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Vanderbilt Empirical Applied Microeconomics Festival [VEAM FEST]
May 18-19, 2015


College of Arts and Science, Department of Economics, Vanderbilt Law School, Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics

Location: Bennett Miller Room, 2nd floor of Vanderbilt Law School

The conference is free and open to all, but RSVP is required for lunches and dinner to Kitt Carpenter.


Monday, May 18, 2015

11:45-12:45        Registration and lunch – Bennett Miller Room, Vanderbilt Law School


12:45-1:00          Welcome and Introductions – Bennett Miller Room, Vanderbilt Law School


Session 1: Behavioral Responses to Natural Experiments in Insurance and Taxes [Chair: Kip Viscusi]

1:00-2:00             Aaron Yelowitz and Timothy F. Harris (University of Kentucky)

                              “A Bad Nudge? Inertia vs. Crowd-Out in the Life Insurance Market

2:00-3:00             Jason DeBacker (Middle Tennessee State University)

                              “Once Bitten, Twice Shy? The Lasting Impact of IRS Audits on Individual Tax Reporting”


3:00-3:30             Break


Session 2: Economics of Education [Chair: Kathy Anderson]

3:30-4:30             Celeste Carruthers and Jill Welch (University of Tennessee)

                              “Not Whether, but Where: Pell Grants and College Choices”

4:30-5:30             Andrew Dustan (Vanderbilt University)

                              “Do Children Benefit When an Older Sibling Attends a Better School?”


5:30-6:30             Free time



6:30                      Group Dinner, Amerigo West End – 1920 West End Avenue


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

7:30-8:00             Continental breakfast – Bennett Miller Room, Vanderbilt Law School


Session 3: Health Economics [Chair: Kitt Carpenter]

8:00-9:00             Jose Fernandez and Josh Pinkston (University of Louisville)

                              “Breaking Bad? Are Meth Labs Justified in Dry Counties?”

9:00-10:00          Griffin Edwards (University of Alabama – Birmingham)

                              “Alcohol Prohibition and Infant Mortality”


10:00-10:30        Break


Session 4: Economic History [Chair: Bill Collins]

10:30-11:30        Taylor Jaworski (Queen’s University)

                              “World War II and the Industrialization of the American South”

11:30-12:30        Bill Collins (Vanderbilt) and Marianne Wanamaker (University of Tennessee)

                              “Intergenerational Mobility in the Shadow of Jim Crow”


12:30                    Lunch