New Developments in Health Economics in the Pandemic Era

SGE Virtual Seminar Series
Friday, January 28, 2022
12 noon to 2 p.m.

This seminar is free. Pre-registration is required. Register at this Zoom link. Maximum capacity is 100 participants.

This session explores a range of important, applied, and real-world issues and methods in health economics and the pandemic era. Presenter names are in bold. Discussants are listed at bottom.

COVID-19 Long Haulers: Democratization of Healthcare Information and the Economics of Prevention, eHealth and Rest
Julia M. Puaschunder (Columbia University)

Assessing Communication and Compassion Fatigue in Health Care:  A Case Study of Treating Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Lorraine Danowski (Stony Brook University) and Debra Sabatini Dwyer (Farmingdale State College)

Improving Statistical Inference in Health Economics
Brian W. Sloboda (University of Phoenix) and Fiona Sussan (Tokyo University)

Exploring Social Bias Inherent in Health Data
Areerat Kichkha (AIRLEAP)

ChairSeth H. Giertz (The University of Texas at Dallas)

DiscussantsJohn Mullahy (University of Wisconsin-Madison); Steven Payson (University of Maryland); Rolando Santos (Lakeland Community College); Amelie Constant (Princeton University)

SGE sessions at the ASSA 2022 conference

The SGE has organized seven sessions at the 2022 ASSA conference. You can see the authors, presentation titles and abstracts by clicking through these links to the sessions in the ASSA’s online program. All times are Eastern time. And we will have a trivia contest and networking session afterward on Sunday evening.

See the post below for more detail on the SGE sessions, with detail, and click here to see the ASSA list with links to papers and slides.

And, we invite SGE members and conference attendees to SGE’s A Night of Trivia, Sunday Jan 9 at 6-7pm eastern time. We will play economics-themed trivia questions, with prizes, followed by a bit of networking fun. Please register here to get the Zoom link.

Sessions at the 2022 ASSA conference

SGE has organized these seven sessions

Big Data: Economic Value, Fintech, and Policy

Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, 10-12 eastern time

Using Matched Data to Address Policy Questions

Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, 12:15-2:15 eastern time

  • Chair: Austin Nichols, Abt Associates

Work, Time, and Money in the Family – Policies and Events That Shape Us

Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, 3:45-5:45 eastern time

  • Telework, Childcare, and Mothers’ Labor Supply – Misty L. Heggeness (U.S. Census Bureau) and Palak Suri (University of Maryland)
    • Discussant: Kate Bahn (Washington Center for Equitable Growth)
  • Parental Disability and Teenagers’ Time Allocation – Charlene M. Kalenkoski (Texas Tech University) and Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
    • Discussant: Katie M. Jajtner (University of Wisconsin)
  • The Effect of Washington DC Universal Pre-K Program on Maternal Labor Supply – Yi Geng (District of Columbia Government), Daniel Muhammad (District of Columbia Government), and Bradley Hardy (American University)
    • Discussant: Danielle H. Sandler (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Impact of DACA on Immigrant Credit Access – Wenhua Di (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas), Pia Orrenius (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas), and Nate Pattison (Southern Methodist University)
    • Discussant: Nathan Blascak (Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia)

Inflation Heterogeneity: Implications for Inequality and Measurement

Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, 10-12 eastern time

  • Adam Smith’s Linen Shirt – David Argente (Pennsylvania State University), Chang-Tai Hsieh (University of Chicago and NBER), and Munseob Lee (University of California-San Diego)
    • Discussant: Alberto Cavallo, Harvard Business School
  • Granular Inflation – Dominic Smith (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) and Raphael Schoenle (Brandeis University and Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland)
    • Discussant: Raphael Auer (Bank for International Settlements)
  • Democratic Aggregation: Issues and Implications for Consumer Price Indexes – Robert Martin (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
    • Discussant: David Johnson, University of Michigan
  • The Granular Origins of Inflation – Sarah Lein (University of Basel), Santiago Alvarez (University of Basel), Raphael Auer (Bank for International Settlements), and Andrei Levchenko (University of Michigan)
    • Raphael Schoenle, Brandeis University and Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Innovation, Growth, and Trade

Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, 3:45-5:45 eastern time

  • Measuring the Cost of Open Source Software Innovation on GitHub – José B. Santiago Calderón (U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis), Gizem Korkmaz (University of Virginia), Brandon L. Kramer (University of Virginia), and Carol A. Robbins (National Science Foundation)
    • Discussant: Shane M. Greenstein (Harvard Business School)
  • Assessing Factors that Influence Women’s Participation in the Invention Ecosystem – Michelle J. Saksena (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office), Nicholas Rada (USPTO), Katherine Black (USPTO), and Lisa Cook (Michigan State University)
    • Discussant: Maksim Belenkiy (U.S. International Trade Administration_
  • For What It’s Worth: Measuring Land Value in the Era of Big Data and Machine Learning – Scott Wentland (U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis), Gary Cornwall (U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis), and Jeremy Moulton, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    • Discussant: William Larson, Federal Housing Finance Agency
  • Are Tariffs Biased? The Effects of the 2018 U.S. Tariffs on The Gender Wage Gap – Shalise S. Ayromloo and Neil Bennett (U.S. Census Bureau)
    • Discussant: Marinos Tsigas, U.S. International Trade Commission
  • Chair: Susan Fleck, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Demographics and Disclosure: Studies on the U.S. Patenting Process and Innovation

Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, 10-12 eastern time

  • Attrition and the Gender Innovation Gap: Evidence from Patent Applications – Gauri Subramani (Lehigh University), Abhay Aneja (University of California-Berkeley), and Oren Reshef (Washington University)
    • Discussant: Neel Sukhatme, Georgetown University
  • Increasing the Representation of Women in the Patent System: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial – Nicholas A. Pairolero (United States Patent and Trademark Office), Charles A.W. deGrazia (Leonard de Vinci Business School Paris-La Defense), Peter-Anthony Pappas (United States Patent and Trademark Office), Mike H.M. Teodorescu (Boston College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and Andrew A. Toole (United States Patent and Trademark Office and ZEW)
    • Discussant: Matt Marx (Cornell University)
  • Visibility of Technology and Cumulative Innovation: Evidence from Trade Secrets Laws – Bernhard Ganglmair (ZEW Mannheim, University of Mannheim and MaCCI) and Imke Reimers (Northeastern University)
    • Discussant: Mike H.M. Teodorescu (Boston College)
  • Patenting Inventions or Inventing Patents? Strategic Use of Continuations at the USPTO – Timothy S. Simcoe (Boston University and NBER) and Cesare Righi (Pompeu Fabra University and Barcelona Graduate School of Economics)
    • Discussant: Gaetan de Rassenfosse (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne)
  • Chair: Andrew A. Toole, United States Patent and Trademark Office


Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, 12:15-2:15 eastern time

  • Tier Structure Aggregation, KLEMS Growth Accounting and the Economic Impact of Sectoral Reallocations – Jon D. Samuels (U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis) and Mun S. Ho (Harvard University)
    • Discussant: Daniel Sichel, Wellesley College
  • The Effect of Aging on Entrepreneurship and Aggregate Productivity – Huiyu Li (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco) and Naomi Kodama (Nihon University)
    • Discussant: Benjamin Pugsley, University of Notre Dame
  • Intangible Capital and Productivity Growth in 61 Industries – Leo Sveikauskas, Corby Garner, Peter Meyer, and Matt Russell (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) and James Bessen (Boston University)
    • Discussant: Rachel Soloveichik, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
  • Chaos Before Order: Productivity Patterns in U.S. Manufacturing – Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics), Cindy Cunningham (BLS), Lucia Foster (U.S. Census Bureau), Cheryl Grim (U.S. Census Bureau), John Haltiwanger (University of Maryland), Jay Stewart (BLS), and Zoltan Wolf (New Light Technologies)
    • Discussant: Chad Syverson, University of Chicago

Unbanked households, poverty, and taxation

Friday, November 5, 2021, noon-2pm eastern time
This SGE Virtual Seminar is free. Register in advance at this Zoom link. Maximum capacity is 100 participants.
Millions of Americans live in households without a bank account. Unbanked households tend to be at-risk along multiple dimensions including being subject to the utilization of costly bank account substitutes, such as check cashers and money orders. Their lack of engagement with the financial system might extend to a lack of engagement with the tax system and the social safety net, depriving them of aid for which they might be eligible. During the COVID-19 pandemic, unbanked households have only slowly benefited from stimulus payments because they could not receive a direct deposit. This session will discuss historical trends in unbanked households’ characteristics, transitions by households into or out of unbanked status, and what program administrators can know and do about financial inclusion.

The Impact of Financial Inclusion on Minorities: Evidence from the Freedman’s Savings Bank
Claire Celerier (University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management) and Purnoor Tak (London Business School)

The Effect of Job Loss on Bank Account Ownership
Ryan M. Goodstein (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) and Mark J. Kutzbach (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation)
Unbanked and Impoverished? Exploring Banking and Poverty Interactions over Time
John F. Creamer (U.S. Census Bureau) and Lewis H. Warren (U.S. Census Bureau)
Checked Out: Unbanked Households’ Engagement with the Tax System and the Social Safety Net
Shalise S. Ayromloo (U.S. Census Bureau) and Mark A. Klee (U.S. Census Bureau)
Above, presenter names are in bold.

ChairBrian Melzer (Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth)

DiscussantsJesse Bruhn (Brown University); Kenneth Brevoort (Federal Reserve Board of Governors); Jeffrey Weinstein (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation); Maude Toussaint-Comeau (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)

The Problems of Widespread Usage of Electric Vehicles

Thursday, October 14, 2021, 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. Eastern time

Speaker:  Nick Nigro, Founder of Atlas Public Policy

Nigro’s slides are available here.

Our speaker, Nick Nigro, has nearly 20 years of experience managing teams of various disciplines and sizes with a focus on innovation and value creation. He is a nationally known expert on climate change policy, transportation electrification, and the greater use of data in policy analysis.

Transportation networks must be revamped or created to adapt to electric vehicles and new fuels. The Biden Administration has proposed set a new national goal that 50% of new car sales by 2030 be electric vehicles and large investments in electric charging stations. In March, the United States passed the milestone of 100,000 public chargers.

Mr. Nigro will address the conditions necessary for the widespread purchase of electric vehicles, including sufficient number of charging stations, extended battery range, and how quickly electric cars can be charged.  After Mr. Nigro speaks we will open the webinar to questions.

SGE election results, June 2021

The Election Committee is pleased to announce the results of the 2021 SGE elections. Many thanks to outgoing Board members Susan Fleck (President), Misty Heggeness (Secretary), and Young Jo.  The newly elected members will join continuing Board members Gray Kimbrough and Leo Sveikauskas.
The President and Vice President have one-year terms. Board members have two-year terms, except for the Executive Director who has a four-year term.

Board positionNewly elected
PresidentSabrina Pabilonia
Vice-PresidentCristina Miller
Executive SecretaryDanielle Sandler
TreasurerSusan Xu
Outreach Director & Event PlannerWendy C.Y. Li
Membership DirectorWenhua Di
Executive DirectorBrian Sloboda
Website DirectorPeter B. Meyer
At-Large Board MemberBreno Braga
At-Large Board MemberErick Sager
At-Large Board MemberScott Wentland

April 30th at noon

Land and Trade – Two Views

Friday Virtual Seminar Series
April 30, 2021
12 noon to 1:30 pm

This seminar is free.  Pre-registration is required. Register in advance at this Zoom link. Maximum capacity is 100 participants.

This session features two papers, both of which explore novel approaches in their corresponding fields.  The first paper investigates historical problems in Indian land ownership, including the ownership structure, and explores application of the public goods theory to the case of Indian owners monitoring the Bureau of Indian Affairs in its assistance with land lease negotiations.  The second paper examines existing methods of estimating nondiscriminatory non-tariff measures (NTM) and proposes a measure to aggregate nondiscriminatory trade costs and decompose the estimated trade costs into individual components.  It provides an approach to identify and remove non-cost factors that erroneously contributed to the aggregate cost estimates, and it estimates the effects of specific NTMs trade costs using available data. 

ChairSusan Xu (International Trade Administration)

Monitoring of Bureaucracy as a Public Good – A Case Study of the Bureau of Indian Affairs
Olga Shanks (George Mason University) and Thomas Stratmann (George Mason University)

A Pragmatic Approach to Estimating Nondiscriminatory Non-Tariff Trade Costs
Peter R. Herman (U.S. International Trade Commission)

DiscussantsPatrice Kunesh (Native American Rights Fund and Former Director, Center for Indian Country Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis); Maksim Belenkiy (International Trade Administration)

April 16th at noon

Housing Markets and Policy

Friday Virtual Seminar Series
April 16, 2021
12 noon to 1:45 pm

This seminar is free.  Pre-registration is required. Register in advance at this Zoom link. Maximum capacity is 100 participants.

This session features three papers on the timely topic of housing, a sector of the economy that is once again garnering attention in the news and continues to inspire interesting academic research. The first paper examines the housing market’s rent response to changes in supply, drawing evidence from a recent sizable expansion to Washington DC’s apartment housing stock. Also using data from the DC market, the second paper investigates whether “green buildings” (with LEED certification) garner a rental premium, consistent with potential savings on utilities and operating expenses. The third paper exploits variation in housing tax policy to explore how education and earnings outcomes later in life are affected by growing up in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) housing.

ChairScott Wentland (US Bureau of Economic Analysis)

The Impact of an Increasing Housing Supply on Housing Prices: The Case of the District of Columbia, 2000-2018
Bethel L. Cole-Smith (Howard University) and Daniel Muhammad (Government of DC)

The Effect of Green-Building Certification on Housing Rental Prices in the District of Columbia
Nyanya Browne (Howard University) and Daniel Muhammad (Government of DC)

Does Growing Up in Tax-subsidized Housing Lead to Higher Earnings and Educational Attainment?
Elena C. Derby (Joint Committee on Taxation)

DiscussantsJustin Contat (Federal Housing Finance Agency); Abdul Munisib (US Bureau of Economic Analysis); Jeremy Moulton (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Webinar: Economic Growth During Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout

Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m

This seminar is free.  Pre-registration is required. Register in advance at this zoom link. Maximum capacity is 100 participants.


Dr. Jeff Werling, Director of Macroeconomic Analysis, Congressional Budget Office

Dr. Wendy Edelberg, Director, The Hamilton Project, Brookings Institution

During the year from March 2020 until March 2021 over thirty million cases and 540 thousand deaths occurred in the United States from the covid-19 pandemic and 122 million cases and 2,690 deaths occurred worldwide. It was the worst health crisis since the influenza pandemic of 1918.

The economic devastation has been severe. Total U.S. nonfarm employment fell by 20.5 million to the low point in April 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic could result in net losses in the range of $3.2 trillion to $4.8 trillion in U.S. real gross domestic product (GDP) over the course of two years, according to estimates from a new University of Southern California study. 

Vaccines for Covid-19 give hope that the world can return to normal. Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech developed mRNA vaccines. Johnson & Johnson, the third vaccine in the U.S., was approved for emergency use in February 2021.

Our panelists will present perspectives on these issues, followed by Q&A and discussion.

Dr. Jeff Werling is Director of Macroeconomic Analysis at the Congressional Budget Office. Prior to that position Dr. Werling was President of the Interindustry Economic Research Fund Inc.  Werling received a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Maryland in 1992.

Dr. Wendy Edelberg is Director of the Hamilton Project at the Brooking Institution and Senior Fellow in Economic Studies.  Prior to that appointment Dr. Edelberg was Chief Economist at the Congressional Budget Office. Edelberg received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

2022 SGE@ASSA Sessions
Call for Papers

Thank you to all for your submissions. Acceptances were sent out in early July, 2021.

The Society of Government Economists organizes 7 sessions at the ASSA Annual meetings. This Call for Papers invites members wishing to give papers or organize complete sessions for SGE@ASSA meetings to submit proposals electronically via the Society of Government Economists’ website from March 15 to May 14, 2021.

The 2022 ASSA Annual meeting will be held virtually on Friday-Sunday, January 7-9, 2022. (Not in Boston as previously planned.)

This call for papers and sessions is open to all individuals. Applicants need not be government economists. Submissions are competitively selected by the SGE@ASSA Committee, chaired by Wendy Li.