• UChicago to Convene 6th Science of Philanthropy Initiative Conference

    March 25, 2019

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    The Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics is pleased to announce the sixth Science of Philanthropy Initiative (AFE2019) conference returns to the University of Chicago on September 11-12. This year's keynote speakers will be James Andreoni, University of California at San Diego, John Glier, Gretzenbach, Glier and Associates, and Abigail Marsh, Georgetown University. The Science of Philanthropy Initiative (SPI2019) and Advances with Field Experiments (AFE2019) conferences will convene sequentially this year, on September 11-12 and September 12-13, respectively, with Prof. James Andreoni presenting a shared keynote talk on September 12.

    The conference is presented in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the Hartsook Companies. SPI is an initiative started by John List, Michael Price and Anya Samek in 2012 to encourage experimental (field and lab) research on charitable giving. In addition to providing an avenue for research discussions, another aim of the conference is to bring together researchers studying charitable giving with practitioners in the field of philanthropy. This year's organizers are Luigi Butera, Copenhagen Business School; Christopher Clapp, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics at the University of Chicago; Sara Konrath, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy; John List, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics at the University of Chicago; Amir Pasic, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy; Rich Steinberg, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy; and Mark Wilhelm, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

    Interested in presenting your research at SPI2019? Please complete and submit the SPI 2019 Presenter Application Form online by June 30, 2019. Learn more at https://economics.uchicago.edu/content/spi-conference-2019

  • Advances with Field Experiments 2019 Conference Returns to UChicago

    March 14, 2019

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    The Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics is pleased to announce the Advances with Field Experiments (AFE2019) conference will return to the University of Chicago on September 12-13. This year's featured keynote speakers are James Andreoni, University of California at San Diego, Nava Ashraf, London School of Economics, and Michael Price, University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Business. AFE2019 is organized by John List, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, University of Chicago, and Robert Metcalfe, Boston University Questrom School of Business.

    The Advances with Field Experiments 2019 conference will gather a group of academics to present the best and most innovative new work using field experiments to address economic questions. Previous Advances with Field Experiments conferences convened in 2011, 2016, 2017, and 2018. All types of field experiments, including natural, framed, and artefactual field experiments, are encouraged. In particular, we strongly encourage Ph.D. students to participate.

    Interested in presenting your research at AFE2019? Please complete and submit the AFE 2019 Presenter Application Form online by June 30, 2019. Learn more at https://economics.uchicago.edu/content/advances-field-experiments-2019

  • JPE Awards 2019 Lucas Prize

    March 14, 2019

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    The Journal of Political Economy has announced the winners of this year's Robert E. Lucas Jr. Prize: Klaus Desmet, Dávid Krisztián Nagy, and Esteban Rossi-Hansberg, for their paper "The Geography of Development" (Journal of Political Economy 126 [3]: 903‒83). Most economic geography models (including classic urban models) treat dynamics by comparing steady states of the model. Yet, transition dynamics are important to analyze the regional consequences of the decline in the rust belt in the United States, the rise of China as a global power, or the impact of climate change. If mobility is costly, the spatial adjustment in response to a given shock may occur slowly and amenities need to be built over time, with important ramifications for welfare calculations.

    The paper provides some of the first applied theory research to make progress on modeling transition dynamics in spatial sorting models, and incorporates two components to spatial sorting dynamics: endogenous local productivity growth and sluggish mobility. It also makes a methodological contribution by finding a tractable way to incorporate mobility frictions into spatial sorting models.

    The Lucas Prize is awarded biannually for the most interesting paper in the area of Dynamic Economics published in the Journal of Political Economy in the preceding two years. The prize was established in 2016 on the occasion of the celebration of Lucas’s seminal contributions to economics and his Phoenix Prize award.

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