Department of Demography

Fall 2017 Brown Bag Seminars

(Funding partially provided by the Berkeley Population Center and by CEDA)

Brown Bag seminars are ordinarily held in the seminar room at 2232 Piedmont Avenue, usually on Wednesdays, from 12:10 to 1:00, although the discussion often continues for ten or fifteen minutes past 1:00. Please try to arrive before 12:10 so that we can start promptly at the scheduled time. Papers are not generally circulated in advance. Regular and decaffeinated coffee will be available, as well as cookies and hot water for tea. Administrative inquiries may be addressed to the Demography Office at 642-9800, or If you would like to inquire about presenting a seminar yourself, or have suggestions for other potential speakers, please contact Josh Goldstein at

Video of past presentations can be viewed at

Selected Brown Bag presentations from 2011 and 2012 may be viewed at UCTV.


Fall 2017 Brown Bag Presentations


  • September 6: Rucker Johnson, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley, Reducing Inequality Through Dynamic Complementarity: Evidence from Head Start and Public School Spending.

  • September 13: John Palmer, Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Social Inequality and Disease-Vector Mosquitoes: An Interspecies Feedback Loop.

  • September 20: Peter Hepburn, UC Berkeley, Costs of Work: Effects of Parental Work Scheduling on Childcare Arrangements.

  • September 27: Dan Benjamin, University of Southern California, Social-Science Genomics: A Primer and Progress Report.

  • October 4: Alex Gelber, UC Berkeley, Disability Insurance Income Saves Lives.

  • October 11: Elizabeth Ananat, Duke University, The Effect of Increased Income on Children's Academic Achievement: Evidence from the Marcellus Shale.

  • October 18: Marcia Castro, Harvard University, Impact of the Zika Virus Outbreak on Brazilian Fertility.

  • October 25: Steven Orzack, Fresh Pond Research Institute, Human Health and Disease: Dynamics, Statics, and the Compression of Morbidity.
  • November 1: Stephanie Child, UC Berkeley, Social Capital and the Dark Side of Social Networks for Health.

  • November 8: TBD

  • November 15: Landis Mackellar, Population Council, Population at the End of the Age of Aid.
  • November 29: TBD

  • December 6: TBD