Dr. Iikka Korhonen

Date and Time: March 16th, 2018, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Room: A 101 in the Economics Building (Museum)


About the Speaker

Dr. Iikka Korhonen is the head of the Bank of Finland Institute for Economies in Transition (BOFIT). He received his doctoral degree from Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, majoring in economics. His research interests include exchange rates and inflation in transition as well as emerging market countries. In addition, he has published widely e.g. on the correlation of economic activity between different countries, as well as on the effects of oil prices on economic activities.

Prof. Steven J. Yamarik, PhD

Date and Time: January 17th, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30 am

Room: A 101 in the Economics Building (Museum)


This paper examines the empirical relationship between economic freedom and corruption. We use a principal-agent-client model to identify the potential causal linkages between corruption and the components of economic freedom. We then estimate a twoequation system where freedom depends upon corruption and vice versa. Using a series of panel GMM estimators, we find that corruption lowers economic freedom, but that freedom does not significantly impact corruption. The result that corruption lowers freedom supports the “grabbing handing” theory of corruption where a non-benevolent government creates inefficient regulation and barriers of entry to create economic rents.

About the Speaker

Steve J. Yamarik is professor at the California State University Long Beach and research associate of our HenU Center for Financial Development and Stability. His research interests are economic growth and development, regional economics and international trade.

Date and Time: December 26th, 2017, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Room: A 101 in the Economics Building (Museum)


Testing predictability of asset returns is a cornerstone issue in modern asset pricing and the related fields. It has been one of the hottest research topics in asset pricing field in the recent two decades. In this talk, I will combine several of my papers on testing predictability of asset returns and review the recent developments in this area. In particular, I will outline some future research topics in this area.


About the speakerZongwu Cai

Dr. Zongwu Cai is the Charles Oswald Professor of Econometrics and a Professor of Economics at Department of Economics, The University of Kansas. Furthermore, he is a member of the Scientific Board of our CFDS. His research interests include econometrics, quantitative finance, risk management, data-analytic modeling, nonlinear and nonstationary time series, and their applications, and among others. His primary research focuses on developing and justifying econometric methodology and applications in economics and finance. His work has been published extensively in professional journals, including both leading econometrics and statistics journals: Journal of Econometrics, Econometric Theory, The Journal of American Statistical Association, and more.


Date and Time: October 20th, 2017, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Room: A 101 in the Economics Building (Museum)


We trace the rise of the so called oligarchs in post-Soviet Russia and examine their relationship to income distribution in Russia. When Russia moved to a market economy in the 1990s a new business elite evolved. Russia’s distinctive path towards market economy, among other factors, gave rise to the oligarchs who now control large parts of the economy and have a strong standing within politics and society.

Using a unique regional data set on the locations of oligarchs’ businesses across the Russian regions, we test Acemoglu’s (2008) proposition that oligarchic societies experience extreme income inequality. Our results show significantly higher levels of income inequality in regions with a higher presence of oligarchs.


About the speakerJarko bigimage

Jarko Fidrmuc is holding the Chair of International Economics at Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany. His main research areas are international economics, in specific empirical analysis of European Integration and globalization, analyses of economic cycles and theory of optimal currency area, and development of emerging economies in Eastern Europe and Asia.



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