Fall 2021 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 2021 seminars will be hosted by Dr. Noel Johnson 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.

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.

Virtual seminars will be held from  12 - 1:15pm over Zoom. Each presentation will be followed by an informal discussion (students welcome) from 1:15 - 2pm.  The link and password will be distributed by email.  If you haven't received the link but would like to participate please contact Kashiff A. Thompson (kthomp7@gmu.edu).  

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Fall 2021 Schedule of Speakers:

9/1 (Virtual) 

Stephen Broadberry, Oxford University, Nuffield College

Presentation:Accounting for the great divergence: Recent findings from historical national accounting

9/8 (Virtual)

Chinmay Tumbe, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

Presentation: Age Of Pandemics (1817-1920): How They Shaped India and the World

9/14 (TUESDAY)

Jason Brennan, Georgetown University

Presentation: Why Swing State Voting Is Not (Usually) Effective Altruism: The Bad News about the Good News about Voting

9/21 (TUESDAY)

Michael Andrews, University of Maryland

Presentation: Bar Talk: Informal Social Interactions, Alcohol Prohibition, and Invention 

9/28 (Virtual) (TUESDAY)

John Horton, MIT

Presentation: Pricing in Designed Markets: The Case of Ride-Sharing


Anne Degrave, NYU

Presentation: State Capacity, Fiscal Legibility and State-Society relations: Evidence from the French Napoleonic Cadaster


Leander Heldring, Northwestern University

Presentation: Bureaucracy as a Tool for Politicians: Evidence from Weimar and Nazi Germany


Belinda Archibong, Barnard College, Columbia University

Presentation: Prison Labor: The Price of Prisons and the Lasting Effects of Incarceration






Klaus Desmet, SMU, NBER and CEPR

Presentation: The Instability of Nations: A Global Analysis of 3,000 Subnational Regions 



Marc Law, University of Vermont

Presentation: Industry Size and Regulation: Evidence From US states




Arthur Silve, Universit ́e Laval

Presentation: Frontier Planters, Immigrants, and the Abolition of Slavery in Brazi