Event Calendar

Spring semester 2017

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

Click here for information about this semester's study groups.

 

Wednesday, January 25

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

The Impact of Removing Tax Preferences for U.S. Oil and Gas Production

Gilbert Metcalf
Tufts University

Room L-382 (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
4:15-5:30

Thursday, January 26

PIC Event

Davos Debrief

Dean Doug Elmendorf
Prof. Iris Bohnet
Prof. Carmen Reinhart

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

Thursday, January 30

Study Group

Connecting National Climate Ambition to Financing and Climate Resilience

Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Farrukh Khan

Belfer 503 (M-RCBG conference room)
4:00-5:30 pm--Additional details HERE

Monday, January 30

STS Circle at Harvard

Group Creativity: Lessons from Synthesis Centers?

Edward Hackett
Brandeis University

K262, Bowie-Vernon Room, CGIS, 1737 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Wednesday, February 1

Business & Government Seminar

Israel's Economic Paradox: Great Macro, Poor Micro

Israel's economy has been performing remarkably well for the past couple of decades (except for 2001-2003), including during the recent crisis. However, Israeli society has seen increasing inequality, high cost of living, a housing crisis, etc., leading to the big social eruption of 2011, the causes of which have not entirely abated. Hence the excellent "macro" performance, allowing with the "poor micro." This paradox will be discussed in the seminar, as well as policy implications and similar phenomena elsewhere, including the U.S.

Manuel Trajtenberg
The Eitan Berglas School of Economics
Tel-Aviv University

Fainsod Room (3rd Floor Littauer)
1-2pm

Thursday, February 2

Business & Government Seminar

Going Public: My Adventures Inside the SEC and How to Prevent the Next Devastating Crisis

Norm Champ
Author, Going Public
Partner, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP

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

Thursday, February 2

Study Group

Rethinking Operational Risk Capital Requirements

Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Peter Sands

Taubman 301
4:00-5:30 pm--Additional details HERE

Monday, February 6

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

The Great Swap: Addressing Climate Change with a Carbon Tax

Joseph Aldy
Harvard Kennedy School

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

Monday, February 6

STS Circle at Harvard

What is a Whale Stock? And Other Moral Questions in Large Cetacean Management

Les Beldo
Williams College

K262, Bowie-Vernon Room, CGIS, 1737 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Monday, February 6

Study group

Addressing complexity: smallholder farmers facing climate risks in sub-Saharan Africa

Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Simon Winter with Stephanie Hanson, Senior Vice President, Policy & Partnerships, One Acre Fund

Belfer 503 (M-RCBG Conference Room)
4:00-5:30 pm – Additional details here

Wednesday, February 8

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

The Welfare Effects of Nudges: A Case Study of Energy Use Social Comparisons

Hunt Allcott
New York University

Room L-382 (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
4:15-5:30

Thursday, February 9

Business & Government Seminar

*POSTPONED*

Presidential Elections and Political Change: 1912 and the Making of the Fed and Donald Trump Today

Roger Lowenstein
Author and reporter

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

Saturday, February 11-Sunday, February 12

2017 India Conference at Harvard University

India: The Global Growth Engine

For additional information, click here.

Monday, February 13

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

The Brazilian Power Sector

Mauricio Tolmasquim
Visiting Fellow, HEPG
Professor, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Former President of Brazil's Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica (Energy Research Company)

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

Monday, February 13

STS Circle at Harvard

Making Livable Natures: Caring for Wetlands in Turkey

Caterina Scaramelli
MIT HASTS

K262, Bowie-Vernon Room, CGIS, 1737 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Monday, February 13

Study Group

Regulation Innovation: Protecting Consumers Through Technology & Trust

Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Jo Ann Barefoot with guest Theo Cosmora of Social Eco

Belfer 503 (M-RCBG conference room)
4:00-5:30 pm--Additional details HERE

Monday, February 13

Forum Event

Alternatives to the Affordable Care Act

Katherine Baicker
Harvard School of Public Health
Jonathan Gruber
MIT
Avik Roy
The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity
Gail Wilensky
Project HOPE

Amitabh Chandra
Harvard Kennedy School

Sponsored by the Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School Healthcare Policy Program, and the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government.

JFK Jr. Forum
6pm

Wednesday, February 15

Business & Government Seminar

The Mosaic Principle: The Six Dimensions of a Remarkable Life and Career

Nick Lovegrove
Author
U.S. Managing Partner, The Brunswick Group
Former M-RCBG Senior Fellow

Allison Dining Room (5th Floor Taubman)
1-2pm

Wednesday, February 15

Study group

The Looming Trans-Atlantic Battle: Regulating Data While Boosting Growth
Session 1: The Promise of the Data Revolution

Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Christopher Smart

Belfer 503
4:00-5:30 pm – Additional details here

Wednesday, February 15

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Shedding Light: Understanding Energy Efficiency and Electricity Reliability

Robyn Meeks
University of Michigan

Room L-382 (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
4:15-5:30

Thursday, February 16

Business & Government Seminar

Pursuing Sustainability: A Guide to the Science and Practice
(Click here for slides)

William Clark
Harvard Kennedy School

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

 

Wednesday, February 22

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Valuing Nuclear Energy Risk: The Impact of the Fukushima Crisis on U.S. Housing Prices

Jeffrey Zabel
Tufts University

Room L-382 (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
4:15-5:30

Wednesday, February 22

Study Group

Escaping the High Cost Lending Trap—Exploring FinTech Alternatives to Borrowing for Low-Income Working Americans

Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Todd Baker

Belfer 503 (M-RCBG conference room)
4:00-5:30 pm--Additional details HERE

Friday, February 24

Global Food + 2017

24 Speed Talks at the Nexus of Food, Agriculture, Environment, Health and Society

Keynote speaker: Shenggen Fan, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute

CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Tsai Auditorium (S010)

Monday, February 27

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

Competitiveness Issues with a Carbon Tax

Gilbert Metcalf
Tufts University

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

 

Monday, February 27

STS Circle at Harvard

Architectural Strategies and Infrastructural Landscapes of the Green Revolution in India in the 1960s

Ateya Khorakiwala
Harvard Graduate School of Design

K262, Bowie-Vernon Room, CGIS, 1737 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Tuesday, February 28

Program on U.S.-Japan Relations seminar

A Productivity Revolution and Japan's Revitalization

Dale Jorgenson
Samuel W. Morris University Professor, Harvard University

Moderator: Susan Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University

Co-sponsored by the Department of Economics. 

K262, Bowie-Vernon Room, CGIS, 1737 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Wednesday, March 1

Study group

The Looming Trans-Atlantic Battle: Regulating Data While Boosting Growth
Session 2: The Struggle to Balance Privacy, Security and Growth

Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Christopher Smart

Belfer 503
4:00-5:30 pm – Additional details here

Wednesday, March 1

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

On a World Climate Assembly and the Social Cost of Carbon

Martin Weitzman
Harvard University

Room L-382 (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
4:15-5:30

Thursday, March 2

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar

Competition and Stability in Banking: The Role of Regulation and Competition Policy

Xavier Vives
Professor of Economics and Finance
IESE Business School

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

Monday, March 6

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

Carbon Prices, Preferences, and the Timing of Uncertainty

Gernot Wagner
Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

William Hogan
Harvard Kennedy School

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

Monday, March 6

STS Circle at Harvard

The Strange Life of Film--Return Spy Satellites, 1946-1986

Matthew Hersch
Harvard

KI262, Bowie-Vernon Room, CGIS, 1737 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Monday, March 6

Seminar

When Markets Quake: Online Banks and Their Past, Present and Future

Marshall Lux and Martin Chorzempa

M-RCBG Conference Room (Belfer 503)
4:00-5:15

Wednesday, March 8

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

On the Costs and Benefits of Mandatory Labeling, with Special Reference to Genetically Modified Foods

Cass Sunstein
Harvard University

Joint with HKS Behavioral Economics, Law and Public Policy Seminar

Malkin Penthouse (4th Floor Littauer Building)
4:15-5:30

Thursday, March 9

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar Series

Durability and Adaptability in Energy Policy

Dallas Burtraw
Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow
Resources for the Future
Ann E. Carlson
Shirley Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law and Faculty Co-Director
Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
UCLA Law School
Eric Patashnik
Julis-Rabinowitz Professor of Public Policy
Professor of Political Science, and Director, Public Policy Program
Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Brown University
Joseph E. Aldy
Associate Professor of Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer Building)
11:45am-1:00pm

Thursday, March 9

Study Group

Sausage Making: The Art of Passing Clean Energy Legislation --A Case Study in Success: How Massachusetts Is Becoming #1 in Off-shore Wind Generation in the U.S. 

M-RCBG Senior Fellow John DeVillars with guest speakers Michael A. Costello, Partner at Smith, Costello & Crawford and Matthew Morrissey, Vice President, Deepwater Wind 

Littauer Building, Room 275
4:00-5:30pm  Further details here

Monday, March 20

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

Limits of Bioenergy for Carbon Mitigation

Alexandre Strapasson
Georgio Ruffolo Research Fellow in Sustainability Science/Environment and National Resources Program
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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

Monday, March 20

STS Circle at Harvard

The Social Rate of Discount and the Political Economy of the Future in the 1960s

William Deringer
MIT HASTS

K262, Bowie-Vernon Room, CGIS, 1737 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Thursday, March 23

Business & Government Seminar

On the Tenth Anniversary of the Great Financial Crisis: What Financial Stability Reforms Must Be Preserved?

Paul Tucker
Systemic Risk Council

Click here for additional information.

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

Thursday, March 23

Study Group 

Clean Energy – A View from “The Swamp”

M-RCBG Senior Fellow John DeVillars with guest speaker Kevin Knobloch, former President of the Union of Concerned Scientists and former Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the U.S. DOE 

Littauer Building, Room 275
4:00-5:30pm  Further details here

Monday, March 27

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

Which Social Cost of Carbon?

Matthew Kotchen
Yale University

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

Monday, March 27

STS Circle at Harvard

Eco Swaraj: Can India's Model of the Micro Transform Development for the 21st Century?

Meera Subramanian
MIT

K262, Bowie-Vernon Room, CGIS, 1737 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Monday, March 27

Study Group

Making Progressive Economic Policy in the 21st Century

Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Ed Balls

Fainsod (Littauer 324)
4:00-5:30 pm – Additional details here

Monday, March 27

Discussion

Is the Case for Central Bank Independence Dead?

Larry Summers
Director, M-RCBG

Alberto Alesina
Department of Economics, Harvard

Ed Balls
Senior Fellow, M-RCBG

Langdell Hall 225, Vorenberg Classroom, Harvard Law School
6-7:30pm

Wednesday, March 29

Study group

Addressing complexity: smallholder farmers facing climate risks in sub-Saharan Africa

Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Simon Winter 

Belfer 503 (M-RCBG Conference Room)
4:00-5:30 pm – Additional details here

Wednesday, March 29

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Accelerator or Brake? Cash for Clunkers, Household Liquidity, and Aggregate Demand

Jonathan Parker
MIT

Room L-382 (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
4:15-5:30

Thursday, March 30

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar

Bondholders Vs. Retirees in Municipal Bankruptcies

Financially distressed U.S. municipalities may be eligible for federal bankruptcy protection. This is occurring with greater frequency. These municipal debtors tend to be burdened by the claims of two large classes of creditors: bondholders, on the one hand, and retirement benefit recipients, on the other. In recent high-profile Chapter 9 cases, U.S. Bankruptcy Courts have clarified the legal rights and entitlements of these two creditor classes, paving the way for municipal debtors to use bankruptcy to restructure both bond and pension obligations in times of scarcity.

Notwithstanding these judicial pronouncements, the municipalities in these and other cases have mostly declined to modify their public pensions, instead advancing plans of adjustment that privilege pension claimants over all other constituents.  In public discourse, these outcomes are explained and justified by a prevailing view that employees and retirees simple have a higher moral claim to repayment. Is this the right answer?

Diane Lourdes Dick
Seattle University School of Law

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

Friday, March 31

Study Group

Climate Change Financing and the Energy Sector: A Case Study

M-RCBG Senior Fellow Farrukh Khan with Guest Steven Ferrey of Suffolk University Law School

M-RCBG Conference Room (Belfer 503)
2-3:30

 

Monday, April 3

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

U.S. Natural Gas Market Evolution

Richard O'Neill
Chief Economic Adviser
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

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

Monday, April 3

STS Circle at Harvard

Counting Black Investors: The Historical Role of the U.S. Patent System as a Political Resource

Kara Swanson
Northeastern University School of Law

K262, Bowie-Vernon Room, CGIS, 1737 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Monday, April 3

Harvard University Center for the Environment

The Future of Food: Climate, Crops, and Consequences
Trends and Challenges in Global Agriculture: The Opportunity for Digital Ag
Michael K. Stern
Chief Executive Officer and President, The Climate Corporation

Geological Lecture Hall (100), 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
5pm

Wednesday, April 5

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Mind the Gap! Tax Incentives and Incentives for Manipulating Fuel Efficiency in the Automobile Industry

Shinsuke Tanaka
Tufts University

Room L-382 (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
4:15-5:30

Thursday, April 6

Business & Government Seminar

Presidential Elections and Political Change: 1912 and the Making of the Fed and Donald Trump Today

Roger Lowenstein
Author and reporter

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

Monday, April 10

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

California and Guangdong: A Tale of Two Cap-and-Trade Programs

Pu Wang
Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Sustainability Science in the Environment and Natural Resources Program
Belfer Center for Sicence and International Affairs

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

Monday, April 10

STS Circle at Harvard

Can a Cell Have a Sex?

Sarah Richardson
Harvard

CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Wednesday, April 12

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Asymmetric Information, Drilling Distortions, and Oil and Gas Leases

Evan Herrnstadt
Harvard University

Room L-382 (3rd Floor Littauer Building)
4:15-5:30

Thursday, April 13

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar

Cost-Benefit Analysis and Environmental Regulation in the New Era

Richard Revesz
Lawrence King Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus, NYU Law School
Director, Institute for Policy Integrity, NYU

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
11:45am-1:00pm

Monday, April 17

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

Transitioning China's Energy System Towards Decarbonization

Wei Peng and Zhimin Mao
Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellows in Sustainability Science in the Environment and Natural Resources Program
Belfer Center for Sicence and International Affairs

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

Monday, April 17

STS Circle at Harvard

Assessing and Mitigating Synthetic Biology Risks: Exemplary Cases and Cautionary Tales

Kenneth Oye
MIT

K262, Bowie-Vernon Room, CGIS, 1737 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Thursday, April 20

Regulatory Policy Program

Reflections on Environmental Policy

Gina McCarthy
Fellow, Institute of Politics and former Administrator
Environmental Protection Agency

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
11:45am-1:00pm

Monday, April 24

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

TBA

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

Monday, April 24

STS Circle at Harvard

Wrong Way After Nuremberg: Misconceiving Research Ethics

Daniel Wikler
Harvard School of Public Health

K262, Bowie-Vernon Room, CGIS, 1737 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Monday, April 24

Study Group

Making Progressive Economic Policy in the 21st Century

Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Ed Balls

Nye A (Taubman 520)
4:00-5:30 pm – Additional details here

Thursday, April 27

Business & Government Seminar

Sustaining Capitalism: Bipartisan Solutions to Restore Trust & Prosperity

Joe Minarik
Senior VP and Director of Research, Committee for Economic Development

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

Monday, May 1

ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research

The Utility of the Future

Ignacio Perez-Arriaga
Visiting Professor, Sloan School of Management, MIT
Professor & Director of the BP Chair on Energy & Sustainability, Instituto de Investigacion Tecnologica (IIT), Universidad Pontifica Comillas

Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
12:15-1:30pm

 

 

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.

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