Spring Semester 2018 | Past Events

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Wednesday, January 24

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
Pass-Through of Input Cost Shocks Under Imperfect Competition: Evidence from the U.S. Fracking Boom
Richard Sweeney, Boston College
L-382
4:15-5:30pm

Thursday, January 25

Business & Government Seminar
Can Business Fix Broken Politics in an Age of Upheaval?
Ben Heineman, Harvard University
Fainsod Room (3rd Floor Littauer)
11:45am-1pm

Monday, January 29

STS Circle at Harvard
Democracy by the Numbers: The Twentieth-Century Fight over US Congressional Reapportionment
Alma Steingart, Harvard
CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Tuesday, January 30

Study Group
When to Choose a Public Private Partnership for Your Public Infrastructure Project
Phil Gildan, M-RCBG Senior Fellow
M-RCBG Conference Room (B-503)
4:00-5:30pm

Tuesday, January 30

IOP Forum
The Revolution in American Trade Policy

Michael Froman
United States Trade Representative (2013-2017)

Nicholas Burns
Faculty Director, Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair, Middle East Initiative, HKS

Lawrence Summers
Director, M-RCBG

JFK Jr. Forum
6pm

Wednesday, January 31

Study Group
Dostoevsky v. Dimon: Crime and Punishment and the 2008 Financial Crisis 
Timothy Massad, M-RCBG Senior Fellow
M-RCBG Conference Room (B-503)
4:00-5:30

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
Applying Asset Pricing Theory to Calibrate the Price of Climate Risk
Gernot Wagner, Harvard University
L-382
4:15-5:30pm

Thursday, February 1

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar Series
Regulatory Reform and Individual Liberty
Neomi Rao, Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
11:45am-1pm

Monday, February 5

STS Circle at Harvard
The Machine and the Market: US Economic Governance in the Age of the Computer: 1960-1975
Devin Kennedy, Harvard
CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Study Group
Rethinking the Recent Oil Price Collapse
Rabah Arezki, M-RCBG Senior Fellow
M-RCBG Conference Room (B-503)
4:00-5:30

Wednesday, February 7

Study Group
Urban Redevelopment: Government Polices and Their Impact
Stan Marcuss, Senior Counsel, Bryan Cave, and former M-RCBG Senior Fellow
M-RCBG Conference Room (B-503)
4:00-5:00

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
Efficient Mitigation of Climate Change
James Stock, Harvard University
L-382
4:15-5:30pm

Thursday, February 8

Business & Government Seminar 
Pursuing Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities
Bill Clark, Harvard University
Fainsod Room (3rd Floor Littauer)
11:45am-1pm

Business & Government PIC Event
Davos Debrief
Dean Doug Elmendorf, HKS
Amy Bernstein, Harvard Business Review
Ricardo Hausmann, HKS
Malkin Penthouse (4th Floor Littauer)
3-4pm

Monday, February 12

Consortium for Energy Policy Research Seminar
Imperfect Markets vs Imperfect Regulation in U.S. Electricity Generation
Steve Cicala, University of Chicago
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
12-1:30pm

STS Circle at Harvard
The Stylized Facts of Inequality
Daniel Hirschman, Brown
CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Thursday, February 15

Business & Government Seminar 
A Retrospective on the Tax Law of 2017 and Prospective on the Next Tax Laws
Jason Furman, HKS
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
11:45am-1pm

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Tuesday, February 20

Study Group
EU Better Regulation? The Case of Telecom Roaming Charges
Led by Elizabeth Golberg, M-RCBG Senior Fellow, with guest Speaker Fabio Colasanti (former Director General, European Commission, Information Society Directorate General)
M-RCBG Conference Room (Belfer 503)
4:00-5:30pm

Wednesday, February 21

IOP Forum Event
Pursuing Truth in the Global Economy
Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates
Moderated by Larry Summers, M-RCBG Director
JFK Jr. Forum
6pm

Monday, February 26

Consortium for Energy Policy Research Seminar
Creating Markets for Wind Electricity in China: An Analysis of Grid and Institutional Causes of Curtailment
Michael Davidson, HKS
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
12-1:30pm

STS Circle at Harvard
Vaccine Criticism in France: Scientific Credibility and the Fragmentation of Social Movements
Jeremy Ward, Universite Paris-Sorbonne
CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Tuesday, February 27

Study Group
The Macroeconomics of Resource-Rich Countries: Part I
Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow, Rabah Arezki
M-RCBG Conference Room (Belfer 503)
11:30am-1:00pm

Study Group
The Macroeconomics of Resource-Rich Countries: Part II
Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow, Rabah Arezki
M-RCBG Conference Room (Belfer 503)
1:30-3:00pm

Study Group
The Eleventh Hour: Will Brexit Be Reversed? 
Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow, Camilla Cavendish
Wexner 434-AB
4:00-5:30pm

Wednesday, February 28

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
Evaluating a Discretionary Safety Valve: The Economic and Environmental Impacts of Waiving Fuel Content Regulations in Response to Supply Shocks
Joseph Aldy, Harvard University
L-382
4:15-5:30pm

Study Group
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Africa--Part 1
Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow, Euvin Naidoo
M-RCBG Conference Room (Belfer 503)
4:00-5:30pm

Thursday, March 1

Study Group
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Africa--Part 2
Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow, Euvin Naidoo
Carr Conference Room (Rubenstein 229)
4:00-5:30pm

Monday, March 5

Consortium for Energy Policy Research Seminar
Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet
Varun Sivaram, Council on Foreign Relations
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
12-1:30pm

STS Circle at Harvard
Governing the Future: Cancer Viruses and the Growth of American Biomedicine
Robin Scheffler, MIT
CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Wednesday, March 7

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
Why Prices or Quantities Dominate Banking and Borrowing
Martin Weitzman, Harvard University
L-382
4:15-5:30pm

Thursday, March 8

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar Series
Regulatory Policy: The EU Variation
Elizabeth Golberg, M-RCBG Senior Fellow and former Director of Smart Regulation, European Commission
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
11:45am-1pm

Monday, March 19

Consortium for Energy Policy Research Seminar
Methane: A Uniquely Difficult Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Problem
Robert Kleinberg, Schlumberger
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
12-1:30pm

STS Circle at Harvard
DNA and Divination: On Yearning for Genetic Deliverance
Patricia Williams, Columbia Law School
CGIS South S250, 1730 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Monday, March 26

Consortium for Energy Policy Research Seminar
Challenges for Getting the Prices Right in PJM's Wholesale Electricity Markets
Hung-Po Chao, PJM Interconnection
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
12-1:30pm

Wednesday, March 28

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
How People Update Beliefs about Climate Change: Good News and Bad News
Cass Sunstein, Harvard University
L-382
4:15-5:30pm

Thursday, March 29

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar Series
The Geopolitics of Energy
Jason Bordoff, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs and Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
11:45am-1pm

Co-hosted with the Consortium for Energy Policy Research at Harvard

Monday, April 2

Consortium for Energy Policy Research Seminar
Nuclear Energy in Decarbonizing China's Energy System: Loosening Constraints, Mitigating Risks
Matthew Bunn, HKS
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
12-1:30pm

Thursday, April 5

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar Series
Scuttling the Craft: A Progress Report on Deconstructing the Expert State
Joe Goffman, Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Law Program
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
11:45am-1pm

Monday, April 9

Consortium for Energy Policy Research Seminar
Air Quality and Water Implications of Power Sector Decarbonization in China: Effects of Strengthening Environmental Policies
Wei Peng, HKS
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
12-1:30pm

Monday, April 16

Consortium for Energy Policy Research Seminar
Energy Policy in India: A Research Agenda
Kaveri Iychettira, HKS
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
12-1:30pm

Wednesday, April 18

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
Driving Down Demand for Diesel: Does a Bus Driver Training and Incentive Program Increase Fuel Efficiency?
Janhavi Nilekani, Harvard University
L-382
4:15-5:30pm

Thursday, April 19

Harvard Environmental Economics Program Seminar
The Paris Agreement: Thoughts of a Negotiator on its Significance and Future
Sue Biniaz, UN Foundation Senior Fellow
Wexner 434
4:30pm

Monday, April 23

Consortium for Energy Policy Research Seminar
Air Quality and Health Implications of Energy Strategies
Denise Mauzerall, Princeton University
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
12-1:30pm

STS Circle at Harvard
Once and For Now: The Science and Art of Ex Post Environmental Regulation
Patricia Williams, Columbia Law School
CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Wednesday, April 25

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
Variances: Regulatory Flexibility for Good or for Ill
Sarah Jacobson, Williams College

L-382
4:15-5:30pm