LSU Department of Economics hosts LSU-Tulane Applied Microeconomics Conference

March 21, 2019

Baton Rouge – The LSU Department of Economics is hosting a one-day conference of applied microeconomic research Friday, March 29, 2019. Economists from LSU and Tulane University will present findings on a diverse set of applied micro topics including college selectivity's impact on the labor market and family outcomes; unintended effects of flood insurance; police-related deaths and crime; the impact of the 1918 flu on India; Medicare payments and health; and exercise incentive programs. Presenters include Elliott Isaac, Wei Long and Engy Ziedan from Tulane University and Abigail Peralta, Daniel Keniston and Barton Willage from LSU.

In the morning session, Elliott Isaac will present “Elite Schools and Opting-In: Effects of College Selectivity on Women’s Career and Family Outcomes” with Suqin Ge and Amalia Miller. Abigail Peralta will then present “Moving to Floodplains: The Unintended Consequences of the National Flood Insurance Program on Population Flows” with Jonathan Scott, and Wei Long will close the morning session by presenting “The Spillover Effects of Highly Publicized Police-Related Deaths on Policing and Crime: Evidence from Large U.S. Cities” with Cheng Cheng.

Following lunch, Daniel Keniston will present “Dynamics of a Malthusian Economy: India in the Aftermath of the 1918 Influenza” with Dave Donaldson. Engy Ziedan will follow with “The Effect of the Medicare Severity Based DRG Codes on Inpatient Care Processes and Mortality,” and Barton Willage will close the day presenting “Rebates as Incentives: The Effects of a Gym Membership Reimbursement Program” with Tatiana Homonoff and Alexander Willén.

"We are happy to bring together researchers from LSU and Tulane who work on applied microeconomic issues, ranging from health and crime to labor market outcomes,” said Barton Willage, assistant professor at the LSU Department of Economics. “The conference will be an avenue through which new research findings will be presented and discussed and further research collaborations will be fostered."

The conference is open to the public. The agenda is available online.

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Elizabeth Eaton
E. J. Ourso College of Business