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Public Economics Program Meeting

Raj Chetty and John N. Friedman, Organizers

April 9-10, 2015

Feldstein Conference Room 2nd Floor
1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA



Thursday, April 9


8:15 am

Shuttle Service (two vans) from the Royal Sonesta Hotel to the NBER

8:30 am

Continental Breakfast


Behavioral Responses to Taxation: Research Using Administrative Tax Data

9:00 am


9:10 am

Caroline M. Hoxby, Stanford University and NBER
George Bulman, UC Santa Cruz
The Returns to the Federal Tax Credits for Higher Education

9:45 am

Patricia Tong, Department of the Treasury
Li Zhou, University of Alberta
The Impact of Place-Based Employment Tax Credits on Local Labor: Evidence from Tax Data

10:20 am


10:30 am

Michael P. Devereux, Oxford University
Li Liu, University of Oxford
Incorporation for Investment

11:05 am

David Joulfaian, Department of the Treasury
James Poterba, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBER
Robert Gordon, Twenty-First Securities Corporation
Choosing between the estate tax and basis carryover regime of 2010

11:40 am


11:50 am

Jason M. DeBacker, Department of the Treasury
Bradley Heim, Indiana University
Anh Tran, Indiana University
Alex J. Yuskavage, Department of the Treasury
Once Bitten, Twice Shy? The Lasting Impact of IRS Audits on Individual Tax Reporting

12:25 pm

Julie Berry Cullen, University of California at San Diego and NBER
Nicholas Turner, Department of the Treasury
Ebonya L. Washington, Yale University and NBER
Political Alignment and Tax Evasion

1:00 pm


2:00 pm

Tatyana Deryugina, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Laura Kawano, Department of the Treasury
Steven D. Levitt, University of Chicago and NBER
The Economic Impact of Hurricane Katrina on its Victims: Evidence from Individual Tax Returns

2:35 pm

Kirk B. Doran, University of Notre Dame
Alexander M. Gelber, University of California at Berkeley and NBER
Adam Isen, Department of the Treasury
The Effects of High-Skilled Immigration on Firms: Evidence from H-1B Visa Lotteries

3:10 pm



Public Economics Spring Program Meeting

3:30 pm

Michael Geruso, University of Texas at Austin and NBER
Timothy J. Layton, Harvard Medical School
Upcoding or Selection? Evidence from Medicare on Squishy Risk Adjustment

4:20 pm


4:40 pm

Jonas Kolsrud, Uppsala University
Camille Landais, London School of Economics
Peter Nilsson, Uppsala University
Johannes Spinnewijn, London School of Economics
The Optimal Timing of Unemployment Benefits: Theory and Evidence from Sweden

5:30 pm


5:40 pm

Shuttle Service (one bus) from the NBER to the Royal Sonesta Hotel

6:15 pm

Reception and Dinner
Royal Sonesta Hotel
40 Edwin H. Land Boulevard
Cambridge, MA

Dinner Speaker: Dinner Speaker:  Douglas Elmendorf

Friday, April 10

7:45 am

Shuttle Service (one bus) from the Royal Sonesta Hotel to the NBER

8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

John Beshears, Harvard University and NBER
James J. Choi, Yale University and NBER
David Laibson, Harvard University and NBER
Brigitte C. Madrian, Harvard University and NBER
Does Front-Loading Taxation Increase Savings? Evidence from Roth 401(k) Introductions

9:20 am

Francois Gerard, Columbia University
Hysteresis and the Social Cost of Corrective Policies: Evidence From a Temporary Energy Saving Program

10:10 am


10:30 am

Patrick M. Kline, University of California at Berkeley and NBER
Christopher R. Walters, University of California at Berkeley and NBER
Evaluating Public Programs with Close Substitutes: The Case of Head Start

11:20 am

Justine S. Hastings, Brown University and NBER
Christopher A. Neilson, New York University
Seth D. Zimmerman, Princeton University
The Effects of Earnings Disclosure on College Enrollment Decisions

12:10 pm

Lunch and Adjourn