2018 Southern California Conference in Applied Microeconomics

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SoCCAM is a one-day conference held each year at the Claremont Colleges located in Claremont, California.  The conference is sponsored by the Lowe Institute of Political Economy at Claremont McKenna College.  SoCCAM 2018 will be held on Friday, March 23, 2018, in the Freeberg Forum in the Kravis Center at Claremont McKenna College. 

This year’s keynote talk will be given by Amitabh Chandra, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.  He will give a policy talk titled, “Innovation Dilemma: Access and Innovation in an Age of Curative Therapies.” Science discoveries along with generous incentives for producing new medical innovations have created a raft of high-priced therapies. Their presence strains the ability of payers to provide access, especially when there has been little income growth for a large share of the population, and when tax-revenues are projected to fall substantially in coming decades. These pressures will be exacerbated as the world sees the first-wave of curative therapies for monogenic diseases like Cystic-Fibrosis and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. We discuss these trade-offs and a range of polices that may be able to address them.

Conference Program
All sessions will be held in Freeberg Forum in the Kravis Center at Claremont McKenna College.  Each presenter will have 20 minutes to present, 10 minutes for the discussant, and 10 minutes for Q&A.

8:00 am – 8:40 am Registration and Breakfast, in the courtyard outside of Freeberg Forum
8:40-8:45 am Welcome
8:50 – 10:10 am       Session I – Immigration                               Chair: Emily Owens, UCI
Paper Presenter Discussant
Blessing or Burden? The Impact of Refugees on Businesses in Host Countries Sandra V. Rozo, USC Marshall Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, SDSU
The Employment Effects of Mexican Repatriations: Evidence from the 1930’s Vasil Yasenov, UC Berkeley David Bjerk, CMC
10:10 – 10:25 am Break and refreshments
10:25 – 11:45 am     Session II – Labor                                       Chair: Prashant Bharadwaj, UCSD
Paper Presenter Discussant
Offshoring and  Skills Demand Philip Luck, University of Colorado Denver Manisha Goel, Pomona
Tackling Youth Unemployment: Evidence from a Labor Market Experiment in Uganda Vittorio Bassi, USC Sarojini Hirshleifer, UC Riverside
12:00 – 1:15 pm Lunch and Keynote
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC
Amitabh Chandra, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy at Harvard Kennedy School
“Innovation Dilemma: Access and Innovation in an Age of Curative Therapies” 
1:30 – 2:50 pm     Session III – Public                                         Chair: Monica Singhal, UC Davis
Paper Presenter Discussant
Political Turnover, Bureaucratic Turnover, and the Quality of Public Services Mitra Akhtari, Airbnb  Arman Rezaee, UC Davis
Outsourcing Service Delivery in a Fragile State: Experimental Evidence from Liberia Wayne Sandholtz, UCSD Arman Rezaee, UC Davis
2:50-3:00 pm Break and refreshments
3:00-4:20 pm    Session IV: Field Experiments                          Chair: Wes Yin, UCLA
Paper Presenter Discussant
The Effect of Recipient Contribution Requirements on Support for Social Programs Anya Samek, USC  Monica Capra, CGU
Increasing Workplace Diversity: Evidence from a Recruiting Experiment at a Fortune 500 Jeffrey Flory, CMC  Wes Yin, UCLA
4:20-4:30 pm Break and refreshments
4:30-5:50 pm    Session V: Health/Family                                 Chair: John Romley, USC
Paper Presenter Discussant
The Effects of Cost-Sharing on Colorectal Cancer Screening and Price Shopping            Christopher Whaley, RAND Alice Chen, USC
The Marriage Market for Lemons: HIV Testing and Marriage in Rural Malawi Daniel Bennett, USC Shuyang Sheng, UCLA
6:00-7:30 pm Join us for a casual buffet dinner at Walter’s Restaurant in Claremont. Dinner, beer and wine are hosted.  Walter’s is located at 310 Yale Ave, Claremont, CA 91711.

The Lowe Institute of Political Economy is a research institute at Claremont McKenna College. Cameron Shelton, McMahon Family Associate Professor of Political Economy, directs the Institute.

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SoCCAM 2018 Organizing Committee:

Serkan Ozbeklik (Chair) CMC
John Romley – USC
Wes Yin – UCLA
Emily Owens – UC Irvine
Monica Singhal –  UC Davis
Prashant Bharadwaj – UCSD