Research Seminars by the Department of Economics Spring 2021

  • Seminars are on Wednesday, at 12:30.
  • As of now, seminars will take place online.
  • Contact for further information on how to attend.

    • Wednesday 17 February 2021: Eirini Tatsi - Stockholm University & Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI)
      • Title: Short-term and long-term measures of peer behavior (with D. Steinbach)

    • Wednesday 24 February 2021: Iris Kesternich - KU Leuven
      • Title: Reciprocity and the Interaction Between the Unemployed and the Caseworker (with G.J. van den Berg, G. Müller, B.M. Siflinge)

    • Wednesday 3 March 2021: Margherita Comola - Paris School of Economics
      • Title: Unstructured Bargaining with Private Information: Experimental Evidence on Efficiency and Bidding Behavior (with M. Fafchamps- Stanford)

    • Friday 5 March 2021: PhD Internal Workshop
      • Xuan Hua Thanh: "Impact of remittances on saving behaviours and consumption patterns in Vietnam by applying the Propensity Score Matching Approach"
      • Patrick Allmis: “Collective action, political change, and economic development: Evidence from Bolivia”
      • Vinh Xuan Nguyen: "Performance effect of vertical specialisation"
      • Patrick Ndlovu: "Job Satisfaction and the Household Roles"

    • Wednesday 10 March 2021 (Internal Research Seminar): Guido Erreygers - UA
      • Title: How Economists Ignored the Spanish Flu Pandemic in 1918-20 (with M. Boianovsky- U. de Brasilia)

    • Wednesday 28 April 2021: Yves Zenou - Monash University
      • Title: Ethnic Mixing in Early Childhood (with V. Boucher, S. Tumen, M. Vlassopoulos and J. Wahba)

    • Wednesday 05 May 2021: ​Michèle Belot - Cornell University
      • Title: Stress and Food Preferences: A Lab Experiment with Low-Ses Mothers (with J. James, M. Vecchi and N. Vitt) 

    • Tuesday 11 May 2021 (at 4PM): Matthew Jackson - Stanford University
      • Title: The Role of Referrals in Immobility, Inequality, and Inefficiency in Labor Markets (with L. Bolte and N. Immorlica)

    • Wednesday 12 May 2021: ​Philipp Kircher - Cornell University
      • Title: An economic model of the Covid-19 pandemic with young and old agents: Behavior, testing and policies  (with L. Brotherhood, C. Santos and M. Tertilt)

    • Wednesday 19 May 2021: Sabien Dobbelaere - VU Amsterdam
      • Title: Organised Labour, Labour Market Imperfections, and Employer Wage Premia (with B. Hirsch, S. Mueller and G. Neuschaeffer)

    • Wednesday 26 May 2021 (Internal Research Seminar): Sunčica Vujić - UA
      • Title: Operation Allied Force: Unintended Consequences of the NATO Bombing on Children’s Outcomes

2021 Job Market Seminars

​Research Seminars by the Department of Economics Fall 2020-2021

Research Seminars by the Department of Economics Fall 2020-2021

    • Wednesday 7 October 2020 : Roland Winkler - UAntwerp
    • Title: Bringing back the jobs lost to Covid-19: The role of fiscal policy, joint with C. Bredemeier (Wuppertal) and Falko Juessen (Wuppertal)

    • Wednesday 28 October 2020: Sam Cosaert - LISER
    • Title: Togetherness in the Household, joint with A. Theloudis (LISER) and B. Verheyden (LISER)

    • Wednesday 2 December 2020: Sebastian Schmidt - ECB
    • Title: Expectations-driven liquidity traps: Implications for monetary and fiscal policy, joint with T. Nakata (Tokyo) 

    • Wednesday 9 December 2020: Ugo Bolletta - University of Antwerp
    • Title: Marriage with frictions: a revealed preference analysis, joint with L. Cherchye (KUL), T. Demuynck (ULB), B. De Rock (KUL & ULB) and L. Merlino (UA)

Past Research Seminars:

ECON@UA 2020

ECON@UA will take place on February 14, 2020 in room D.014.


For the second meeting of this year of ECON@UA, we once again put together a very interesting program:

15:00-15:40: Jan Bouckaert (Econ): “Conflicts of interest, ethical rules, and competition,” joint with J. Stennek.

15:40-16:20: Marc Deloof (FBE, Finance): “Foreign Subsidiary Cash Holdings and Corruption,” joint with C. Beuselinck, S. Cascino and A. Vanstraelen.

16:20:16:40: Coffee break

16:40-17:20: Alidou Sahawal (IOB): "Beliefs and investment in child human capital: case study from Benin."

17:20-18:00: Ive Marx (CSB): "Real and imagined limits to minimum income protection".

18:00-…:  Discussion over drinks at a nearby pub (Barracuda, Lange Winkelstraat).


For organisational proposes, if you want to attend the event, you have to register before February 10th 2020 by sending an e-mail to

Feel free to froward this invitation to whomever might be interested.

Econ@ua seminars 2018-2019

Econ@ua seminars 2018-2019

Second meeting of the new edition of ECON@UA - Friday, June 21, 2019 in room C.102.

For the second meeting of this year of ECON@UA, we once again put together a very interesting program:

15:00-15:40: Steven Van Passel (EM, FBE): “How do Western European farms behave and respond to climate change? A simultaneous irrigation-crop decision model,” joint with Janka Vanschoenwinkel and Mark Vancauteren.
15:40-16:20: Els Lecoutere (CSB): “Joint forces - The impact of intrahousehold cooperation on welfare in East African agricultural households,” joint with Bjorn Van Campenhout.

16:20:16:40: Coffee break

16:40-17:20: Stefan Angel (WU Vienna, visiting CSB): ""Making ends meet. Revisiting the minimum income question in EU-SILC."
17:20-18:00: Luca Merlino (Econ): “Social and economic inequality,” joint with Margherita Comola (PSE) and Edoardo Gallo (Cambridge).

18:00-…:  Discussion over drinks at a nearby pub (Barracuda, Lange Winkelstraat).

For organisational proposes, if you want to attend the event, you have to register before June 14 by answering this email.

Internal seminars 2018-2019

Internal seminars 2018-2019

  • Thursday October 4 at 12:30 Room C460
    • Roland Winkler
    • Title:  “The Government Spending Multiplier at the Zero Lower Bound: International Evidence from Historical Data”.
  • Monday October 22 at 11.00 Room A108
    • Gust Colruyt
    • Title: “An analysis of the effects of ECB unconventional monetary policies since the Global Financial Crisis”
  • Thursday November 22 at 12:30 Room A108
    • Luca Merlino
    • Title: "The Private Provision of Public Goods in Endogenous Networks" joint with Markus Kinateder (Navarra).
  • Thursday November 29 at 12:30 Room C460
    • Bruno De Borger
    • Title: "Road tolls, diverted traffic and local traffic calming measures"
  • Thursday December 13 at 12.30 Room A.108
    • Vivien Lewis
    • Title: "Labor productivity and inflation dynamics: the Euro Area vs the US"
  • Thursday May 16 at 12:30 Room A108
    • Suncica Vujic
    • Title: TBA

Since the seminars are over lunch, it is ok to bring your own food

Archive Internal and Econ@ua Seminars

Internal Seminars:

Econ@UA Seminars:

    • Title: The Eye of the Beholder. Reconsidering the Notions of Pro-Poor Growth and Progressivity, with an Application to Vietnam,” joint with Bui Thi Kim Thanh (UA).
    • Thursday, November 16th 2017
  • Koen DECANCQ
    • Title: Non-parametric Well-Being Comparisons, joint work with Annemie Nys (UA).
    • Thursday, December 7th 2017
  • Bruno DE BORGER
    • Title: Why Are So Few Cities Implementing a Cordon Toll?,  joint with A. Russo (ETH Zürich).
    • Thursday, March 1st, 2018
  • Joachim DE WEERDT
    • Title: Paying more for less: why don’t households in Tanzania take advantage of bulk discounts? - joint work with Brian Dillon and Ted O’Donoghue.
    • Thursday, May 24th, 2018
  • First meeting of the new edition of ECON@UA - December 14, 2018 in room R.212.

    15:00-15:40: Roland Winkler (FBE): “Fiscal Policy and Occupational Employment Dynamics,” joint with Christian Bredemeier and Falko Juessen.
    15:40-16:20: Gerlinde Verbist (CSB): “Redistribution in a joint income-wealth perspective: A cross-country comparison,” joint with Sarah Kuypers and Francesco Figari.
    16:20:16:40: Coffee break
    16:40-17:20: Tom De Herdt (IOB): "Reading well-being in household expenditures: The case of the DRC."
    17:20-18:00: Carolyn Declerck (FBE): "Neuroeconomics of trust and cooperation: the role of hormones, incentives, and social information."
    18:00-…:  Discussion over drinks at a nearby pub (yet to be determined).

Archive Research Seminars


  • Eric Melander - University of Namur
    • Title: Individual Mobility and Social Mobilisation: Evidence from Swedish Grassroots Movements
    • Wednesday 11 March 2020
  • Andreas Backhaus - CEPS
    • Title: Effect of grandchildren on labour supply of grandparents in Europe
    • Wednesday 4 March 2020
  • Matthew Elliott -  University of Cambridge
    • Title: Capability accumulation and conglomeratization in the information age
    • Wednesday 26 February 2020
  • Paolo Pin -  University of Siena
    • Title: On the coevolution of epidemics, immunization choices, and pseudoscience attitudes
    • Wednesday 19 February 2020 - room A.108
  • Joel van der Weele - University of Amsterdam
    • Title: Self-Persuasion: Evidence from Field Experiments at Two International Debating Competitions
    • Wednesday 12 February 2020
  • Edoardo Ciscato - KU Leuven
    • Title: The changing wage distribution and the decline of marriage
    • Wednesday 4 December 2019
  • Dotan Persitz - Tel Aviv University
    • Title: Social Clubs and Social Networks
    • Thursday 28 November 2019
  • Michal Kobielarz - KU Leuven
    • Title: Entries, Exits and Bail-Outs in a Monetary Union
    • Wednesday 20 November 2019
  • Karel Mertens - Dallas Fed
    • Title: Do Monetary Policy Announcements Shift Household Expectations?
    • Wednesday 13 November 2019
  • Boris van Leeuwen - Tilburg University
    • Title: The Strategic Display of Emotions
    • Wednesday 6 November 2019
  • Li Chen - Gothenburg University
    • Title: Designing Heaven’s Will: Assigning Civil Servants by Drawing Lots in Imperial China
    • Wednesday 30 October 2019
  • Tarik Roukny - KU Leuven
    • Title: Vertically Disintegrated Platforms
    • Wednesday 23 October 2019
  • Glenn Magerman - Université libre de Bruxelles (ECARES)
    • Title: The Origins of Firm Size Heterogeneity: A Production Network Approach
    • Wednesday 9 October 2019
  • Ana Bindler - Gothenburg University
    • Title: The Persistence of the Criminal Justice Gender Gap: Evidence from 200 Years of Judicial Decisions
    • Wednesday, September 25, 2019
  • Wouter Dessein - Columbia Business School​
    • Title: Coordination and Organization Design: Theory and Micro-evidence (joint with Ho-Fu Lo  and Chieko Minami)
    • Wednesday, June 26, 2019
  • Mathias KLEIN - DIW Berlin
    • Title: Monetary Policy and Household (De-)leveraging
    • Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Jan DE LOECKER - KULeuven
    • Title: The Rise of Market Power and the Macroeconomic Implications
    • Thursday, June 7, 2018
  • Artjoms IVLEVS - UWE Bristol
    • Title: Emigration and Pro-environmentalism: A Long-term, Community Perspective
    • Wednesday, May 30, 2018
  • David BROWNSTONE - UC Irvine
    • Title: The Neglected Impacts of Measurement Error in Applied Microeconomics with Applications to Automobile Type Choice and Utilization
    • Tuesday, May 29, 2018
  • Philippe VAN KERM - Liser
    • Title: Trends in the Distribution of Household Incomes: the Role of Changes in the Dependence of Income Sources (joint work with Alessio Fusco and Iryna Kyzyma)
    • Wednesday, May, 16, 2018
  • Florian SCHUETT - Tilburg University
    • Title: Screening for Patent Quality
    • Wednesday, May 9, 2018
  • Arnaud CHEVALIER - Royal Holloway
    • Title: Immigration and Redistribution: Evidence from 8 Million Forced Migrants (joint with Benjamin Elsner, Andreas Lichter & Nico Pestel)
    • Wednesday, April 25, 2018
  • Manolis GALENIANOS - Royal Holloway
    • Title: Referral Networks and Inequality.
    • Wednesday, March 28, 2018
  • Mariana ZERPA - KULeuven
    • Title: Preschool Education and Child Development and Health: Evidence from State Pre-K Programs
    • Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  • Andrea ALBANESE - Liser
    • Title: Unemployment Benefits and Job Destruction: Evidence from Italy
    • Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  • Sebastian FLEITAS - KULeuven
    • Title: Dynamic Competition and Price Regulation When Consumers Have Inertia: Evidence from Medicare
    • Wednesday, February 28, 2018
  • Christian MERKL - Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg​
    • Title: Hartz IV and the Decline of German Unemployment: a Macroeconomic Evaluation.
    • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
  • Christophe GÖRTZ - University of Birmingham​
    • Title: How do Firms Finance Lumpy Adjustment?
    • Wednesday, December 20, 2017
  • Falko JUESSEN - Wuppertal
    • Title:  Estimating Labor-Supply Elasticities with Joint Borrowing Constraints of Couples
    • Wednesday, December 6, 2017
  • Werner BROUWER
    • Title: The Value of Health
    • Wednesday, November 22, 2017
  • Francis BLOCH
    • Title: The Formation of Partnerships in Social Networks
    • Wednesday, November 15, 2017
  • Christian BREDEMEIER - University of Cologne​​
    • Title: Interest Rate Spreads and Forward Guidance
    • Wednesday, October 25, 2017
  • Mathieu PARENTI - Université libre de Bruxelles (ECARES)
    • title: A Theory of New Trade Agreement
    • date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Olivier MARIE-  Erasmus School of Economics Rotterdam
    • title: Does Making Sick Leave Costly Reduce Absenteeism?
    • date: Wednesday June, 7, 2017
  • Krisztina KIS-KATOS - University of Göttingen
    • title: Educational attainment in the neighborhood of conflicts: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa
    • date: Wednesday May 10, 2017
  • Mathias REYNAERT - Toulouse School of Economics
    •  title: Corrective Policy and Goodhart’s Law: the Case of Carbon Emissions from Automobiles
    • date: Wednesday May 3, 2017
  • Pierre W.C. KONING - Universteit Leiden
    • title: Graded return to work for long-term sick-listed workers
    • date: Wednesday March 29, 2017
  • Raf WOUTERS - National Bank of Belgium
    • title: Challenges for central banks: macro models
    • date: Wednesday March 1, 2017
  • Frans SPINNEWIJN - KULeuven
    • title: Responsabilization and punishment in unemployment
    • date: Wednesday February 1, 2017
  • Werner BROUWER - Erasmus University Rotterdam
    • title: The value of health gains
    • date: Wednesday December 21, 2016
  • Koen DECLERCQ - KULeuven
    • title: Study progression in higher education: The impact of ex post selection
    • date: Wednesday December 14, 2016
  • David SMERDON - University of Amsterdam, Tinbergen Institute
    • title: When refugees work: The social capital effects of resettlement on host communities
    • date: Wednesday December 7, 2016
  • Melanie SIMMS - University of Leicester
    • title: Negotiating wage inequality - the role of social partners in wage equality outcomes
    • date: Friday December 2, 2016
  • Wolter HASSINK - Universiteit Utrecht
    • title: Housing careers before and during the Great Recession (joint with Jochem Zweerink)
    • date: Wednesday November 23, 2016
  • Ellen VAN DE POEL - Erasmus University Rotterdam 
    • title: Impact and spill-over effects of an asset transfer program on child malnutrition: Evidence from a randomized control trial in Bangladesh
    • date: Wednesday November 16, 2016
  • Linda COHEN - University of California, Irvine
    • title: Pigouvian taxes at odds: Freight vehicles and externalities
    • date: Wednesday October 26, 2016
  • Bart GOLSTEYN - Maastricht University
    • title: Risk Attitudes across the Life Course
    • date: Wednesday October 5, 2016
  • Robert SPARROW - Wageningen UR
    • title: Globalization and social change: Gender-specific effects of trade liberalization in Indonesia (joint with Krisztina Kis-Katos & Janneke Pieters)
    • date: Wednesday September 21, 2016