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2014 Summer Workshop

May 15-17, 2014

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

The annualQSPS Summer Workshoptakes 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, Hungary.He 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 theAmerican Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics,Journal of Public Economics,Theoretical Economics,Journal of the European Economic Association,Journal of Health Economics,andEconomic Theory, among many other outlets.

Andrew Samwick is the Sandra L. and Aruthur L. Irving '72a, P'10 Professor of Economics atDartmouth College, and he isthe Director of The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College.Andrew is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Researchand serves on the Board of Directors of the National Tax Association.He also serves as an editor ofEconomics 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 theAmerican Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Finance,Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Public Economics,Review of Economics and Statistics,Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Corporate Finance, National Tax Journal, andContemporary 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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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.


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