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Economics lectures focus on conservation, women who opt out of careers


The Kennedy Lecture and Seminar Series will host behavioral economist Michael Price on Tuesday, March 26, at 4:30 PM in Gailor auditorium. 

His talk, entitled "The Behavioralist Goes Green: Using Behavioral Economics to Promote Conservation Efforts," will discuss how to motivate conservation efforts and investments in environmentally friendly (green) technologies using behavioral theories. Price will focus on the use of targeted messages to promote the conservation of energy and water. He will also discuss programs centered on the use of goal-setting and providing information on real-time energy use.

Price is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University  and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). His research interests include experimental and behavioral economics, the economics of charity, environmental economics and industrial organization. His work has been published in journals including the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of Public Economics. More information on Price can be obtained from his Georgia State University webpage.

On April 4, Joni Hersch, Professor of Law and Economics at Vanderbilt University will speak on "Opting Out Among Women with Elite Education." The lecture is scheduled for 4:30 PM in Gailor auditorium.

Hersch is an economist who works in the areas of employment discrimination and empirical law and economics. Her recent research examines skin color discrimination, job risks faced by immigrant workers, costs of smoking, punitive damages awards, and judge and jury behavior. She is co-director of Vanderbilt's Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics. She has published numerous articles in leading economics journals and is the author of Sex Discrimination in the Labor Market (Foundations and Trends in Microeconomics, 2006) and co-editor of Labor Market Institutions for the Twenty-First Century (University of Chicago, 2004). Professor Hersch is Associate Editor of the Review of Economics of the Household and is on the editorial board of Social Science Quarterly. For more information, visit Hersch's Vanderbilt webpage.

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