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Online Spatial and Urban Seminar — Season 4

June 7 - July 26, 2021
Monday 11:30-12.45, Eastern Time (US and Canada)

This summer, 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), Jan David Bakker (UCL), Eunjee Kwon (Cincinnati), Charly Porcher (Dartmouth and Georgetown), Marta Santamaria (Warwick), Román David Zárate (World Bank)


June 7, 2021: Katja Seim
Economies of Density in E-commerce: A Study of Amazon's Fulfillment Center Network

June 14, 2021: Gaurav Khanna
Spatial Mobility, Economic Opportunity, and Crime

June 21, 2021: Matthew Turner
A Unified Theory of Cities

June 28, 2021: Kate Pennington
Does Building New Housing Cause Displacement?: The Supply and Demand Effects of Construction in San Francisco

July 5, 2021: Costas Arkolakis
European Immigrants and the United States' Rise to the Technological Frontier

July 12, 2021: No seminar

July 19, 2021: Jessie Handbury
School Food Policy Affects Everyone: Retail Responses to the National School Lunch Program

July 26, 2021: Joan Monras
Local Public Goods and the Spatial Distribution of Economic Activity


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 the last season of the OSUS seminars, you do not need to register again.


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.