ARE Fall 2015 Seminar Series

The Department hosts about twenty-five seminars a year with speakers from the Department, the University, and other academic institutions. Past topics have included food marketing, industrial organization, and environmental economics. They are open to the public.

Time & Place: All lectures will take place from 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. in W.B. Young room 327 on Storrs campus unless otherwise noted.

We are still adding additional lectures. Please check back frequently for the most up-to-date schedule!

Questions or comments? Contact Tatiana Andreyeva at or (860)380-1014

Friday, 9/11/15

Speaker: Emma Bojinova, UConn ARE
Lecture Title: Racial Differences in the Cost of Breast Cancer Treatment
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Cancer has been the second leading cause of death in the United States for the past twenty years. Breast cancer has the highest mortality rate among females diagnosed with cancer. Disparities in the survival of breast cancer patients have been observed between African-American, Hispanic and Caucasian women in the U.S. Researchers have focused on factors such as differences in biology and genetics, social, economic, and cultural differences, and racial disparities as possible explanations for the different survival rates. One of the goals of this paper is to examine if there are racial differences in the cost of treatment of breast cancer patients.  The second goal is to investigate whether hospital characteristics, location, and health insurance status have a significant impact on the number of medical procedures that a patient undergoes during her stay at a hospital. Data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project is utilized to answer these research questions. The study provides evidence for the presence of racial disparities.

Friday, 9/25/15

Speaker: Stefan Hirsch, University of Bonn
Lecture Title: Profitability in the Food Industry: A Comparison of the EU and US
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Stefan Hirsch, Adelina Gschwandtner
International food processing industries are characterized by a high degree of market saturation leading to intense competition among firms in these industries. In addition, firms are facing economic circumstances which are characterized by intensified globalization. Therefore, this paper analyzes profit persistence as well as the drivers of profitability in the EU and US food industry using Arellano and Bond GMM estimations. Due to different structures in firm size comparable samples of EU and US food processors are derived by means of Propensity Score Matching. The results indicate that the persistence of profitability in the EU as well as in the US food industry is lower compared to other manufacturing sectors. Firm specific drivers of profitability turn out to be firm size and growth as well as low financial risk. With regards to industry characteristics the growth rate measured by the growth in industry sales has a significant impact on profitability.

Friday 10/9/15

Speaker: Michael Long, George Washington University
Lecture Title: Effectiveness of a Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Excise Tax in the U.S
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Friday, 10/23/15

Speaker: Amanda Tripp, Yale University
Lecture Title: Estimating the Causal Effect of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation on Food Spending Cycles
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Friday, 11/6/15

Speaker: Pia Raffler, Yale University
Lecture Title: Bureaucrats versus Politicians. A Field Experiment on Political Oversight and Local Public Service Provision
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Friday, 12/4/15

Speaker: Nathan Fiala, UConn ARE 
Lecture Title: Business is Tough, but Family is Worse: How Family Constrains Microenterprise Development in Uganda
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Friday, 12/11/15

Speaker: Michele Baggio, Department of Economics, University of Connecticut
Lecture Title: Evaluating the Effects of River and Stream Restorations: An Application in Switzerland

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Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4021
W.B. Young Building
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4021

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