Berkeley Demography Brown Bag Talks

Brown Bag seminars take place in the Demography Department seminar room at 2232 Piedmont Avenue, 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 recordings of past presentations can be viewed at

FALL 2017 Schedule of Talks*

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

September 13      John Palmer, Pompeu Fabra University, 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 BerkeleySocial Capital and the Dark Side of Social Networks for Health


November 15       Landis Mackellar, Population Council: Population at the End of the Age of Aid

November 29       Speaker TBD

December 6         Speaker TBD

* Berkeley Demography Brown Bag Talks receive support from the Berkeley Population Center, the Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging, and the Department of Demography