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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 Lubala Chibwe, either by email: l.chibwe@lse.ac.uk or telephone: +44 (0)20 7955 6674.

This seminar is organised by Michael Callen,
email: m.j.callen@lse.ac.uk, tel: +44 (0)20 7852 3554

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Tuesday  05 May 2020  12:00 - 13:30

CANCELLED

Ran Abramitzky (Stanford)

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


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Monday  18 May 2020  16:00 - 17:30
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Is Air Pollution Regulation Too Stringent?

Joseph Shapiro (Berkeley)

This paper describes a new approach to measuring the costs of environmental regulation, which we use to study the efficiency of the U.S. Clean Air Act. We exploit regulations that force new or expanding plants to pay incumbents in the same or neighboring counties to reduce their pollution emissions. These “offset” regulations create hundreds of decentralized local markets for pollution. We use transaction-level data on numerous bilateral pollution offset contracts over the last 30 years to compare these marginal compliance costs against leading estimates of the marginal benefits of pollution reductions. While economic efficiency requires equating the marginal compliance costs and the marginal social benefits of pollution reductions, we find substantial heterogeneity in benefit-cost ratios that we analyze in detail. Regulation has rapidly become more stringent, as mean marginal compliance costs increase in real terms by 5 to 6 percent annually. Guided by these estimates, we carefully discuss policy reforms that could increase social welfare.


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Monday  01 June 2020  12:00 - 13:30

CANCELLED

Gordon Dahl (UC San Diego)

32L 1.04, 1st Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH
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Monday  08 June 2020  12:00 - 13:30

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Owen Zidar (Princeton)

32L 1.04, 1st Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH
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Tuesday  16 June 2020  16:00 - 17:00
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The Geography of New Technologies

Nicholas Bloom (Stanford & CEP) , joint with Tarek A. Hassan, Aakash Kalyani, Josh Lerner and Ahmed Tahoun

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