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Women in Empirical Microeconomics Conference 2023

The conference consisted of a series of presentations on papers at the frontier across microeconomics fields. This conference offered a platform for innovative empirical research in microeconomics (including labor economics, public economics, development, and industrial organization) and sought to foster opportunities for future collaboration and mentorship for early-career economists.

For more information, please reach out to bfi-events@uchicago.edu.


Note: Session Track A and B ran  concurrently throughout the conference.

Presentation Format: For 40-minute presentations: speakers had 30 minutes to present and discussants had 10 minutes for discussion. For 35-minute presentations: speakers had 25 minutes to present and discussants had 10 minutes for discussion.

Friday, September 29, 2023


7:30 am – 8:15 am‎‎ Registration and Breakfast 

University Prefunction

8:15 am – 8:20 am‎‎ Welcome and Opening Remarks

University B

8:20 am – 9:00 am‎‎Pricing and Efficiency in a Decentralized Ride-Hailing Platform

Renata Gaineddenova, Harvard University (Presenter)

Chad Syverson, University of Chicago (Discussant)

9:00 am – 9:05 am‎‎ Break
9:05 am – 9:45 am‎‎Proactive and Reactive Infrastructure Investment

Gretchen Sileo, Temple University (Presenter)

Michael Greenstone, University of Chicago (Discussant)

9:45 am – 9:50 am‎‎Break
9:50 am – 10:30 am‎‎Missing Tariffs, False Imputation, and the Trade Elasticity

Feodora Teti, Ifo Institute (Presenter)

Matilde Bombardini, University of California, Berkeley (Discussant)

10:30 am – 10:35 am‎‎
10:35 am – 11:15 am‎‎Long Shadow of Housing Discrimination: Evidence from Racial Covenants

Aradhya Sood, University of Toronto (Presenter)

Rebecca Diamond, Stanford University (Discussant)

11:15 am‎‎ – 11:20 am‎‎Break
11:20 am – 12:00 pm‎‎The Impact of Cultural Preferences on Homeownership

Caitlin Gorback, University of Texas (Presenter)

Marianne Bertrand, University of Chicago (Discussant)

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm‎‎

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm  

Lunch  – University A

Lunch Presentation: Remembering Nora Szech

Marta Serra-Garcia, University of California, San Diego

Session Track A – University BSession Track B – Room 601
1:30 pm – 2:05 pm‎‎

Non-Price Competition and Risk Selection Through Hospital Networks

Natalia Serna, Stanford University (Presenter)

Kate Ho, Princeton University (Discussant)

Single-Sex Primary Schools and Student Achievement: Evidence from Admission Lotteries

Soledad Giardili, University of Edinburgh (Presenter)

Jesse Rothstein, University of California, Berkeley (Discussant)

2:05 pm – 2:10 pm‎‎ Break
2:10 pm – 2:45 pm‎‎

Can Competitive Bidding Work in Health Care? Evidence from Medicare Durable Medical Equipment

Yunan Ji, Georgetown University (Presenter)

Amanda Starc, Northwestern University (Discussant)

Jobseekers’ Beliefs about Comparative Advantage and (Mis)Directed Search

Kate Orkin, University of Oxford (Presenter)

Jeff Smith, University of Wisconsin, Madison (Discussant)

2:45 pm‎‎ – 2:50 pm‎‎ Break
2:50 pm‎‎ – 3:25 pmGetting Down to Business: Chain Ownership and Fertility Clinic Performance

Ambar La Forgia, University of California, Berkeley (Presenter)

Carola Frydman, Northwestern University (Discussant)

Discretion versus Algorithms: Bureaucrats and Tax Equity in Senegal

Justine Knebelmann, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Presenter)

Monica Singhal, University of California, Davis (Discussant)

3:25 pm – 3:55 pm‎‎Break – University Prefunction, PM Snacks Served
3:55 pm‎‎ – 4:30 pm‎‎Immigration Enforcement, Crime, and Community Trust

Elisa Jácome, Northwestern University (Presenter)

Jennifer Doleac, Arnold Ventures (Discussant)

Payroll Tax Incidence: Evidence from Unemployment Insurance

Audrey Guo, Santa Clara University (Presenter)

Corina Mommaerts, University of Wisconsin, Madison (Discussant)

4:30 pm – 4:35 pm‎‎Break
4:35 pm – 5:10 pm‎‎The Hidden Effects of Algorithmic Recommendations

Alex Albright, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (Presenter)

Mike Mueller-Smith, University of Michigan (Discussant)

Work Rather than Cash: Informal Redistribution Among Employers and Workers in Kampala, Uganda

Elisa Macchi, Brown University (Presenter)

Lori Beaman, Northwestern University (Discussant)

5:10 pm‎‎ – 5:15 pmBreak
5:15 pm – 5:50 pmThe Impact of Targeted Interventions on High-Risk Domestic Violence Victims

Ashna Arora, University of Chicago (Presenter)

Hilary Hoynes, University of California, Berkeley (Discussant)

How much do our neighbors really know? The limits of community-based targeting

Carly Trachtman, International Food Policy Research Institute (Presenter)

Marcel Fafchamps, Stanford University (Discussant)

5:50 pmConference Adjourns
6:30 pmPrivate Dinner

Private dinner for presenters, discussants, and organizers. Invitation only.


Saturday, September 30, 20223

8:30 am – 9:00 am‎‎ Registration and Breakfast University Prefunction
9:00 am – 9:45 am‎‎How Power Shapes Behavior: Evidence From Physicians

Manasvini Singh, Carnegie Mellon University (Presenter)

Diane Alexander, University of Pennsylvania (Discussant)

9:45 am – 9:50 am‎‎Break
9:50 am – 10:30 am‎‎Vax Populi: the social costs of online vaccine skepticism

Matilde Giaccherini, University of Rome Tor Vergata (Presenter)

Rebecca Dizon-Ross, University of Chicago (Discussant)

10:30 am – 10:35 am‎‎Break
10:35 am – 11:15 am‎‎En Route: The French Colonial Army, Emigration, and Development in Morocco

Ambra Seck, Harvard University (Presenter)

Oeindrila Dube, University of Chicago (Discussant)

11:15 am – 11:20 am‎‎ Break
11:20 am – 12:00 pmTackling Sexual Harassment: Short and Long Run Experimental Evidence from India

Karmini Sharma, Stanford University (Presenter)

Kate Vyborny, Duke University (Discussant)

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch – University A

Lunch Presentation: Career Advice for Female Economists 

Sandra Black, Columbia University

1:30 pm – 2:10 pmIt’s a Man’s World: Culture of Abuse, #MeToo and Worker Flows

Caroline Coly, Bocconi University (Presenter)

Abi Adams-Prassl, University of Oxford (Discussant)

2:10 pm – 2:20 pm
Break – University Prefunction, PM Snacks Served
2:20 pm – 3:00 pmRevealed Beliefs and the Marriage Market Return to Education

Alison Andrew, University of Oxford (Presenter)

Rachel Glennerster, University of Chicago (Discussant)

3:00 pmConference Concludes