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Online Spatial and Urban Seminar — Season 3

February 1 - April 26, 2021
Monday 11:30-12.45, Eastern Time (US and Canada)

This spring, the Online Spatial and Urban Seminar (OSUS) is organizing a weekly online seminar series on urban economics. We aim to provide engaging seminars featuring economists from a variety of institutions, experience levels, and fields unified by an interest in urban questions.

At OSUS, we interpret "spatial and urban" broadly, recognizing that many fields utilize spatial variation and methods, and that a lot of economics takes place in cities! As such, we encourage participation from economists in fields including, but not limited to, housing, real estate, transportation, trade, local public goods provision, the spatial distribution of activities, economic geography, and urban or regional policy.


Milena Almagro (Minneapolis Fed and Chicago), Caitlin Gorback (NBER and U Texas), Charly Porcher (Dartmouth and Georgetown), Marta Santamaria (Warwick), Román David Zárate (World Bank)


February 1, 2021: Treb Allen

February 8, 2021: Gregorio Caetano
"A Unified Empirical Framework to Study Segregation"

February 22, 2021: Juan Pablo Chauvin
"Rural-Urban Migration at High Urbanization Levels"

March 1, 2021: Leah Brooks
"The Roots of Gentrification: Long-Run Impacts of the 1968 Washington Civil Disturbance"

March 8, 2021: Rebecca Diamond
"Where is Standard of Living the Highest? Local Prices and the Geography of Consumption"

March 15, 2021: Jeffrey Lin
"Freeway Revolts"

March 22, 2021: Janet Currie
"What Caused Racial Disparities in Particulate Exposure to Fall? New Evidence from the Clean Air Act and Satellite-Based Measures of Air Quality"

March 29, 2021: Martina Kirchberger
"Perpetual Motion: Human Mobility and Spatial Frictions in Three African Countries"

April 5, 2021: Clara Santamaria
"Gender and Gentrification"

April 12, 2021: Gabriel Alhfeldt
"Prime Locations "

April 19, 2021: Lin Tian
"Geographic Fragmentation in a Knowledge Economy"

April 26, 2021: Enrico Moretti
"Estimating Who Benefits From Productivity Growth: Direct and Indirect Effects of City Manufacturing TFP Growth on Wages, Rents, and Inequality"


To participate in the seminars, you have to register on our Zoom webinar website and will then receive weekly email invitations to the seminars. You only need to register once to get access to all seminars in this season. If you have participated in OSUS seminars last Fall, you don't need to register again for the new season.


All seminars are 75 minutes long, with approximately 60 minutes for presentation, and 15 minutes for audience Q&A. Audience members are muted, with moderators unmuting audience members to ask substantive questions. Moderators ask clarifying questions directly.

You can contact the seminar organisers at osus@urbaneconomics.org.

About OSUS

OSUS was founded in June 2020 by Clare Balboni (MIT), Fabian Eckert (UCSD), Caitlin Gorback (NBER and U Texas), and Chris Severen (Philadelphia Fed) with the aim of bringing economists from various disciplines together to explore urban issues. OSUS is run by junior faculty and post-doctoral students on a revolving basis, with the aim of involving early-career academics in the broader urban economics community. The original website can be accessed at osus.info.