Fall 2023 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 2023 seminars will be hosted by Dr. Jonathan Schultz and coordinated by 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.

In person 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. 

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Fall 2023 Schedule of Speakers:


Juan Felipe Riano, Georgetown University

Presentation: Bureaucratic Nepotism


Kevin Grier, Texas Tech University

Presentation: Brothers from another mother? The causal effect of German reunification on economic freedom


Arkadev Ghosh, Duke University

Presentation: Creating Cohesive Communities: A Youth Camp Experiment in India


Tarek Alexander Hassan, Boston University

Presentation: The Diffusion of Disruptive Technologies


Volha Charnysh, MIT

Presentation: Migration and Social Change: Evidence from post-WWII displacement in Germany


Martin Fizbein, Boston University

Presentation: America's Frontier Culture: A Particular(istic) Individualism


Petra Moser, NYU

Presentation: Shell Shock: How Exposure to WWII Affected American Scientists


Sylvain Catherine, University of Pennsylvania

Presentation: Interest-rate risk and household portfolios


No seminar. Instead, the James Buchanan and Vernon Smith Seminar featuring Joe Henrich on 11/2. 


Matt Lowe, University of British Columbia

Presentation: Virtue Signals


Victor Gay, Toulouse School of Economics

Presentation: Revolutionary Transition: Inheritance Change and Fertility Decline


No Seminar - Thanksgiving Break


Kerem Coşar, University of Virginia

Presentation: Rise and Fall of Empires in the Industrial Era: A Story of Shifting Comparative Advantages