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The Applications Seminar brings together research at the frontier of applied microeconomics in the fields of labour and development economics, public finance and social policy

These seminars are held on Mondays at 12:00-13:30 in room 32L 1.04 (1st floor, 32 Lincolns Inn Fields, London), unless specified otherwise.

For further information please contact Tajender Sagoo, either by email: t.sagoo@lse.ac.uk or telephone: +44(0)-7955-6648.

This seminar is organised by
Daniel Reck, email: d.h.reck@lse.ac.uk, tel: 44(0)20-7852 3548 



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Monday  18 February 2019  12:00 - 13:30

All the Single Ladies: Job Promotions and the Durability of Marriage

Johanna Rickne (Stockholm)

32L 1.04, 1st Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH
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Monday  05 November 2018  12:00 - 13:30

Can Audits Backfire? Evidence from Public Procurement in Chile

Dina Pomeranz (Zurich)

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Monday  12 November 2018  12:00 - 13:30

Economic Losers and Political Winners: Sweden's Radical Right

Torsten Persson (IIES)

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Monday  19 November 2018  12:00 - 13:30

Rage Against The Machines: Labor-Saving Technology and Unrest in England, 1830-32

Hans-Joachim Voth (Zurich)

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Monday  26 November 2018  12:00 - 13:30

Types of Contact: A Field Experiment on Collaborative and Adversarial Caste Integration

Matt Lowe (MIT)

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Monday  03 December 2018  12:00 - 13:30

The More We Die, The More We Sell? A Simple Test of the Home-Market Effect

Heidi L Williams (MIT)

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Monday  10 December 2018  12:00 - 13:30

The Local and Aggregate Effect of Agglomeration on Innovation: Evidence from High Tech Clusters

Enrico Moretti (UC Berkeley)

Most industries are spatially clustered and clustering is particularly strong in the high tech sector. In this paper I use longitudinal data on top patenters to estimate the productivity benefits enjoyed by scientists who locate in Silicon Valley-style clusters. As a measure of worker-specific productivity, I use the number of patents produced in a year. I find that when a scientist moves to a larger cluster, she experiences significant increases in the number of patents produced and the number of subsequent citations. The productivity increase follows the move, and there is no evidence of pre-trends. Using an instrumental variable based on the geographical structure of firms with laboratories in multiple cities, I estimate that the elasticity of number of patents with respect to cluster size is 0.04. I use my estimates to quantify the macro-economic benefits of clustering for the US as a whole. I find significant aggregate efficiency gains from clustering. In a counterfactual scenario where the quality of U.S. inventors is held constant and their geographical location is changed so that all cities have the same number of inventors, the overall number of patents in US would be significantly smaller. I conclude that while clustering of high tech industries may exacerbate earning inequality across U.S. communities; it is important for overall production of innovation in the US.


32L 1.04, 1st Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH
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