2012 Event Archive

PAST EVENTS

January 25

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

What are the Welfare Costs of Shoreline Loss? Housing Market Evidence from a Discontinuity Matching Design

Matthew Ranson
Harvard University

Room L-382
4:10-5:30PM

January 30

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar Series

The MIT Future of the Electric Grid Study

Richard Schmalensee
MIT

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer
12-1:30PM

February 1

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

The Impact of Voluntary Programs on Polluter Behavior: Evidence from Pollution Prevention Programs and Toxic Releases

Linda Bui
Brandeis University

Room L-382
4:10-5:30PM

February 2

Business & Government Seminar Series

The Logic of Reforms and Opening Up: Reform strategies in China and implications for the rest of the world

Fu Jun
Executive Dean, School of Government
Peking University

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
11:45 - 1PM

Please RSVP to MRCBG@ksg.harvard.edu

See event coverage here.

February 4

Conference on Institutional Corruption

Conference on Institutional Corruption

The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics will host a conference on "institutional corruption," a topic it has been studying for the last two years under the auspices of the Edmond J. Safra Research Lab. The Center is hosting this conference to mark the progress the Lab has made, and to help guide future work.

Harvard Law School, Milstein East, Wasserstein Building, 2nd Floor
9AM-5PM

Click here to register or for additional information.

February 8

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Destruction, Disinvestment, and Death: Economic and Human Losses Following Environmental Disaster

Solomon Hsiang
Princeton University

Room L-382
4:10-5:30PM

February 9

Business & Government Seminar Series

Super PACs: The WMDs of Campaign Finance

Ben Heineman
Senior Fellow
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

To read Ben Heineman's accompanying articles on this topic, click below:

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
11:45 - 1PM

Please RSVP to MRCBG@ksg.harvard.edu

February 13

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar Series

Restoring the Gulf of Mexico--An Energy Policy? An Historical Perspective on Energy/Environment in the Gulf Region

Jason Theriot
Energy Policy Fellow
Consortium for Energy Policy Research at Harvard

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
12 - 1:30PM

February 15

Business & Government Seminar Series

The Future of the Euro and the Role of Central Banks

Lorenzo Bini Smaghi
Former member, European Central Bank's Executive Board

Fainsod Room, 3rd Floor Littauer Building
12 - 1PM

To learn more about this seminar, click here.

Please RSVP to MRCBG@ksg.harvard.edu

See event coverage here.

February 16

Center for Public Leadership Brown Bag Luncheon Conversation

Leadership in the British Parliament

The Rt Honorable John Bercow, MP
Speaker of the House of Commons, the United Kingdom

John Bercow is a British Member of Parliament and has been Speaker of the House of Commons since 2009, a role which sees him presiding over lively parliamentary debates as a neutral moderator. Prior to becoming Speaker of the House, Speaker Bercow had a successful career as Shadow Minister in opposition to the Labour Government of Tony Blair, defying the Conservative leadership on several occasions and ultimately winning an award for Opposition MP of the year. Speaker Bercow has also taught leadership, campaigning, and communication skills, both in Britain and in the U.S.

This event is being co-sponsored by the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government.

Darman Seminar Room (T-135), CPL, Taubman Build

Please RSVP here by 9AM on Monday, February 13.

February 22

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Lead Exposure and Behavior: Effects on Aggression and Risky Behavior among Children and Adolescents

Jessica Reyes
Amherst College

Room L-382
4:10-5:30PM

February 23

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar

Reviving Regulatory Reform

Christopher DeMuth
Distinguished Fellow, Hudson Institute

The regulatory reform movement, which ran approximately from 1975 through 1985, was intellectually robust and philosophically broad-based, and it achieved significant victories in practical politics. The policy landscape looks very different today. Federal regulation has been growing dramatically (even price controls are making a comeback), and the political debates appear highly partisan. But in fact the recent growth of regulation has been bipartisan (it was at least as pronounced under George W. Bush as it has been under Barack Obama). This lecture will diagnose the causes of regulatory growth and evaluate the leading reform proposals currently being considered. It will compare today’s central policy issues with those than animated the old regulatory reform movement, and argue that the earlier era produced important insights that could usefully be applied today.

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
11:45-1PM

February 27

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar Series

Oil: The Next Big Surprises

Leonardo Maugeri
Senior Fellow
Harvard Kennedy School

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
12 - 1:30PM

February 29

Business & Government Seminar Series

Life in the UN Executive Office: Working from the Inside to Tackle a Global Challenge

Joe Colombano
Senior Officer and Economic Advisor in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General
United Nations

For the past decade, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have provided the overall framework for international development policy. As the 2015 deadline for meeting the goals looms, the international community is called to accelerate progress on the MDGs and look beyond 2015. Having put sustainable development on top of the priorities for his second term, the Secretary-General is leading the efforts to devise a new development agenda. Joe will put an insider's view into how this is carried out on a day-to-day basis from the UN Headquarters in New York.

Fainsod Room, 3rd Floor Littauer Building
12-1PM

Please RSVP to MRCBG@ksg.harvard.edu

March 1

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar

Regulating the Shadow Banking System

Andrew Metrick
Michael H. Jordan Professor of Finance and Management
Yale School of Management

The "shadow" banking system played a major role in the financial crisis, but was not a central focus of the recent Dodd-Frank Law and thus remains largely unregulated. This seminar proposes principles for the regulation of shadow banking and describes a specific proposal to implement those principles.

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
11:45-1PM

March 5

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar Series

Are Current Electricity Markets Suitable to Integrate Non-Dispatchable (Renewable) Producers?

Antonio Conejo
University of Castilla-La Mancha

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
12 - 1:30PM

March 6

Business & Government Seminar Series

The Necessary Framework for Economic Reforms: A Comparative Analysis of India, Brazil, Israel, the Netherlands and Italy, and implications for Europe and the U.S.

Francesco Giavazzi
Professor of Economics, Bocconi University, Milan
Visiting Professor of Economics, MIT

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
11:30-1PM

Please RSVP to MRCBG@ksg.harvard.edu

See event coverage here.

March 7

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

The Political Economy of Deforestation in the Tropics

Benjamin Olken
MIT

Room L-382
4:10-5:30PM

March 7

Business & Government Seminar Series

Challenges and opportunities in regulating banks, insurance companies and retirement funds in Peru

Daniel Schydlowsky
Chief banking, insurance and private pension regulator in Peru
(head of Superintendencia de Banca, Seguros y AFP)

Regulators have been at the center of the debate (blame?) in the current economic recession. Thaking over the job of Chief Financial Regulator for Peru in mid 2011 has been quite a challenge: from applying Basel regulations in a growing economy, to licensing incoming Chinese (and other) banks, to ensuring market transparency, to reforming big-actor retirement funds. Daniel Schydlowsky, Peru's Superintendencia de Banca, Seguros y AFPs will share an off-the-record hour on what it's like and how science and art need to get mixed into an effective policy.

This seminar is being co-sponsored by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

Fainsod Room, 3rd Floor Littauer
12-1PM

Please RSVP to MRCBG@ksg.harvard.edu

March 8

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar

Regulation, Unemployment, and Cost-Benefit Analysis

Eric Posner
Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law
University of Chicago

Regulatory agencies take account of the potential unemployment effects of proposed regulations in an ad hoc, theoretically incorrect way. Current practice is to conduct job-loss or feasibility analysis, under which the agency predicts the unemployment effects of a proposed regulation, and then declines to regulate (or weakens the proposed regulation) if the unemployment effects exceed an unarticulated threshold. Agencies do not reveal the threshold, do not explain why certain unemployment effects are excessive, and do not explain how they compare unemployment effects and the net benefits of the regulation. Many agencies also predict unemployment effects incorrectly. The proper approach is for agencies to incorporate unemployment effects into cost-benefit analysis by predicting the amount of unemployent that a regulation will cause and monetizing that amount. Recent economic studies suggest that monetizing cost of unemployment is significant, possibly more than $100,000 per worker. If agencies used this figure, there could be significant consequences for a wide variety of regulations.

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
11:45-1PM

March 19

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar Series

Simultaneously Mitigating Near-Term Climate Change and Improving Human Health and Food Security

Joel Schwartz
Harvard School of Public Health

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
12 - 1:30PM

March 20

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar

Stressed Out: Macroprudential Principles for Stress Testing

Anil Kashyap
Edward Eagle Brown Professor of Economics and Finance
University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Nye A, 5th Floor, Taubman Building
11:45-1PM

March 21

Business & Government Seminar

Securitization: The Good, the Bad, and the Future

Mark Fagan
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School

The process of transforming future cash-flows into tradable securities, most notoriously from subprime mortgages, was the cause of the recent financial crisis, according to some. Others passionately argue securitization is an essential source of capital enabling home and car ownership, small business expansion and even providing student loans for higher education. Please join Mark Fagan for a refresher on the mechanics of securitization, an assessment of its strengths and weaknesses, and a discussion of the role securitization will play in the post-Dodd-Frank world.

Fainsod Room, 3rd Floor Littauer Building
12-1PM

Please RSVP to MRCBG@ksg.harvard.edu

March 22

City Week Panel

Strengthening Cities Through Experiential Learning

Cities have been called “our species’ greatest invention,” but they also can be places of poverty, decay, and corruption.  In this session, HKS faculty, fellows, and students discuss their work to strengthen cities through innovative teaching and special projects that involve hands-on experiential learning.  A focus will be how to expand opportunities for experiential learning at HKS.

Panelists include:

Susan Crawford
HKS Visiting Stanton Professor of the First Amendment

Carolyn Wood
Assistant Academic Dean
SLATE Director

Jennifer Nash
M-RCBG Associate Director

James Solomon and Kendra Bradner
Organizer of the Community Development Project, a student group working on economic development projects in underserved areas

This event is being co-sponsored by the Office of Career Advancement and the Working Group on Enhancing Experiential Learning.

Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building
11:45-1PM

March 22

Forum Event

A Public Address by Jean-Claude Trichet

Jean-Claude Trichet
Former President of the European Central Bank

This event is co-sponsored by the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government

JFK Jr. Forum
6PM

See event coverage here.

Watch the lecture here.

March 26

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar Series

But Will the Planet Notice? Why Only Economists--Not Recyclers--Can Stop Global Warming

Gernot Wagner
Environmental Defense Fund and Columbia University

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
12 - 1:30PM

March 26

Business & Government Seminar

Rethinking Regulation

Cass R. Sunstein
Administrator
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
Office of Management and Budget

Moderated by Richard Zeckhauser, Frank Plumpton Ramsey Professor of Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School.

Nye ABC, 5th Floor Taubman Building
12:30-2PM

Please RSVP to jennifer_nash@hks.harvard.edu

March 28

Business & Government Seminar Series

**CANCELLED**

Growth Measures in Time of Austerity: Comparing Europe and the U.S.

Alberto Alesina
Professor of Economics, Harvard University

Fainsod Room, 3rd Floor Littauer Building
12-1PM

Please RSVP to MRCBG@ksg.harvard.edu

March 28

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Truth-Telling by Third-Party Auditors: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment in India

Michael Greenstone
MIT

Room L-382
4:10-5:30PM

April 2

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar Series

China's Electricity System Reform

Yaodong Shi
Fellow
Consortium for Energy Policy Research

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
12 - 1:30PM

April 2

Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Public Lecture Series

A Conversation with Paul Volcker

Paul Volcker
Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve

Interlocutors:
Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership; Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
Malcolm Salter, James J. Hill Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, Harvard Business School

Ames Courtroom, 2nd Floor, Austin Hall
Harvard Law School
5:30PM

Visit www.ethics.harvard.edu for additional information.

April 4

Business & Government Seminar

The Durban Platform: Can it Support a New International Climate Regime?

Rob Stowe
Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program
Manager, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

Climate-change negotiators agreed in Durban, South Africa, in December 2011 to draft a new international agreement by 2015, which would take effect by 2020. The new agreement would be fundamentally different from the Kyoto Protocol, in that developing countries (at least the largest emitters among them) would take on commitments of the same type as industrialized countries. Just because negotiators agreed to draft a new agreement, however, does not mean it is going to happen. How did we get to Durban? Is the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action really a step forward? If so, how can we best build upon it?

Fainsod Room, 3rd Floor Littauer Building
12-1:15PM

Please RSVP to MRCBG@ksg.harvard.edu

April 5

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar

On the Quality of Economic Analysis at Independent Financial Regulatory Agencies

Randall Lutter
Visiting Scholar
Resources for the Future

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
11:45-1PM

April 9

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar Series

Current Practices and Future Opportunities: Managing Produced Water in the Marcellus

Meagan Mauter
Fellow
Energy Technology Innovation Policy and the Consortium for Energy Policy Research

Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor Littauer Building
12 - 1:30PM

April 12

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar

Financial Regulatory Reform: Innovation in Regulatory Design and Implementation

Diana Farrell
Director, McKinsey Center for Government

Following the financial crisis and the ensuing Great Recession, revamping the financial regulatory regime (within political realities) was an imperative. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (DFA), designed by the Administration and passed in July 2010 was one of President Obama's signature legislative successes. In this seminar, we will explore the context for framing financial regulation, approaches to and discussions of critical tradeoffs in modernizing oversight of the system, new regulatory tools and challenges facing regulators in implementation.

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
11:45-1PM

April 18

Business & Government Seminar

Single-Payer Healthcare Reform in Vermont: Is it Economically Sustainable?

Timothy Christian, MD
Professor of Medicine, University of Vermont
Senior Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government

Vermont has passed into law a sweeping health care reform bill that focuses on a single-payer system that will cover all Vermont residents. This is the first such initiative in the US on a large scale. While the establishment of Green Mountain Care is law, the funding mechanism remains undetermined at this time.  This seminar will examine the issues that lead to this adoption of reform and the challenges that lie ahead.  Of particular interest is the small economy of Vermont (smallest in the US) and the impact the bill will have on the business community and economic sustainability. Comparison of this proposed system to other health care reforms in the US will be discussed. Prior knowledge of healthcare reform is not required.

Fainsod Room, 3rd Floor Littauer Building
12-1PM

Please RSVP to MRCBG@ksg.harvard.edu

April 19

Business & Government Seminar

Responsible Corporate Supply Chain Practices: Apple in Context

Ben Heineman
Senior Fellow
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Two related op-ed pieces can be found here:

Apple is about to discover the price of fair labor
In defense of responsible offshoring and outsourcing

This event is being co-sponsored by the Belfer Center for International Science and International Affairs.

Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor Littauer Building
12-1PM

April 23

Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program Seminar Series

Living Sustainable Development: Opportunities for Planets, Places, and People

William Clark
Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development
Co-director, Sustainability Science Program

Professor Clark will not only convey the big picture of sustainable development challenges that affect the whole planet--he will also bring these challenges down tot he level of policy choices and personal decisions.

This event is being co-sponsored by the HKS Sustainability Initiative.

Nye A, 5th Floor Taubman

1-2PM

April 24

Public-Private Study Group Presentation

Developing Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Business Models

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) asked HKS graduate students to provide an independent assessment of potential business models for developing public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EV.) Alan M. Trager, Senior Fellow and Chair of the Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Study Group at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, oversees the project. Seven students from the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Stanford Business School have developed business models and recommendations. This presentation follows a formal presentation to the DOE by the PPP Study Group.

Fainsod Room, 3rd Floor Littauer Building
8:30-9:30AM

April 25

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Distributional Consequences of Water Markets: Local Economic Spillovers from Agricultural Water Use

Pinar Keskin
Wellesley College

Room L-382
4:10-5:30PM

April 30

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar Series

Internalizing the Environmental Impacts of Offshore Energy Development

James Tripp
Senior Counsel
Environmental Defense Fund

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
12-1:30PM

April 30

Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation Seminar

Economic Gardening: An Entrepreneurial Approach to Economic Development

Christian Gibbons
Director of Business/Industry Affairs
Littleton, Colorado

Littleton, Colorado's Economic Gardening program focuses on enhancing the city's home-grown industries to increase job growth and overall economic prosperity for the region.

Launched in 1987, Economic Gardening gives emerging growth Stage II businesses assistance in competitive market research, trade area analysis, social media, and web marketing grounded in a host of scientific theories adapted to entrepreneurship. The program reports that since its creation, the city's job base has nearly doubled (from 15,000 to 27,000) and sales tax revenue has tripled (from $6 million to $20 million), while the population has increased by 23 percent. Moreover, the city's industry is now more diversified: from primary oil and defense contracts previously to telecommunications, healthcare, engineering, software, and other industries today.

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North
4:10-5:30PM

RSVP to christina_marchand@harvard.edu

May 9

Business & Government Seminar Series

Governance, Leadership and Democracy

Kim Campbell
Former Canadian Prime Minister

This event is being co-sponsored by the Center for Public Leadership, The Women and Public Policy Program, Institute of Politics, and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics & Public Policy

Fainsod Room, 3rd Floor Littauer Building
12-1:00PM

September 11

M-RCBG Fall Open House

Please come and learn more about our programs, faculty and student activities. Pizza, dessert and beverages will be provided.

Bell Hall
12-1PM

September 13

Sustainability Science Program Seminar

Sustainable Sourcing of Global Agricultural Raw Materials

Tom Tomich
Director of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute
University of California at Davis

Perkins Room, Rubenstein-415
10-11:30AM

September 13

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar Series

The SO2 Allowance Trading System: The Ironic History of a Grand Policy Experiment

Robert Stavins
Harvard Kennedy School

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer
11:45-1PM

View the video here.

September 17

Energy Technology Innovation Policy/Consortium for Energy Policy Research Energy Policy Seminar Series

The Hidden Costs of Energy

James Hammitt
Professor of Economics and Decision Sciences
Director, Harvard Center for Risk Analysis

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer
12:30-2PM

September 19

Seminar

The Challenges of Running a Major Public Pension Plan: The Case of Florida
Politics, Pension Envy, and Prudential Policy

Ash Williams
Executive Director and CIO
Florida State Board of Administration

Moderated by Brant Maller, CEO/President of Alternative Investments Forum and Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer
3-4PM

September 19

Fall 2012 Study Group: Current Issues in Transportation Policy

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (and Bikes)...

Seth Moulton
Managing Director
Lone Star High-Speed Rail

Taubman 401
4:30-6PM

September 20

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar Series

The Politics of Precaution: Regulating Health, Safety, and Environmental Risks in Europe and the United States

David Vogel
Department of Political Science and Haas School of Business
University of California, Berkeley

Fainsod Room, 3rd Floor Littauer
11:45-1PM

Watch the video here.

September 24

Energy Technology Innovation Policy/Consortium for Energy Policy Research Energy Policy Seminar Series

Who Pays Fuel Taxes and What Does it Mean for Policy?

Erich Muehlegger
Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer
12:15-1:45PM

September 24

Seminar

Economic Crisis: A Window of Opportunity to Implement Vital Reforms

Rimantas Zylius
Minister of Economy
Lithuania

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer
2:15-3:15PM

This event is being co-sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

Watch the video here.

September 24

Seminar

Responding to European and International Challenges: Austria's Foreign Policy

Michael Spindelegger
Austrian Foreign Minister

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer
4-5PM

Watch the video here.

September 26

Fall 2012 Study Group: Current Issues in Transportation Policy

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (and Bikes)...

Carl Dietrich
CEO/CTO and Co-Founder
Terrafugia

Taubman 401
4:30-6PM

October 1

Energy Technology Innovation Policy/Consortium for Energy Policy Research Energy Policy Seminar Series

Putting Free Enterprise to Work on Energy and Climate

Bob Inglis
U.S. Rep. (R-SC4) 1993-1999; 2005-2011
Director, Energy & Enterprise Initiative

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer
12:15-1:45PM

October 2

M-RCBG Student Reception

The Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government invites all students to a reception with

Lawrence Summers
Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University

Director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government

John Haigh
HKS Executive Dean
Co-Director, Mossavar Rahmani Center for Business & Government

Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor Littauer Building
3:30-4:30PM

Please RSVP to mrcbg@ksg.harvard.edu

October 3

Seminar

A 61-Million-Person-Experiment in Social Influence and Political Mobilization

A discussion of the impact of Facebook and other social networks on voter turnout. The paper on this topic was featured in a September 2012 Nature Magazine cover story, and additional coverage has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, NBCNews.com, CNN, Time, Bloomberg, TechCrunch, NPR, and many other publications.

James Fowler
Professor of Medical Genetics and Political Science
University of California, San Diego

Nye B, 5th Floor Taubman Building
3-4PM

This seminar is being co-sponsored by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.

October 3

Sustainability Science Program Seminar

Sustainability, Nations and Globalization: Can We Have Them All?

Joel Cohen
Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor, Laboratory of Populations
Rockefeller University

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer
4:00-5:30PM

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

To read Harvard Gazette coverage of this seminar, click here.

October 3

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

The Debate on Discounting: Reconciling Positivists and Ethicists

Christian Gollier
Toulouse School of Economics

Littauer-382
4:10-5:30PM

October 3

Fall 2012 Study Group: Current Issues in Transportation Policy

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (and Bikes)...

Gerry Mooney
General Manager
IBM Global Smarter Cities

Taubman 401
4:30-6PM

October 4

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar Series

Positive v. Normative Justifications for Benefit-Cost Analysis

James K. Hammitt
Professor of Economics & Decision Sciences
Harvard School of Public Health

Fainsod Room, 3rd Floor Littauer
11:45-1PM

View the video here.

October 10

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Embracing our Differences: Heterogeneous Externalities and their Implications for Welfare

Christopher Knittel
MIT

Littauer-382
4:10-5:30PM

October 10

Fall 2012 Study Group: Current Issues in Transportation Policy

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (and Bikes)...

Josh Robin
Director of Innovation
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

Taubman 401
4:30-6PM

October 11

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar Series

Regulatory Breakdown: The Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Regulation

Matthew Baum
Marvin Kalb Professor of Global Communications
Harvard Kennedy School

Cary Coglianese
Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science and Director of the Penn Program on Regulation
University of Pennsylvania Law School

Richard Zeckhauser
Frank Plumpton Ramsey Professor of Political Economy
Harvard Kennedy School

Regulation has become one of the most contested domains of American domestic politics.  In this seminar, contributors to the new book Regulatory Breakdown: The Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Regulation will present their analysis of why leaders across the political spectrum today blame regulation for many of society’s problems.  They will also offer lessons from successful and failed attempts to use regulation to address social problems. 

Cary Coglianese is editor of Regulatory Breakdown and contributed the chapter “Oversight in Hindsight: Assessing the U.S. Regulatory System in the Wake of Calamity (with Christopher Carrigan).  Matthew Baum contributed the chapter “Partisan Media and Attitude Polarization: The Case of Healthcare Reform.”  Richard Zeckhauser contributed the chapter “Addressing Catastrophic Risks: Disparate Anatomies Require Tailored Therapies” (with W. Kip Viscusi).

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
11:45-1PM

Watch the video here.

October 15

Energy Technology Innovation Policy/Consortium for Energy Policy Research Energy Policy Seminar Series

Comprehensive Tax Reform and U.S. Energy Policy

Dale Jorgenson
Samuel W. Morris University Professor
Harvard University

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer
12:15-1:45PM

October 15

Fall 2012 Study Group: Current Issues in Transportation Policy

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (and Bikes)...

John Pucher
Professor of Planning and Public Policy
Rutgers University

TBA
4:30-6PM

October 17

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Learning and Experimentation in the North Dakota Bakken Shale

Thomas Covert
Harvard University

Littauer-382
4:10-5:30PM

October 17

Fall 2012 Study Group: Current Issues in Transportation Policy

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (and Bikes)...

Steve Poftak
Executive Director
The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston

Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor Taubman
4:30-6PM

October 18

Annual Robert Glauber Lecture

Freddie & Fannie: Where They've Been, What To Do With Them

Charles "Ed" Haldeman
Former CEO, Freddie Mac

JFK Jr. Forum
6-7PM

October 22

Energy Technology Innovation Policy/Consortium for Energy Policy Research Energy Policy Seminar Series

Oil Dependence: What Does it Really Cost Us?

David Greene
Corporate Fellow, Energy and Transportation Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Research Professor, Dept. of Economics, University of Tennessee

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer
12:15-1:45PM

October 24

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Integrated Risk and Uncertainty Assessment of Climate Change Response Policies

Howard Kunreuther
University of Pennsylvania

Littauer-382
4:10-5:30PM

October 24

Fall 2012 Study Group: Current Issues in Transportation Policy

Keeping the Wheels on the Bus Going Round and Round: The Challenges of an Urban School Transportation System

Carl Allen
Director of Transportation
Boston Public Schools

Taubman 401
4:30-6PM

October 24

Special Event

Reflections on Public Service with Larry Summers

Lawrence Summers
Charles W. Eliot University Professor
Director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government

Adams House Lower Common Room
26 Plympton Street
8PM

Click here to RSVP.

October 25

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar Series

Beyond Rio+20: Collective Action within the Financial Sector

Introductions by Jane Nelson and moderated by Joseph Aldy

Matthew Arnold
Managing Director
JPMorgan Chase

Lance Pierce
Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer
CERES

Gwen Ruta
Vice President, Corporate Partnerships
Environmental Defense Fund

Organized jointly with the HKS Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative

Bell, 5th Floor Belfer
11:45-1PM

October 29

Energy Technology Innovation Policy/Consortium for Energy Policy Research Energy Policy Seminar Series

The Political Economy of Oil in Latin America

Francisco Monaldi
Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor, HKS
Director, Center on Energy and the Environment, IESA, Venezuela

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer
12:15-1:45PM

October 30

M-RCBG Business & Government Seminar Series


**CANCELLED**

A Wake-Up Call for American Competitiveness

Fred Hochberg
Chairman and President
Export-Import Bank of the United States

Fred Hochberg will be introduced by M-RCBG Director Lawrence H. Summers.

This seminar is being co-sponsored by the Office of Career Advancement

Nye A, 5th Floor Taubman
12-1PM

October 30

M-RCBG 30th Anniversary Lecture

**CANCELLED**

The Vexed Relationship Between Business and Government

Lawrence H. Summers
Charles W. Eliot University Professor and M-RCBG Director

Roger Porter
IBM Professor of Business & Government

Ben Heineman
Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Nina Easton
Fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics, Washington Bureau Chief for Fortune Magazine, and Fox News Channel commentator

JFK Jr. Forum
6-7PM

October 31

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Coal Fired Sales: Evidence on Incentives in Procurement and Regulation from Power Plant Divestitures

Steve Cicala
Harvard University

Littauer-382
4:10-5:30PM

October 31

Fall 2012 Study Group: Current Issues in Transportation Policy

Who's Afraid of Livable Streets?

Aaron Naparstek
Founder
Streetsblog

Paul White
Executive Director
Transportation Alternatives

Taubman 401
4:30-6PM

November 1

M-RCBG Business & Government Seminar Series

Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance

Willy C. Shih
Professor of Management Practice
Harvard Business School

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer
12-1:15PM

View the seminar video here.

November 5

Energy Technology Innovation Policy/Consortium for Energy Policy Research Energy Policy Seminar Series

Electricity Sector Reform: Towards Low-Carbon Generation--Lessons from Europe and Germany

Christian Von Hirschhausen
Research Director, DIW Berlin (German Institute for Economic Research)

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer
12:15-1:45PM

November 5

CSRI Panel Discussion

Market-Based Solutions for Social Impact

Justin Bakule
Director, FSG

Talya Bosch
Senior Director, Social Ventures
Western Union

Anamitra Deb
Senior Project Manager, Monitor Inclusive Markets

Weil Town Hall, 1st Floor Belfer
5-6:30PM

RSVP to marli_porth@harvard.edu

November 7

Fall 2012 Study Group: Current Issues in Transportation Policy

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (and Bikes)...

Rachel Kaprielian
Registrar of Motor Vehicles
Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Taubman 401
4:30-6PM

November 8

Business & Government Seminar Series

A Decade of Debt

Carmen Reinhart
Minos A. Zombanakis Professor of the International Financial System
Harvard Kennedy School

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
11:45 - 1PM

Please RSVP to MRCBG@ksg.harvard.edu

November 9

Brown Bag Discussion

Can the EU Be Saved?

A discussion with:
Hans-Peter Martin
Member, European Parliament
Austria

Faculty Dining Room, L-163
12 - 1PM

Please RSVP to jennifer_nash@hks.harvard.edu

November 13

Entrepreneurship Panel

Emerging Markets Entrepreneurship

The Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative at the US State Department is hosting entrepreneurs from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Morocco and Senegal for a tour of the United States. The entrepreneurs will be at the Kennedy School on Tuesday, November 13th for a panel, introduced by Dean Ellwood, to discuss the challenges and issues they face as emerging markets entrepreneurs. 

Littauer-150
3-4:30PM

November 14

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

The Cost of Potential Cap-and-Trade Policy: An Event Study using Prediction Markets and Lobbying Records

Kyle Meng
Columbia University

Littauer-382
4:10-5:30PM

November 14

Fall 2012 Study Group: Current Issues in Transportation Policy

Mobility in a Changing World: Innovating through Private Involvement in the Public Sector

Mark Joseph
Chief Executive Officer
Veolia Transportation

Taubman 401
4:30-6PM

November 15

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar Series

Mandatory Regulatory Review at Independent Agencies

Nancy Nord
Commissioner
U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer
11:45-1PM

To view the video, click here.

November 19

Special Event: 20th Annual Doyukai Symposium

Challenges and Opportunities for Japan over the Next Two Decades

This day-long symposium features opening remarks from HKS Dean David Ellwood and presentations by Harvard professors William Hogan, Joseph Nye, Roger Porter, Anthony Saich and Ezra Vogel, as well as presentations from members of the Kansai Keizai Doyukai business association of Osaka, Japan. Topics to be discussed include energy policy, security in the Asia-Pacific region and economic policy.

Capacity has been reached for this event - we regret that we are no longer able to accept reservation requests.

November 19

Energy Technology Innovation Policy/Consortium for Energy Policy Research Energy Policy Seminar Series

The Impact of Tax Credits and Grants on Wind Power Investment

Joseph Aldy
Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer
12:15-1:45PM

November 26

Energy Technology Innovation Policy/Consortium for Energy Policy Research Energy Policy Seminar Series

Moving Forward on Climate Policy: What Do We Need to Know?

Gilbert Metcalf
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy
U.S. Department of the Treasury

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer
12:15-1:45PM

November 28

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Up in Smoke: The Long Run Impact of Improved Cooking Stoves

Rema Hanna
Harvard University

Littauer-382
4:10-5:30PM

November 29

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar Series

Deciding by Default

Cass R. Sunstein
Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law
Harvard Law School

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer
11:45-1PM

December 3

Energy Technology Innovation Policy/Consortium for Energy Policy Research Energy Policy Seminar Series

The "Stealth" Tax and the Biofuels Mandate: Exploring the Political Challenges of the Gasoline Tax

Hanna Breetz
ETIP Associate/MIT Ph.D. Candidate

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer
12:15-1:45PM

December 5

Career Event

Navigating Your Career Through the Changing Landscape in Finance

Shelby Chodos
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS

Howard Fitzpatrick, MPA-MC '11
Vice President, J. P. Morgan

Steve Lydenberg
Senior Research Fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations
Co-founding Director of the Center's Initiative for Responsible Investment (IRI)
Partner, Strategic Vision, for Domini Social Investments

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Career Advancement and the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government.

Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor Taubman
11:40-1:30PM

December 10

Energy Technology Innovation Policy/Consortium for Energy Policy Research Energy Policy Seminar Series

Carbon Taxes and Deficit Reductions

Jared Carbone
Associate Professor, University of Calgary

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer
12:15-1:45PM