Friday, April 8, 2022 | noon – 1 p.m.
Please join the Serie Center for “Forensic Economics?!?” Gabe Lade (Economics) will describe how economists use statistics and economic theory to detect cheating in settings ranging from sports to regulatory evasion. We will then explore potential gaming under the U.S. Lead and Copper Rule in more depth. In particular, we will use data on reported lead values for all U.S. Public Water Systems (PWSs) from 2011-2020 and develop a new strategy to quantify manipulation to test whether PWSs engaged in undesirable reporting behavior. We will document compelling evidence that some small and medium-sized PWSs manipulated their reported lead concentrations before the Flint water crisis. This behavior drastically decreased after the Flint water crisis, particularly for medium PWSs. Heterogeneity analysis indicates that our results are primarily driven by PWSs serving areas with higher poverty rates. An email with the link to join the event will be sent via swap-news. All faculty and staff are welcome.