Department of Economics Fall 2019 Brown Bag Series

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Date(s) - 10/14/2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Clark C307

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The Brown Bag Seminar Series offers current ECON 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 Wisnu Nugroho at or Ashish Sedai at

October 14th’s presenter is PhD student Wisnu Nugroho. He will be presenting his paper: “The importance of Timing in Education Intervention Program Reforms in Indonesia: A quasi-experimental approach.”

Abstract: This paper analyzes enrollment, attendance, and dropout effect estimates following the reforms in Cash transfer for Students (Beasiswa Siswa Miskin – BSM) program in Indonesia. More specifically our model investigates the effect of anticipated cash transfer to enrollment decision in secondary school. This study utilizes a unique panel data of poor children who were transitioning from primary school to Secondary schooling in 2013. By using variation in timing of receiving Social protection (SP) /BSM card we tried to isolate the impact having an entitlement card to school enrollment. The identification was then refined using both logistical analysis and propensity score modifications, and our finding shows that receiving social protection card and/or BSM card prior to school registration period ends has increased the likelihood of poor students to be enrolled at the junior high school by 6.6 percent. Further robustness check affirms that heterogeneity in results is negligible and relatively consistent with the main model being observed.