Upcoming Seminars

Lawrence Christiano - Professor of Economics at Northwestern University.

February 28 at 3:30 pm in North Hall 2111

Lawrence Christiano is the Alfred W. Chase Chair in Business Institutions, chairman of the Department of Economics and Professor of Economics at Northwestern University. Christiano's research has focused on macroeconomic theory, policy, and econometrics. Specifically, he has been concerned with how the government's monetary and fiscal instruments ought to respond to shocks over the business cycle. This research has two parts; one involves formulating and estimating an empirically plausible model of the macroeconomy, and the second involves developing economic concepts and computational methods for determining optimal policy in an equilibrium model.

Jan Eeckhout - Professor of Economics at UPF Barceloona (ICREA-GSE) and University College London .

March 19, 2019

Jan Eeckhout is professor of Economics at UPF Barcelona (ICREA-GSE) and University College London. He has teaching and research interests in macroeconomics, with a special emphasis on the labor market. He studies unemployment, labor market risk, skill diversity, inequality in cities, and the macroeconomic implications of market power.

Robert E. Hall - Professor of Economics at Stanford University.


Professor Hall is an applied economist with interests in employment, technology, competition, and economic policy in the aggregate economy and in particular markets. He served as President of the American Economic Association for the year 2010. He presented the Ely Lecture to the Association in 2001 and served as Vice President in 2005. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Distinguished Fellow of the AEA, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Econometric Society, and the Society of Labor Economists. Along with his Hoover Institution colleague Alvin Rabushka, they developed a framework for equitable and efficient consumption taxation. Their article in the Wall Street Journal in December 1981 was the starting point for an upsurge of interest in consumption taxation. Their book, The Flat Tax spells out the proposal. (for a free download of the book from the Hoover Institution Press, please go to http://www.hoover.org/research/flat-tax/. They were recognized in Money magazine’s Hall of Fame for their contributions to financial innovation.

Past Seminars

Jesus Fernandez-Villaverde - Professor of Economics at University of Pennsylvania.

January 9 at 3:30 pm in North Hall 2111

Professor Fernandez-Villaverde will present, "Can Currency Competiton Work?" co-authored by Daniel Sanches (Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia). Jesús Fernández-Villaverde currently serves as Director of Graduate Studies in the Economics Department. He is a Visiting Professor at University of Oxford, Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago and Philadelphia and the Bank of Spain, Advisor to the Hoover Institution at Stanford University’s Regulation and Rule of Law Initiative, and a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the Center for Economic Policy Research and ADEMU. His research interests are in the formulation of dynamic equilibrium models, their efficient computation, and their estimation.

Peter J. Klenow - Professor of Economics at Stanford University.

December 11, 2018 at 4:15 pm in North Hall 2111

Professor Klenow will present, "A Global View of Creative Destruction" by Chang-Tai Hsieh (University of Chicago), Peter J. Klenow (Stanford University) , and Ishan Nath (University of Chicago). Pete Klenow received his Ph.D. from Stanford University, where he is currently Landau Professor of Economics and the Gordon and Betty Moore Fellow at SIEPR. He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, for whom he organizes conferences on Economic Growth. He is a consultant to the Federal Reserve Banks of San Francisco and Minneapolis. He is currently an Associate Editor for the Quarterly Journal of Economics and Econometrica, and previously served on the Board of Editors of the American Economic Review. He has an ongoing Intergovernmental Personnel Assignment with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Klenow specializes in macroeconomics, with emphasis on prices, productivity and economic growth.

Nicholas Pretnar - Economics PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

October 9, 2018 at 4:15 pm in North Hall 2111

Nick Pretnar, who'll be visiting LAEF from CMU will present, "Why Do Income Effects Exist?: Structural Change with Micro Foundations". His research focusses on consumption/savings behavior particularly how behavioral tendencies at microeconomic household level impact broader, macroeconomic trends. Currently, his research is bifurcated, focussing on how individual savings rates can be improved by financial services innovations, and how today’s consumption/savings behavior may have future generational welfare implications as society skews older.