Archive for April, 2021

April 30th at noon

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

Land and Trade – Two Views

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

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

Thursday, April 8th, 2021

Housing Markets and Policy

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

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)