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For further information, please contact
Tajender Sagoo, email: t.sagoo@lse.ac.uk, tel: +44(0)20-7955-6648

This seminar is organised by

Felipe Carozzi, email: f.carozzi@lse.ac.uk, tel: +44 (0)20 7849 4942
Maria Sanchez-Vidal, email: m.sanchez-vidal@lse.ac.uk
Enrico Vanino, email: e.vanino@lse.ac.uk



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Friday  18 January 2019  13:00 - 14:30

How Do Travel Costs Shape Collaboration?

Patrick Gaule (Bath)

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32L 2.04, 2nd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH
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Friday  18 January 2019  13:00 - 14:30

How Do Travel Costs Shape Collaboration?

Patrick Gaule (Bath)

We develop a simple theoretical framework for thinking about how geographic frictions, and in particular travel costs, shape scientists' collaboration decisions and the types of projects that are developed locally versus over distance. We then take advantage of a quasi-experiment - the introduction of new routes by a low-cost airline - to test the predictions of the theory. Results show that travel costs constitute an important friction to collaboration: after a low-cost airline enters, the number of collaborations increases by 50%, a result that is robust to multiple falsification tests and causal in nature. The reduction in geographic frictions is particularly beneficial for high quality scientists that are otherwise embedded in worse local environments. Consistent with the theory, lower travel costs also endogenously change the types of projects scientists engage in at different levels of distance. After the shock, we observe an increase in higher quality and novel projects, as well as projects that take advantage of complementary knowledge and skills between sub-fields, and that rely on specialized equipment. We test the generalizability of our findings from chemistry to a broader dataset of scientific publications, and to a different field where specialized equipment is less likely to be relevant, mathematics. Last, we discuss implications for the formation of collaborative R&D teams over distance.


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32L 2.04, 2nd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH
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Friday  01 February 2019  13:00 - 14:30

Gravity, Counterparties, and Foreign Investment

Tarun Ramadorai (Imperial)

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32L 2.04, 2nd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH
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Friday  08 February 2019  13:00 - 14:30

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Albert Solé Ollé (Barcelona)

32L 2.04, 2nd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH
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Friday  15 February 2019  13:00 - 14:30

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Lindsay Relihan (Wharton)

32L 2.04, 2nd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH
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Friday  01 March 2019  13:00 - 14:30

Can Information Reduce Ethnic Discrimination : Evidence from Airbnb

Morgane Laouenan (Sorbonne)

We use data from Airbnb to identify the mechanisms underlying discrimination against ethnic-minority hosts. Within the same neighbourhood, hosts from minority groups charge 3.2% less for comparable listings. Since ratings provide guests with increasingly rich information about a listing’s quality, we can measure the contribution of statistical discrimination, building upon Altonji and Pierret (2001). We find that statistical discrimination can account for the whole ethnic price gap: ethnic gaps would disappear if all unobservables were revealed. Also, three quarters (2.5 points) of the initial ethnic gap can be attributed to inaccurate stereotyping by potential guests about hosts’ average group quality.


32L 2.04, 2nd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH
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Friday  08 March 2019  13:00 - 14:30

Intensive and Extensive Margin Effects of Fees in Higher Education

Felix Weinhardt (DIW Berlin)

32L 2.04, 2nd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH
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Friday  15 March 2019  13:00 - 14:30

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Cecile Gaubert (Berkeley )

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


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Friday  22 March 2019  13:00 - 14:30

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Nick Tsivanidis (Berkeley )

32L 2.04, 2nd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH
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Friday  29 March 2019  13:00 - 14:30

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Jorge De La Roca (USC)

32L 2.04, 2nd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH