Thursday, February 29th, Keller 0001
12:30pm - Claire Fan

Dam thy neighbor: Spillovers and coordination on transboundary rivers

Abstract: Around the world, tens of thousands of dams generate spatially uneven distributions of irrigation, clean electricity, and other benefits, as well as of costs for water supply, disaster management, and ecosystem services. Among large dams, one-third are in upstream countries on rivers that flow into other countries, and are hence in a position to impose externalities on countries downstream. This paper leverages the tributary network of rivers to causally identify the effect of dams on economic activity in river-adjacent downstream areas. Preliminary results indicate that  globally, on average, dams reduce downstream economic activity via changes to river flow, both domestically and in foreign downstream countries. I find suggestive evidence of heterogeneity by cross-country relations: the negative effects may be larger for downstream countries with higher coordination costs or less potential to meaningfully retaliate.


Upcoming Presenters

Mar 7, 12:30pmClaire FanKeller 0001
Mar 21, 12:30pmEmileigh Harrison Keller 0001
Mar 21, 1:10pmRohen ShahKeller 0001
Mar 28, 12:30pmKisoo Kim Keller 0001
Mar 28, 1:10pmKeisuke ItoKeller 0001
Apr 4, 12:30pmRubina Hundal Keller 0001
Apr 11, 12:30pmSmriti Ganapathi Keller 0001
Apr 11, 1:10pmNathan AusubelKeller 0001
Apr 18, 12:30pmAlison DoxeyKeller 0001
Apr 18, 1:10pmMichael McKelligottKeller 0001
Apr 25, 12:30pmFelicity Zhang Keller 0001
Apr 25, 1:10pmPeizan ShengKeller 0001
May 2, 12:30pmBrian Curran Keller 0001
May 2, 1:10pmMatthew StadnickiKeller 0001
May 9, 12:30pmNeila KerkebaneKeller 0001
May 9, 1:10pmSofia GalloKeller 0001
May 16, 12:30pmOskar HouckKeller 0001
May 16, 1:10pmDaisy LuKeller 0001


Past Presenters

Oct 5

Ruochen Yi, Political structure and Balance of power, evidence from mid-level officials' promotion in China

Oct 12

Angela Wyse, Saved by Medicaid: New Evidence on Health Insurance and Mortality from the Universe of Low-Income Adults

Nov 9

Mythili Vinnakota, Levees: Infrastructure and Insurance as Adaptation to Flood Risk

Nov 30

Wendy Wong, Optimal Monitoring and Bureaucrat Adjustments

Dec 7

Elena Ziege, Educational Spillovers: The Effect of Birthright Citizenship on Siblings' Education

Jan 11

Maya Lozinski, Knowledge Growth and Specialization

Jan 18

Steve Kim,  Industrial Policy: When Does It Work?

Jan 18

Gina Eckhoff, Putting Simplicity Back into New Economic Geography

Jan 25

Ari Anisfeld, "Remind me to go to back to college": The impact of government communications on FAFSA renewal and re-enrollment

Jan 25

Predrag Pandiloski, Social Learning in Diverse Societies

Feb 1

Daniel Sonnenstuhl, The Causes and Implications of the Pentecostal Movement: Evidence from Nigeria

Feb 8

José Miguel Pascual Moreno, Bargaining at the Firm

Feb 15

Danielle Nemschoff, Family Bonds and Recidivism

Feb 22

Goya Razavi Ebrahimi, Who Benefits From Free Colleges?

Feb 29

Haoran Gao, Competition, Market, Supply Chain, and (Dis)engagement: Determinants and Consequences of American Business Community's Lobbying on US-China Engagement

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Steans Professor in Educational Policy

Steven Durlauf

Steven Durlauf’s research spans many topics in microeconomics and macroeconomics. His most important substantive contributions involve the areas of poverty, inequality and economic growth.