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January 2020

Weekly Economics Seminar by Albin Erlanson

January 22 @ 1:30 pm - 2:40 pm
AC 02 LR 105

Title: Organizing Time Exchanges: Lessons from Matching Markets Speaker: Albin Erlanson, Assistant Professor, University of Essex Abstract: This paper considers time exchanges via a common platform (e.g., markets for exchanging time units, positions at education institutions, and tuition waivers). There are several problems associated with such markets, e.g., imbalanced outcomes, coordination problems, and inefficiencies. We model time exchanges as matching markets and construct a non-manipulable mechanism that selects an individually rational and balanced allocation which maximizes exchanges among the participating agents (and those…

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Prof. Oliver Hart on “Corporate Purpose”

January 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
India International Centre,
India International Centre
New Delhi, India
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Science Policy Initiative on Blockchain Technology

January 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ashoka University Campus

Landscaping Priority Areas for Blockchain: Cryptoeconomics, Capacity building, Scalability, Security Ashoka University, in its first of its kind policy initiative, is hosting a high-level deliberative workshop on blockchain technology. The overarching theme of the workshop is Landscaping Priority Areas for Blockchain: Cryptoeconomics, Capacity building, Scalability, Security. Participation at the workshop is by invitation only. For any queries, please reach out anjali.taneja@ashoka.edu.in. Click here for more details

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“Careers in Media and Advertising” by Dheeraj Sinha, Managing Director India & Chief Strategy Officer, Leo Burnett, South Asia.

January 24 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
AC 01 LR 105

Career Development Office, Ashoka University invites you to an interactive session on "Careers in Media and Advertising" by Dheeraj Sinha,  Managing Director India & Chief Strategy Officer, Leo Burnett, South Asia   Speaker Profile Dheeraj is an award-winning strategist in Asia. He has led his teams to win over 50 effectiveness awards including a Gold for Effectiveness at Cannes Lions 2017. He was on AdAge’s (India) list of Ad People of the Year, 2015 and amongst the top 40 advertising and marketing professionals in the…

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Overcoming Contractual Incompleteness: The Role of Guiding Principles

January 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Dr. Reddy’s Auditorium,
Ashoka University
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The Economics Department is delighted to announce a guest lecture by Professor Oliver Hart, Co-Recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics on 'Overcoming Contractual Incompleteness: The Role of Guiding Principles'.   Bio: Professor Hart is the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University where he has taught since 1993. He is also a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy, the American Finance Association, a Distinguished Fellow of the American…

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Weekly Economics Seminar by Rahul Singh

January 29 @ 1:30 pm - 2:40 pm
AC 02 LR 105

Title: Technical Regulations, Intermediate Inputs and Performance of Firms: Evidence from India Speaker: Rahul Singh, PhD Candidate, IIM Bangalore Abstract: We estimate the consequences of maintaining restrictive Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) measures on physical efficiency and markups for manufacturing firms in India. We combine firm-product level production data from Prowess with the database of TBT measures that have been raised as a concern by member countries against India in the dedicated committees of WTO. We find that the incidence of restrictive…

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February 2020

Weekly Economics Seminar by Girish Bahal

February 5 @ 1:30 pm - 2:40 pm
AC 02 LR 105

Title: When firms matter: Propagation of firm-level shocks through production network Speaker: Girish Bahal, Assistant Professor, University of Western Australia Business School Abstract: Recent evidence shows how sector level shocks can propagate through the production network into aggregate fluctuations. Propagation of firm-level shocks, however, has been less studied. In this paper, we show how i) intersectoral firm-level network linkages between sectors and ii) switching rigidities between customer-supplier relation can explain how firm-level shocks can propagate into aggregate economy-wide fluctuations. This result holds even…

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Weekly Economics Seminar by Bhanu Gupta

February 6 @ 1:30 pm - 2:40 pm
AC 02 LR 105

Title: Third-Party Audit and Tax Compliance - Evidence from a Notched Policy in India Speaker: Bhanu Gupta, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Michigan Abstract: Can resource-constrained tax administrations rely on third-party auditors to overcome conflict of interest and increase compliance? We evaluate a notched policy in India which mandates firms to undergo third-party audit if their reported revenue is above a threshold. We argue that static bunching estimates can be biased in a dynamic setting where firms optimize over several time-periods. Using sample…

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Weekly Economics Seminar by Naveen Kumar

February 12 @ 1:30 pm - 2:40 pm
AC 02 LR 105

Title: Public Schools Can Improve Student Outcomes: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in India Speaker: Naveen Kumar, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Illinois at Chicago Abstract: I exploit a natural experiment in education policy in India to examine the effects of creating high-quality public schools. The “model” schools program established schools that admit students through an entrance exam. I estimate the effect of model schools on educational outcomes using a fuzzy Regression Discontinuity Design based upon the entrance exam cutoffs. With…

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Weekly Economics Seminar by Giri Subramaniam

February 13 @ 1:30 pm - 2:40 pm
AC 02 LR 105

Title: The Supply-Side Effects of India's Demonetization Speaker: Giri Subramaniam, Ph.D. Candidate, Boston College Abstract: I study the supply-side effects of a unique monetary shock – the 2016 Indian demonetization – that made 86% of currency in circulation illegal overnight. Exploiting cross-sectional variation in firm and industry characteristics that correlate with exposure to the informal sector and with cash usage, I find that firms that obtain larger shares of labor or material inputs from the informal sector, experienced declines in their labor and material…

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