Spring 2024 Wednesday Seminar Series

The Seminar Series, now over 40 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 Spring 2024 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.

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 11:30 am. 

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Spring 2024 Schedule of Speakers:

1/24

Jean-Paul Carvalho, University of Oxford

Presentation: Zero-sum Thinking, the Evolution of Effort-Suppressing Beliefs, and Economic Development

1/31

Douglas Campbell, New Economic School in Moscow 

Presentation: Robust or just bust? The robustness reproducibility of the American Economic Review

2/7

Guido Alfani, University of Bocconi

Presentation: As Gods Among Men. A History of the Rich in the West

2/8 CANCELLED 

Steve Durlauf, University of Chicago

Presentation: TBA

2/14

No Seminar

2/21

Ennio Piano, Middle Tennessee State University

Presentation: Servant of two masters: The economics of ‘‘slave-hiring’’ in the antebellum South

2/28

No Seminar

3/6

No Seminar - SPRING BREAK

3/13

Timur Kuran, Duke University

Presentation: Keeping while Giving: The Perpetuation of Inequalities through the Islamic Waqf

3/20

Cory Smith, University of Maryland 

Presentation: Is Basic Democracy Enough?

3/27

 Tinatin Mumladze, American University

Presentation: Cultural Non-Independence in the Ethnographic Atlas and What to Do About It

4/3

Enrico Berkes, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Presentation: Technological Waves and Local Growth

4/10

Ralf Meisenzahl, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Presentation: The Research University, Invention, and Industry: Evidence from German History

4/17

Wolfgang Keller, University of Colorado Boulder

Presentation: Human Capital Strategies for Big Shocks: The Case of the Fall of the Ming

4/24

Stelios Michalopoulos, Brown University

Presentation: TBA

5/1

Josh Hendrickson, University of Mississippi 

Presentation: TBA