Type: Seminar

Guns and Pro-Social Behavior

Open to PhD students and faculty engaged in causal inference in education policy research


Abigail Wozniak, Associate Professor, Notre Dame Department of Economics

Date & time

Feb 14, 2018, 8:30-10:00 am EST


About the talk: Evidence from psychology shows that perceptions of our environment are influenced by the actions we can take in that environment, and handgun access has been shown to increase the likelihood of perceiving others as possessing a handgun. Prof. Wozniak will discuss in -progress work that combines lab experimental approaches from economics and psychology to determine whether handgun access also influences higher order decision-making. The goal of this in-progress research is to determine whether randomized access to a realistic handgun object affects choices when subjects face real (financial) consequences.

About the speaker: Abigail Wozniak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Notre Dame, working primarily in the field of labor economics. Her research has examined migration between states and cities as well as employer compensation and screening policies. Professor Wozniak is currently a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. Over 2014-2015, she served as Senior Economist to the White House Council of Economic Advisers, working on labor economics issues. She was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University in 2008-09. She is a graduate of Harvard University (PhD) and the University of Chicago (AB). She is a Wisconsin native and a former Associate Economist at the Chicago Federal Reserve. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Businessweek, and other outlets.

About CIERS: The objective of the Causal Inference in Education Research Seminar (CIERS) is to engage students and faculty from across the university in conversations around education research using various research methodologies. This seminar provides a space for doctoral students and faculty from social science disciplines to discuss current research and receive feedback on works-in-progress. Discourse across schools and departments creates a more complete community of education scholars, and provides a networking opportunity for students enrolled in a variety of academic programs who share common research interests.

Our regular meeting schedule is Wednesday mornings from 8:30 to 10 am in Weill 3240. Check out our website to learn more and to sign up for the mailing list.