New Perspectives in Macroeconomics, Development and International Trade

June 10 – 11, 2015

Watson Center, 60 Sachem Street, Room A53 [Map]

Organizers: Michael Peters and Richard Rogerson

*Speaker, when more than one author listed

8:15 Breakfast
9:00 Klaus Desmet (Southern Methodist University), Dávid Krisztián Nagy (Princeton University), and *Esteban Rossi-Hansberg (Princeton University), “The Geography of Development: Evaluating Migration Restrictions and Coastal Flooding
    Discussant: Costas Arkolakis (Yale University)
10:00 *Pablo Fajgelbaum (University of California-Los Angeles), Eduardo Morales (Princeton University), Juan Carlos Suárez-Serrato (Duke University), and Owen Zidar (University of Chicago-Booth), “State Taxes and Spatial Misallocation”
    Discussant: Jon Vogel (Columbia University)
11:00 Coffee
11:15 Martin Beraja, *Erik Hurst, and Juan Ospina (University of Chicago-Booth), “The Aggregate Implications of Regional Business Cycles
    Discussant: Virgiliu Midrigan (New York University)
12:15 Lunch
1:30 Steven J. Davis (University of Chicago) and *John Haltiwanger (University of Maryland), “Labor Market Fluidity and Economic Performance
    Discussant: Lisa Kahn (Yale University)
2:30 *Benjamin Pugsley and Aysegül Sahin (Federal Reserve Bank of New York), “Grown-up Business Cycles
    Discussant: Jesse Perla (University of British Columbia)
3:30 Coffee
3:45 Oriana Bandiera (London School of Economics), *Robin Burgess (London School of Economics), Narayan Das (BRAC), Selim Gulesci (London School of Economics), Imran Rasul (University College London), and Munshi Sulaiman (BRAC-Africa), “Can Basic Entrepreneurship Transform the Economic Lives of the Poor?”
    Discussant: Doug Gollin (Oxford University)
4:45 Benjamin Moll (Princeton University), *Rob Townsend (MIT), and Victor Zhorin (University of Chicago), “Economic Development and the Equilibrium Interaction of Financial Frictions
    Discussant: Yongseok Shin (Washington University-St. Louis)
6:30 Dinner at Sam Kortum’s Place, 22 Everit Street
8:15 Breakfast
9:00 Joaquin Blaum (Brown University), Claire Lelarge (CREST), and Michael Peters (Yale University), “The Gains From Input Trade in Firm-Based Models of Importing
    Discussant: Arnaud Costinot (MIT)
10:00 Jonathan Eaton (Brown University) and *Sam Kortum (Yale University), and Francis Kramarz (CREST-ENSAE), “Firm-to-Firm Trade: Imports, Exports, and the Labor Market
    Discussant: Jim Tybout (Penn State)
11:00 Coffee
11:15 Rodrigo Adao (MIT), Arnaud Costinot (MIT), and *Dave Donaldson (Stanford University), “Robust Counterfactual Analysis in Neoclassical Models of International Trade
    Discussant: Ariel Burstein (University of California-Los Angeles)
12:15 Lunch
1:30 Hugo Hopenhayn (University of California-Los Angeles), “On the Measure of Distortions
    Discussant: Gustavo Ventura (Arizona State University)
2:30 Samuel Bazzi (Boston University), Hartmut Egger (University of Bayreuth), Michael Koch (University of Bayreuth), and *Marc-Andreas Muendler (University of California-San Diego), “Labor Productivity and Wage Inequality” [Abstract]
    Discussant: David Lagakos (University of California-San Diego)
3:30 Coffee
3:45 Piyusha Mutreja (Syracuse University), *B. Ravikumar (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis), and Michael Sposi (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas), “Capital Goods Trade and Economic Development
    Discussant: Berthold Herrendorf (Arizona State University)


Rodrigo Rodrigues Adao (MIT)
Costas Arkolakis (Yale University)
Antoine Arnoud (Yale University)
Martin A. Beraja (University of Chicago)
Maliheh Birjandi (Yale University)
Joaquin Blaum (Brown University)
Robin Burgess (London School of Economics)
Ariel Burstein (University of California-Los Angeles)
Lorenzo Caliendo (Yale University)
Jin-Wook Chang (Yale University)
Taha Choukhmane (Yale University)
Arnaud Costinot (MIT)
Klaus Desmet (Southern Methodist University)
Jonathan Dingel (University of Chicago-Booth)
Dave Donaldson (Stanford University)
Maximiliano Dvorkin (Federal Reserve Bank-St. Louis)
Fabian Eckert (Yale University)
Federico Esposito (Yale University)
Pablo Fajgelbaum (University of California-Los Angeles)
Julia Garlick (Yale University)
Penny Goldberg (Yale University)
Douglas Gollin (University of Oxford)
Matthew Grant (Yale University)
John Haltiwanger (University of Maryland)
Sebastian Heise (Yale University)
Berthold Herrendorf (Arizona State University)
Hugo Hopenhayn (University of California-Los Angeles)
Joachim Hubmer (Yale University)
Zhen Huo (University of Minnesota)
Erik Hurst (University of Chicago-Booth)
Lisa Kahn (Yale University)
Tatjana Kleineberg (Yale University)
Samuel Kortum (Yale University
David Lagakos (University of California-San Diego)
Eunhee Lee (Yale University)
Virgiliu Midrigan (New York University)
Eduardo Morales (Princeton University)
Monica Morlacco (Yale University)
Giuseppe Moscarini (Yale University)
Marc-Andreas Muendler (University of California-San Diego)
Max Perez Leon Quinoso (Yale University)
Jesse Perla (University of British Columbia)
Michael Peters (Yale University)
Tommaso Porzio (Yale University)
Benjamin Pugsley (Federal Reserve Bank-New York)
B. Ravikumar (Federal Reserve Bank-St. Louis)
Ana Reynoso (Yale University)
Richard Rogerson (Princeton University)
Esteban Rossi-Hansberg (Princeton University)
Aysegul Sahin (Federal Reserve Bank-New York)
Gabriella Santangelo (Yale University)
Todd Schoellman (Arizona State University)
Peter Schott (Yale University)
Joseph Shapiro (Yale University)
Yongseok  Shin (Washington University-St. Louis)
Tony Smith (Yale University)
Michael Sposi (Federal Reserve Bank-Dallas)
Christopher Tonetti (Stanford University-GSB)
Robert Townsend (MIT)
Aleh Tsyvinski (Yale University)
James Tybout (Penn State University)
Gustavo Ventura (Arizona State University)
Jonathan Vogel (Columbia University)
Conor Walsh (Yale University)
Owen Zidar (University of Chicago-Booth)

Conference Frequently Asked Questions

Yale provides visitors two Wi-Fi network options:

  • YaleGuest
  • Eduroam

YaleGuest is a public, insecure wireless network available for anyone’s use, but has limited network access. Due to security reasons, certain programs and functionality may not be accessible via the YaleGuest network, e.g., Dropbox, Skype, and Box.  

If possible, we recommended you use the Eduroam wireless network.  Eduroam (education roaming) is a secure, world-wide roaming access service that allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campuses when visiting other participating institutions.

If your institution is a partneraccess the Eduroam network by selecting Eduroam from the Wi-Fi list on your mobile device and sign-in using your home institution’s credentials*. View Eduroam’s complete listing of U.S. participating schools; International visitors can look for institutional listings on this country page.

For additional details, please contact your institution’s IT department or search your institution’s support page.

*Credential format is typically, e.g., or

The conference will be held at the Yale School of Management (SOM), Evans Hall located at 165 Whitney Ave and is about a 20 minute walk from the Blake Hotel. The easiest route to SOM from the Blake Hotel is to go south-east on George Street and turn left on Temple St. Temaple will merge into Whitney Avenue. SOM will be on the right side of the street across from the Peabody Museum (see map below).

The conference will be held at the Yale School of Management (SOM), Evans Hall located at 165 Whitney Ave and is about a 15 minute walk from the Omni Hotel. The easiest route to SOM from the Omni Hotel is to go north on Temple St. which merges into Whitney Avenue. SOM will be on the right side of the street across from the Peabody Museum (see map below).

For travel expense reimbursement for the 2020 Cowles GE Conference, please send the following items by Friday, July 31, 2020.

For travel expense reimbursement for the 2020 Cowles Summer Conferences, please send the following items by Friday, September 11, 2020.


  • Complete the appropriate online conference travel reimbursement form (These online forms allow you to upload any/all relevant forms and receipts which will be bundled together as one document):
  • Please upload any/all receipts for airfare (economy only)/rail and ground transportation. Receipts must be itemized and show proof of payment (i.e., if paid by credit card the receipt should show the last 4 digits of the credit card).

Note, vouchers for previously canceled or unrelated travel cannot be reimbursed if used to pay for any Cowles related travel.





Email or send original receipts, completed travel reimbursement form, and applicable international forms to:

Darlene Smith
Event & Visitor Assistant Administrator
Cowles Foundation at Yale University
30 Hillhouse Avenue
P.O. Box 208281
New Haven, CT 06520

Email questions to Darlene Smith


The conference sessions are held on the second floor in Evans Hall at the Yale School of Management. Restrooms can be found on the perimeter of the building along the sides and back of the building.

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The Cowles Foundation is located in the heart of Yale’s campus at 30 Hillhouse Avenue.  Use the Yale online campus map to help find your way around.

If you need assistance with an Omni Hotel room reservation, please contact Alyson Perri, Convention Services Manager, Omni Hotels.

In cases of emergency, contact the appropriate department listed below:

You can also report a crime or send an anonymous text tip through our Bulldog Mobile (LiveSafe) app. (To register for Bulldog Mobile please visit the Yale LiveSafe page)

For addtional emergency information, visit the Yale Emergency Management website.

Yes, a shuttle bus will be arranged to drive between the hotel and conference location. Typically, an announcement will be sent out from Darlene Smith the day before with additional information.