Wednesday Seminar Series

The Seminar Series, now over 35 years old, invites scholars from around the world to share their work in a formal lecture, which is followed by a rigorous question and answer session.

The Fall 2019 seminars will be hosted by Dr. Bryan Caplan and coordinated by admin assistants Lisa Hill-Corley and Kashiff A. Thompson. All papers made available will be posted on this site for downloading. For more information, call the Center: (703) 993-2316.

Seminars will be held from 12 - 1:15pm in Carow Hall, which is on George Mason University's Fairfax campus. A light lunch for seminar participants will be available at 11:45 am.

Fall 2019 Schedule of Speakers:


Andrew Chen, Federal Reserve Board

Presentation: Do t-stat Hurdles Need to be Raised? Identification of Publication Bias in the Cross-Section of Stock Returns


Lant Pritchett, Harvard University

Presentation: Randomizing Development: Method or Madness?


Kyle Harper, University of Oklahoma

Presentation: Malaria and Marriage: Recovering the History of Infectious Disease


Gary Lee, Bowling Green State University

Presentation:The Limits of Marriage: Why We Can't Solve All Our Problems By Getting Everyone Married 


Richard Lowery, University of Texas at Austin

Presentation: Collusion in Brokered Markets


Graeme Robertson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Presentation: Do Reforms Reduce Corruption Perceptions? Evidence from Police Reform in Ukraine


John Hatfield, University of Texas at Austin

Presentation: Housing Values and Jurisdictional Fragmentation


John Marsh, Pennsylvania State University

Presentation: What You Want to Hear: Hope in the Great Depression


Carlos Carvalho, University of Texas at Austin

Presentation: A national experiment reveals where a growth mindset improves achievement and Bayesian regression tree models for causal inference: Regularization, confounding, and heterogeneous effects


Dan Moller, University of Maryland

Presentation: Moral Remainders and Redistribution


Maxim Massenkoff, University of California at Berkeley

Presentation: Family Formation and Crime


Anke Becker, Harvard University

Presentation: On the Economic Origins of Restrictions on Women’s Sexuality