Macro Talk – Pavel Brendler (Wisconsin School of Business)

TEarnings Inequality and Income Redistribution Through Social Security Despite increasing earnings inequality and aging population, Social Security replacement rates in the U.S. have not been changed since 1977. In this paper, I ask what an optimal Social Security policy might look like in 2017. Using a general equilibrium overlapping generations...

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Macro Talk – Donghai Zhang (University Pompeu Fabra)

TTerm Structure, Forecast Revision and the Information Channel of Monetary Policy Monetary policy shocks affect interest rates at long horizons (10 years or more). Furthermore, the private sector’s real GDP forecasts are revised upward in response to a monetary tightening. These facts challenge the prevailing theories in academic and policy...

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MacroHistory Talk – Ana Tur Prats (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

Unemployment and Intimate-Partner Violence: A Gender-Identity Approach This paper analyzes the causal relationship between unemployment and intimate-partner violence (IPV) introducing a gender-identity approach. I argue that local social predominance of different family structures (stem vs nuclear) in the past shaped distinct present cultural norms regarding the appropriate role of men...

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Macro Talk – Tobias Renkin (University of Zurich)

TThe Pass-through of Minimum Wages into US Retail Prices: Evidence from Supermarket Scanner Data We study the impact of increases in local minimum wages on the dynamics of prices in local grocery stores in the US during the 2001-2012 period. We find a signifcant impact of increasing minimum wages on...

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MEF Talk – Ana Tur Prats (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

Unemployment and Intimate-Partner Violence: A Gender-Identity Approach This paper analyzes the causal relationship between unemployment and intimate-partner violence (IPV) introducing a gender-identity approach. I argue that local social predominance of different family structures (stem vs nuclear) in the past shaped distinct present cultural norms regarding the appropriate role of men...

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MEF Talk – Tobias Renkin (University of Zurich)

The Pass-through of Minimum Wages into US Retail Prices: Evidence from Supermarket Scanner Data We study the impact of increases in local minimum wages on the dynamics of prices in local grocery stores in the US during the 2001-2012 period. We find a signifcant impact of increasing minimum wages on...

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MacroHistory Talk – Simon Fuchs (Toulouse School of Economics)

The Spoils of War: Trade Shocks during WWI and Spain’s Regional Development This paper contributes new evidence on how labor market frictions can inhibit regional economic development and how a foreign demand shock can overcome them. I digitized new historical trade and labormarket data to examine a trade shock to...

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