kravis center


Kelly Lockhart Spetnagel 
Lowe Institute of Political Economy 


Friday April 4, 2014 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

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 2014
April 2014

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. 

This year, Eric Hanushek, the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, will deliver the keynote luncheon address. 

Welcoming remarks - 8:30 – 8:35 a.m. 

Session I:  Development - 8:50-10:10 a.m.

Chair:    Manisha Shah, UCLA

Banking the Poor:  Evidence from a Savings Field Experiment in Malawi 
Presenter:  Jeff Flory, CMC
Discussant:  Randall Akee, UCLA

Personalities and Public Sector Performance:  Experimental Evidence from Pakistan
Presenter:  Michael Callen, UCLA
Discussant:  Tahir Andrabi, Pomona

Break - 10:10 - 10:20 a.m.

Refreshments served in Foyer

Session II:  Education 10:25-11:45 a.m.

Chair:  Scott Carrell, UC Davis

Access to Schooling and the Black-White Crime Gap in the Early 20th Century U.S. South:  Evidence from Rosenwald Schools
Presenter:  Katherine Ericksson, CalPoly SLO
Discussant:  Sarah Reber, UCLA

Peer Effects in Disadvantaged Primary Schools:  Evidence from a Randomized Experiment
Presenter:  Serkan Ozbeklik, CMC
Discussant:  Paco Martorell, Rand

Lunch and Keynote Address - 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Hampton Room of the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Commons at Scripps College

Eric Hanushek, the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Can We Evaluate Teacher Effectiveness?

Session III:  Policy Evaluation - 1:30 – 2:50 p.m.

Chair:  Marianne Bitler, UC Irvine 

Reexamining the Consumption Smoothing Benefits of Unemployment Insurance: Why Have these Effects Declined?
Presenter:  Elira Kuka, UC Davis
Discussant:  Marianne Bitler, UC Irvine

The Effects of Driving Restrictions on Air Quality and Driver Behavior
Presenter:  Matthew Gibson,  UCSD
Discussant:  Kevin  Roth, UC Irvine

Break - 2:50 - 3:00 p.m.

Refreshments served in Foyer

Session IV:  Applied Empirical Methods - 3:00 – 4:20 p.m.

Chair:  Kate Antonovics, UCSD 

A Forward-Looking Ricardian Approach
Presenter:  Chris Severen, UCSB
Discussant:  Bowman Cutter, Pomona

Bounds on Treatment Effects in the Presence of Sample Selection and Noncompliance:  The Wage Effects of Job Corps
Presenter:  Carlos Flores, CalPoly SLO
Discussant:  Marianne Bitler, UC Irvine

Break - 4:20 – 4:35 p.m.

Refreshments served in Foyer

Session V:   Health - 4:40 – 6:00 p.m.

Chair:  Heather Royer, UCSB

Medical Care Spending and Labor Market Outcomes:  Evidence from Worker’s Comp Reforms
Presenter:  David Powell, Rand
Discussant:  Paul Heaton, Rand

Bargaining in the Shadow of a Giant:  Medicare’s Influence on Private Payment Systems
Presenter:  Jeffrey Clemens, UCSD
Discussant:  Mireille Jacobsen, UC irvine

Dinner - 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Join us for a casual, outdoor buffet with live-chef wok station
At the Home of David Bjerk
1275 N. Indian Hill Blvd.

Street parking available on W. Baughman Ave. or W. Twelfth St.