ASSA 2021 Webcasts of Selected Sessions

The AEA held its first ever virtual annual meeting Jan. 3-5, 2021. Panel discussions, lectures, and ceremonies were conducted remotely via web platforms. Below are some of the highlighted sessions.

January 3, 2021

Indigenous Nations Economic Development Strategies: Policies and Outcomes

Chair: Randall Akee, University of California-Los Angeles

Community Development Financial Institutions and Individuals’ Credit Risk in Indian Country — Valentina Dimitrova-Grajzl, Virginia Military Institute, Peter Grajzl, Washington and Lee University, Joseph Guse, Washington and Lee University, and Michou Kokodoko, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

The Distributional Impacts of Active Labor Market Programs for Indigenous Populations — Donna Feir, University of Victoria, Kelly Foley, University of Saskatchewan, and Maggie Jones, University of Victoria

Gaming Opportunities: American Indian Casinos, Cash Transfers and Income Mobility on the Reservation — Emilia Simeonova, Johns Hopkins University, Randall Akee, University of California-Los Angeles, and Maggie R. Jones, U.S. Census Bureau

Native Nations and Support for Financial Institutions: Ownership Effects and Perceived Legitimacy Rachel Wellhausen, University of Texas at Austin, Donna Feir, University of Victoria and Center for Indian Country Development, and Calvin Thrall, University of Texas at Austin

Discussants:

Ioana Marinescu, University of Pennsylvania

Abigail Wozniak, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Marianne Bitler, University of California-Davis

Christina Stoddard, Montana State University
 

Gender Differences in the Economics Profession

Chair: Judith Chevalier, Yale University

Diversity in Economics Seminars: Who gives invited Talks? — Jennifer Doleac, Texas A&M University, Herein Hengel, University of Liverpool, Elizabeth Pancotti, Employ America

Innovative Ideas and Gender Inequality — Marlene Koffi, University of Toronto

Confidence Men? Gender Differences in Confidence among Top Economists — Heather Sarsons, University of Chicago, Guo Xu, University of California-Berkeley

A Longitudinal Look at Gender Gaps in the Salaries of Economists at United States Public Institutions — Kelly Bedard, University of California-Santa Barbara, Chang, Hyung (Max) Lee, San Francisco State University, Heather N. Royer, University of California-Santa Barbara

 

AEA/AFA Joint Lecture

Chair: David Card — University of California, Berkeley 

“Tagged”: The Longlasting Effects of Past Experiences in Economics and Finance — Ulrike Malmendier, University of California, Berkeley

 

The Economic Impact and Policy Response to the Pandemic: What Happened in 2020 and What is Ahead?

Chair: Janice C. Eberly, Northwestern University

The Monetary and Financial Policy Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic — Ben S. Bernanke, Brookings Institution

Real-Time Economics: Tracking the Impacts of COVID-19 on People, Businesses, and Communities Using Private Sector Data — Raj Chetty,Harvard University

The Impact of COVID-19 on Education in 2020 and Beyond Caroline Hoxby, Stanford University

The Fiscal Policy Response to Covid-19 — Christina Romer, University of California-Berkeley

 

AFA Business Meeting and Presidential Address

Chair: Jim Schallheim, University of Utah

Speaker: Kenneth Singleton, Stanford University

 

January 4, 2021

Increasing Diversity in Economics: From Students to Professors

Chair: Stacy Dickert-Conlin, Michigan State University

Promoting Female Interest in Economics: Limits to Nudges — Todd Pugatch, Oregon State University, Elizabeth Schroeder, Oregon State University

Can Positive Feedback Encourage Female and Minority Undergraduates into Economics? — Kelly Bedard, University of California-Santa Barbara, Jacquie Dodd, University of California-Santa Barbara, Shelly Lundberg, University of California-Santa Barbara

Info.Econ: Increasing Diversity among Economics Majors — Andrea Chambers, Michigan State University, Stacy Dickert-Conlin, Michigan State University, Carey Elder, Michigan State University, Steven Haider, Michigan State University, Scott Andrew Imberman, Michigan State University

Women in Academic Economics: Have We Made Progress? — Donna Ginther, University of Kansas, Shulamit Kahn, Boston University

Discussants:

Sarah A. Jacobson, Williams College

Loretta Mester, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

 

Honoring 2019 Nobel Laureates Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer

Chaired by David Card and featuring Edward Miguel, Pascaline Dupas, and Rema Hanna

 

AFA Lecture - The Effects of Automation on Wages, Inequality and the Future of Work Start Time

Chair: John Graham, Duke University

Speaker: Daron Acemoglu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

AEA Awards Ceremony and AEA Distinguished Lecture

Chair: David Card, University of California-Berkeley

Speaker: Emmanuel Saez, University of California-Berkeley

 

January 5, 2021

New Approaches to Detecting Discrimination

Chair: Patrick Kline, University of California-Berkeley

Diagnosing Racial Bias in Live Health Care Algorithms - Sendhil Mullainathan, University of Chicago, Ziad Obermeyer, University of California-Berkeley

Adaptive Correspondence Experiments - Hadar Avivi, University of California-Berkeley, Patrick Kline, University of California-Berkeley, Evan K. Rose, University of California-Berkeley, Chris Walters, University of California-Berkeley

Measuring Racial Discrimination in Algorithms - David Arnold, University of California-San Diego, Will Dobbie, Harvard University, Peter Hull, University of Chicago

Discussants:

Janet Currie, Princeton University

Max Tabord-Meehan, University of Chicago

Avi Feller, University of California-Berkeley