Join us for our weekly Faculty Brown Bag seminars. These seminars are presentations of outstanding research and teaching ideas. They feature local, national, and international speakers invited to address a broad range of business-related topics. Our goal is to stimulate new research ideas, and foster new initiatives and transdisciplinary collaborations.
The Effects of Land Markets on Resource Allocation and Agricultural Productivity, presented by Dr. Chaoran Chen (York University)
What are the effects of land markets on resource allocation and agricultural productivity? Despite the importance and large efforts devoted to understanding land markets, the answer to whether land markets improve resource allocation and productivity remains elusive. We study the effects of land rental markets on agricultural productivity using evidence from a land certification reform in Ethiopia together with a quantitative macroeconomic model that captures institutional costs beyond access to land certification. We show that rentals significantly improve agricultural productivity by reducing misallocation and that the empirical effects of a land certification reform only capture a fraction of the overall effects of land markets.
Dr. Chaoran Chen is currently an Assistant Professor at York University. Before joining York, he received his Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of Toronto in 2017 and then taught for two years at the National University of Singapore.
His research interests are in macroeconomics and economic development. Dr. Chen’s work focuses on understanding the observed cross-country productivity differences through the lens of resource misallocation, structural transformation, and technology adoption, using both general equilibrium models and microdata. In addition, he is also interested in incomplete market models and inequality.
Searching, Recalls, and Tightness: An Interim Report on the COVID Labor Market, presented by Dr. David Wiczer (Stony Brook University)
We report on the state of the labor market midway through the COVID recession, focusing particularly on measuring market tightness. As we show using a simple model, tightness is crucial for understanding the relative importance of labor supply or demand-side factors in job creation. In tight markets, worker search effort has a relatively larger impact on job creation, while employer profitability looms larger in slack markets.
We measure tightness by combining jobseeker information from the CPS and vacancy postings from Burning Glass Technologies. To parse the former, we develop a taxonomy of the non-employed that identifies job seekers and excludes the large number of those on temporary layoff who are waiting to be recalled. With this taxonomy, we find that effective tightness has declined about 50% since the onset of the epidemic to levels last seen in 2016, when labor markets generally appeared to be tight. Disaggregatingmarket tightness, we find mismatch has surprisingly declined in the COVID recession. Further, while markets still appear to be tight relative to other recessionary periods, this could change quickly if the large group of those who lost their jobs but are not currently searching for a range of COVID-related reasons reenter the search market.
Dr. David Wizcer is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Stony Brook University, located in Stony Brook, NY. He concentrates primarily on macroeconomics and labor economics.
Homeless, presented by Dr. Kai (Jackie) Zhao (University of Connecticut)
For a sizable fraction of the homeless population, homelessness is a temporary state often triggered by shocks to income. In this presentation, we will examine economic policies that may help reduce the flow to homelessness for these individuals. We constructed a model economy that is calibrated to especially capture the lower tail of the income distribution where bad enough shocks to income leave some people homeless.
We used the model economy to examine the effectiveness of several policies such as rental subsidies, housing vouchers, and relaxation of borrowing constraints in reducing the flow to homelessness at the steady-state.
Dr. Kai (Jackie) Zhao is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Connecticut. His research interests include macroeconomics, public policy, inequality, saving, health and the Chinese economy.
Canva as a Content Presentation Tool, presented by Angelika Stout (UNO - College of Business Administration)
With the threat of becoming a total Zoom-bie drawing nearer every day, keeping students engaged in content can be a constant challenge. Canva can help! Spicing up content delivery with new visual layouts, templates, images, and modalities can help sustain interest in course content.
With a variety of fresh templates for presentation slides, infographics, posters, graphs, and brochures along with an expansive and diverse library of photos and clipart, Canva can help any novice presenter design and deliver content with a professional polish. This brown bag will present basic uses, features, templates, and examples within Canva. Participants are encouraged to set up a free Canva account prior to session.
A UNO alumna (BSBA 2011, MA 2013), Angelika Stout teaches four sections of Business Communication each semester. After earning a master's in English, she worked as the founding program coordinator for UNO's Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking, helping shepherd the program through the approval process. Her teaching experience includes teaching basic writing, English as a second language, composition-level writing, and professional/business writing.
Does eviction cause poverty? Quasi-experimental evidence from Cook County, IL, presented by Dr. Daniel Tannenbaum (UNL)
Daniel Tannenbaum is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Nebraska. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago and his B.A. in economics-math from Columbia University. His research is in the field of labor and public economics.
To run a tight ship or not? How to release subsidiary initiative in emerging multinational corporations, presented by Dr. Xiaoming Yang (UNO)
Dr. Xiaoming Yang, Assistant Professor, Marketing & Entrepreneurship. Xiaoming Yang has a Ph.D. degree in entrepreneurship and innovation from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His research interests include the cognitive behavior of entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurship, technological entrepreneurship, and corporate entrepreneurship.
The Long-Run Effects of America's First Paid Maternity Leave Policy, presented by Dr. Brenden Timpe (UNL)
Brenden Timpe is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received his Ph.D. in 2019 from the University of Michigan and his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of North Dakota. His research focuses on labor economics, public policy, and economic demography.
From Fog to Smog: The Value of Pollution Information, presented by Dr. Eric Zou (University of Oregon)
Dr. Eric Zou, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Oregon and Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research
The Real Cost of Political Polarization: Evidence from the COVID-19 Pandemic, presented by Christos A. Makridis (MIT/ASU)
Dr. Christos A. Makridis serves as the Head of Research in the National Artificial Intelligence Institute at the Department of Veterans Affairs, a Research Professor at the W. P. Carey School of Business in Arizona State University, a Digital Fellow at the Initiative at the Digital Economy in the MIT Sloan School of Management, a Digital Fellow at the Digital Economy Lab in Stanford University, a Non-resident Fellow at the Institute for Religious Studies at Baylor University, a Senior Adviser at Gallup, a Non-resident Research Scientist at, and a Visiting Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
Christos previously served on the White House Council of Economic Advisers managing the cybersecurity, technology, and space activities, as a Non-resident Fellow at the Cyber Security Project in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and as an entrepreneur and adviser.
Maximizing the Effect of Experiential Design on Converting Consideration into Purchase, presented by Joyce Wang (Bentley University)
Joyce (Feng) Wang's research focuses on customer experience, eCommerce, customer valuation, and customer-centric product design. Her work has appeared in Journal of Business Research, Journal of Business Logistics, and presented at numerous academic conferences. She has taught customer analytics (both undergraduate and graduate-level), marketing research, quantitative business research methods, and marketing strategy.
Race/Ethnic Disparities in the Impact of COVID-19 in the US, presented by Fernando Wilson (University of Utah)
Dr. Fernando Wilson is Director and Endowed Chair of the Matheson Center for Health Care Studies, Professor of Population Health Sciences in the Division of Health System Innovation and Research, and Professor of Economics in the College of Social & Behavioral Science. Dr. Wilson received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Prior to joining the University of Utah in 2019, Dr. Wilson led the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Center for Health Policy and was an Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director and MHA Director with the UNMC College of Public Health.
Deep Dive on Top Five Teaching Technology Hacks, presented by Patti Meglich, Angelika Stout, and Ed Cochran
This will be a hands-on demo of five five-minute presentations on technology solutions that might enhance the student's experience in your course.
Unemployment Insurance during a pandemic, presented by Jun Nie
Nie is a Senior Economist in the Economic Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He joined the department in June 2009.
Testing for COVID-19: A Sustainable Suppression Policy, presented by Yikai Wang (University of Essex)
Dr. Yikai Wang joined the University of Essex as a Lecturer in September 2019.
In this talk, I plan to use examples and data from Nordic countries and Europe to illustrate how testing helped to reduce COVID-19 spread, and use a model to discuss why testing is a sustainable policy to reduce disease spread and even prevent herd immunity.
Government Spending between Active and Passive Monetary Policy, presented by Sebastian Laumer, University of Illinois
Sebastian Laumer is a Ph.D. candidate in the Economics Department at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Laumer obtained a B.Sc in Economics and an M.Sc in Economics from the University of Hamburg, Germany.
His research focus is on Macroeconomics, Fiscal Policy, Monetary Economics, Bayesian and Time Series Econometrics.