Econ 398, Senior Seminar (Public Finance)


Sample Proposals
Cristina Bratu (’11), “Determinants of Subjective Well-Being A Romanian Case Study”
Ginny Hodges (’11), “’Don’t Worry… I’ll Divorce You If I Get Sick!’ A Study on the Effect of Medicaid LTC Eligibility Rules on Divorce”
Ginny Spilman (’11), “Time is of the Essence: The Effect of Birth Spacing on Children’s Educational Attainment”

Sample Review Sheets
Le Masters on Currie and Yelowitz
Le Masters on Verman

Reading and Review Sheet Assignments
Date Title URL Presenter Review Sheet #
Thurs, Sept 8 Slemrod and Bakija, Taxing Ourselves, Chapter 1 MIT Press Guse
Greenlaw, Chapters 1-6
Tax Policy
Tues, Sept 13 Goolsbee, Austan, (2000) “What Happens When You Tax the Rich? Evidence from Executive Compensation”, JPE108, 352-378 JStor Guse (1)
Tues, Sept 13 Goolsbee, Austan, (2000) “What Happens When You Tax the Rich? Evidence from Executive Compensation”, JPE108, 352-378 JStor Guse (1)
Gruber, Chapter 21, “Taxes on Labor Supply”
Slemrod and Bakija, Taxing Ourselves, Chapter 2
Thur, Sept 15 Jeffrey K. MacKie-Mason, 1990, “Do Taxes Affect Corporate Financing Decisions?”The Journal of Finance, 45(5), 1471-1493. JStor Jack (2)
Slemrod and Bakija, Taxing Ourselves, Chapter 4
Gruber, Chapter 24, “Corporate Taxation”
NPR Staff, 2011, “Corporate Taxes: How Low Can You Go?”
Tues, Sept 20 Eissa, N. and H. Hoynes (2004) “Taxes and the labor market participation of married couples: the earned income tax credit”,Journal of Public Economics, 88: 1931-1958. pdf Daniel (3)
Thurs, Sept 22 Probit Lab mroz.dta Guse
Tues, Sept 27 Raj Chetty and Emmanuel Saez (2013) “Teaching the Tax Code: Earnings Responses to an Experiment with EITC Recipients” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 5(1): 1–31 pdf Will (4)
Tues, Oct 4 Jason Fletcher and Norma Padron (2016) “Teenage Childbearing and its Effects on Later Life Soft Skills Outcomes.” Journal of Population Economics, 29(3), 883-910 J Pop Econ Andrew (5)
Thurs, Oct 6 Two Stage Least Squares Lab Slides Guse
Tues, Oct 11 Individual Meetings
Tues, Oct 18 Amy Finkelstein, Matthew Gentzkow and Heidi Williams (2016) “Sources of Geographic Variation in Health Care: Evidence from Patient Migration” Quarterly Journal of Economics. QJE Matt (6)
Thurs, Oct 20 Alice Chen, Emily Oster, and Heidi Williams (2016) “Why Is Infant Mortality Higher in the United States than in Europe?” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 8(2): 89–124 Hannah (7)
Tues, Oct 25 Does Television Cause Autism? Michael Waldman, Sean Nicholson, Nodir Adilov NBER Working Paper No. 12632 Issued in October 2006 NBER Guse (8)
Thurs, Oct 27 Will Dobbie and Roland G. Fryer, “The Medium-Term Impacts of High-Achieving Charter Schools” Journal of Political Economy.123(5):985-1037. harvard Powell (9)
Tues, Nov 1 Midterm Presentations
Thurs, Nov 3 Lab 3
Tues, Nov 8 Donna Feir (2015) “The Intergenerational Effect of Forcible Assimilation Policy on Education” uvic Rainsford (10)
Thurs, Nov 10 Henrekson, Magnus, 2005, “Entrepreneurship: A Weak Link in the Welfare State?” Industrial and Corporate Change, 14(3):437-67. Econ Lit Michael (11)
Tues, Nov 15 Krueger and Whitmore, 2001, “The Effect of Attending a Small Class in the Early Grades …” Economic Journal wiley Courtney (12)
Thurs, Nov 29 Jeffrey Grogger and Greg Ridgeway (2006) “Testing for Racial Profiling in Traffic Stops from behind a Veil of Darkness” Journal of the American Statistical AssociationVol. 101, No. 475, pp. 878-887 jstor Gabby (13)
Thurs, Dec 1 David Card, Gordon Dahl (2011) “Family Violence and Football: The Effect of Unexpected Emotional Cues on Violent Behavior” QJE QJE
Ali (15)

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