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The Tsinghua University – University of Chicago Joint Research Center for Economics and Finance, in collaboration with the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics in China (BFI-China), the National Institute for Fiscal Studies (NIFS) and School of Economics and Management (SEM) at Tsinghua University, will host a virtual seminar series to inspire research and discussion on public policy issues relating to China. Focusing on a wide range of topics in public economics, the seminar will be a premier forum for frontier economic research and dialogue on Chinese economic issues.

The seminar will feature well-established economics scholars who will discuss frontier issues and methodologies as it relates to policymaking in China. In addition, junior scholars and top job candidates on the market will be invited to present their research during the spring quarter.

The November 5 seminar will be held from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

All times listed below are Central Standard Time.


Wednesday, August 26, 2020
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Retirement Saving in a Low-Return Environment: Challenges to Private and Public Saving Institutions.
James Poterba, Mitsui Professor of Economics, MIT
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Optimal Multi-Regime Tax Systems
Joel Slemrod, Paul W. McCracken Collegiate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy; Professor of Economics, University of Michigan
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Missing Profits of Nations
Gabriel Zucman, Associate Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley
Thursday, October 8, 2020
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saving Effects of a Real-Life Imperfectly Implemented Net Wealth Tax: Evidence from Norwegian Micro Data
Wojciech Kopczuk, Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
New Directions in Business Tax Research
Eric Zwick, Associate Professor of Finance and Fama Faculty Fellow, Booth School of Business
Thursday, November 5, 2020
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Voluntary Regulation: Evidence from Medicare Payment Reform
Amy Finkelstein, John and Jennie S. MacDonald Professor of Economics, MIT
Please note time change for this week's seminar.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Understanding Economics: How Do People Reason?
Stefanie Stantcheva, Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
A Unified Welfare Analysis of Government Policies
Nathaniel Hendren, Professor of Economics, Harvard University; Founding Co-Director, Opportunity Insights
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
What Determines Consumer Financial Distress? Place- and Person-Based Factors
Neale Mahoney, Professor of Economics, Stanford University; Research Associate; National Bureau of Economic Research