[gov3009-l] Applied Stats Wkshop: 2 talks, back-to-back, Wed@noon

Alexis J. Diamond adiamond@fas.harvard.edu
Mon, 10 Nov 2003 16:31:13 -0500 (EST)


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Research Workshop in Applied Statistics
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Please join us this Wednesday @ noon at CBRSS,
the Center for Basic Research in the Social Sciences,
34 Kirkland Street, Rm 22, for two back-to-back presentations:

*Katherine Carman* 
"Social Influences and the Private Provision of Public Goods: 
Evidence from Charitable Contributions in the Workplace"

Katherine Carman is a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy 
Research for 2003-2005. She recently completed her Ph.D. in Economics at 
Stanford. Her primary research interests are in the fields of public 
economics and health economics. Her past research has examined the role of 
social influences on charitable contributions, the adequacy of life 
insurance holdings, and the financial impact of changes in marital status. 

Followed by 

*Andrew Leigh*
"Who Gets the Earned Income Tax Credit? Impact and Incidence" 
www.ksg.harvard.edu/students/leighan

Abridged abstract: 
How are hourly wages affected by the Earned Income Tax Credit? Two 
strategies are utilized.  First, I use variation in state EITC 
supplements and find that a 10 percent increase in the generosity of the 
EITC is associated with a 4 percent fall in the wages of high school 
dropouts and a 2 percent fall in the wages of those with only a high 
school diploma.  A second strategy is then implemented, based on the 
insight that the impact of the EITC on wages is determined by the typical 
EITC parameters in an employee's labor market.  I construct a simulated 
instrument for the EITC parameters in an employee's labor market, and I 
find that wages respond to variation in the fraction of eligible employees 
and the average EITC rate, but do not respond systematically to changes in 
the marginal EITC rate.


As always, lunch will be provided.

Contact information, the current schedule, and previous presentations may be
found at the course web site: http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/~gov3009/

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The Research Workshop in Applied Statistics is a forum for graduate
students, faculty, and visiting scholars to present and discuss work
in progress and exchange ideas.  It is intended as a tour of Harvard's
statistical innovations and applications with weekly stops in
different disciplines such as economics, epidemiology, medicine,
political science, psychology, public policy, public health, sociology
and statistics.  The topics of papers presented in previous years
included missing data, survey analysis, Bayesian simulation, sample
selection, and models for election and portfolio choice. Faculty and
student participants in the workshop present their current projects,
and guest speakers also give occasional presentations. The workshop
provides an excellent opportunity for informal interaction between
graduate students and faculty from a variety of disciplines. Course
credit is available for students as either an upper-level Government
or Sociology class. Lunch is provided.

If you are interested, note that all events are held at noon, in Room 22,
Center for Basic Research in Social Sciences (CBRSS, 34 Kirkland St., this is
the yellow building across the street from William James Hall).
Contact information and previous presentations may be found at the course web
site: http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/~gov3009/

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