Departmental Seminar via Zoom - Sept 21st

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Toru Kitagawa

As of October 2020, Toru KITAGAWA will be Professor of Economics at University College London (UCL). He is currently Research Staff at the Center for Microdata Methods and Practice (CeMMAP) and Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He is also an Affiliate in the Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scaleís (Y-RISE) network on "Evidence Aggregation and External Validity". He has a number of editorial activities: he is notably Associate Editor of the Journal of Econometrics, an Editorial Board Member for The Review of Economic Studies, Associate Editor of the Journal of Econometric Methods and of The Japanese Economic Review.

His research expertise covers econometrics theory with a wide range of economics applications, causal inference, decision theory, and experimental economics. He has published articles in world-leading journals including Econometrica and Journal of Econometrics. He is currently the Principle Investigator for his project Econometrics for Public Policy: Sampling, Estimation, Decision and Applications that was awarded a prestigious ERC Starting grant.

Toru KITAGAWA will present a paper, joint with Shosei SAKAGUCHI and Aleksey TETENOV, at the next Departmental Seminar via Zoom on the theme:

Constrained Classification and Policy Learning (Abstract, PDF 145.73 KB)

More about Toru KITAGAWA and his research

Location: Zoom
Time:
2:45 PM

Julia Cagé awarded ERC "Starting" grant for PARTICIPATE

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Julia Cagé

September 3rd, the European Research Council (ERC) officially published the list of projects it has retained for its 2020 “Starting Grants” Call. Only 13% of submitted proposals were successful for this year’s round.

As a reminder, Starting Grants are awarded to early-career researchers of any nationality with two to seven years of experience since completion of the PhD (or equivalent degree) and a scientific track record showing great promise.

The project “CamPAign Finance, InfoRmaTIon and InfluenCe: A ComprehensIve APproAch Using Individual-Level Data and CompuTEr Science Tools” (PARTICIPATE) submitted by permanent faculty member Julia CAGÉ, is one of only 11 projects selected at the European level in the field of economics. It is only one of five projects selected that were proposed by a French institution in the field of social sciences and humanities.

It is the 4th time that one of the Department’s faculty members has been awarded an ERC grant in the last year (Jeanne HAGENBACH, Alfred GALICHON and Thomas CHANEY received ERC funding in 2019/20) and the 16th time in less than 10 years.

Julia CAGÉ is Assistant Professor of Economics (tenure-track) at the Department since 2014. In 2018 she became the Co-director of LIEPP's "Evaluation of Democracy" research group. She is also a CEPR Research Affiliate.

Her research focuses on political economy, industrial organization and economic history. She is particularly interested in media economics, political participation and political attitudes.

Her early work focused on the media, new funding models and the impact of competition and the rise of the Internet on the quality of information being produced and on political attitudes. She notably co-authored an important paper with Nicolas Hervé and Marie-Luce Viaud which will be appearing this October in The Review of Economic Studies on The Production of Information in an Online World.

Her recent research focuses on the funding of democracy, particularly of political parties and election campaigns in Western Europe and North America, in a comparative perspective. Our Sciences Po Economics Discussion Papers series has recently edited one of her working papers on the topic - The Heterogeneous Price of a Vote: Evidence from Multiparty Systems, 1993-2017 (joint with Yasmine Bekkouche and Edgard Dewitte). This line of research also motivated Julia Cagé to write a book accessible to the general public, published in English in 2020 by Harvard University Press: The Price of Democracy. The French edition (published by Fayard in 2018) was awarded the Prix Pétrarque de l’Essai France Culture-Le Monde in 2019 (read article in French).

The PARTICIPATE project brings together these different strands of research combined with a distinguishing feature common to her more recent research projects: the use of novel individual-level datasets (see The Price of Democracy’s data evidence and article about her 2020 SIOE award-winning paper Heroes and Villains: The Effects of Combat Heroism on Autocratic Values and Nazi Collaboration in France). Julia CAGÉ intends on combining the data with “the use of computer sciences tools (such as natural language processing techniques and machine learning).” The goal being “to develop a comprehensive approach to the study of campaign finance, information and influence, using new individual-level data and investigating recent changes in participation behaviors.”

For this new project Professor Cagé sets out to explore a number of questions: “What are the motives behind small campaign contributions? Does tax policy affect political giving? Why are so few politicians from the working class and can this change? What is the ability of the media to induce citizens to make electoral decisions they would not make if reporting were unbiased? ». Through the use of comprehensive individual-level datasets, “PARTICIPATE will help fill (the) gap” in research at the micro level. “By providing groundbreaking evidence on new forms of participation, it will lead to the reassessment of influential theories of special interest groups and policy formation.”

Read more about the PARTICIPATE Project
Consult the ERC’s press release

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Friday Seminar - Sept 18th

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Julia Cagé

Julia CAGÉ is Assistant Professor of Economics at the Department since 2014. In 2018 she became the Co-director of LIEPP's "Evaluation of Democracy" research group. She is also a CEPR Research Affiliate.

Her research focuses on political economy, industrial organization and economic history. She is particularly interested in media economics, political participation and political attitudes.

Julia CAGÉ will present a paper, joint with Nicolas HERVÉ and Béatrice MAZOYER, at the next Friday Seminar on the theme:

Social Media and Newsroom Production Decisions (Abstract, PDF 26.28 KB)

More about Julia CAGÉ and her research

Location: 28, rue des Saints Pères - Room H 405
Time: 12:30

Due to current sanitary measures, Friday Seminars will take place both on campus and via zoom - places are limited for the on-campus option.
You will be receiving a sign up sheet via email in order to indicate your choice as well as the link to zoom - don't forget to register your choice !

Paris Trade Seminar via Zoom - Sept 15th

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Holger Breinlich

Holger BREINLICH is Professor of Economics at the University of Surrey. He is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and a Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP).

His research interests are in the fields of international trade, economic geography and applied econometrics.

Holger BREINLICH will present a paper, joint with Harald FADINGER, Volker NOCKE, and Nicolas SCHUTZ, at the next Paris Trade Seminar via Zoom on the theme:

Gravity with Granularity (paper to follow in your email invitation)

More about Holger BREINLICH and his research

Location: Zoom
Time: 2:45 PM

Departmental Seminar - Sept 14th

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David Sraer

David SRAER is visiting with us this year on leave from the Haas School of Business and at the Department of Economics of the University of California at Berkeley where he is an Associate Professor of Economics and the James J. and Marianne B. Lowry Chair in Business. He is also a Research Associate at the NBER and a Research Affiliate at the CEPRHe currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Finance.

His research fields include: Corporate Finance, Behavioural Finance, Macro-Finance, Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital.

David SRAER will present a paper, joint with Yueran MA, Tiziano ROPELE, and David THESMAR, at the next Departmental Seminar on the theme:

A Quantitative Analysis of Distortions in Managerial Forecasts (paper, PDF 1,31 MB)

To learn more about David SRAER, consult his website

Location on-campus: 28, rue des Saints Pères - ROOM H 405
Time: 2:45 PM

Due to current sanitary measures, Departmental Seminars will take place on campus and/or via Zoom - places are limited for the on-campus option.
You will be receiving a sign up sheet via email in order to indicate your choice as well as the link to zoom - don't forget to register your choice !

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