosperity

Spring 2012
Political Economy Lecture Series 
Monday, April 23, 2012
Nick Bloom (Stanford University)
Bossonomics: The Economics of Management and Productivity
"Does Working from Home Work? Evidence from a Chinese Experiment"
"Management Practices Across Firms and Countries"
"Does Management Matter? Evidence from India"

Fall Semester 2011
Seymour E. & Ruth B. Harris Lecture
October 13, 2011
Robert E. Hall (Stanford University)
Clashing Theories of Unemployment

Fall Semester 2011
Political Economy Lecture Series
December 1, 2011
Oded Galor (Brown University)
Unified Growth Theory
"The 'Out of Africa' Hypothesis, Human Genetic Diversity, and Comparative Economic Development"

Spring Semester 2011
Political Economy Lecture Series
March 22, 2011
Justin Wolfers (University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business)
Subjective Well-Being, New Data and New Findings
"Subjective Well-Being, Income, Economic Development and Growth"
"Subjective and Objective Indicators of Racial Progress"
"The Paradox of Declining Female Happpiness"
"Happiness Inequality in the United States"
"Economic Growth and Subjective Well-Being: Reassessing the Easterlin Paradox"

Spring Semester 2011
Seymour E. & Ruth B. Harris Lecture
April 27, 2011
Jonathan Levin (Stanford University)
Learning from Seller Experiments in Online Markets

Fall Semester 2010
Political Economy Lecture Series
October 13, 2010
Ernst Fehr (University of Zurich)
The Lure of Authority: Motivation and Incentive Effects of Power

Fall Semester 2010
Seymour E. & Ruth B. Harris Lecture
December 2, 2010
Tony Atkinson (Nuffield College, Oxford University)
Inequality and Financial Crises

Spring Semester 2010
Seymour E. & Ruth B. Harris Lecture
March 23, 2010
Darrell Duffie (Stanford University)
The Failure Mechanics of Dealer Banks
"How Big Banks Fail and What to Do About It"

Spring Semester 2010
Political Economy Lecture Series
May 3, 2010
Daniel McFadden (University of California, Berkeley)
Sick Insurance: The Lessons from Medicare Part D for Regulation of Private Health Insurance Markets

Fall Semester 2009
Political Economy Lecture Series
October 14, 2009
Gary Gorton (Yale University and NBER)
Securitized Banking and the Run on Repo

Fall Semester 2009
Seymour E. & Ruth B. Harris Lecture
November 5, 2009
Emmanuel Saez (University of California, Berkeley)
Why Can Modern Governments Tax So Much? An Agency Model of Firms as Fiscal Intermediaries