Cornell Economics Community Attends 2018 AEA Conference

By: Sarah Schupp, 
Fri, 01/05/2018

Department faculty, field faculty, and graduate students attended the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association (AEA). The AEA, in conjunction with 58 associations in related disciplines known as the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA), hold a three-day meeting to present papers on general economics topics.

Additionally, our Ph.D. Job Market Candidates interviewed throughout the annual meeting which is traditionally held in Philadelphia during the first weekend in January.

The AEA interviewed select poster presenters during the conference to discuss their research and the broader implications of their work. Graduate Student, Lucy Xiaolu Wang, was interviewed about her research on the role of health information technology in the opioid drug crisis.  Lucy hand-collected data on states’ policies that facilitate the integration of prescription drug monitoring programs into physicians’ workflows and enable interstate data sharing. She finds that states with this interconnected platform significantly reduced opioid-related mortality and morbidity.

Faculty and graduate students served in a variety of positions; participating as presenters, discussants, panelists, and chairs.  The following is a list of service and work presented by economics department faculty, field faculty, and graduate students at the 2018 AEA Annual Meeting.

Fuel Efficiency

Discussant: Shanjun Li

FinTech - How Will it Transform Financial Markets and Services?

Panelist: Maureen O’Hara


Measuring the Effects of Early Childhood Education

Long-term Effects of Head Start: New Evidence From the PSID

Douglas Miller, Cornell University

Na'ama Shenhav, Dartmouth College

Michel Grosz, University of California-Davis

Discussants: Maria Fitzpatrick and Douglas Miller



FinTechs and the Market for Financial Analysis

Jillian Grennan, Duke University

Roni Michaely, Cornell University


Topics in International Real Estate

Discussant: Nicholas Sanders


Potential Biases in Measurement of Wage Inequality

Earnings Inequality and the Role of the Firm

John M. Abowd, U.S. Census Bureau and Cornell University

Kevin L. McKinney, U.S. Census Bureau


Empirical Analyses of Monetary and Credit Policies

The Macroeconomic Effect of Government Asset Purchases: Evidence From Post-war United States Housing Credit Policy

Andrew Fieldhouse, Cornell University

Karel Mertens, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Morten O. Ravn, University College London


Gender in the Workplace

Discussant: Francine Blau


The Economic Impact of Globalization

Global Macro-Financial Cycles and Spillovers

M. Ayhan Kose, World Bank

Christopher Otrok, University of Missouri and Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Eswar Prasad, Cornell University

Jongrim Ha, World Bank


Sex, Race and Finance

Cultural Diversity on Wall Street: Evidence From Sell-side Analysts’ Forecasts

Kenneth Merkley, Cornell University

Roni Michaely, Cornell University

Joseph Pacelli, Indiana University


TrumpEconomics: A World View

Economic Consequences of Protectionism in the United States

Kaushik Basu, Cornell University


Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy

Chair: Chair: Sean Nicholson

Discussant: Colleen Cary


Advances in Big Data Research in Economics

Human Decisions and Machine Predictions

Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University

Himabindu Himabindu Lakkaraju, Stanford University

Jure Leskovec, Stanford University

Jens Ludwig, University of Chicago

Sendhil Mullainathan, Harvard University

CSMGEP Dissertation Session

Paper Session

Discussant: Michael Lovenheim


Job Displacement

Discussants: Lars Vilhuber and John M. Abowd


New Evidence on the Effects of Teachers' Unions on Student Outcomes, Teacher Labor Markets, and the Allocation of School Resources

The Long-run Effects of Teacher Collective Bargaining

Michael Lovenheim, Cornell University

Alexander Willen, Cornell University


Health and Crime

Discussant: Vicki Bogan

Morality and Economics

Morality as the Glue of Society

Kaushik Basu, Cornell University


Contributed Papers in Health Economics

Does E-cigarette Advertising Encourage Adult Smokers to Quit?

Dhaval Dave, Bentley University, NBER, and IZA

Daniel Dench, City University of New York

Michael Grossman, City University of New York, NBER, and IZA

Donald S. Kenkel, Cornell University and NBER

Henry Safer, NBER


Financial Crises and Transmission of Shocks

Cross-border Bank Flows and Systemic Risk

Andrew Karolyi, Cornell University

John Sedunov, Villanova University

Alvaro Taboada, Mississippi State University


Raising Capital

What Do Insiders Know? Evidence From Insider Trading Around Share Repurchases and SEOs

Peter Cziraki, University of Toronto

Evgeny Lyandres, Boston University

Roni Michaely, Cornell University


Credit Booms, Aggregate Demand, and Financial Crises

Identifying Banking Crises: A Bank Equity Based Approach

Matthew Baron, Cornell University

Emil Verner, Princeton University

Wei Xiong, Princeton University



The Political Economy of Medicaid: The Influence of Ideology on Eligibility, Delivery, and Reimbursement

Claire Lim, Cornell University

Jee Hun Choi, Cornell University


Commercial Real Estate: Investment Performance

The Hybrid Nature of Real Estate Trusts

Yildiray Yildrim, Baruch College

Thomas Emmerling, M&T Bank Corporation

Crocker Liu, Cornell University


International Trade and Health

Chair and Discussant: John Cawley


Issues Relating to Higher Education Financing

The Effect of State Funding for Postsecondary Education on Long-Run Student Outcomes

Rajashri Chakrabarti, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Nicole Gorton, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Michael Lovenheim, Cornell University


New Measures of Human Capital and Their Application

Earnings Inequality and Mobility Trends in the United States: Nationally Representative Estimates from Longitudinally Linked Employer-employee Data

John M. Abowd, U.S. Census Bureau and Cornell University

Kevin L. McKinney, U.S. Census Bureau

Nellie L. Zhao, Cornell University


Policies and Cycles in Emerging Markets

Eswar S. Prasad, Cornell University and NBER

Topic: The Coming Wave: Where Do Emerging Market Investors Put Their Money?


Goldwin Smith Hall