2018 Southern California Conference in Applied Microeconomics
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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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.
SoCCAM 2018 Organizing Committee: