Event Calendar

Spring semester 2014

These listings are updated frequently. For additional listings, please explore individual M-RCBG program websites.

Wednesday, January 29

Benefit-Cost Analysis in the Real World: Tales from the Trenches study group

Consumer Financial Protection: Examining Market Failures

Lisa Robinson
Senior Fellow, M-RCBG

Alexei Alexandrov
Consumer Finance Protection Bureau

Enrolled Harvard students, faculty, fellows and staff are welcome.

Hauser Conference Room, Belfer Building (lobby level)
2:40-4

Wednesday, January 29

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Clean Air Act Regulation of CO2 from Power Plants

Dallas Burtraw
Resources for the Future

L-382
4:10-5:30

Friday, January 31

Davos Debrief

Felipe Calderon
President of Mexico, 2006-2012
Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow

Joshua R. Sanes
Paul J. Finnegan Family Director
Center for Brain Science, Harvard University
Jeff C. Tarr Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Rakesh Khurana 
Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development
Harvard Business School

Moderated by John Haigh, HKS Executive Dean and

Malkin Penthouse (5th Floor Littauer)
11-12

Monday, February 3

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

A Different Way to Look at Carbon Emissions in China

Zhu Liu
Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Sustainability Science Program and the Energy Technology Innovation Policy Project, HKS

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
12-1:30

Wednesday, February 5

Benefit-Cost Analysis in the Real World: Tales from the Trenches study group

Homeland Security: Benefit-Cost Analysis without Estimating Benefits

Lisa Robinson
Senior Fellow, M-RCBG

Jennifer Baxter
Industrial Economics, Incorporated

Enrolled Harvard students, faculty, fellows and staff are welcome.

Hauser Conference Room, Belfer Building (lobby level)
2:40-4

Thursday, February 6

Regulatory Policy Program seminar

Regulatory Constraints to Financial Inclusion

Jay Rosengard
Harvard Kennedy School

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
11:45-1

Monday, February 10

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

Environmental and Technology Policy Options in the Electricity Sector: Interactions and Outcomes

Carolyn Fischer
Senior Fellow and Associate Director, Center for Climate and Electricity Policy
Resources for the Future

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
12-1:30

Wednesday, February 12

Benefit-Cost Analysis in the Real World: Tales from the Trenches study group

Carolina v. Tennessee Valley Authority

Lisa Robinson
Senior Fellow, M-RCBG

Anne Smith
NERA Economic Cons
Enrolled Harvard students, faculty, fellows and staff are welcome.

Hauser Conference Room, Belfer Building (lobby level)
2:40-4

Thursday, February 13

M-RCBG Spring Student Reception

Lawrence Summers
Director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government

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

Nye A (5th Floor Taubman Building)
3-4

Friday, February 14

Seminar

One for You, One for Me: The Story of Two Degrees Food Bars and a For-Profit Social Enterprise

Howard Wolk
Senior Fellow, M-RCBG

Lauren Walters
CEO and Co-Founder of 2 Degrees Food

Lauren Walters is the CEO and Co-Founder of 2 Degrees Food, the first Buy-One-Give-One food company. For every product the company sells, they donate a meal to a hungry child through various nonprofit partners. 2 Degrees is working to change the food industry by connecting consumers directly to people around the world who are food insecure through the one for one business model. Lauren brings years of experience in venture capital, law, politics, nonprofits and business development to 2 Degrees and is looking forward to helping students bridge the gap between private business and social good.

M-RCBG Conference Room, Belfer 503
4-5

Wednesday, February 19

Business & Government seminar

How Social Movements Succeed: Lessons from HIV/AIDS

This seminar is based on a book by Kapstein and co-author Joshua Busby, AIDS Drugs for All: Social Movements and Market Transformations, which draws on a rich set of interviews and surveys to discuss how the global AIDS treatment advocacy movement helped millions in the developing world gain access to life-saving medication. The movement achieved this by transforming the market for AIDS drugs from one which was 'low volume, high price' to one based on access for all. The authors suggest that a movement's ability to transform markets depends upon whether: (1) markets are contestable; (2) they have framed their arguments to resonate across their target audiences; (3) the movement itself has a coherent goal; (4) the costs are low, or the benefit-to-cost ratio is favourable; and, finally, (5) institutions are present to reward continued achievement of the new market principle. These insights are applied to a range of other cases including malaria, maternal mortality, water/diarrheal disease, non-communicable diseases, education, climate change, the ivory trade, sex trafficking and the Atlantic slave trade.

Ethan Kapstein
University of Oxford and Arizona State University

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
12-1

Wednesday, February 19

Benefit-Cost Analysis in the Real World: Tales from the Trenches study group

EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule: The Science and Art of Estimating Benefits

Lisa Robinson
Senior Fellow, M-RCBG

Neal Fann
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Enrolled Harvard students, faculty, fellows and staff are welcome.

Hauser Conference Room, Belfer Building (lobby level)
2:40-4

Wednesday, February 19

Business & Government PIC Event

Economic Forecast: Challenges and Opportunities

Alejandro Werner
Director of the Western Hemisphere Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Allison Dining Room (5th Floor Taubman Building)
4-5

Wednesday, February 19

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

The Economics of Attribute-Based Regulation: Theory and Evidence from Fuel-Economy Standards

Koichiro Ito
Boston University

L-382
4:10-5:30

Thursday, February 20

Regulatory Policy Program seminar

Revisiting the Politics of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act

Jim Segel 
M-RCBG senior fellow
Former Special Counsel to Congressman Barney Frank

Jeanne Roslanowick
Former Staff Director of the House Financial Services Committee

Ed Silverman
Former Staff Director of the Senate Banking Committee

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
11:45-1

Monday, February 24

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

Tailoring Energy Deployment Policies to Support Innovation in Specific Energy Technologies

Joern Huenteler
Pre-doctoral Research Fellow; Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
12-1:30

Tuesday, February 25

Regulatory Policy Program seminar

Old Statutes, New Problems

Jody Freeman
Harvard Law School

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
11:45-1

Wednesday, February 26

Seminar

A New Climate Agreement in 2015: Opportunities and Challenges

The countries of the world have agreed to agree—on a new international climate agreement, by late 2015, at the annual UN climate-change conference, to be held in Paris. This agreement will be very different from the Kyoto Protocol—the only existing multilateral agreement on climate change. The core challenge will be to balance participation (in general more is better, but some participants are more important than others); ambition (that is, how far countries are willing to go in reducing emissions); and compliance (whether the agreement is structured such that countries will do what they say they will).

View the accompanying PowerPoint presentation here

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

WAPPP Conference Room (Taubman 102)
11:45-1

Wednesday, February 26

Benefit-Cost Analysis in the Real World: Tales from the Trenches study group

Learning What Works: Education Programs in Developing Countries

Lisa Robinson
Senior Fellow, M-RCBG

Conner Brannen
Jameel Poverty Action Lab, MIT

Enrolled Harvard students, faculty, fellows and staff are welcome.

Hauser Conference Room, Belfer Building (lobby level)
2:40-4

Wednesday, February 26

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

A New Meta-Analysis of the WTP/WTA Disparity

James Hammitt
Harvard University

L-382
4:10-5:30

Monday, March 3

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

Rethinking Electricity Distribution Regulation

Ignacio Perez-Arriaga
Visiting Professor, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR), MIT
Professor & Director fo the BP Chair on Energy & Sustainability, Instituto de Investigacion Tecnologica (IIT), Universidad Pontificia Comillas

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
12:30-2

Tuesday, March 4

Book Presentation

Creating Economic Growth: Lessons For Europe

Marco Magnani
Author

Alberto Alesina
Nathaniel Rope Professor of Political Economy
Harvard University

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

Esko Aho
Senior Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government
Former Prime Minister of Finland

Malkin Penthouse (4th Floor Littauer)
5:45

Wednesday, March 5

Benefit-Cost Analysis in the Real World: Tales from the Trenches study group

Improving Patient Safety: Barcoding of Unit Dose Pharmaceuticals

Lisa Robinson
Senior Fellow, M-RCBG

Calvin Franz
Eastern Research Group

Enrolled Harvard students, faculty, fellows and staff are welcome.

Hauser Conference Room, Belfer Building (lobby level)
2:40-4

Monday, March 10

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

The Energy Outlook

Adam Sieminski
Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
12-1:30

Monday, March 24

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

The Water-Energy Nexus in Oman and Abu Dhabi: A View from the Agricultural Sector

Mattijs Van Maasakkers
Post-doctoral Fellow; Science, Technology and Public Policy Program
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
12-1:30

Wednesday, March 26

Panel Discussion

Hedge Funds 101

Jeff Kushner, MC/MPA '14
Former Partner, Blue Mountain Capital

Richard Blond
Managing Director, Investment Banking/Equity Portfolio Sales, Credit Suisse LLC

Joshua Friedman
Analyst, Baupost Group

Moderated by:

Howard Wolk
M-RCBG Senior Fellow

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
11:45-1

Wednesday, March 26

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Can Negotiating a Uniform Carbon Price Help to Internalize the Global Warming Externality?

Martin Weitzman
Harvard University

L-382
4:10-5:30

Thursday, March 27

Regulatory Policy Program seminar

Next Generation Compliance and Enforcement at EPA

Cynthia Giles
Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Background reading for this seminar can be found here.

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
11:45-1

Monday, March 31

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

The Social Cost of Carbon in Federal Rulemaking

Elizabeth Kopits
National Center for Environmental Economics
Office of Policy, U.S. EPA

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
12-1:30

Monday, March 31

Program on Science, Technology & Society

Sex, Lies and Technology: A Journalist's Encounters with Bioethics and Big Data

Rochelle Sharpe
Freelance Journalist

Room 100F, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street
12:15-2

Wednesday, April 2

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Natural Gas Prices and Coal Displacement: Evidence from Electricity Markets

Christopher Knittel
MIT

L-382
4:10-5:30

Monday, April 7

Program on Science, Technology & Society

Doctors of the Revolution: Egypt's Political Uprisings and the Limits of Medical Neutrality

Sherine Hamdy
Brown University

Soha Bayoumi
Harvard University

Room 100F, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street
12:15-2

Monday, April 7

Special Event

When Women Lead: Insights and Experience from Women in Power

Introduction by President Drew Faust

Moderator: Karen Gordon Mills, Administrator fot he U.S. Small Business Administration (2009-2013) and M-RCBG Senior Fellow

Jill Abramson, Executive Editor of the New York Times

Edith Cooper, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Human Capital Management, Goldman Sachs

Janet Napolitano, President University of California, and former Secretary of Homeland Security

Sanders Theatre
4pm

Wednesday, April 9

Business & Government guest lecture

Global Economic and Financial Challenges: A Tale of Two Views

Jaime Caruana
General Manager, Bank for International Settlements
Former Governor, Bank of Spain

Lucas Papademos 
Minos A. Zombanakis Professor, HKS

Allison Dining Room (5th Floor Taubman Building)
4:30-6

Thursday, April 10

Regulatory Policy Program seminar

Does Regulation Kill Jobs?

Joseph Aldy
HKS

Cary Coglianese
University of Pennsylvania

Lisa Robinson
Senior Fellow, M-RCBG

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
11:45-1

Monday, April 14

Seminar

Challenges to PPPs During the Economic Downturn in India

Arvind Mayaram
Secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs
Ministry of Finance
Government of India

View the accompanying PPT presentation here.

Malkin Penthouse
11:45-1

Monday, April 14

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

Geoengineering the Climate

David Keith
Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics (SEAS)
Professor of Public Policy (HKS)

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
12-1:30

Monday, April 14

Program on Science, Technology & Society

Innovation Science in the Making: Theoretical Physics and Industrial Production in a Danish Factory

Joakim Juhl
Harvard, STS-SEAS

Room 100F, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street
12:15-2

Tuesday, April 15

Business & Government Seminar

TARP: How the Most Unpopular Bill in History Became Law

Larry C. Lavender
Republican Staff Director
House Financial Services Committee

Moderated by James Segel, M-RCBG Senior Fellow

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
11:45-1

Tuesday, April 15

Business & Government Seminar

**CANCELLED**

Challenges of Managing Post-Conflict Economies: Balancing Growth, Development and Employment

Amara Konneh
Finance Minister
Government of the Republic of Liberia

This seminar is being co-sponsored by the Center for International Development.

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
3-4

Wednesday, April 16

Seminar

Creating Growth Friendly Regulations: The Experience of Peru

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

Hauser Conference Room, Belfer Building (lobby level)
12-1

Wednesday, April 16

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Environmental Inspections in India

Rohini Pande
Harvard Kennedy School

L-382
4:10-5:30

Thursday, April 17

Business & Government seminar series

Public Pensions in Bankruptcy

Amy Monahan
Julius E. Davis Professor of Law
University of Minnesota

Thomas J. Healey 
M-RCBG Senior Fellow

Amy Monahan, Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota, is a leading scholar in the interaction between state and local pensions and the legal constraints that affect them. Seven states have constitutional provisions prohibiting reductions in promised pension benefits. Michigan is one of these and the resolution of Detroit's bankruptcy creates potential conflict between state and federal law, which Prof. Monahan will explore.  

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
11:45-1

Thursday, April 17

Business & Government guest lecture

Institutions for Macroprudential Policy: The UK and the US
Click here for text of speech; click here for audio recording.

Donald Kohn
Former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve


Lucas Papademos 
Minos A. Zombanakis Professor, HKS

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
4-5:30

Friday, April 18

Seminar

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. His findings will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality.

Thomas Piketty
Professor of Economics
Paris School of Economics

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE: 
Harvard Kennedy School's Littauer Building, Rm L-150 (Trustman)
12:30-1:30 PM

Monday, April 21

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

The Impact of Energy Policy Instruments on the Level of Energy Efficiency

Massimo Filippini
Visiting Scholar, HKS
Professor, ETH Zurich and the University of Lugano

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
12-1:30

Monday, April 21

Program on Science, Technology & Society

Obesity, Inc.? Fat Science and Policy in the People's Republic of China

Susan Greenhalgh
Harvard University

Room 100F, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street
12:15-2

Tuesday, April 22

Study Group

Starting a 'Hybrid' Social Enterprise: How GRIT designed and is building its innovative, low-cost, award-winning 'mountain bike of wheelchairs' for the developing world

Howard Wolk
M-RCBG Senior Fellow

Tish Scolnik
CEO and Co-founder of GRIT

Hauser Conference Room, Belfer Building (lobby level)
4-5:30

Wednesday, April 23

Seminar

Industrial Policy: The Irish Experience

Eoin Gahan
M-RCBG Senior Fellow

Hauser Conference Room, Belfer Building (lobby level)
11:45-1

Wednesday, April 23

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Risk and Return in the Design of Environmental Policy

Robert Pindyck
MIT

L-382
4:10-5:30

Thursday, April 24

Business & Government Seminar Series

Lobbying in Washington: What do Pennsylvania, Nevada, New York and Hawaii Know That Other States Do Not?

More than 12,000 lobbyists spend in excess of $3 billion annually to influence public policy in Washington. Scan the list of top spenders and you will find the usual suspects--U.S. Chamber of Commerce, General Electric, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Google, the American Medical Association. Scan a bit further down the list and you will find Pennsylvania, Nevada, New York and Hawaii. Why are these state governments lobbying on Capitol Hill and at the White House? If they find an attractive "return on investment," why aren't all states actively lobbying? Join HKS Adjunct Lecturer Mark Fagan, MPP2 Dante Perez and MPA/JD Patrick Tighe for an exploration of states flexing their lobbying muscle in Washington.

Mark Fagan
Harvard Kennedy School

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
11:45-1

Thursday, April 24


Dodd & Frank on Dodd-Frank: The Politics Behind its Passage

Christopher Dodd
Former US Senator, 1981-2011
Former Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee

Barney Frank
Former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1981-2013
Former Chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services

Moderated by
Lois Romano
Politico

Location: John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School
6:00-7:00 PM

 

Monday, April 28

Program on Science, Technology & Society

Early Modern Climate Science: The View from British North America

Joyce Chaplin
Harvard University

Room 100F, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street
12:15-2

Monday, May 5

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

Title TBA

Peter Rothstein
President, New England Clean Energy Council

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
12:30-2

Wednesday, May 21

Seminar

Innovate State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government

Aneesh Chopra
Former Chief Technology Officer at the White House

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

Fainsod Room (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
12:30-1:30

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Davos Debrief

Former President of Mexico Felipe Calderon, who is also serving as Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at the Kennedy School, speaks at M-RCBG's annual Davos Debrief, organized by the Business & Government PIC.

HKS Professor Joseph Nye and MIT Professor Bengt Holmstrom at a recent study group.