Conferences, Spring 2022

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Economic Impacts of Interjurisdictional Tax Competition

An NBER conference on the Economic Impacts of Interjurisdictional Tax Competition took place January 28 online. Research Associates James M. Poterba of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Owen M. Zidar of Princeton University, and David Agrawal of the University of Kentucky organized the meeting, which was supported by Arnold Ventures Grant 20-05306. These researchers’ papers were presented and discussed:

  • Donghyuk Kim, Iowa State University, “Economic Spillovers and Political Payoffs in Government Competition for Firms: Evidence from the Kansas City Border War”
  • Calvin N. Thrall and Nathan M. Jensen, University of Texas at Austin, “Does Transparency Improve Public Policy? Causal Evidence from a Tax Incentive Transparency Initiative”
  • Johnny Tang, Harvard University, “The Effects of a Global Minimum Tax on Corporate Balance Sheets and Real Activities: Evidence from the Insurance Industry”
  • Niels Johannesen, University of Copenhagen, “The Global Minimum Tax”
  • James R. Hines, University of Michigan and NBER, “Evaluating Tax Harmonization”
  • David Agrawal and William Hoyt, University of Kentucky, and Tidiane Ly, Università della Svizzera italiana, “The Marginal Value of Public Funds in a Federation”
  • Michael Keen, University of Tokyo; Li Liu, International Monetary Fund; and Hayley M. Pallan, Graduate Institute Geneva, “Tax Spillovers in Cross-Border Real Investment: Evidence from a New Dataset on Multinationals”
  • Lisa De Simone, University of Texas at Austin; Rebecca Lester, Stanford University; and Aneesh Raghunandan, London School of Economics, “Tax Subsidy Information and Local Economic Effects”

Summaries of these papers are at

Immigrants and the US Economy

An NBER conference on Immigrants and the US Economy took place March 3–4 online. Research Associates Aimee Chin of the University of Houston and Kalena Cortes of Texas A&M University organized the meeting. These researchers’ papers were presented and discussed:

  • Navid Sabet, University of Frankfurt, and Christoph Winter, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, “Legal Status, Local Spending and Political Empowerment: The Distributional Consequences of the 1986 IRCA”
  • Joan Llull, Markets, Organizations and Votes in Economics, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and Barcelona School of Economics, “Selective Immigration Policies and the US Labor Market”
  • Toman Barsbai, University of Bristol; Andreas Steinmayr, University of Innsbruck; and Christoph Winter, “Immigrating into a Recession: Evidence from Family Migrants to the US”
  • Abhinav Gupta, New York University, “Labor Mobility, Firm Monopsony, and Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Immigration Wait-Lines”
  • William J. Collins and Ariell Zimran, Vanderbilt University and NBER, “Working Their Way Up? US Immigrants’ Changing Labor Market Assimilation in the Age of Mass Migration” (NBER Working Paper 26414)
  • Derek A. Christopher, University of California, Irvine, “Homeownership in the Undocumented Population and the Consequences of Credit Constraints”
  • Milena Djourelova, University of Chicago, “Media Persuasion through Slanted Language: Evidence from the Coverage of Immigration”
  • Hedvig Horvath, University College London, and Jamie L. McCasland, University of California, Berkeley, “The Latinx Great Migration and Its Effects on School Segregation”

Summaries of these papers are at

Inequalities in Mortality in the US and Beyond

An NBER conference on Inequalities in Mortality in the US and Beyond took place March 4 online. Research Associate Janet Currie of Princeton University and Faculty Research Fellow Hannes Schwandt of Northwestern University organized the meeting, supported by National Institute on Aging Grant P30AG012810. These researchers’ papers were presented and discussed:

  • Darrell Gaskin, Johns Hopkins University and NBER, “Rising Midlife Mortality: Economic Causes or Effects”
  • Janet Currie and Hannes Schwandt, “Mortality Inequality in the United States and Europe”
  • Angus Deaton, Princeton University and NBER, “Changing Mortality Patterns across the United States”
  • Fanny Janssen, University of Groningen, “Country and Sex Differences in (Trends in) Life Expectancy in Europe: The Role of Lifestyle Factors”
  • Magali Barbieri, University of California, Berkeley, “Using Cause-of-Death Data to Better Understand the US Increasing Disadvantage in Mortality”
  • Kjell G. Salvanes and Aline Bütikofer, Norwegian School of Economics, “Reducing Health Inequalities — The Role of the Welfare State”

The agenda for this conference is at

29th NBER-TCER-CEPR Conference

The 29th NBER-TCER-CEPR Conference took place March 11–12 online. Research Associate Joshua K. Hausman of the University of Michigan, and Shin-ichi Fukuda and Kenichi Ueda, both of the University of Tokyo, organized the meeting. These researchers’ papers were presented and discussed:

  • Tommaso Bighelli, Halle Institute for Economic Research; Tibor Lalinsky, National Bank of Slovakia; and Juuso P. Vanhala, Bank of Finland, “COVID-19 Pandemic, State Aid and Firm Productivity”
  • Tomohito Honda, University of Tokyo; Kaoru Hosono, Gakushuin University; Daisuke Miyakawa and Iichiro Uesugi, Hitotsubashi University; and Arito Ono, Chuo University, “Determinants and Effects of COVID-19 Business Support Programs: Evidence from a Survey to SMEs in Japan”
  • Michael D. Bordo, Rutgers University and NBER, and John V. Duca, Oberlin College, “How the New Fed Municipal Bond Facility Capped Municipal-Treasury Yield Spreads in the COVID-19 Recession”
  • Daisuke Fujii, Hiroyuki Kubota, Taisuke Nakata, Kohei Machi, Yuta Maeda, and Haruki Shibuya, University of Tokyo, and Masataka Mori, Middlebury College, “Value of a COVID-19 Death”
  • Joseph Gagnon, Peterson Institute for International Economics, and Steven B. Kamin and John Kearns, American Enterprise Institute, “The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Global GDP Growth”
  • Enrique Alberola, Bank for International Settlements; Gong Cheng, European Stability Mechanism; Andrea Consiglio, University of Palermo; and Stavros Zenios, University of Cyprus, “Debt Sustainability and Monetary Policy: The Case of ECB Asset Purchases”
  • Kayoko Ishii, Isamu Yamamoto, and Mao Nakayama, Keio University, “Potential Benefits and Determinants of Remote Work during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence from Japanese Household Panel Data”

The list of presentations is at

CRIW Conference on Technology, Productivity, and Economic Growth

An NBER-CRIW conference on Technology, Productivity, and Economic Growth took place March 17–18 in Washington, DC and online. Research Associates Susanto Basu of Boston College and John C. Haltiwanger of the University of Maryland, along with Lucy P. Eldridge of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Erich H. Strassner of the Bureau of Economic Analysis, organized the meeting, which was supported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. These researchers’ papers were presented and discussed:

  • José B. Santiago Calderón and Dylan G. Rassier, Bureau of Economic Analysis, “Valuing the US Data Economy Using Machine Learning and Online Job Postings”
  • Carol Corrado, The Conference Board; Jonathan Haskel, Imperial College London; Massi Iommi, Italian Statistical Institute; and Cecilia Jona-Lasinio, University LUISS Guido Carli, “Data, Digitization, and Productivity”
  • Daron Acemoglu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBER; Gary W. Anderson, National Science Foundation; David N. Beede, Cathy Buffington, Emin Dinlersoz, Lucia S. Foster, Nathan Goldschlag, Nikolas Zolas, and Zachary Kroff, US Census Bureau; John C. Haltiwanger; Eric E. Childress, George Mason University; and Pascual Restrepo, Boston University and NBER, “Automation and the Workforce: A Firm-Level View from the 2019 Annual Business Survey”
  • Kyle Jones, UK Office for National Statistics, and Josh Martin, Bank of England, “An Occupation and Asset Driven Approach to Capital Utilization Adjustment in Productivity Statistics”
  • Tania Babina, Columbia University; Anastassia Fedyk, University of California, Berkeley; Alex X. He, University of Maryland; and James Hodson, Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School, “Firm Investments in Artificial Intelligence Technologies and Changes in Workforce Composition”
  • Ajay K. Agrawal, Joshua S. Gans, and Avi Goldfarb, University of Toronto and NBER, “Similarities and Differences in the Adoption of General Purpose Technologies”
  • G. Jacob Blackwood, Amherst College; Cindy Cunningham, Matthew Dey, Sabrina Pabilonia, and Jay Stewart, Bureau of Labor Statistics; Lucia Foster, Cheryl Grim, Rachel L. Nesbit, and Zoltan Wolf, US Census Bureau; John C. Haltiwanger; and Cody Tuttle, University of Texas at Austin, “Opening the Black Box: Task and Skill Mix and Productivity Dispersion”
  • Austan Goolsbee and Chad Syverson, University of Chicago and NBER, “The Strange and Awful Path of Productivity in the US Construction Sector”
  • Diane Coyle and Rehema Msulwa, University of Cambridge, “Digital Concrete: Productivity in Infrastructure Construction”
  • David Byrne, Adrian Hamins-Puertolas, and Molly Harnish, Federal Reserve Board, “Historical Geography of the Semiconductor Industry”
  • Jon Samuels, Bureau of Economic Analysis, “TFP Accounting with Secondary Production”

Summaries of some of these papers are at

Economics of Innovation in the Energy Sector

An NBER conference on the Economics of Innovation in the Energy Sector took place March 17–18 in Cambridge and online. Research Associates Meredith Fowlie of the University of California, Berkeley, Ashley Langer of the University of Arizona, and David Popp of Syracuse University, and David Hemous of the University of Zurich organized the meeting, which was supported by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant G-2019-12323. These researchers’ papers were presented and discussed:

  • Sugandha Srivastav, University of Oxford, “Bringing Breakthrough Technologies to Market: Evidence from Renewable Energy Projects”
  • Sarah C. Armitage, Harvard University, “Technology Adoption and the Timing of Environmental Policy: Evidence from Efficient Lighting”
  • Eugenie M. Dugoua, London School of Economics; Todd Gerarden, Cornell University; Kyle R. Myers, Harvard University; and Jacquelyn Pless, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “Steering the Direction of Inventors and Innovation with Supply versus Demand Policies”
  • Michaël Rubens, University of California, Los Angeles, “Monopsony Power and Factor-Biased Technology Adoption”
  • Ashley Langer and Derek Lemoine, University of Arizona and NBER; Ralf Martin, London School of Economics; and Dennis Verhoeven, KU Leuven, “The Private Value of Clean Energy Innovation”
  • Sarah Johnston, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Chenyu Yang, University of Maryland, “An Empirical Analysis of the US Generator Interconnection Policy”
  • Myriam Grégoire-Zawilski, Syracuse University, and David Popp, “Do Technology Standards Induce Innovation in Grid Modernization Technologies?”

Summaries of some of these papers are at

Economic Analysis of Regulation

An NBER conference on the Economic Analysis of Regulation took place March 17 online. Research Associates Steve Cicala of Tufts University and James M. Poterba of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology organized the meeting, which was supported by Smith Richardson Foundation Grant 2021-2606. These researchers’ papers were presented and discussed:

  • Bentley Coffey, University of South Carolina, and Patrick McLaughlin, Mercatus Center at George Mason University, “Regulation and Economic Growth: Evidence from British Columbia’s Experiment in Regulatory Budgeting”
  • Filip Babalievsky, University of Minnesota; Kyle F. Herkenhoff, University of Minnesota and NBER; Lee E. Ohanian, University of California, Los Angeles and NBER; and Edward C. Prescott, Arizona State University and NBER, “The Sky Is Not the Limit: How Commercial Real Estate Regulations Affect US Output and Welfare”
  • Shoshana Vasserman, Stanford University and NBER, and Zi Yang Kang, Stanford University, “Robust Bounds for Welfare Analysis” (NBER Working Paper 29656)
  • Matthias Breuer, Columbia University; Christian Leuz, University of Chicago and NBER; and Steven Vanhaverbeke, Rotterdam School of Management, “Reporting Regulation and Corporate Innovation” (NBER Working Paper 26291)
  • Elena Prager, Northwestern University and NBER, and Nicholas Tilipman, University of Illinois at Chicago, “Regulating Out-of-Network Hospital Payments: Disagreement Payoffs, Negotiated Prices, and Access”
  • Abe Dunn, Bureau of Economic Analysis; Joshua D. Gottlieb, University of Chicago and NBER; Adam Shapiro, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; Daniel J. Sonnenstuhl, University of Chicago; and Pietro Tebaldi, Columbia University and NBER, “A Denial a Day Keeps the Doctor Away” (NBER Working Paper 29010)

Summaries of these papers are at