The Economists' Corner

Faculty 

Alexis Antoniades
Assistant Professor at SFS-Q
Economics

Jose Asturias
Assistant Professor at SFS-Q
Economics

Mongoljin Batsaikhan
Assistant Professor at SFS-Q
Economics

Zhaoyang Hou
Assistant Professor at SFS-Q
Economics

Sulanga Mookerjee
Assistant Professor at SFS-Q
Economics

Ganesh Seshan
Assistant Professor at SFS-Q
Economics

Daniel Westbrook
Associate Professor at SFS-Q
Economics

 

Visiting and Distinguished Scholars

We invite leading scholars to come to Doha for week-long visits to interact with our colleagues on their research and to give professional research seminars. In some cases the interactions may be arranged at our Economics Department in Washington, DC.

Short-term visitors for the 2013 – 2015 academic years include:

Senior Research Scholar Program

This program makes more extensive interaction possible between senior scholars and faculty at SFS-Q. The senior scholars may visit Doha for somewhat longer periods and commit to more intensive interactions with SFS-Q economics faculty. The senior research scholars may choose to offer intensive post-doctoral research workshops (“summer schools”) in various fields.

  • Oded Stark, Distinguished Research Scholar, 2013 – 2017.
  • Dean Karlan, Distinguished Research Scholar, 2013 – 2015.

 

Research

Workshops

SFS-Q will host post-doctoral research workshops in fields of interest to the incumbent economics faculty. The workshops will be led by senior scholars and will be offered to 15 – 18 participants. Workshops may take place in Doha and/or in Washington, DC, where interactions with main campus economics faculty, the World Bank, the IMF, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, etc., may be arranged according to the workshop topic. Participants’ travel and expenses will be fully-funded.

Professor Oded Stark, Distinguished Research Scholar at SFS-Q will offer The Third Annual Winter School on the Analytics and Policy Design of Migration, January 5 - 9, 2016. For more information, click here.
 

Conferences 

Doha Evidence Symposium: March 6-8th​

"What Works" to Improve Youth Labour Productivity?
The symposium brings together policy makers and practitioners with academics and researchers to present and discuss the evidence base for “what works” in increasing the employment and productivity of youth in the Middle East and North Africa regions.

Type: Event
When: March 6 - 8, 2014
Where: Doha, Qatar

Background

Unemployment, underemployment, and vulnerable employment have created a massive strain on labour markets around the globe. To combat this problem, governments are seeking evidence on how to improve the employment situation of youth. While the evidence base is weak, results from experimental research on youth interventions are beginning to emerge.

The three-day symposium brings together policy makers and practitioners with academics and researchers to present and discuss the evidence base for “what works” in increasing the employment and productivity of youth. Discussants will share recent findings of impact evaluations from the Middle East and North Africa region and other developing regions. Participants will also be introduced to evidence from systematic and literature reviews which are important for evidence based policy creation. The symposium will also offer teachings on impact evaluation methods and “rules of operation” to promote this vital instrument in policy development.

The Evidence Symposium on “What Works” to improve youth labour productivity is organized by the International Labour Organization in partnership with Silatech, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab and the Arab Urban Development Institute and will be held from 6 to 8 March 2014 at Georgetown University in Doha.

Objectives

  • Communicate findings and recommendations from recently completed impact evaluations on youth employment, entrepreneurship and productivity.
  • Provide an overview of impact evaluation and its importance for policymaking and programme design, as well as basic training on impact evaluation methods and techniques including randomized control trials.
  • Catalyse new partnerships amongst donors, implementers, and researchers with the goal of advancing our knowledge of what works, and what does not, in promoting employment and entrepreneurship for disadvantaged young people.

Participants

  • Policy Makers: Senior Government officials from Labour and Youth Ministries, international institutions and other development institutions. Officials should be involved with employment legislation and policy making with current involvement in impact evaluation.
  • Implementers: Organizations providing job market services (e.g., counseling, placement assistance, training) and entrepreneurship support (e.g., access to credit, mentoring, training) to young people. Implementers should have an interest in collaborating on an impact evaluation and be of sufficient scale for a rigorous impact evaluation, which typically would require several hundred beneficiaries.
  • Researchers: University academic, evaluation investigators, affiliates of J-PAL and other invited researchers who study youth employment and entrepreneurship and sharing impact evaluation results or developing new partnerships with implementers.


Programmatic Support 

SFS-Q provides extensive support for research by its economics faculty. In particular, we offer:

Mentoring program for younger scholars. We invite leading scholars to come to Doha for week-long visits to interact with our colleagues on their research and to give professional research seminars. In some cases the interactions may be arranged at our Economics Department in Washington, DC.
Short-term visitors for the 2013 – 2015 academic years include:

 

Senior Research Scholar Program 

This program makes more extensive interaction possible between senior scholars and faculty at SFS-Q. The senior scholars may visit Doha for somewhat longer periods and commit to more intensive interactions with SFS-Q economics faculty. The senior research scholars may choose to offer intensive post-doctoral research workshops (“summer schools”) in various fields.

  • Oded Stark, Distinguished Research Scholar, 2013 – 2017.
  • Dean Karlan, Distinguished Research Scholar, 2013 – 2015.

The Economics Department at Georgetown University in Washington DC is home to a number of leading scholars. We actively cultivate relationships between colleagues in the Economics Department and SFS-Q and provide opportunities for Doha-based faculty to visit the Economics Department through our Dean’s Initiative.

Junior faculty can expect at least one research semester during their first few years at SFS-Q, with encouragement to spend the semester wherever research can be best supported. One colleague won a prestigious fellowship to spend 2012 – 2013 at Princeton University working full-time on research.

Contact Us
For further information about the program please contact Daniel Westbrook, Associate Professor of Economics at SFS-Q. Contact Details
 

Seminars

Spring 2015

  • April 29, 2015: "Reconciling Hayek's and Keynes' Views of Recessions" by Paul Beaudry, Professor of Economics, University of British Columbia.
  • April 20, 2015: "Firm Entry and Exit and Aggregate Growth" by Tim Kehoe, Professor of Economics, University of Wisconsin.
  • April 8, 2015: "An Empirical Analysis of Demand for Earthquake Insurance in California" by Thomas Longwell, Professor of Economics,The American University of Sharjah.
  • April 6, 2015: “Commercial Bank Failures During the Great Recession: The Real (Estate) Story” by Adonis Antoniades, Economist, Bank for International Settlements.

Fall 2014

  • August 19, 2014: "Retailer Pass-through and its Determinants Using Scanner Data: Theory and Evidence" by Alexis Antoniades, Assistant Professor,  Georgetown University in Qatar.
  • August 19, 2014: "Coping with Shocks in Rural Ethiopia" by Arjun Bedi, Visiting Professor, Georgetown University in Qatar.
  • August 19, 2014: "Returns to Education and Labor Market Transition in Vietnam:1993-2012" by Daniel Westbrook, Assistant Professor, Georgetown University in Qatar.

  • August 19, 2014: "A Panel Study of International and Internal Migration by South Indians" by Ganesh Seshan, Assistant Professor, Georgetown University in Qatar.

  • August 21, 2014: "Designing Feebate-Like Taxation" by Clerides Sofronis, Visiting Associate Professor, Georgetown University in Qatar.

  • August 21, 2014: "Market Access and Inequality in Rural China: an IV-Quantile Analysis" by Yang Hou, Assistant Professor, Georgetown University in Qatar.

  • August 24, 2014: "Aligning Conflicting Social Welfare Functions" by Oded Stark, Distinguished Fellow, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn.

  • September 2, 2014: "To Charge or Not to Charge: Evidence from a Health Products Experiment in Uganda" by Dean Karlan, Professor  at Yale University and a Research Fellow at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • September 7, 2014: "Competition and Welfare Gains from Transportation Infrastructure: Evidence from Golden Quadrilateral of India" by Jose Asturias, Assistant Professor, Georgetown University in Qatar.

Spring 2014

  • April 3, 2014: "The Macroeconomic Management Framework in Qatar & GCC States: A Proposal for Reform" by Khalid Al Khater, Director of Research & Monetary Policy, Qatar Central Bank.
  • March 31, 2017: "Overview of Macro prudential policies" by  Luis Jacome, Deputy Chief, Monetary and Macroprudential Policies Division, International Monetary Fund.
  • March 9, 2014: "Preference for Boys, Family Size and Educational Attainment in India" by Adriana Kugler, Georgetown University. Time: 11:05am-12:20pm in 0A19.
  • March 9, 2014: "Evidence, Innovation & Experimentation: Stimulating Employability and Entrepreneurship in the MENA Region" by Tarik Yousef, CEO, Silatech, Qatar, Raj Desai, Associate Professor of International Development, Georgetown University, USA and Bruno Crépon, Professor of Economics at ENSAE and École Polytechnique, France.
  • February 20, 2014: "Does International Trade Raise Incomes and How do we know?" Robert C. Feenstra, Professor of Economics, University of California.

Fall 2013

  • December 8, 2013: "Persistence of Fortune: Accounting for Migration, There was No Post-Columbian Reversal", Louis Putterman, Brown University.
  • November 24, 2013: "Market Access, Allocation of Resources between Farm and Non-Farm Activities, and Income Inequality in Rural China*" Zhaoyang Hou, Georgetown University in Qatar.
  • October 27, 2013: "Retailer Pass-Through and its Determinants Using Scanner Data," Alexis Antoniades, Georgetown University in Qatar.
  • October 6, 2013: "Heterogeneous Firms, Quality, and Trade," Alexis Antoniades, Georgetown University in Qatar.
  • October 2, 2013: "Three treasures on economics and football,"Martin G. Kocher, University of Munich.
  • October 1, 2013: "Second-Degree Moral Hazard in a Real-World Credence Goods Market," Loukas Balafoutas, University of Innsbruck.
  • September 29, 2013: "An Experimental Study of Precautionary Bidding," Martin G. Kocher, University of Munich.
  • September 29, 2013: "Don’t expect any help: Direct and indirect punishment among strangers," Loukas Balafoutas, University of Innsbruck.
  • September 11, 2013: "On Altruism and Remittances," Alexis Antoniades, Georgetown University in Qatar.
  • September 10, 2013: "The Development Impacts of Temporary Migration and the Protection versus Opportunities Trade-off, " David McKenzie, Lead Economist, World Bank.
  • September 8, 2013: "Soft Skills or Hard Cash? The Impact of Training and Wage Subsidy on Female Youth Unemployment in Jordan," David McKenzie, Lead Economist, World Bank.