This lunch meets on Fridays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the following locations:

  • Fall Quarter: 3SW at the Booth School of Business (exception: October 13 in Booth C06)

  • Winter Quarter: Seminar Room D at the Law School

  • Spring Quarter: Becker Friedman Institute

The faculty organizers are Chris Blattman (Harris), Chang-Tai Hsieh (Booth), Alessandra Voena (Economics), and Anup Malani (Law) with operational support from The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts and the Becker Friedman Institute.

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Autumn 2017 Lunches

October 6

Seema Jayachandran (Northwestern University)

"Reshaping Adolescents’ Gender Attitudes in India"

October 13

Nancy Qian (Northwestern University)

"The Short- and Medium-Run Effects of Computerized VAT Invoices on the Tax Payments and Behavior of Large Firms in China"

October 20

Leopoldo Fergusson (University of the Andes)

"The Real Winner's Curse"

October 27

Nick Tsivanidis

"The Aggregate and Distributional Effects of Urban Transit Networks: Evidence from Bogotá’s TransMilenio"

November 3

Nick Ryan (Yale University)

“The Social Costs of Low Electricity Tariffs: Evidence from Agricultural Power Consumption in India"

November 10

Nina Nguyen

"Industrialization and human capital investment: Evidence from industrial zone expansion"

November 17

Olga Namen

"The Peer Effects of Grade Retention"

November 24 Holiday Break
December 1

Leo Burzystn

"Misperceived Social Norms: Female Labor Force Participation in Saudi Arabia"

Winter 2018 Lunches

January 12

Victor Gay

"The Legacy of the Missing Men: The Long-Run Impact of World War I on Female Labor Force Participation"

January 19

Krisztina Orbán


January 26

Guido Imbens (Stanford University)


February 2

Jesse Naidoo

"The Fertility Effects of South Africa's Child Support Grant"

February 9

Lauren Falcao Bergquist

“Selling Low and Buying High: An Arbitrage Puzzle in Kenyan Villages"

February 16

Quoc-Ahn Do (SciencesPo)


February 23

Samuel Bazzi (Boston University)

"Frontier Culture: The Roots and Persistence of 'Rugged Individualism' in the United States"

March 2

Marianne Bertrand


March 9

Alessandra Voena