Kelly Lockhart Spetnagel 
Lowe Institute of Political Economy 

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Friday April 13, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM PDT

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Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA

Galileo Hall/Edwards

Parking Instructions -  Park on the south side of Foothill.  Galileo Hall is located just west of the construction site on Harvey Mudd campus.  Please print and display parking pass:  Click herefor parking pass 

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Hotel Accommodations

Accomodations are very limited at the Double Tree Hotel located in Claremont, CA.  Guests are responsible for accommodations and all charges.  Reservations will be accepted on space and rate available basis only.  A major credit card or advance deposit is required to guarantee all individual reservations.  When making your reservation, please refer to the “McKenna College Rate”.  Self-parking is free.

Double Tree Hotel – Claremont
555 West Foothill Blvd.
Claremont, CA  91711
Hotel Direct:  (909) 626-2411
Reservations:  800-222-TREE

Rooms are also available at Casa 425 for $150 per night.  Please ask for the Claremont McKenna College corporate rate.

Casa 425
425 West 1st Street  
Claremont, CA  91711
(866) 450-0425


Southern California Conference in Applied Microeconomics 

April 2012

Sponsored by the Lowe Institute of Political Economy in conjunction wtih the Berger Instiute for Work Family and Children and the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance at Claremont McKenna College.  Registration is free for all participants.  Registration includes conference registration, parking, breakfast, lunch, dinner, refreshments and program booklet. 

All sessions will be held in "Edwards" in Galileo Hall at Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA.  There are 5 sessions, 2 papers in each session.  Each presentation is allowed 40 minutes:   20 minutes for the presenter, 10 min for the discussant and 10 min for Q & A.  Discussants to be determined.

Continental breakfast and registration - Galileo Hall Courtyard
8:00 am – 8:45 am

 Welcoming remarks - Galileo/Edwards Hall
 8:30 am – 8:35 am
S. Brock Blomberg, Robert Day School of Economics and Fnancce at CMC.

Session I – Public 
8:50 am – 10:10 am 

Chair - Heather Antecol, CMC

“Beaches, Sunshine, and Public Secotor Pay:  Theory and Evidence on Amenities and Rent Extraction by Government Workers”
Jan Brueckner, UCI
Discussant – Anant Nyshadham, Yale

“Overoptimism and Nudges:  A Mail-In Rebate Experiement”
Josh Tasoff, Claremont Graduate University
Discussant - Eric Helland, CMC

10:10 am – 10:25 am

Session II – Environment

10:25 am – 11:45 am

Chair - JR DeShazo, UCLA

“Risk-Taking Behavior in the Wake of Natural Disasters”
Manisha Shah, UCI
Discussant – Mary Evans, CMC

The Effect of Pollution on Labor Supply:  Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Mexico City”
Paulina Oliva, UCSB
Discussant - JR DeShazo, UCLA

Lunch - Founders Room at Claremont McKenna College
Keynote Address: 
Michael Greenstone, MIT
an Adaptation Save Us from Climate Change?"
11:45 am – 1:30 pm

Session III – Health

1:30 pm – 2:50 pm          

Chair - Mireille Jacobson, RAND

“The Anticipatory Effects of Medicare Part D on Drug Utilization”
Abby Alpert, RAND
Discussant – Darius Lakdawalla, USC

“The Causal Effect of Fetal Alcohol Exposure on Height:  Evidence from State Prohibition Laws”
Eric Helland, CMC
Discussant - Paul Heaton, RAND

 2:50 pm – 3:00 pm  

Session IV – Development
 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm

Chair - Kitt Carpenter, UCI

“The Gender Gap in Mathematics:  Evidence and Analysis from Middle/Low Income Countries”
Prashant Bharadwaj, UCSD
Discussant – Cathy Weinberger, UCSB

“Are Bad Public Schools 'Bad'?  Test Scores and Civic Values in Public and Private Schools”
Tahir Andrabi, Pomona College
Discussant - Anthony Keats, UCLA 

4:20 pm – 4:30 pm

Session V – Labor
4:30 pm – 5:50 pm 

Chair - Kelly Bedard, UCSB

“Getting a Job from a Friend:  Weak Ties on Facebook's Social Network”
Laura Gee, UCSD
Discussant – Philip Babcock, UCSB

Fame and the Fortune of Academic Economists:  How the Market Rewards Influential Research in Economics”
Mike Hilmer, SDSU
Discussant - Serkan Ozbeklik, CMC

Dinner - boxed sandwiches in the Galileo Courtyard.  You can take to-go or stay and enjoy
5:50 pm – 6:30 pm