NYU‐Wagner Seminar ‐ Spring 2015

All presentations take place from 12:30‐2:00PM in the Rudin conference room on the 2nd floor of the Puck Building (295 Lafayette St.). A light lunch will be served at 12:00 PM.


Feb. 5th –Phil Keefer– Lead Research Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. Dr. Keefer examines how political variables influence economic development outcomes. For instance, he has analyzed the impact of insecure property rights on growth; the effects of political credibility on policy; the sources of political credibility in democracies and autocracies; and the influence of political parties on conflict, political budget cycles, and public sector reform. He will present a paper titled " Was Weber Right : The Effects of Pay for Ability and Pay for Performance on Pro-Social Motivation, Ability, and Effort in the Public Sector."


Feb. 26th – Leah Brooks –Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration at The Trachtenberg School, George Washington University. Prof. Brooks’ research focuses on public economics, urban economics, and the political economy of cities. An economist by training, she obtained a PhD in Economics from UCLA and has served on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, in the Household and Real Estate Finance section. She will present a paper titled "Vestiges of Transit: Urban Persistence at Micro Scale."


March 5th – Rema Hanna – Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prof. Hanna’s research covers two areas: how to improve the provision of public services and the implications of environmental policy on poor households in developing countries, particularly for the very poor. Prior to joining the Kennedy School, Prof. Hanna was an assistant professor at NYU‐Wagner. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT. She will present a paper titled "The Power of Transparency: Information, Identification Cards and Food Subsidy Programs in Indonesia."


March 12th – Marc Pares ‐ Marie Curie Fellow at the Institut de Govern i Polítiques Publiques (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and visiting scholar at NYU‐Wagner. His research examines topics in urban governance, citizen participation, urban politics, and environmental management. While in NYC, Dr. Pares is carrying out the project “Social Innovation against the crisis: how leadership practices and civic capacity improve neighborhood development”. He will present a paper titled " New ( Collective) Leadership for Changing Times."


March 26th – Patrick Bayer – Professor of Economics, Duke University. Prof. Bayer’s research examines racial inequality and segregation, social interactions, housing markets, education, and crime. Prof. Bayer obtained his PhD in Economics from Stanford University. He will present a paper titled “The Impact of Jury Race in Criminal Trials”, together with ongoing research in the same area.


April 2nd – Gordon McCord –Assistant Professor at the UC San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. Prof. McCord research examines the changing role of geography in economic development. At present, he is using weather patterns to model the effect of malaria on child mortality and fertility behavior. He is also examining the role of geography in Chinese city growth and modeling the role of physical geography on the timing of economic takeoff around the world. He will present a paper titled Fertilizing Growth: Agricultural Inputs and their Effects in Economic Development”.


April 16th – Ingrid Nembhard – Associate Professor of Public Health and Management at Yale University. Prof. Nembhard’s research examines organizational learning in health care. In particular, she studies the effects of intra‐ and inter‐organizational relationships, leadership behavior, team learning strategies and project management on quality improvement efforts and clinical outcomes. She completed her PhD from Harvard University. She will present a paper titled "Implementing Role- Changing versus Time- Changing Innovations in Healthcare: The Differing Contributions of Engaging Staff Teams, Management, and Network."


April 23rd‐ Jonah Rockoff‐ Associate Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Graduate School of Business. Prof. Rockoff’s examines the financing and management of public schools. His most recent research focuses on systems for hiring new teachers, the effects of No Child Left Behind on students and schools, the impact of removing school desegregation orders, and how primary school teachers affect students’ outcomes in early adulthood. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. He will present a paper titled " Teacher Applicant Hiring and Teacher Performance: Evidence from DC Public Schools."

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