kravis center


Kelly Lockhart Spetnagel 
Lowe Institute of Political Economy 


Friday April 19, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM PDT

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Kravis Center is located:
888 Columbia Avenue, Claremont, CA

Parking is available on Columbia Avenue or 8th Street.
Parking is also available in the Bauer Parking Lot, on the east side of campus, on 9th Street.  You will then have to walk through the center of campus to get to the west side where the Kravis Center is located. 

Please arrive early to allow for parking.

Claremont Colleges - Claremont, CA  

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

Casa 425
425 West 1st Street  

Claremont, CA  91711
(866) 450-0425

Please ask for the Claremont McKenna College corporate rate.


Southern California Conference in Applied Microeconomics 

Welcome to SoCCAM 2013

April 2013

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.  Presenters and discussants will receive a $300 honorarium to cover travel expenses.  Paperwork to receive the honorarium can be completed at the conference.

All sessions will be held in Freeberg Forum in the beautiful new Kravis Center at Claremont McKenna College.  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. 

Conference Program pdf

Continental breakfast and registration
8:00 am – 8:45 am

Welcoming remarks
8:30 am – 8:35 am

Session I - Education
8:50 am – 10:10 am
Chair:  Kelly Bedard, UCSB

The EITC goes to College: Evidence Based on Income Tax Data and Policy Nonlinearities 
Presenter:  Day Manoli, UT-Austin
Discussant:  Paco Martorell, Rand

The Effect of Banning Affirmative Action on College Admissions Rules and Student Quality
Presenter:  Kate Antonovics, UCSD
Discussant:  David Bjerk, CMC

10:10 am – 10:20 am

Session II - Health
10:25 am – 11:45 am
Chair:  Mireille Jacobson, RAND

Fear Itself:  The Effects of Distressing Economic News on Birth Outcomes
Presenter:  Kyle Carlson, Caltec
Discussant:  Till Von Wachter, UCLA

Smoking Bans, Maternal Smoking and Birth Outcomes
Presenter:  Prashant Bharadwaj, UCSD
Discussant:  Sarah Reber, UCLA

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College
Keynote Speaker:  Hilary Hoynes, Professor Department of Economics at UC-Davis, Co-Editor American Economic Review
The Health Impacts of the Non-health Safety Net

Session III - Labor
1:30 pm – 2:50 pm  
Chair:  Kitt Carpenter, UCI  

Eyes Upon the Street.  Do Busy Places Have Less Crime?   
Presenter:  Tom Chang, USC
Discussant:  Kevin Schnepel, UCSB PhD Candidate

Family Welfare Cultures
Presenter:  Gordon Dahl, UCSD
Discussant:  Kathleen Mullen, Rand

 2:50 pm – 3:00 pm  

Session IV - Experimental
3:00 pm – 4:20 pm
Chair:  JR Deshazo, UCLA

Decriminalizing Prostitution: Surprising Implications for Sexual Violence and Public Health

Presenter:  Manisha  Shah, UCLA
Discussant:  Mireille Jacobson, Rand

Parent-Child Information Frictions and Human Capital Investments:  Evidence from a Field Experiment
Presenter:  Peter Bergman, UCLA
Discussant:  Jeffrey Flory, CMC

4:25 pm – 4:35 pm

Session V - Public
4:40 pm – 6:00 pm 
Chair:  Michelle White, UCSD

Optimal Health Insurance and the Distortionary Effects of the Tax Subsidy
Presenter:  David Powell, Rand
Discussant:  Jeffrey Clemens, UCSD

State Fiscal Rules and Composition Changes in Public Spending Before the Election
Presenter:  Pi-Han Tsai, UCI
Discussant:  Darren Filson, CMC

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm boxed sandwiches to-go