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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
"To be announced"

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
To be announced

March 8, 2021: Enrico Moretti
"Estimating Who Benefits From Productivity Growth: Direct and Indirect Effects of City Manufacturing TFP Growth on Wages, Rents, and Inequality"

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: Rebecca Diamond
"The Geography of Consumption Inequality"


Users can register at our webinar website to receive weekly invitations to these talks. Registration is only required once. Prior OSUS participants should register with the new Zoom link to gain access to the webinar and new calendar.


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.