The Second Annual Sadie T.M. Alexander Conference for Economics & Related Fields
Vision 20/20 Research Scholars
In 2020, The Second Annual Sadie T.M. Alexander Conference for Economics and Related Fields will take place in Washington D.C. from February 20 through February 22. This year, we are excited and grateful for the opportunity to be working with the Urban Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as well as the Brookings Institution and the American Economic Association to expand our annual conference and continue our mission.
On February 20, 2020, the Brookings Institution will be hosting the inaugural Research and Networking Reception as apart of the second annual conference. The process for selection included four independent reviewers, which evaluated each abstract using a well-developed criteria. In total, ten women were selected to present during the poster session. Finally, each year, a Black womxn job market candidate is selected to be our Research Spotlight, which gives the candidate a platform to share their research and journey. This event is open to the public beginning February 10.
Tihitina Andarge is doctoral candidate in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park graduating in May 2020. Her research investigates questions in the fields of environmental and development economics. Within environmental economics, she studies factors that affect the effectiveness of regulatory enforcement in improving regulatory outcomes.
In her job market paper, The Effect of Incomplete Enforcement Information on Ambient Pollution Levels: Evidence from the Clean Water Act, she examines the effect of regulatory information gaps on pollution levels within the context of Clean Water Act permit regulations. The specific type of regulatory information gap she considers is the incomplete identification of the universe of agents subject to regulation. She combines several sources of data to construct a catchment-level panel dataset of pollutant concentration, the size of the information gap, and several other key variables. Then, she estimates a spatial lag model of pollutant concentration. Her findings indicate that an increase in the share of firms known to the regulator results in a significant decrease in ambient pollution concentration.
Other lines of work examine the effect of regulatory enforcement gaps on compliance within the context of nutrient management regulations in Maryland, the role of information receipt in household livelihood diversification decisions in rural Malawi, and health considerations in sustainable dam management in the Senegal River Basin. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, she graduated, with distinction, from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. Environmental Sciences.
Doctoral Candidate at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Predoctoral Fellow at Harvard University
Undergraduate Student at Spelman College
Doctoral Student at Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. Melody Harvey
Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Doctoral Student at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Undergraduate Student at Dillard University
Awa Ambra Seck
Doctoral Candidate at Harvard University
About Brookings Institution
This year, the Brookings Institution, and more specifically, the Hutchins Center for Fiscal and Monetary Policy, is an institutional sponsor of the Sadie T.M. Alexander Conference for Economics and related fields. The Brookings Institution is an American research group that was founded in 1916 on Think Tank Row in Washington, D.C. It conducts research and education in the social sciences, primarily in economics, metropolitan policy, governance, foreign policy, and global economy and economic development. The Hutchins Center is headed by David Wessel, a Pulitzer prize winning journalist who worked for the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe.