Research Seminars

During the academic year, Real Estate Research Seminars are held every Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., in Cheit Hall, Room 325.

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Faculty Coordinators: Professor Luu Nguyen, Professor Victor Couture

Fall 2018

August 29 Edward Kung (UCLA) Social Learning and Local Consumption Amenities: Evidence from Yelp
September 5 Peter Ganong (Chicago) Why Do Borrowers Default On Mortgages? Evidence from High-Frequency Data
September 12 Nina Harari (Wharton) Slum Upgrading and Long-run Urban Development: Evidence from Indonesia
Thursday, September 20 Vikrant Vig (LBS) The Political Economy of Bailouts

Joint with Finance: 11—12:30, Cheit 330
Sepbember 26 Gabriel Kreindler (Harvard) The Welfare Effect of Road Congestion Pricing: Experimental Evidence and Equilibrium Implications
October 3 Alex Bartik (UIUC) Moving Costs and Worker Adjustment to Changes in Labor Demand: Evidence from Longitudinal Census Data
October 10 No Seminar
Ocbober 17 Policy Advisory Board Meeting: No Seminar
October 24 Berkeley-Stanford Finance Seminar
Thursday, November 1 Xavier Giroud (Columbia) Firms’ Internal Networks and Local Economic Shocks

Joint with Finance: 11—12:30, Cheit 330
November 7 Matt Turner (Brown) Determinants of Equilibrium Particulate Exposure
Thursday, November 8 Dean Karlan (Northwestern) Credit Building or Credit Crumbling? A Credit Builder Loan’s Effects on Credit Scores and Their Predictive Power

Joint with Finance: 11—12:30, Cheit 330
November 14 No Seminar
November 21 Thanksgiving: No Seminar
November 28 Natalia Rigol (HBS) Targeting High Ability Entrepreneurs Using Community Information: Mechanism Design in The Field
Thursday, December 6 Emily Gallagher
(UC Boulder)
Title TBA

Joint with Finance: 11—12:30, Cheit 330

For more information about the Research Seminars, please contact Tom Chappelear, faculty assistant, at (510) 643-6109 or email him at

Related Seminars at Berkeley Haas:

List of previous research seminars

Spring 2018

January & February Recruitment Seminars
March 7 Wei Xioing (Princeton) Learning about the Neighborhood
March 14 Tim McQuade (Stanford) The Effects of Rent Control Expansion on Tenants, Landlords, and Inequality: Evidence from San Francisco
April 25 Peter Ganong (Chicago) Title TBA
May 2 Alex Bartik (UIUC) Title TBA

May 9

Vikrant Vig (LSE) Title TBA

Fall 2017

September 6 Charles Nathanson (Kellogg) Speculative Dynamics of Prices and Volume
September 13 Brian Melzer (Kellogg)

Making the House a Home: The Stimulative Effect of Home Purchases on Consumption and Investment

September 20 Theresa Kuchler (NYU Stern) House Price Beliefs and Mortgage Leverage Choice
September 27 Owen Zidar (Chicago Booth) Capitalists in the Twenty-First Century
October 4 Anthony DeFusco Regulating Household Leverage
October 11 John Mondragon Refinancing in a Recession
October 25 Andrea Eisfeldt (UCLA) The Cross Section of MBS Returns
November 15 Treb Allen The Geography of Path Dependence
November 29 Ralph Koijen Quantitative Easing in the Euro Area: The Impact on Risk Exposures and Asset Prices

Monday, December 4

Daniel Sturm (LSE) The Making of the Modern Metropolis: Evidence from London
December 6 Daniel Paravisini

Discretion and Bias in Consumer Credit 

Spring 2017

February 15 Kyle Herkenhoff (Minnesota) Can’t Pay or Won’t Pay? Unemployment, Negative Equity, and Strategic Default
March 1 Ed Glaeser (Harvard)

A Real Estate Boom with Chinese Characteristics


The Dynamics of Physical Urban Change

Tuesday, March 7 Gianluca Violante (NYU)

Consumption and House Prices in the Great Recession: Model Meets Evidence

Joint with Macro: 2-4 p.m., 597 Evans Hall
March 15 Phillipp Schnabl (NYU) Banking on Deposits: Maturity Transformation without Interest Rate Risk
Monday, March 20 Constantine Yannelis (NYU)

Asymmetric Information and Strategic Default in Student Loans

Joint with the Goldman School of Public Policy
April 12 Enrico Moretti (UC Berkeley) City Density and Assortative Matching
April 19 Etienne Wasmer (Sciences Po)

A third way between integrated Vienna and segregated Chicago? An Urban Equilibrium Model with Production Externalities and Rent Controls Applied to Paris Urban Area

April 26 Vernon Henderson (LSE) Building the city: urban transition and institutional frictions
May 3 Ulrike Malmendier (Berkeley Haas) Inflation Experiences and Contract Choice - Evidence from Residential Mortgages

Fall 2016

August 31 Jesse Gregory (Wisconsin) Neighborhood Choices and Neighborhood Effects
September 7 Adrien Matray (Princeton) Bank Branch Supply and the Unbanked Phenomenon
September 14 Jonathan Zinman (Dartmouth) From Proliferation to Parsimony in Behavioral Economics? New Methods and Evidence on Three Fronts
September 21 James Vickrey (NY Fed) Financial Regulation and Mortgage Lending
October 12 Calvin Zhang (Berkeley Haas) A Shortage of Short Sales: Explaining the Under-Utilization of a Foreclosure Alternative
October 14 Sanket Korgaonkar (Berkeley Haas) The Limited Benefits of Debt Renegotiation
October 19 David Berger (Northwestern) House Prices and Consumer Spending
October 26 Haoyang Liu (Berkeley Haas) Do Government Guarantees Inhibit Risk Management?”
November 16 Joe Vavra (Booth) Regional Heterogeneity and Monetary Policy
November 30 Jan Eberly (Kellogg) The Housing Crisis and the Rise in Student Loans
December 7 David Scharfstein (Harvard) Bank Risk-Taking and the Real Economy: Evidence from the Housing Boom and its Aftermath


Spring 2016

2/17/16 Brigitte Madrian (Harvard Kennedy) Who is Easier to Nudge?
2/24/16 Paul Gertler (Berkeley Haas) When Real Estate is the Only Game in Town
3/2/16 Johannes Stroebel (NYU Stern) Social networks and Housing Market Investments
3/16/16 Gilles Duranton (Wharton) The Production Function for Housing: Evidence from France
3/30/16 Amit Seru (Chicago Booth) The Market for Financial Advisor Misconduct
4/6/13 Eduardo Morales (Princeton) How Segregated is Urban Consumption?
4/20/16 Raj Chetty (Stanford) The Impacts of Neighborhoods on Intergenerational Mobility: Childhood Exposure Effects and County-Level Estimates 
5/11/16 Brett Green (Berkeley Haas) Ratings, Securitization, and Credit Supply

Fall 2015

8/26/15 Adi Sunderam (HBS) Who Neglects Risk? Investor Experience and the Credit Boom
9/2/15 Juan Carlos Suarez Serrato (Duke) State Taxes and Spatial Misallocation
9/9/15 Remi Jedwab (GWU) The Heterogeneous Effects of Transportation Investments: Evidence from sub-Saharan Africa, 1960-2010
9/16/15 Solomon Hsiang (Berkeley-Goldman) Climate Change and the Migration of Global Agriculture: Evidence from Australia, Brazil, China, Europe and the United States
9/23/15 Benjamin Keys (Chicago Harris) Interest Rates and Equity Extraction During the Housing Boom
9/30/15 Greg Kaplan (Princeton) Consumption and House Prices During the Great Recession: Model Meets Evidence
10/7/15 Jessica Shui (Berkeley) Does experience matter? The impact of agent experience on real estate transactions
10/21/15 Nirupama Kulkarni (Berkeley Haas) Regional Inequality, Credit Rationing and Uniform Mortgage Pricing
11/4/15 Atif Mian (Princeton) Household Debt and Business Cycles Worldwide
11/18/15 Itzhak Ben-David (Ohio State) Systemic Mistakes in the Mortgage Market and Lack of Financial Sophistication
12/2/15 Gabriel Chodorow-Reich (Harvard) Secular Labor Reallocation and Business Cycles
12/9/15 Tomasz Piskorski (Columbia) Mortgage Refinancing, Consumer Spending, and Competition: Evidence from the Home Affordable Refinancing Program

Spring 2015

1/14/15Daan Struyven (MIT)Housing Lock: Dutch Evidence on the Impact of Negative Home Equity on Household Mobility
1/21/15Hoai-Luu Nguyen (MIT)Do Bank Branches Still Matter? The Effect of Closings on Local Economic Outcomes
1/28/15Paul Goldsmith-Pinkham (Harvard)Debtor Protections and the Great Recession
2/4/15Anthony DeFusco (Wharton)Homeowner Borrowing and Housing Collateral: New Evidence from Expiring Price Controls
2/11/15Harrison Hong (Princeton)When Real Estate is the Only Game in Town
2/18/15John Campbell (Harvard)Inattention and Inertia in Household Finance: Evidence from the Danish Mortgage Market
2/25/15Andrew Lo (MIT Sloan)Can Financial Engineering Cure Cancer? A New Approach to Funding Biomedical Innovation
3/4/15Silvana Tenreyro (LSE)The Transmission of Monetary Policy Operations through Redistributions and Durable Purchases
3/11/15Manuel Adelino (Duke Fuqua)Changes in the Buyer Composition and the Expansion of Credit During the Boom
3/18/15Todd Sinai (Wharton)How Parents’ Wealth Influences the Housing Decisions of their Children
4/1/15Adam Storeygard (Tufts)Has climate change driven urbanization in Africa?
4/9/15Erik Hurst (Chicago Booth)Regional Redistribution Through the U.S. Mortgage Market
4/22/15Camelia Kuhnen (UNC)Non-Cognitive Abilities and Loan Delinquency: The Role of Self-Efficacy in Avoiding Financial Distress
4/29/15Monika Piazzesi (Stanford)Payments, Credit and Asset Prices
5/6/15Esteban Rossi-Hansberg (Princeton)Commuting, Migration and Local Employment Elasticities
5/13/15Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh (NYU Stern)Phasing Out the GSEs

Fall 2014

9/10/2014Rebecca Diamond (Stanford GSB) Housing Supply Elasticity and Rent Seeking by State and Local Governments
9/17/2014Enrico Moretti (Berkeley) Growth in Cities and Countries
9/24/2014Jiro Yoshida (Penn State & Berkeley Haas) Firm-Specific Investments, Product Market Competition, and the Risk of Corporate Value
10/1/2014Patrick Bayer (Duke) Endogenous Sources of Volatility in Housing Markets: The Joint Buyer-Seller Problem
10/8/2014Jiakai Chen (Berkeley Haas) Off-Balance Sheet Financing and Bank Capital Regulation: Lessons from Asset-Backed Commercial Paper
10/22/2014Anna Amirdjanova (Berkeley Haas)Insider Trading: Effects on Agents with Limited Rationality
11/5/2014Daniel Shoag (Harvard Kennedy) Shops and the City: Evidence on Local Externalities and Local Government Policy from Big Box Bankruptcies
11/19/2014Arvind Krishnamurthy (Stanford) Efficient Credit Policies in a Housing Debt Crisis
12/3/2014Taylor Nadauld (BYU Marriott) Final Demand for Structured Finance Securities
12/10/2014Efraim Benmelech (Northwestern Kellogg) The Real Effects of Liquidity During the Financial Crisis: Evidence from Automobiles
12/17/2014Nate Baum-Snow (Brown) Urban Transport Expansions, Employment Decentralization, and the Spatial Scope of Agglomeration Economies

Spring 2014

1/17/2014Adam GurenHarvard
1/22/2014Cecile GaubertPrinceton
1/31/2014Christopher PalmerMIT Sloan
2/5/2014Jonathan DingelColumbia
2/12/2014Scott BakerStanford
3/12/2014William KerrHBS
3/19/2014Joao CoccoLBS
4/9/2014Rossen ValkanovUCSD
4/16/2014Walker HanlonUCLA
4/23/2014Maisy WongWharton
4/30/2014Rodney RamcharanFederal Reserve Board

Fall 2013

9/11/2013Amnon LehaviIDC, Herzliya 
9/18/2013Donald DavisColumbia
9/25/2013Martin SchneiderStanford
10/2/2013Pablo KurlatStanford
10/9/2013Mark GarmaiseUCLA
10/30/2013Adam AshcraftNY Fed
11/6/2013Jessie HandburyWharton
11/20/2013Selale TuzelUSC

Spring 2013

1/16/2013David RappoportYale 
1/21/2013Rebecca DiamondHarvard
1/23/2013Amir KermaniMIT
1/28/2013Cindy SooWharton
1/30/2013Victor CoutureToronto
2/13/2013Marco Di MaggioMIT
2/20/2013Tim LandvoigtStanford
3/13/2013Andra GhentArizona State University
4/3/2013Adair MorseUCB

Fall 2012

9/5/2012David SraerPrinceton 
9/19/2012Yael Hochberg Northwestern
10/3/2012Panle Barwick MIT
10/10/2012Itzhak Ben-David Ohio State
10/17/2012Fernando FerreiraWharton
10/31/2012Matt TurnerToronto
11/7/2012David AlbouyMichigan
11/14/2012Patrick BayerDuke
11/21/2012Barney Hartman-Glaser
11/28/2012Amit SeruChicago
12/12/2012Robert Novy-Marx Rochester

Spring 2012

1/20/2012Hyun Soo ChoiPrinceton 
1/25/2012Antje BerndtCarnegie Mellon
2/1/2012Yong Suk LeeBrown
2/22/2012Johannes StroebelStanford
2/29/2012Edward KungDuke
3/21/2012Joao CoccoLBS
4/11/2012Aleh TsyvinskiYale
4/25/2012Sumit AgarwalFed Chicago

Fall 2011

9/7/2011Jesse RothsteinUCB 
9/14/2011Semyon MalamudEcole Poly Federale De Lausanne
9/21/2011James WilcoxUCB
10/5/2011Nikolai RoussanovPenn
10/12/2011Boris AlbulUCB
10/19/2011Matteo MaggioriUCB
10/26/2011Andra GhentCUNY
11/2/2011Igor MakarovLBS
11/9/2011Anastasia KartashevaPenn
11/16/2011Vish ViswanathanDuke
11/30/2011James VickeryFed NY

Spring 2011

3/2/2011Joao SantosFed NY 
3/9/2011Pratish PatelUCB
3/16/2011Arthur KortewegStanford
3/30/2011Gary GortonYale
4/6/2011Nathan GeorgeUCB
4/13/2011Joe GyourkoWharton
4/20/2011Wei XiongPrinceton
4/27/2011Enrico MorettiUCB
5/4/2011Paul WaddellUCB

Fall 2010

9/1/2010Atif MianUCB 
9/8/2010Nancy WallaceUCB
9/15/2010Wei XiongPrinceton
9/22/2010Robert HelsleyUCB
9/29/2010Adam AshcraftFed NY
10/6/2010Alexei TchistyiUCB
10/13/2010Anna ScherbinaUC Davis
10/20/2010Amit SeruChicago
10/27/2010Andrew LoMIT
11/3/2010Stijn Van NieuwerburghNYU
11/10/2010Edward GlaeserHarvard
11/17/2010Ayako YasudaUC Davis
11/24/2010Gary RichardsonUC Irvine

Spring 2010

1/20/2010Robert Novy-MarxChicago 
1/27/2010Yves ZenouUCB
2/3/2010Sumitra JhaStanford
2/10/2010Yuming FuNational Univeristy of Singapore
2/17/2010Tracy TurnerKansas State University
2/24/2010James VickeryFed NY
3/3/2010Nils KokMaastricht
3/10/2010William GoetzmannYale
3/17/2010Paolo SodiniStockholm School of Economics
3/31/2010Gilles DurantonToronto
4/7/2010Dennis EppleCarnegie Mellon
4/14/2010Giovanni PeriUC Davis
4/28/2010Christopher MeyerColumbia/Fed NY
5/5/2010Burton HollifieldCarnegie Mellon