Lowe Institute to host annual Southern California Conference in Applied Microeconomics

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The Lowe Institute of Political Economy is hosting the Southern California Conference in Applied Microeconomics (SoCCAM) on Friday, April 28, 2023.

Each year, the Lowe Institute invites scholars in the region to present their latest academic research at SoCCAM as part of its mission to support faculty scholarship with opportunities for continued education, knowledge sharing, and collaboration. 

At this year’s conference, to be held in Freeberg Forum in the Kravis Center, the schedule includes five sessions, each with two presenters, a discussant, and a Q&A. The topics include: Public and Development, International Environmental, IO and Labor, Law and Crime, and Labor and Public.

Participants represent several UC schools, as well as USC, SDSU, Occidental, the University of Oregon, the RAND Corporation, and the California Policy Lab.

The lunchtime keynote will be given by Martha Bailey, professor of economics at UCLA. 

Some of the day’s other sessions include: “International Spillover Effects of Air Pollution: Evidence from Mortality and Health Data,” presented by Seonmin Will Heo (UCSB), with discussant Meera Mahadevan (UCI); “The Long-Term Effects of Workplace Injury on Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from California,” presented by Michael Dworsky (RAND), with discussant Adam Leive (UC Berkeley); and “Financial Aid and Social Mobility: Evidence from Colombia’s Ser Pilo Paga,” presented by Juliana Londono-Velez (UCLA), with discussant Joseph Cummins (UCR).

Jessamyn Schaller, associate professor of economics in the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance at CMC, is part of the multi-school organizing committee for SoCCAM. She said SoCCAM has become a highly anticipated annual tradition among Southern California applied microeconomists.

“Our region has a concentration of excellent academic and research institutions, and SoCCAM provides a unique opportunity to network with other local economists,” said Schaller, who is also research affiliate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and at IZA. “We are excited for some very interesting sessions and another great participant list this year.”

The Lowe Institute sponsors research on public policy issues such as health care, tax reform, trade regulation, and international finance, as well as economic topics. While supporting faculty scholarship, it also prioritizes student learning, providing opportunities to apply knowledge of economics to complex problems in academic research, policy consulting, corporate development, and other areas.

For registration and more information, visit: https://www.lowe-institute.org/events/soccam/.

Julie Riggott


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