Department of Economics Spring 2019 Brown Bag Series

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Date(s) - 04/29/2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Andrew G. Clark Building

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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 Sarah Small at or Nina Poerbonegoro at

April 29th’s presenter is ECON PhD. graduate student Jose Galvez. His seminar is titled: “Productivity Inequality Decompositions of Formal and Informal Enterprises in Guatemala, 2010.”

Abstract: The following essay analyzes inequality between formal and informal firms’ productivity in Guatemala. It uses data collected by the World Enterprise Survey between August 2010 and May 2011. It applies the Oaxaca-Blinder decomposition, common in the literature of unequal outcomes between groups, to account for factors driving inequalities between formal and informal enterprises’ productivity in two regions in the country. Statistical evaluations of factors of production, structural characteristics, and questions pertaining to access to public goods are all developed as potential factors to account for inequality between formal and informal firms within a development economics theoretical framework.