Seminar Series

The New Directions in Regulation seminar series, organized and hosted by the Regulatory Policy Program, represents the preeminent forum in the country for engaging scholars and practitioners in an exploration of emerging trends in regulation. Since 1998, we have held more than 200 seminars, led by leading scholars from Harvard and around the world. The typical seminar brings together a diverse audience of thirty to forty participants from academia, business, and government. Many papers presented in the seminar are available in our working paper series.


Fall 2018

Thursday, September 27, 11:45am-1:00pm
Robotic Cars, Stoned Drivers, and Deadly Airbags:  Managing Risk, Uncertainty, and Rapidly Changing Technologies in Cooperative Federalism
Heid King, Acting Administrator, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, HKS

Thursday, October 11, 11:45am-1:00pm
A Republican’s Reflections on Environmental Policy
Jeffrey Holmstead, Partner, Bracewell LLP, and former Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation, US Environmental Protection Agency
Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, HKS

Thursday, November 1, 11:45am-1:00pm
Expecting the Unexpected: Emissions Uncertainty and Environmental Market Design
Severin Borenstein, E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration, Haas School of Business, University of California–Berkeley
Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, HKS

Thursday, November 15, 11:45am-1:00pm
Cost-Benefit Analysis of Tax Regulations: A Case Study
David Weisbach, Walter J. Blum Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, HKS

Thursday, November 29, 11:45am-1:00pm
Reinvigorating Competition Policy
Nancy Rose, Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics, Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, HKS

 


Spring 2018

Thursday, February 1, 11:45am-1:00pm
Regulatory Reform and Individual Liberty
Neomi Rao, Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget
Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, HKS

Thursday, March 8, 11:45am-1:00pm
Regulatory Policy: The EU Variation
Elizabeth Golberg, Senior Fellow, M-RCBG and former Director of Smart Regulation, European Commission
Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, HKS

CANCELLED due to visa difficulties:  Thursday, March 22, 11:45am-1:00pm
Iran Environmental Law: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Way Forward
Mohammad Takhshid, Dean of the Faculty of Law and Political Science, Tehran University
Mehdi Piri Damagh, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law and Political Science, Tehran University
Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, HKS

Thursday, March 29, 11:45am-1:00pm – co-hosted with the Energy Policy Seminar and the Geopolitics of Energy program
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 Building, HKS

Thursday, April 5, 11:45am-1:00pm
Scuttling the Craft: A Progress Report on Deconstructing the Expert State
Joe Goffman, Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Law Program
Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, HKS
 


Fall 2017

Thursday, October 5, 11:45am-1:00pm
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? The New U.S. Regulatory Budgeting Rules in Light of the International Experience
Andrea Renda, Senior Research Fellow and Head of Regulatory Policy Unit, Centre for European Policy Studies
Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, HKS

Thursday, October 19, 11:45am-1:00pm
The Trump Administration’s Regulatory Rollback: A Panel Discussion on Environmental and Financial Regulatory Reforms
Jody Freeman, Archibald Cox Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Howell Jackson, James S. Reid, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Joseph E. Aldy, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, moderator
Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, HKS

Thursday, November 9, 11:45am-1:00pm
The Political Spectrum: The Tumultuous Liberation of Wireless Technology, from Herbert Hoover to the Smartphone
Thomas Hazlett, H.H. Macaulay Endowed Professor of Economics, Clemson University
Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, HKS

Thursday, November 16, 11:45am-1:00pm
Making Healthcare Better Faster!
Bob Kocher, Partner, Venrock
Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, HKS

Thursday, November 30, 11:45am-1:00pm
Reflections on U.S. Regulatory Policy
Sally Katzen, Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence, NYU Law School and Former Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (1993-1998)
NOTE LOCATION: Fainsod Room, Littauer 324, HKS

Thursday, December 7, 11:45am-1:00pm
Does Cleaner Air Injure Workers? The Effect of Stricter Environmental Regulations on Firms’ Occupational Health and Safety Performance
Matthew Johnson, Research Scientist, Duke Sanford School of Public Policy
Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, HKS


Spring 2017

Thursday, March 2, 11:45am-1:00pm
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 Building, HKS

Thursday, March 9, 11:45am-1:00pm
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, HKS

Thursday, April 13, 11:45am-1:00pm
Cost-Benefit Analysis and Environmental Regulation in the New Era
Richard Revesz, Lawrence King Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus, NYU Law School, and Director, Institute for Policy Integrity, NYU
Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, HKS

Thursday, April 20, 11:45am-1:00pm
Reflections on Environmental Policy
Gina McCarthy, Fellow, Institute of Politics and former Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, HKS

Fall 2016

Thursday, September 15, 11:45am-1:00pm
Securing Our Financial Future: Recommendations to Improve America's Retirement Security and Personal Savings
Brigitte Madrian, Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management, Harvard Kennedy School
Fainsod, Littauer Building (Rm 324), HKS
Link to the Commission's Report | Link to article written on this seminar

Thursday, October 13, 11:45am-1:00pm
The Regulatory Landscape Facing the Next President
Susan Dudley, Director, GW Regulatory Studies Center, Distinguished Professor of Practice, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, and former OIRA Administrator
Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, HKS
Download an article written on this seminar 

Thursday, October 20, 11:45am-1:00pm
Confronting Deep and Persistent Climate Uncertainty
Gernot Wagner, Research Associate, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Richard Zeckhauser, Frank Plumpton Ramsey Professor of Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School
Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, HKS

Thursday, October 27, 11:45am-1:00pm
The Political Economy of Policy Redundancy
Joseph E. Aldy, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, HKS 

Thursday, December 1, 11:45am-1:00pm
Valuing Regulations Affecting Addictive or Habitual Goods
David M. Cutler, Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics, Department of Economics, Harvard University
Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building, HKS