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  • Press
    December 2013:
    Dr. Hastings’ work on federal student loan caps in Chile is adopted by the government. Starting in 2014, the calculation will include labor market earnings gains to improve transparency and incentives in the market for higher education in Chile.
    Read more.

  • Seminars
    December 2013:
    Stanford University Center for Education Policy Analysis, Palo Alto, CA.

    October 2013:
    University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Chicago, IL. Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Mexico City, Mexico.

    June 2013:
    University of Chicago, Chicago, IL and U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Washington D.C.

    May 2013:
    NBER Education Economics Spring Meetings, Cambridge, MA, and Toulouse School of Economics, Toulouse, France

    April 2013:
    U.S. Department of Justice, Washington D.C.

    March 2013:
    UC Berkeley Behavioral Economics Seminar, Berkeley, CA

  • New
    January 2014:
    New paper: "Advertising, Reputation, and Environmental Stewardship: Evidence From the BP Oil Spill" with Lint Barrage and Eric Chyn. Download National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper 19838 here

    July 2013:
    New paper: "Are Some Degrees Worth More Than Others? Evidence from College Admission Cutoffs in Chile" with Christopher Neilson and Seth Zimmerman. Download National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper 19241 here

    May 2013:
    "School Choice and College Attendance: Evidence from Randomized Lotteries" with D. Deming, T. Kane and D. Staiger. Forthcoming, AER. Read more here.

    April 2013:
    "Fungibility and Consumer Choice: Evidence from Commodity Price Shocks" with Jesse Shapiro. Forthcoming, QJE. Read more here.

    March 2013:
    New paper: "Advertising and Competition in Privatized Social Security: The Case of Mexico" with Ali Hortaçsu and Chad Syverson. Read more here.
  • Pipeline
    • “(Un)Informed College Choice: Evidence from Chile.” with Christopher Neilson, Anely Ramirez, Unika Shrestha and Seth Zimmerman. Manuscript, Brown University.
    • “Information, Incentives and Student Loan Design.” with Harald Beyer, Christopher Neilson, Phillip Ross and Seth Zimmerman. Manuscript, Brown University.
    • “The Impact of Information on Postsecondary Investments: Evidence from the Chilean Student Loan System,” with Christopher Neilson, Anely Ramirez and Seth Zimmerman. Paper in progress.
    • “The Impact of Loan Policy Design on Postsecondary Education Markets: Evidence from Chile.” with Christopher Neilson and Seth Zimmerman. Paper in progress.
    • “Impatience, Information and Investment Choice: Field Experimental Evidence in Mexico’s Privatized Social Security System.”