Department of Economics Fall 2018 Brown Bag Series

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Date(s) - 09/17/2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Andrew G. Clark Building


The Brown Bag Seminar Series offers current ECON and DARE graduate students the opportunity to present ongoing research or to workshop new ideas. The seminars are held on Mondays from 12:00-1:00pm in Clark C307 and are open to everyone.

For more information on the series or specific seminars, please contact Sarah Small at or Nina Poerbonegoro at

September 17th’s presenter is ECON MA graduate student Marisa Carreon. Carreon will be presenting her paper: “Transboundary water-sharing in the Mekong River Basin: issue linkage between Laos and Vietnam”


Countries of the Mekong River Basin in southeastern Asia are teeming with potential for economic development, and have brought in international interest for decades. Conflict over the transboundary water-sharing of the Mekong river can hinder both political and economic relations, and be harmful to further economic development in the area.  Resource insecurity is a significant concern for the countries sharing the Mekong river, particularly for the countries in the Lower Mekong Basin (Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar), especially when the upstream countries pursue unilateral actions without regard for the consequences of development on downstream countries.  This paper proposes that cooperation between the countries of the Lower Basin Mekong can be attained through issue linkage – a method used in political science analyses – as a possible solution for resolving conflict transboundary water-sharing between the Lower Mekong River countries of Laos and Vietnam.  One proposed issue linkage for the Lower Mekong Basin countries involves Laos trading hydropower electricity in exchange for agricultural commodities produced by Vietnam.  A non-stochastic, Stackelberg leader-differential game theory analysis is used to explore the feasibility of cooperation between the countries under the condition that a water-transfer agreement or political treaty is in place.