Media Seminar: Matthew Baker & Lisa George (Hunter) @ Associated Press
Dec 2 @ 10:00 am

We are pleased to announce the third season of the New York City Media Seminar.

The goal of the seminar is to link economists in the greater New York area working on media topics by providing a regular forum to connect with media research in economics, marketing and beyond.  The seminar is open to all researchers with access to New York City and draws speakers from across the US and abroad.

The full schedule for the 2015-2016 season is as follows:

  • October 7, 2015: Babur De Los Santos (Indiana University) E-Book Pricing and Vertical Restraints
  • November 11, 2015: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (Google)  “New Data and Media Economics”
  • December 2, 2015: Matthew Baker & Lisa George (Hunter College) “The News Hour: Estimating the Value of Local Television News”
  • February 3, 2016: Brian Knight (Brown) “The Limits of Propaganda: Evidence from Chavez’s Venezuela”
  • March 2, 2016: Michaela Draganska (Drexel) “Digital Content Variety and Customer Subscription Behavior: An Investigation of Adult Online Entertainment”
  • April 6, 2016: Julia Cage’ (Sciences Po Paris) Newspapers in Times of Low Advertising Revenues
  • May 4, Ruben Durante (Sciences Po Paris) Paper to be announced.

Please note that the November talk this season will be held the second rather than first Wednesday of the month!

The seminar is jointly organized by Lisa George at Hunter College and Miklos Sarvary at Columbia Business School and generously supported by the Associated Press and the Columbia Media Program.  Past and present schedules with links to papers can be found here and here.

Seminars are held the first Wednesday of each month during the academic year at the midtown headquarters of the Associated Press at 450 W. 33rd Street.  Please note that the November talk this season will be held the second rather than first Wednesday of the month! The sessions begin at 10am with coffee, followed by a 90-minute presentation and discussion. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Lisa George at To stay informed about the series, register for the series listserv by sending an email to with SUBSCRIBE MEDIANYC-L in the e-mail message body (and nothing else).

Seminar: Jacques-Francois Thisse (Louvain) @ Hunter West 1537 (Economics dept. seminar room)
Dec 9 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Jacques-Francois Thisse is a professor at Université Catholique de Louvain.

Paper: “How Monopsonistic and Monopolistic Competition Affects Wage Disparities?