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

Missed the seminar? Listen to the podcast and view the slides.

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
Developing Capital Market: A Conversation with Mr. Bola “Koko” Onadele
Managing Director of FMDQ

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

Forum Event
The State of Public Health: A Conversation with Atul Gawande
Atul Gawande, Harvard Medical School and Ariadne Labs
David Ellwood, HKS
Moderated by Cristine Russell, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

This event is co-sponsored by M-RCBG

JFK Jr. Forum
6pm

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

Business & Government PIC Event: Fintech Week
Cross Border Credit: Creating a Credit Passport with Nova Credit
L-324
4-5pm

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
Nye BC (5th Floor Taubman)
4:15-5:30pm

IOP Forum Event
Climate Change, Biodiversity and the Future of Conservation in America
Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University
Terry Tempest Williams, naturalist and environmental writer
Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director, U.S. National Park Service (2009-2017)
Moderated by Linda J. Bilmes, HKS and member, National Park Service Advisory Board
JFK Jr. Forum
6pm

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

Business & Government PIC Event: Fintech Week
Venture Capital Trends in Fintech
Daniel Kimmerling, Deciens Capital
L-382
3-4pm

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

B&G PIC Infrastructure Panel Discussion 1
How to Revitalize American Infrastructure
Panelists: Phil Gildan, M-RCBG senior fellow; Prof. Jason Furman, HKS; Scott Bosworth, MassDOT; John Macomber, HBS
Moderated by Dennis Lockhart, M-RCBG senior fellow
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
4:15-5:30pm

B&G PIC Infrastructure Panel Discussion 2
How to Invest in "Next-Generation" Infrastructure in the US
Panelists: Professor Stephen Goldsmith, HKS; Joe Aiello, Meridiam Americas; Prof. Amro Farid, Dartmouth and Laboratory for Intelligent Integrated Networks of Engineering Systems
Moderated by Prof. Henry Lee, HKS
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
5:30-6:45pm

Tuesday, April 3

Study Group | Also a Business & Government PIC Event: Fintech Week
Intersection of Business and Policy at LendingClub, with Louis Caditz-Peck, Director of Public Policy and Regulatory at LendingClub
Led by M-RCBG Senior Fellow Todd Baker
Littauer 382
3-4pm

Wednesday, April 4

Business & Government Seminar Series
Can Finance Save the World? Regaining Power over Money to Serve the Common Good
Bertrand Badre, former Managing Director of the World Bank, author, and founder and CEO Blue like an Orange Capital
Allison Dining Room (5th Fl. Taubman)
11:45am-1pm

Program on International Financial Systems
Fireside Chat with Jay Clayton
Jay Clayton, Chairman of the SEC
Wasserstein Hall, Room 2009, Harvard Law School
4:30-6pm

RSVP to kpetrosino@law.harvard.edu

Pollak Lecture Series with Richard Locke
Labor Problem: Can We Create Just Supply Chains in the Global Economy?
Provost Richard Locke, Brown University
Wiener Auditorium
6:30-8pm

This lecture is sponsored by Ash Center, Carr Center, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government and Wiener Center.

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

Malcolm H. Wiener Lecture in International Political Economy
Kevin Hassett, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers
JFK Jr. Forum
4pm

Friday, April 6

2018 Harvard European Law Symposium
Europe and the US: Isolationism First?
Keynote Speaker: Paul Nihoul, Court of Justice of the EU
Closing Speaker: Enrico Spolaore, Tufts, National Bureau of Economic Research
Harvard Law School
For more information and to register, click here

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

Wednesday, April 11

Lunch Talk
China's Future: A Comparative Perspective
William Overholt, Senior Fellow, Harvard Asia Center
Author, China's Crisis of Success
Ash Center Foyer (124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200 North)
12-1:15pm

Gordon Lecture
Gordon Lecture with Raghuram Rajan
Raghuram Rajan, Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India
Former chief economist and director of research at the International Monetary Fund
JFK Jr. Forum
6pm

Thursday, April 12

Business & Government Seminar Series
Managing Risk to Improve Public Pension Plan Funding
Bob Stein, Chair, Blue Ribbon Panel on Public Pension Plan Funding, Society of Actuaries
Bell Hall (5th Floor Belfer)
11:45am-1pm | Additional information here.

Book Launch
Navigation by Judgment: Why and When Top Down Management of Foreign Aid Doesn't Work
Dan Honig, Assistant Professor of International Development, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Co-sponsored by Building State Capability at the Center for International Development at Harvard University and the Sustainability Science Program at M-RCBG.

Nye A (5th Floor Taubman)
4-5:30pm

Monday, April 16

Hoffman Lecture
Superbugs Attack! How the World Can Contain the Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance
Prof. Steven Hoffman, Director of the Global Strategy Lab and Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Population & Public Health

Co-sponsored by M-RCBG, Belfer Center, Weatherhead Center, Microbial Science Initiative, Harvard Global Health Institute and the Broad Institute.

Click here to RSVP.

Allison Dining Room (5th Floor Taubman)
11:45am-1pm

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

Tuesday, April 17

University-Wide Public Talk (SEAS & HLS)
The Art of Energy Revolution: From Ultra High Voltage Power Grids to Global Energy Interconnection
LIU Zhenya, former Chairman and President of State Grid Corporation of China; Chairman of Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO); Chairman, China Electricity Council
Milstein East B/C, Wasserstein Hall, HLS
5-6:30pm

Study Group
Being a British Politician Today
Ed Balls, M-RCBG Research Fellow and Former UK Shadow Chancellor (2011-2015)
Weil Hall (B-L-1)
6:00-7:30pm

Wednesday, April 18

Business & Government Seminar
The Rate and Direction of Innovation-Led Growth: A Mission-Oriented Approach (more)
Prof. Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value, and Director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, University College London
Rubenstein Building 414 AB (Democracy Lab)
1:10-2:30pm

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

Business & Government Seminar Series
On The Rebound: Prospects for a US-UK Free Trade Agreement
Larry Summers, M-RCBG Director
Ed Balls, M-RCBG research fellow and former UK Shadow Chancellor (2011-2015)
Camilla Cavendish, M-RCBG senior fellow
Mehek Sethi, MPP1
Starr Auditorium
4:30-6pm

Thursday, April 19

Business & Government Seminar Series
The Disruption in Autonomous Vehicles Disruption: Implications for Policy Makers
Mark Fagan, HKS

This seminar is co-sponsored by the Taubman Center for State and Local Government.

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

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

Tuesday, April 24

US-Japan Program Seminar
Marketcraft: How Governments Make Markets Work
Steven Vogel, University of California Berkeley
Moderator: Susan Pharr, WCFIA Program on US-Japan Relations, Harvard
Discussant: Peter Hall, Harvard
Bowie Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street
12:30-2pm

Study Group
"When I'm 64....will you still pay my bills? The Ageing of America and the West, the implications for the next generation, and how to fix the growing gap between rich and poor
Camilla Cavendish, M-RCBG Senior Fellow
M-RCBG Conference Room (Belfer 503)
4-5:30pm

Wednesday, April 25

Lunch Discussion
Arab Inclusion in Israel: Can Minority Integration Be Successful?
Amir Levi, M-RCBG Senior Fellow and former Director of Budgets, Israel's Ministry of Finance
Moderated by Tarek Masoud, Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations

This seminar is co-sponsored by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200 North
12-1:10pm

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
Variances: Regulatory Flexibility for Good or for Ill
Sarah Jacobson, Williams College
L-382
4:15-5:30pm

Thursday, April 26

Business & Government Seminar Series
Leading Change in Toxic Environments: Common sense strategies to break through bureaucracy
Matt Collier, former Mayor of Flint, Michigan
From dealing with the onslaught of Michael Moore's Roger & Me, to providing context regarding the Flint Water Crisis, HKS Alum Matt Collier will discuss his adventures in public and private sector leadership - as Mayor of Flint, Michigan, as an Appointee of President Obama in the Department of Veterans Affairs, and as a Technology CEO in the private sector.

This seminar is co-sponsored by the Taubman Center for State and Local Government.

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

Tuesday, May 1

Business & Government Seminar Series
Goldilocks in the Trump Stock Market: Over-, Under- and Just-Right Reactions
Richard Zeckhauser, HKS
Alexander Wagner, University of Zurich

Weil Town Hall (1st Floor Belfer)
11:45am-1pm

**Missed this seminar? Click here to read about it and link to the podcast.**

Wednesday, May 2

Study Group
Rethinking Public Infrastructure Funding Options for State and Local Governments
Phil Gildan, M-RCBG Senior Fellow
M-RCBG Conference Room (Belfer 503)
4-5:30pm

Thursday, May 10 to Friday, May 11

Conference
Ordeals in Healthcare: Ethics and Efficient Delivery
This workshop will bring together leading scholars in economics, ethics, health policy, public health, medicine, sociology, and law to explore questions around ethics and efficient delivery of healthcare. Full information and the conference program can found here. Registration is required.

Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East
2pm Thursday to 1:30pm Friday