Presentation at SoCCam Conference.

SoCCAM – Friday, April 19, 2024

The Lowe Institute of Political Economy at Claremont McKenna College invites economists to attend the 13th Annual Southern California Conference in Applied Microeconomics (SoCCAM) on Friday, April 19, 2024. This year, all sessions will be held in Albrecht Auditorium at Claremont Graduate University (part of the Claremont Colleges). The keynote address will be given by Edward Miguel, Oxfam Professor in Environmental and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley and will be held on CMCs campus in Bauer Founders. This year's program includes sessions on: Markets, Development, Political Economy, Labor, and Health. Registration is now open.

Register to Attend

2024 Program

Sessions will be held in Albrecht Auditorium on the campus of Claremont Graduate University. Each presenter will have 20 minutes to present, 10 minutes for the discussant, and 10 minutes for Q&A.

8:00–8:30am Registration and breakfast - Albrecht Auditorium

8:30-9:50am Session I: Markets
Chair: Martin Hackmann (UCLA)

Paper I
Misinformation and Mistrust: The Equilibrium Effects of Fake Reviews on
Presenter: Ashvin Gandhi (UCLA)
Discussant: Yi Xin (Cal Tech)

Paper II
Power Play: Political Contributions and Regulatory Capture in the Electric Utility Industry
Presenter: Mark Van Orden (UCI)
Discussant: Bernardo Silveira (UCLA)

9:50 – 10:05am Break and refreshments

10:05 - 11:25am Session II:Development
Chair: Steven Helfand (UCR)

Paper I
What Works for Her? How Work-from-Home Jobs Affect Female Labor Force Participation in Urban India
Presenter: Suhani Jalota (Stanford)
Discussant: Sarojini Hirshleifer (UCR)

Paper II
The Returns to Skills During the Pandemic: Experimental Evidence from Uganda
Presenter: Vittorio Bassi (USC)
Discussant: Prashant Bharadwaj (UCSD)

11:25 - 11:45am Walk to Bauer Center

11:45am - 1:00pm Lunch and Keynote – Founders Room, Bauer North
Edward Miguel, Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley

1:00 - 1:20pm Walk to Albrecht Auditorium

1:20 - 2:40pm Session III: Health
Chair: Itzik Fadlon (UCSD)

Paper I
Mechanism Design for Personalized Policy: A Field Experiment Incentivizing Exercise
Presenter: Ariel Zucker (UCSC)
Discussant: Aram Grigoryan (UCSD)

Paper II
Disentangling Sources of Variation in C-Section Rates
Presenter: Heather Royer (UCSB)
Discussant: Yashna Nandan (UCSD)

2:40 - 2:50pm Short Break for Refreshments

2:50 - 4:10pm Session IV: Political Economy
Chair: Emiliano Huet-Vaughn (Pomona College)

Paper I
Do Tuition Subsidies Raise Political Participation?
Prseenter: Daniel Firoozi (CMC)
Discussant: Wayne Sandholtz (Nova/UCB)

Paper II
Leadership & Gender Composition in Managerial Positions: Evidence from the Brazilian Public Sector
Presenter: Thiago de Lucena (SDSU)
Discussant: Ugo Troiano (UCR)

4:10 - 4:20pm Short break for Refreshments

4:20 - 5:40pm Session V: Labor
Chair: Laura Giuliano (UCSC)

Paper I
Quantifying Racial Disparities Using Consecutive Employment Spells
Presenter: Isaac Sorkin (Stanford)
Discussant: Yotam Shem-Tov (UCLA)

Paper II
The Effects of Gender Integration on Men: Evidence from the U.S. Military
Presenter: Melanie Wasserman (UCLA)
Discussant:Serkan Ozbeklik (CMC)

6:00 - 8:00pm Dinner alfresco at the home of David Bjerk

All presenters and discussants are offered a $300 honorarium to cover travel expenses. To receive the honorarium, please submit this form to Kelly Alexander at the Lowe Institute by April 30, 2024.

SoCCAM 2024 Organizing Committee:

Itzik Fadlon, UCSD
Laura Giuliano, UCSC
Martin Hackmann, UCLA
Steven Helfand, UC Riverside
Emiliano Huet-Vaughn, Pomona College
Jessamyn Schaller, Claremont McKenna (Chair)

2023 SoCCAM Program

Details for Attending SoCCAM


Casa 425 – Claremont
425 W. 1st St., Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 624-2272
Presenters and discussants, please inquire with Kelly Alexander at the Lowe Institute about the room block

DoubleTree – Claremont
555 W. Foothill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 626-2411


New this year, all sessions will be held in Albrecht Auditorium at CGU. Please park in lot 9 at CGU, on the south side of Albrecht Auditorium.  Here is a link to the parking lot at CGU.  Here is a link to the CGU campus map.  You can park at CGU in the 9th Street parking lot which is directly south of Albrecht Auditorium.  Street parking is available along Dartmouth, 8th Street, 10th Street, and Dartmouth. No permit is required. The street address for Albrecht Auditorium is 925 N. Dartmouth Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  

The keynote luncheon is in Bauer Founders on the first floor of Bauer Center on the east side of CMC's campus.  We will walk to the CMC campus along 9th Street.  The address for Bauer Center is 500 E. Ninth Street, Claremont, CA 91711.

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