February 2018

> February 26, 2018
4:15 pm in Pettengill G21

“On Measuring the Costs and Benefits of Eliminating Currency: A Preliminary Analysis” presented by Rob Lester, Assistant Professor of Economics from Colby College.  A paper that was coauthored with Julio Garin (Claremont McKenna College) and William Lastrapes (University of Georgia).

Talk Description:  While currency makes everyday transactions easier, it also facilitates tax evasion and is the oxygen for the “underground” economy which, in many countries, is the only source of income for millions of people. What are the costs and benefits to reducing, or even completely eliminating, currency? We investigate this question within the context of a relatively standard macroeconomic model.

March 2018

> March 7, 2018
4:15 pm in Pettengill G21

“A Breath of Fresh Air: The Effect of Smoking Bans on Indigenous Youth in Canada” presented by Angela Daley, Assistant Professor of Economics at the School of Economics, The University of Maine.

Talk Description:  Prof. Daley’s study estimates the effect of public-place bans on smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke among Canadian Youth.  She considered how these bans affect subjective well-being.  She differentiate between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth since they are very different in terms of health and the determinants thereof.

All are welcome to attend.
Sponsored by The Casey Lecture Fund – Economics


> March 15, 2018
4:15 pm in Pettengill G21

“The Effects of Climate on Leisure Demand: Evidence from North America” presented by Nathan Chan, Assistant Professor at the Department of Resource Economics, The University of Massachusetts.

Talk Description:   Quantifying the costs and benefits of climate change is critical for policy, and our understanding of how climate change will impact economic output is growing rapidly. However, we have relatively little knowledge about how future climate will influence recreation and leisure activities, which are important determinants of human welfare. In this study, we gather data on 27 million recreational bicycle trips from 16 bike-sharing programs across the United States, Mexico, and Canada. We match detailed riding data with prevailing weather conditions and climate models to estimate the effect of climate change on outdoor recreation.