2014 Summer Workshop

 May 15-17, 2014

Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University; Logan, Utah.

The annual QSPS Summer Workshop takes place in a selective setting in which 10 to 12 participants each have one hour to present and discuss research. This format and selective setting facilitates in-depth peer feedback, while interacting extensively with other workshop participants and guests.


Botond Koszegi is a Professor of Economics at Central European University in Budapest, HungaryHe currently serves as a managing editor of the Review of Economic Studies, as an associate editor of the Journal of the European Economic Association, and as a board editor of the American Economic Review. His research focuses on behavioral economic modeling with specific application to self-control problems, non-constant discounting, reference-dependent preferences, and contracting when individuals are vulnerable because of behavioral characteristics. Botond has published his research in peer-reviewed journals such as the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of EconomicsJournal of Public EconomicsTheoretical EconomicsJournal of the European Economic AssociationJournal of Health Economics, and Economic Theory, among many other outlets.

Andrew Samwick is the Sandra L. and Aruthur L. Irving '72a, P'10 Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, and he is the Director of The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College. Andrew is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Tax Association. He also serves as an editor of Economics Letters. Andrew has studied social security reform, portfolio choice, precautionary saving, taxation, and executive compensation, among many other topics. He has published his research in peer-reviewed outlets such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of FinanceJournal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Public EconomicsReview of Economics and StatisticsJournal of Development Economics, Journal of Corporate Finance, National Tax Journal, and Contemporary Economic Policy, among many others.


Thursday May 15

4:00pm - 4:30pm          Check-In at the Logan Golf & Country Club (walking/driving directions)

4:30pm - 5:30pm          Why Do Americans Work So Much More than Europeans? The Role of Health Insurance/Expenses
                                               Kai (Jackie) Zhao, University of Connecticut
Coauthor: Zhigang Feng, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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5:45pm - 6:45pm          Commitment and Welfare
                                               Frank N. Caliendo, Utah State University 
                                                    Coauthor: T. Scott Findley, Utah State University
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7:00pm - 9:00pm          Complimentary Opening Dinner at Elements Restaurant

Friday May 16

7:30am - 8:30am          Complimentary Breakfast

8:30am - 9:30am          On the Effects of Tax-deferred Saving Accounts
                                               Anson Ho, Kansas State University
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9:45am - 10:45am        Keynote Presentation: Using Information about Naivete to Price Discriminate
                                               Botond Koszegi, Central European University 
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11:00am - 12:00pm      Job Loss, Consumption, and Unemployment Insurance
                                                Itay Saporta-Eksten, Stanford University & Tel Aviv University
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12:00pm - 1:00pm        Complimentary Lunch

1:00pm - 2:00pm          Temptation and Subjective Feasibility
Madhav Chandrasekher, Arizona State University
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2:15pm - 3:15pm          A Historical Welfare Analysis of Social Security: Who Did the Program Benefit?
                                                 William Peterman, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
                                                     Coauthor: Kamila Sommer, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
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3:15pm - 6:00pm          Free time (hiking and sightseeing)

6:00pm - 9:00pm          Complimentary Dinner & Campfire in Logan Canyon (Spring Hollow Campground; Group B Site)

Saturday May 17

8:30am - 9:30am          Complimentary Breakfast

9:30am - 10:30am        Why Aren't More Families Buying Life Insurance?
                                                Don Schlagenhauf, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
                                                    Coauthor: Matthew S. Chambers, Towson University
                                                    Coauthor: Eric R. Young, University of Virginia
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10:45am - 11:45am       Keynote Presentation: The Insurance Value of Financial Aid
                                                Andrew Samwick, Dartmouth College 
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12:00pm - 1:00pm        The Impact of Time Preference on Job Search with Unemployment Insurance
                                                Xiaoyu Xia, University of California-Berkeley
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1:00pm - 2:00pm          Complimentary Lunch

2:00pm - 3:00pm          Optimal Decumulation of Assets in General Equilibrium
                                                James A. Feigenbaum, Utah State University
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3:15pm - 4:15pm          The Impact of Taxes, Transfers and Social Security on the Size of the Informal Sector 
Marina Mendes Tavares, Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico - ITAM
                                                        Coauthor: Jorge Alonso Ortiz, Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico- ITAM
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The Impact of Taxes, Transfers and Social Security on the Size of the Informal Sector

4:15pm - 9:00pm           Free time (hiking, sightseeing, etc.) & Closing Dinner (complimentary)


Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University, Logan, Utah. Visitors enjoy world-class scenery just minutes from campus. Easy access to hiking, biking, fishing, camping, boating and other sight-seeing opportunities in the mountains. Logan is truly an outdoor paradise for those who are enthusiastic about the mountains, providing everything from gentle nature trails along rivers and lakes to extreme challenges on some of the steepest slopes in the Rockies.