Conferences: Winter, 2017

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18th Annual Neemrana Conference

 The NBER, India's National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER), and the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) sponsored a meeting in Neemrana, India, on December 16–18, 2016, that included NBER researchers and economists from Indian universities, research institutions, and government departments.

NBER participants were David AtkinAbhijit BanerjeeEsther Duflo, and James Poterba, all of MIT; Emily BrezaShawn Cole, and Gita Gopinath, of Harvard University; Meredith Fowlie and Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, from the University of California, Berkeley; Douglas Irwin of Dartmouth College; Peter Klenow from Stanford University; Anne O. Krueger of Johns Hopkins University; Rajnish Mehra of Arizona State University; Karthik Muralidharan of the University of California, San Diego; and Romain Wacziarg of the University of California, Los Angeles. A wide range of topics was discussed, including the prospects for India and the global economy after Brexit and the U.S. presidential election; new perspectives on skill development, education, economic growth and productivity; currency reform in India and its consequences; business investment, financial markets, and trade in India and the U.S.; and the economics of pollution abatement and climate change.


Economics of Digitization

"Economics of Digitization," an NBER conference supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, took place at Stanford on March 3. Research Associates Shane Greenstein and Josh Lerner of Harvard University and Scott Stern of MIT organized the meeting. These researchers' papers were presented and discussed:

  • Barbara Biasi, Stanford University, and Petra Moser, New York University and NBER, "Effects of Copyrights on Science: Evidence from the WWII Book Republication Program"
  • Joan Calzada, University of Barcelona, and Ricard Gil, Johns Hopkins University, "What Do News Aggregators Do? Evidence from Google News in Spain and Germany"
  • Thomas Blake, eBay Research Labs; Sarah Moshary, University of Pennsylvania; Kane Sweeney, Uber; and Steven Tadelis, University of California, Berkeley, and NBER, "Price Salience and Product Choice"
  • Erik Brynjolfsson, MIT and NBER; Felix Eggers, University of Groningen (Netherlands); and Avinash Gannamaneni, MIT, "Using Massive Online Choice Experiments to Measure Changes in Well-Being"
  • Ben Shiller, Brandeis University; Joel Waldfogel, University of Minnesota and NBER; and Johnny Ryan, PageFair Limited, "Will Ad Blocking Break the Internet?" (NBER Working Paper No. 23058)
  • Shawn Cole, Harvard University and NBER, and A. Nilesh Fernando, University of Notre Dame, " 'Mobile'izing Agricultural Advice: Technology Adoption, Diffusion, and Sustainability"
  • Susan F. Lu, Purdue University, and Huaxia Rui and Abraham Seidmann, University of Rochester, "Does Technology Substitute for Nurses? Staffing Decisions in Nursing Homes"


Economics of National Security

"Economics of National Security," an NBER conference organized by NBER President-emeritus Martin Feldstein of Harvard University and Research Associate Eli Berman of the University of California, San Diego, took place in Cambridge on March 5–6. These researchers' papers were presented and discussed:

  • Giorgio Chiovelli and Elias Papaioannou, London Business School, and Stelios Michalopoulos, Brown University and NBER, "Land Mines and Spatial Development" 
  • Esteban Klor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Sebastian M. Saiegh, University of California, San Diego; and Shanker Satyanath, New York University, "The Logic of Cronyism in State Violence: Evidence from Labor Repression During Argentina's Last Dictatorship" 
  • Suleiman Abu Bader, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel), and Elena I. Ianchovichina, World Bank, "Polarization, Foreign Military Interventions, and Civil Conflicts" 
  • Kerwin Kofi Charles, University of Chicago and NBER; Konstantin Kunze, University of California, Davis; Hani Mansour and Daniel I. Rees, University of Colorado Denver; and Bryson Rintala, U.S. Air Force Academy, "Taste-Based Discrimination and the Labor Market Outcomes of Arab and Muslim Men in the United States"
  • Benjamin Crost, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Joseph Felter, Stanford University, "Export Crops and Civil Conflict" 
  • Samuel A. Bazzi and Matthew Gudgeon, Boston University; Robert Blair, Brown University; Christopher Blattman and Oeindrila Dube, University of Chicago and NBER; and Richard Peck, Northwestern University, "What Can Prediction Teach Us About Violence? Machine Learning Applications in Indonesia and Colombia" 
  • Madeline Zimmerman, Harvard University, "The Effect of U.S. Drone Strikes on Terrorism in Pakistan and Yemen" 
  • Luke N. Condra, University of Pittsburgh; James D. Long, University of Washington; Andrew C. Shaver, Princeton University; and Austin L. Wright, University of Chicago, "The Logic of Insurgent Electoral Violence"