Simon Anderson (Virginia) @ Google
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am

New York City Media Seminar

We have a new venue!  After three years at the Associated Press, we are looking forward to meeting this year at Google.  Details below.  Seminars are held the first Wednesday of each month during the academic year.  As always, the sessions begin at 10am with coffee, followed by a 90-minute presentation and discussion.

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 seminar is jointly organized by Lisa George at Hunter College and Miklos Sarvary at Columbia Business School and has been generously supported by the Columbia Media Program, the Associated Press and Google.

The fall lineup is as follows:
  • October 5, 2016: Neil Gandal (University of Tel Aviv)
  • November 2, 2016: Hanna Halaburda (Bank of Canada)
  • December 7, 2016: Simon Anderson (University of Virginia)

We will circulate the full schedule with links to papers in the coming weeks.  Past and present schedules with links to papers can be found here and here.

Starting this fall we will meet at Google, 76 Ninth Avenue between 15th and 16th Street.  Note the address, as Google occupies several buildings near Chelsea Market.  Enter on the east side of the avenue near 15th and stop at the security desk.  Please RSVP to Lisa George at or to Miklos Sarvary to expedite check-in.

To stay informed about the series, register for the listserv by sending an email to with SUBSCRIBE MEDIANYC-L in the e-mail message body (and nothing else).

Subha Mani (Fordham) @ Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute
Dec 7 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Subha Mani is an Associate Professor of Economics at Fordham University.

Seminar topic: “Cognitive, Socio-emotional and Behavioral Returns to College Quality: Evidence from India”

Abstract: We exploit the variation in the University of Delhi college admission process to estimate the effects of enrolling in a selective college on – cognitive attainment using scores on standardized university exams, behavioral outcomes such as risk preference, competitiveness, and overconfidence, and socio-emotional outcomes using measures of Big Five personality traits. Using a regression discontinuity design, we find that the eligibility to enroll in a selective college leads to modest improvements in females test scores and no effect on males’ scores. We find that females in selective colleges become less overconfident and less risk averse while males experience a decline in extraversion and conscientiousness, as compared to their respective counterparts in the lower quality colleges. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first paper in the literature to go beyond cognitive outcomes, to causally identify the returns to college quality on both socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes.

Speaker’s website: