Ruben Durante (Sciences Po) @ Associated Press
May 4 @ 10:00 am

The NYC Media Seminar was launched in Fall 2013 to provide a regular forum for economists interested in media markets to connect with each other and to current research on media topics.  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.

The seminar is open to all researchers with access to New York City and draws speakers from across the US and abroad. 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. 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).

Spring 2016 Speaker Schedule:

  • 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)
Lisa Servon (New School) @ Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute
May 4 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Lisa Servon is a Professor of Urban Policy at The New School.

Paper: “The Unbanking of America: Reframing the Debate About Financial Inclusion.”

Abstract: What do a Mexican immigrant living in the South Bronx, a twenty-something graduate student, and a telemarketer in Dallas have in common?  All three are victims of our dysfunctional mainstream  bank and credit system. As banks have grown larger and focused less on serving ordinary consumers, many have begun to get their financial needs meet from alternative financial services providers like check cashers and predatory lenders.  Although these businesses are labeled as predatory and sleazy, their customers find that they offer three things banks no longer provide: less expensive products and services, greater transparency, and better service. At a time when 57 percent of Americans are struggling financially, and trust in banks is at an all-time low, it’s imperative that we understand how we got here, and what we can do to make financial health a reality for all Americans.

Speaker’s website:

Devra Golbe & Ingmar Nyman (Hunter) @ Hunter West 1537 (Economics dept. seminar room)
May 11 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Devra Golbe and Ingmar Nyman are professors in the Department of Economics at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center.

Paper: “Share Repurchases and Inside Ownership”

Devra Golbe’s website:

Ingmar Nyman’s website: