Upcoming Events


  • September 20, 2019: Seminar by Robert Fairlie "Isolating the 'Tech' from EdTech: Experimental Evidence on Computer Assisted Learning"

    Recent studies of supplemental computer assisted learning (CAL) interventions have consistently found large positive effects, bolstering arguments for the rapid expansion of EdTech. In this paper, we develop a theoretical model to carefully explore the possible channels by which supplemental CAL programs might affect academic outcomes among schoolchildren. CAL programs, often held after school, provide not only computer-based instruction, but often additional non-technology based inputs such as more time learning academic material and instructional support by facilitators. To isolate the technology-based effects of CAL and estimate additional parameters from the theoretical model, we design a novel multi-treatment field experiment with more than four thousand schoolchildren in rural China. Although we find evidence of positive overall CAL program effects on academic outcomes, when we isolate the technology-based effect of CAL we generally find null effects. Our empirical results suggest that the “Tech” in EdTech has smaller effects on academic outcomes than previously suggested, which has important implications for the continued, rapid expansion of CAL throughout the world.

  • October 14, 2019 "Automation, AI and the Future Work"

    The MSU Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis will host Daron Acemoglu as its annual distinguished lecturer on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, 7 p.m., in the SUB Ballroom A. His talk will be focused on labor-technology issues and is titled, “Automation, AI and the Future Work.” Acemoglu is an economics professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the coauthor of New York Times bestseller “Why Nations Fail: Origins of Power, Poverty and Prosperity.


Past Events


  • September 17, 2019:  IRAEA Undergraduate Research Scholars Luncheon

    Calling all undergraduate students! Learn how you can be a part of a research project and get paid for it! Are you interested in understanding how research can generate evidence to better understand and improve society? Do you want to build your research skills? The MSU Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis invites all undergraduate students to a luncheon to learn more about faculty-led research scholarship opportunities. 

  • July 23, 2019 Current & Emerging Issues in Career and Technical Education Workshop
  • July 10, 2019 "Breaking the Poverty Cycle: The Role of the Safety Net,” 7 p.m. in Linfield Hall Room 125.                    Marianne Page, director of the Center for Poverty Research and professor of economics at the University of California Davis, will explore poverty in the United States and the degree to which economic policies and government programs can help to solve the problem. The event is free and open to the public.