Fall Semester 2018 | Past Events

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Thursday, September 6

M-RCBG's Fall Open House

Please join us to learn more about M-RCBG's faculty and programs, as well as meet other students interested in business and government. 

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

Monday, September 10

Energy Policy Seminar Series
The Energy Efficiency Gap, Bounded Rationality, and the Role of Energy-related Financial Literacy
Massimo Filippini, ETH Zurich and Universita della Svizzera Italiana
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
12-1:30pm

STS Circle at Harvard
Natural History in Two Dimensions
Whitney Robles, Harvard
CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Tuesday, September 11

Business & Government Seminar
How the Rise of Public-Private Partnerships is Changing International Governance
Liliana Andonova, The Graduate Institute, Geneva
Nye BC (5th Floor Taubman)
11:45am-1pm

Wednesday, September 12

Study Group
Developing Multisectoral Action for Health and Social Impact – answering the call to action for the UN SDGs: an Introduction 
Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow, Scott Ratzan
M-RCBG Conference Room, Belfer 503
4-5:30pm

Thursday, September 13

Business & Government Seminar
President Carter: The White House Years
Stuart E. Eizenstat, author
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
11:45am-1pm

Friday, September 14

Study Group
Developing Multisectoral Action for Health and Social Impact – answering the call to action for the UN SDGs: the economic burden of non-communicable diseases, and the challenges of global health financing...
Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow, Scott Ratzan with guest speaker Andrea Feigl, HSPH Visiting Scientist
M-RCBG Conference Room, Belfer 503
2-3:30pm

Monday, September 17

Energy Policy Seminar Series
Why Distributed? How to Think about the Value and Cost of Distributed Energy Resources
Jesse Jenkins, Harvard University Center for the Environment
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
12-1:30pm

STS Circle at Harvard
Multiple Carbons: Ontologies and Governance in the Climate Regime
Stefan Schafer, Berlin IASS and Harvard STS
CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Wednesday, September 19

Business & Government Seminar
Doing Capitalism: The Dark Side of the Three-Player Game
Bill Janeway, author and senior advisor and managing director, Warburg Pincus
Allison Dining Room (5th Floor Taubman)
11:45am-1pm

Monday, September 24

Energy Policy Seminar Series
State Policies and Wholesale Electricity Markets
Travis Fisher, FERC
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
12-1:30pm

Tuesday, September 25

Study Group
Quantitative Easing - Explaining It and Dispelling the Myths: QE Basics – What it is and what it isn’t
Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Paul Sheard
M-RCBG Conference Room, Belfer 503
4-5:30pm

Wednesday, September 26

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
The Incidence of Coarse Certification: Evidence from the Energy Star Program
Sebastien Houde, ETH Zurich
L-382
4:15-5:30pm

Study Group
Developing Multisectoral Action for Health and Social Impact: Inspiring smart choices and building confidence in vaccines for sustainable health
Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow, Scott Ratzan 
With guest Dr. Heidi Larson, Director, The Vaccine Confidence Project, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
M-RCBG Conference Room, Belfer 503
4-5:30pm

Thursday, September 27

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar
Robotic Cars, Stoned Drivers, and Deadly Airbags: Managing Risk, Uncertainty, and Rapidly Changing Technologies in Cooperative Federalism
Heidi King, Deputy Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
11:45am-1pm

Study Group
Urban Gentrification and Diversity
Stan Marcuss, M-RCBG Senior Fellow 2015-2016
Victoria Alsina Burgues, M-RCBG and Ash Center Fellow
Belfer 503 (M-RCBG conference room)
4:00-5:00 pm

Friday, September 28

Study Group (in NYC)
Unlocking Synergies in Global Health: Developing a Framework for 
Galvanizing Multisectoral Action and Financing for SDG3 

Scott Ratzan M-RCBG Senior Fellow, with Myriam Sidibe, M-RCBG Senior Fellow and Andrea Feigl, Harvard Visiting Scientist and Health Economist at the OECD
McCann Global Health, 622 Third Avenue (41st and Third Ave), New York, NY
10:30am-12:30pm  
To attend, RSVP by registering here or by confirming your attendance to anf403@mail.harvard.edu by September 27th

Monday, October 1

Economic Diplomacy Initiative Event
A Conversation with President Luis Moreno: The Inter-American Development Bank's Priority Areas in a Changing World
Luis Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank
Allison Dining Room (5th Floor Taubman)
8am

This event is co-hosted by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, M-RCBG and the Economic Diplomacy Initiative

Energy Policy Seminar Series
Using Big Data to Quantify the Economic Impacts of Climate Change
Trevor Houser, Rhodium Group and Climate Impact Lab
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
12-1:30pm

STS Circle at Harvard
Animals as Patients, Models and Infrastructure in Precision Bioscience
Declan KuchUniversity of New South Wales
CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Study Group
“How many lives can a bar of soap actually save?" – The Lifebuoy Case Study
M-RCBG Senior Fellow, Myriam Sidibe
Taubman 301
4:00-5:30pm

Tuesday, October 2

Program on US-Japan Relations
Taming Japan's Deflation: The Debate over Unconventional Monetary Policy
Saori Katada, University of Southern California
Moderator: Christina Davis, Harvard
Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street
12:30-2pm

Study Group
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Bikes)...
David Block-Schachter, MBTA Chief Technology Officer
Evan Rowe, MBTA Director of Revenue
L-130 (Bolton Room)
4:30-6pm

Sponsored by the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and M-RCBG.

Wednesday, October 3

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
Pass-Through as a Test for Market Power: An Application to Solar Subsidies
Jacquelyn Press, University of Oxford
L-382
4:15-5:30pm

Thursday, October 4

Business & Government Seminar
Managerial Control and Executive Compensation | Background Paper
F.M. Scherer, Aetna Professor Emeritus, HKS
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
11:45am-1pm

Tuesday, October 9

Study Group
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Bikes)...
A Report from the Frontlines of Transportation: HKS Students Share their Insights
L-130 (Bolton Room)
4:30pm
Sponsored by the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and M-RCBG.

Documentary Screening
"Travels in Trumpland" with Ed Balls
Ed Balls, Fellow of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, is hosting a screening of the first of his Travels in Trumpland documentary, recently shown on the BBC to great critical and audience acclaim. The show follows Ed as he travels around America's Deep South, where he immersed himself in the lives of those who put Trump in power, to learn how this reality TV businessman won them over. Highlights of Episode One include Ed joining 15,000 working-class Americans in Saint-Jo, Texas, for the wild Rednecks with Paychecks festival; and the return of the “British Bruiser”, as Ed, this time in a leotard, trains with former WWE star Johnny Slaughter of Southern Legacy Wrestling, Alabama.
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
4pm

Study Group
The World’s Turned Upside Down: The Challenge of Making Economic Policy when Geopolitics is in Turmoil
Ed Balls and Paul Tucker, M-RCBG Research Fellows
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
6pm

Wednesday, October 10

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
Heat and Learning
Joshua Goodman, Harvard University
L-382
4:15-5:30pm

Study Group
A New Economy for the Middle East and North Africa
Rabah Arezki, M-RCBG Senior Fellow
Belfer 503 (M-RCBG conference room)
4:00-5:30 pm

Thursday, October 11

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar
A Republican's Reflections on Environmental Policy
Jeff Holmstead, Bracewell, LLP
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
11:45am-1pm

Study Group
Rethinking the Macroeconomics of Resource Rich Countries
Rabah Arezki, M-RCBG Senior Fellow
Belfer 503 (M-RCBG conference room)
2:40-4:00 pm

A Symposium in Honor of Martin L. Weitzman
Frontiers in Environmental Economics and Policy
In honor of Martin L. Weitzman, a symposium will be held with keynote speaker William D. Nordhaus, Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University. A reception with refreshments will follow the symposium.
Nye ABC (5th Floor Taubman)
3-5:30pm
Please RSVP by clicking here, or visit here for additional information.

Study Group
The Regulation of Bitcoin and Other Cryptoassets: What Should We Do?
Tim Massad, M-RCBG Senior Fellow
WEX-G02 SEMINAR ROOM (Wexner Ground Floor)
4:00-5:30 pm

Friday, October 12

Study Group
Global reform cycles
Rabah Arezki, M-RCBG Senior Fellow
Belfer 503 (M-RCBG conference room)
9:00-10:30 am

Monday, October 15

STS Circle at Harvard
Interpretability, or Learning to Listen to Algorithms
Nick Seaver, Tufts
CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Study Group
The Changing Role of Consumers in Health Care Purchasing: Medical Perspectives
Deb Gordon, M-RCBG Senior Fellow
Belfer 503 (M-RCBG conference room)
4:00-5:30 pm

Fall Student Reception
Please join us to network with faculty, fellows and students interested in business and government. Hear remarks from Lawrence Summers, Director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Governent; and John Haigh, Co-Director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government. 
Fainsod Room (3rd Floor Littauer)
4-5pm

Wednesday, October 17

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
Does Clean Air Increase the Demand for the Consumer City? Evidence from Beijing
Siqi Zheng, MIT
L-382
4:15-5:30pm

Thursday, October 18

Business & Government Seminar
Watch your words: How strategic communication can shape sustainability regulation, its reception, and its implementation in organisations. A socio-legal presentation with examples from Denmark, the EU and the UN
Karin Buhmann, Copenhagen Business School
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
11:45am-1pm

Study Group
Is China perceived as a leader? Case studies from Europe
Philippe Le Corre, M-RCBG Senior Fellow
Belfer 503 (M-RCBG conference room)
2:40-4:00 pm

Monday, October 22

Energy Policy Seminar Series
The Case for a Slow and Steady "Tortoise" Approach for US Nuclear Research and Development
Michael J. Ford, Harvard University Center for the Environment
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
12-1:30pm

STS Circle at Harvard
DNA and Divination: On Yearning for Genetic Deliverance
Tito Brige de Carvalho, Harvard
CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Sustainability Science Program Event
The Water-Energy-Food Nexus in India: Indirect management of groundwater through electricity sector reforms
Aditi Mukherji
Nye A (5th Floor Taubman)
2:30-4pm

This event is co-sponsored by the Program on evidence for Policy Design, Harvard University Center for Environment, Harvard Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute and Abdul Jameel Latif Water and Food Systems Lab.

Tuesday, October 23

Program on US-Japan Relations
Trump's Trade Policy: Can Theories of International Political Economy Explain It?
Keisuke Iida, Program on US-Japan Relations, Harvard; Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, University of Tokyo
Moderator: Christina Davis, Harvard
Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street
12:30-2pm

Study Group
Quantitative Easing - Explaining It and Dispelling the Myths, Session 2: Comparing and contrasting the QE of the major central banks
Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Paul Sheard
M-RCBG Conference Room, Belfer 503
4-5:30pm

Wednesday, October 24

European Economic Policy Forum
Unelected Power: A Book Presentation and Discussion with Sir Paul Tucker
Lower Level Conference Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
3:30-5pm

Annual Robert Glauber Lecture
Reinforcing Financial Stability in a Crumbling International Order
Sir Paul Tucker, M-RCBG research fellow and chair, Systemic Risk Council
JFK Jr. Forum
6pm

Monday, October 29

Energy Policy Seminar Series
The Political Economy of Pricing Carbon in a 2°C World
Joseph Aldy, HKS
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
12-1:30pm

STS Circle at Harvard
Nurturing Indonesia: Medicine and Decolonisation in the Dutch East Indies
Hans Pols, University of Sydney
CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Study Group
Case strategies and solutions when preparing for an interview with a consulting firm: How to think like a consultant – learn tips, trips and insights from experienced consultants
Marshall Lux 
John Haigh
M-RCBG Conference Room, B-503
4-5:30pm

Tuesday, October 30

Roundtable Discussion
China's Belt Road Initiative in Eurasia: The Challenge of Fostering Sustainable Connectivity
Philippe Le Corre, M-RCBG Senior Fellow
Mamuka Tsereteli, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute Senior Fellow
Nargis Kassenova, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies Senior Fellow
Svante E. Cornell, Director of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center
CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Room S354
2-4pm

Study Group
A Crash Course on the Crash: The Key Things You Need to Know About the 2008 Global Financial Crisis
Tim Massad, M-RCBG Senior Fellow
Nye A (Taubman 520)
4-5:30pm

Wednesday, October 31

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
Are Residential Electricity Prices Too High, Too Low, or Both?
Severin Borenstein, UC Berkeley
L-382
4:15-5:30pm

Thursday, November 1

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar
Expecting the Unexpected: Emissions Uncertainty and Environmental Market Design
Severin Borenstein, Professor and Faculty Director, Energy Institute at Haas, UC Berkeley
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
11:45am-1pm

Monday, November 5

Energy Policy Seminar Series
California's Cap-and-trade Program and Emission Leakage: An Empirical Analysis
Chiara Lo Prete, The Pennsylvania State University
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
12-1:30pm

Wednesday, November 7

Study Group
The power of story in medicine: why patients don't always follow doctors' orders, and the kind of conversations physicians might like to have
Camilla Cavendish, M-RCBG Senior Fellow
Suzanne Koven MD, primary care physician, writer in residence at Mass General Hospital, and Boston Globe contributor
M-RCBG Conference Room B-503
4-5:30pm

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
The Environmental Bias of Trade Policy
Joseph Shapiro, UC Berkeley
L-382
4:15-5:30pm

Thursday, November 8

Business & Government Seminar
Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism
Quinn Slobodian, Wellesley College
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
11:45am-1pm

In this talk, Quinn Slobodian will introduce the themes of his recent book, Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism, which follows a group of thinkers, including F. A. Hayek and others, from the ashes of the Habsburg Empire to the creation of the World Trade Organization as they debated the need to insulate certain institutions from democracy to ensure the reproduction of global capitalism.

Monday, November 12

STS Circle at Harvard
Cultures of Nuclear Security: How Different Countries Decide How to Protect their Nuclear Facilities
Matthew Bunn, Harvard Kennedy School
CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Wednesday, November 14

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
Linking Heterogeneous Climate Policies (Consistent with the Paris Agreement)
Michael Mehling, MIT
Gilbert Metcalf, Tufts University
Location TBA
4:15-5:30pm

Thursday, November 15

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar
Cost-Benefit Analysis of Tax Regulations: A Case Study
David Weisbach, Professor, The University of Chicago Law School
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
11:45am-1pm

Study Group
Regulatory Cooperation – A Reality Check. Session 1: The Context
Elizabeth Golberg, M-RCBG Senior Fellow
M-RCBG Conference Room, Belfer 503
4:00-5:30pm

Monday, November 19

Energy Policy Seminar Series
Ontario's Electricity Market Design Journey--Steps and Missteps on the Road to Best Practices
Susan Pope, FTI Consulting
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
12-1:30pm

STS Circle at Harvard
Investing in the Stars: The Astrology of Money and Markets in the Twentieth-Century United States
Caley D. Horan, MIT
CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Monday, November 26

Energy Policy Seminar Series
The Value of Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage
Cuicui Chen, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
12-1:30pm

Tuesday, November 27

Study Group
Regulatory Cooperation – A Reality Check. Session 2: The EU-US Challenge
Elizabeth Golberg, M-RCBG Senior Fellow
Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Director, Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission (DG TRADE)
M-RCBG Conference Room, Belfer 503
4:00-5:30pm

Study Group
The Fourth Industrial Revolution: More Diverse, Less Inclusive?
Camilla Cavendish, M-RCBG Senior Fellow
Trevor Phillips, Chair of the NY Center for Talent Innovation, anti-racism campaigner, former Chair of the UK Equalities Commission
Nye A (Taubman 520)
4-5:30pm

Thursday, November 29

Regulatory Policy Program Seminar
Reinvigorating Competition Policy
Nancy Rose, Professor, MIT
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
11:45am-1pm

Monday, December 3

Energy Policy Seminar Series
The Oil Climate Index: Analyzing the Heterogeneous Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Impacts of Global Oils
Deborah Gordon, Energy and Climate Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
12-1:30pm

STS Circle at Harvard
Failed Sociotechnical Imaginaries: Chechnya as the "Second Kuwait"
Olga Breininger-Umetayeva, Harvard
Bowie-Vernon Room, K262, CGIS North, 1737 Cambridge Street
12:15-2pm

Wednesday, December 5

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
Prices versus Quantities Reassessed
Larry Karp, UC Berkeley
L-382
4:15-5:30pm