kravis center


Kelly Lockhart Spetnagel 
Lowe Institute of Political Economy 


Friday April 17, 2015 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.

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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.

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6th Annual
Southern California Conference in Applied Microeconomics 

Friday, April 17, 2015 

Join us for SoCCAM 2015, sponsored by the Lowe Institute of Political Economy at Claremont McKenna College.  Registration is free for all participants and includes parking, breakfast, lunch, dinner, refreshments and program booklet.  Presenters and discussants will receive a $300 honorarium to cover travel expenses. 

All sessions will be held in Freeberg Forum (located on the lower level) in the beautiful 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.  Paper submissions are due January 31, 2015.  This year, we are delighted to welcome keynote speaker:  


 Emmanuel Saez  
Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley   
Director of the Center for Equitable Growth   

"US Income and  Wealth Inequality" 


8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast and Registration

8:30 – 8:35 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

8:50 – 10:10 a.m.  Session I:  Labor Economics
Chair: Marianne Bitler, UC Irvine

"Job Insecurity, Unemployment Insurance and On-the-Job Search"
Presenter:  Italo Gutierrez, Rand
Discussant:  Hani Mansour, University of Colorado-Denver

"Hiring as a Herd: Optimal Unemployment Insurance with Asymmetric Information"
Presenter:  Brandon Lehr, Occidental
Discussant:  Serkan Ozbeklik, CMC

10:10 – 10:20 a.m.  Break

10:25 – 11:45 a.m.  Session II: Health Economics
Chair: Seth Seabury, Rand

"Prescription Drug Advertising and Drug Utilization: The Role of Medicare Part D"
Presenter: Abby Alpert, UC Irvine
Discussant:  Eric Helland, CMC

"Did Medicare Part D Contribute to the Rise in Opioid Overdose Deaths?"
Presenter:  Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, Rand
Discussant:  Mireille Jacobson, UC Irvine

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch

Keynote: Emmanuel Saez, UC Berkeley
“U.S. Income and Wealth Inequality”

1:30 – 2:50 p.m. Session III: Law and Policy
Chair: Kate Antonovics, UC San Diego

"The Clean Air Act Watch List: An Enforcement and Compliance Natural Experiment"
Presenter:  Mary Evans, CMC
Discussant:  Matthew Gibson, UC San Diego/Williams

"Deterring Crime in Community Supervision: Evidence from 24/7 Sobriety"
Presenter:  Paul Heaton, Rand
Discussant:  Justin Marion, UC Santa Cruz

2:50 – 3:00 p.m. Break

3:00  - 4:20 p.m. Session IV: Natural Experiments and Field Experiments
Chair: Heather Royer, UC Santa Barbara

"Choosing Ungoverned Space: Pakistan’s Frontier Crimes Regulation"
Presenter:  Michael Callen, Harvard Kennedy School
Discussant:  Tahir Andrabi, Pomona College

"Dynamic Inconsistency in Food Choice: Experimental Evidence from a Food Desert"
Presenter:  Sally Sadoff, UC San Diego
Discussant:  Salar Jahedi, Rand

4:20 – 4:35 p.m. Break

4:40 – 6:00 p.m. Session V:  Economics of Education
Chair:  Scott Carrell, UC Davis

"Quality of Higher Education and Earnings: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from the French Baccalaureate"
Presenter:  Serena Canaan, UC Santa Barbara
Discussant:  Paco Martorell, UC Davis

"Women's Enfranchisement and Children's Education: the Long-run Impact of the U.S. Suffrage Movement"
Presenter:  Na’ama Shenhav, UC Davis
Discussant:  Sarah Reber, UCLA

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Dinner