CGR-SEF Workshop | Quantitative Analysis of Social and Economic Issues

This Wednesday, 21st of November Dr. Caterina Gennaioli (CGR) and Dr. Sebastian Axbard (SEF) are organising a workshop on quantitative analysis of social and economic issues. Dr. Anna Raute (SEF), Dr. Georg von Graevenitz (SBM), Dr. Reinhard Weisser (SEF) and Prof. Pedro Martins (SBM) will be discussing their most recent research on maternal labour supply, R&D and IP strategies after the financial crisis, performance and human disaster, and rent sharing in Chine.

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Fifth annual meeting on the ‘Theory and Empirics of Inequality, Poverty and Mobility’, 19th October 2018, at QMUL, Charterhouse Square.

BY Dr SANGHAMITRA BANDYOPADHYAY

On the 19th of October, we hosted the fifth meeting on the ‘Theory and Empirics of Inequality, Poverty and Mobility’, at the QMUL premises on Charterhouse Square, London. There was a large spread of theoretical and applied issues addressed in the six papers presented. In the morning three papers discussed issues related to the measurement of mobility and poverty, with applications to the EU, Mexico and with global poverty data, while in the afternoon three papers discussed the impact of mining on individual well-being in Sub-Saharan Africa, how social connections and financial incentives affect productivity in tasks that require coordination among workers via an experiment in a garment factory in India, and a final paper evaluating the effect of aid on conflict in Indonesia.

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From left to right: Sanchari Roy (King’s College), Caterina Gennaioli (SBM, QMUL), Elena Barcena Martin (Universidad de Málaga, Spain), Gaston Yalonetzky (Leeds and Oxford), Sambit Bhattacharya (University of Sussex), Florent Bresson (Université Clermont Auvergne, France), Beatriz Rodriguez-Satizabal (SBM, QMUL), Amrita Dhillon (Kings College, London), Wenjing Duan (SBM, QMUL), Ying Cui (SBM, QMUL) and, the organiser, Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay (SBM, QMUL)

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CGR Annual Globalisation Seminar and Workshop on Political Economy and Economic Development

On Friday, 9th of November the Centre for Globalisation Research (CGR) of the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London is hosting the annual Globalisation Seminar and workshop on Political Economy and Economic Development organised by Dr. Caterina Gennaioli (CGR Director).

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Brown Bag Seminar | Social Capital, Government Expenditures and Growth

This Monday 1st of October, Dr. Ugo Troiano will be presenting his research. Dr  Troiano works at the University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor of Economics. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow NBER in Political Economy and Public Economics, Research Associate at the Office of Tax Policy Research and Faculty Associate in the Institute for Social Research CPS.

Abstract

This paper shows that social capital increases economic growth by raising government investment in human capital. We present a model of stochastic endogenous growth with imperfect political agency. Only some people correctly anticipate the future returns to current spending on public education. Greater social discussion of information makes this knowledge more widespread among voters. As a result, we find it alleviates myopic political incentives to underinvest in human capital, and it helps the selection of politicians that ensure high productivity in public education. Through this mechanism, we show that social capital raises the equilibrium growth rate of output and reduces its volatility. We provide evidence consistent with the predictions of our model. Individuals with higher social capital are more informed about their government. Countries with higher social capital spend a higher share of output on public education.

CGR Workshop on Development

On Friday, 8th of June the Centre of Globalisation Research (CGR) of the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London is hosting a workshop on development organised by Prof. Almudena Sevilla.

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Dr Adrienne Lucas (University of Delaware), Professor Kaivan Munshi (University of Cambridge), Dr Caterina Gennaioli (Queen Mary University of London) and Professor Michael Kremer (Harvard University), are presenting their most recent research on development economics.

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Brown Bag Seminar | Social protection and child poverty risk: does persistence matter?

Next Wednesday 16th of May, Dr Elena Bárcena Martín will be presenting her research. Dr  Elena Bárcena Martín works at the University of Malaga as an Associate Professor of Statistic and Econometrics. She has been research visitor at Columbia University and LSE where she studied the Master of Science in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics.

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to analyse to what extent the previous status of children in poverty affects current child poverty, even when we control for observed and unobserved individual heterogeneity and treat the initial condition problem. On the basis of Wooldridge’s (2005) methodology, we estimate a dynamic random effects probit model considering three levels due to the hierarchical structure of our data: observations for each year (level 1) of the children (level 2) nested into countries (level 3). We corroborate the relevance of lagged status in poverty and assess the role of context variables in explaining differences across countries in child poverty dynamics. In particular, we highlight the significance of family benefits in reducing child poverty and assess which features of these benefits are more effective to reduce child poverty. This way, some key insights are provided to design more effective public policies to alleviate child poverty.

Email: barcenae@uma.es

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