Home About the Center Programs Events & News People Research & Publications Visiting Programs Search

EVENTS:      2001 | 2002| 2003| 2004| 2005| 2006| 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011

Note: This is a partial list of Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government events.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


PLEASE NOTE:

M-RCBG HAS A NEW WEBSITE! T
he page you are currently looking at is no longer up-to-date and is only used to maintain access to an archived listing of past events.

Please visit our new website for up-to-date news, events and program information: www.hks.harvard.edu/centers/mrcbg

Thank you!

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


SPRING SEMESTER 2012
-
These listings are updated frequently. For additional listings, please explore individual M-RCBG program websites.

January 25 |Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

"What are the Welfare Costs of Shoreline Loss? Housing Market Evidence from a Discontinuity Matching Design"

Matthew Ranson
Harvard University


Room L-382
4:10-5:30PM
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

January 30 | ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar Series

"The MIT Future of the Electric Grid Study"

Richard Schmalensee
MIT


Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
12-1:30PM
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

February 1 |Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

"The Impact of Voluntary Programs on Polluter Behavior: Evidence from Pollution Prevention Programs and Toxic Releases"

Linda Bui
Brandeis University


Room L-382
4:10-5:30PM
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

February 2 |Business & Government Seminar Series

"The Logic of Reforms and Opening Up: Reform strategies in China and implications for the rest of the world"

Fu Jun
Executive Dean, School of Government
Peking University


Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
11:45 - 1PM

Please RSVP to MRCBG@ksg.harvard.edu
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

February 4 |Conference on Institutional Corruption

"Conference on Institutional Corruption"

The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics will host a conference on "institutional corruption," a topic it has been studying for the last two years under the auspices of the Edmond J. Safra Research Lab. The Center is hosting this conference to mark the progress the Lab has made, and to help guide future work. 

Harvard Law School, Milstein East, Wasserstein Building, 2nd Floor
9AM-5PM

Click here to register or for additional information.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

February 8 |Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

"Destruction, Disinvestment, and Death: Economic and Human Losses Following Environmental Disaster"

Solomon Hsiang
Princeton University


Room L-382
4:10-5:30PM
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

February 9 |Business & Government Seminar Series

"Super PACs: The WMDs of Campaign Finance"

Ben Heineman
Senior Fellow
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs


To read Ben Heineman's accompanying articles on this topic, click below:
Tough dilemmas for companies on campaign spending
Super PACs: The WMDs of Campaign Finance

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
11:45 - 1PM

Please RSVP to MRCBG@ksg.harvard.edu
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

February 13 | ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar Series

"Restoring the Gulf of Mexico--An Energy Policy? An Historical Perspective on Energy/Environment in the Gulf Region"

Jason Theriot
Energy Policy Fellow
Consortium for Energy Policy Research at Harvard


Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
12-1:30PM
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

February 15 |Business & Government Seminar Series

"The Future of the Euro and the Role of Central Banks"

Lorenzo Bini Smaghi
Former member, European Central Bank's Executive Board

Fainsod Room, 3rd Floor Littauer Building
12 - 1PM

Please RSVP to MRCBG@ksg.harvard.edu
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

February 16 |Center for Public Leadership Brown Bag Luncheon Conversation

"Leadership in the British Parliament"

The Rt Honorable John Bercow, MP
Speaker of the House of Commons, the United Kingdom

John Bercow is a British Member of Parliament and has been Speaker of the House of Commons since 2009, a role which sees him presiding over lively parliamentary debates as a neutral moderator. Prior to becoming Speaker of the House, Speaker Bercow had a successful career as Shadow Minister in opposition to the Labour Government of Tony Blair, defying the Conservative leadership on several occasions and ultimately winning an award for Opposition MP of the year. Speaker Bercow has also taught leadership, campaigning, and communication skills, both in Britain and in the U.S.

This event is being co-sponsored by the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government.

Darman Seminar Room (T-135), CPL, Taubman Building
11:45-1PM

Please RSVP here by 9 a.m. on Monday, February 13.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

February 22 |Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

"Lead Exposure and Behavior: Effects on Aggression and Risky Behavior among Children and Adolescents"

Jessica Reyes
Amherst College


Room L-382
4:10-5:30PM
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

February 23 |Regulatory Policy Program Seminar

"Reviving Regulatory Reform"

Christopher DeMuth
Distinguished Fellow, Hudson Institute

The regulatory reform movement, which ran approximately from 1975 through 1985, was intellectually robust and philosophically broad-based, and it achieved significant victories in practical politics. The policy landscape looks very different today. Federal regulation has been growing dramatically (even price controls are making a comeback), and the political debates appear highly partisan. But in fact the recent growth of regulation has been bipartisan (it was at least as pronounced under George W. Bush as it has been under Barack Obama). This lecture will diagnose the causes of regulatory growth and evaluate the leading reform proposals currently being considered. It will compare today’s central policy issues with those than animated the old regulatory reform movement, and argue that the earlier era produced important insights that could usefully be applied today.

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
11:45-1PM
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

February 27 | ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar Series

"Oil: The Next Big Surprises"

Leonardo Maugeri
Senior Fellow
Harvard Kennedy School


Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
12-1:30PM
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

February 29 |Business & Government Seminar Series

"Life in the UN Executive Office: Working from the Inside to Tackle a Global Challenge"

Joe Colombano
Senior Officer adn Economic Advisor in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General
United Nations

For the past decade, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have provided the overall framework for international development policy. As the 2015 deadline for meeting the Goals looms, the international community is called to accelerate progress on the MDGs and look beyond 2015. Having put sustainable development on top of the priorities for his second term, the Secretary-General is leading the efforts to devise a new development agenda. Joe will provide an insider’s view into how this is carried out on a day-to-day basis from the UN Headquarters in New York.

Fainsod Room, 3rd Floor Littauer Building
12 - 1PM

Please RSVP to MRCBG@ksg.harvard.edu
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

March 1 |Regulatory Policy Program Seminar

"Regulating the Shadow Banking System"

Andrew Metrick
Michael H. Jordan Professor of Finance and Management
Yale School of Management

The “shadow” banking system played a major role in the financial crisis, but was not a central focus of the recent Dodd-Frank Law and thus remains largely unregulated. This paper proposes principles for the regulation of shadow banking and describes a specific proposal to implement those principles. 

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
11:45-1PM
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

March 5 | ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar Series

"Are Current Electricity Markets Suitable to Integrate Non-Dispatchable (Renewable) Producers?"

Antonio Conejo
University of Castilla-La Mancha


Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
12-1:30PM
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

March 6 |Business & Government Seminar Series

"The Necessary Framework for Economic Reforms: A Comparative Analysis"

Francesco Giavazzi
Professor of Economics, Bocconi University, Milan
Visiting Professor of Economics, MIT


Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
11:30-1PM

Please RSVP to MRCBG@ksg.harvard.edu
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

March 7 |Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

"The Political Economy of Deforestation in the Tropics"

Benjamin Olken
MIT


Room L-382
4:10-5:30PM
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

March 8 |Regulatory Policy Program Seminar

"Regulation, Unemployment, and Cost-Benefit Analysis"

Eric Posner
Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law
University of Chicago

Regulatory agencies take account of the potential unemployment effects of proposed regulations in an ad hoc, theoretically incorrect way. Current practice is to conduct job-loss or feasibility analysis, under which the agency predicts the unemployment effects of a proposed regulation, and then declines to regulate (or weakens the proposed regulation) if the unemployment effects exceed an unarticulated threshold. Agencies do not reveal the threshold, do not explain why certain unemployment effects are excessive, and do not explain how they compare unemployment effects and the net benefits of the regulation. Many agencies also predict unemployment effects incorrectly. The proper approach is for agencies to incorporate unemployment effects into cost-benefit analysis by predicting the amount of unemployment that a regulation will cause and monetizing that amount. Recent economic studies suggest that monetized cost of unemployment is significant, possibly more than $100,000 per worker. If agencies used this figure, there could be significant consequences for a wide variety of regulations.

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
11:45-1PM
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

March 19 | ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar Series

"Simultaneously Mitigating Near-Term Climate Change and Improving Human Health and Food Security"

Joel Schwartz
Harvard School of Public Health


Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
12-1:30PM
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

March 20 |Regulatory Policy Program Seminar

"Stressed Out: Macroprudential Principles for Stress Testing"

Anil Kashyap
Edward Eagle Brown Profesor of Economics and Finance
University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Nye A, 5th Floor, Taubman Building
11:45-1PM
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

March 26 | ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar Series

"But Will the Planet Notice? Why Only Economists--Not Recyclers--Can Stop Global Warming"

Gernot Wagner
Environmental Defense Fund and Columbia University


Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
12-1:30PM
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

March 28 |Business & Government Seminar Series

"Growth Measures in Time of Austerity: Comparing Europe and the U.S."

Alberto Alesina
Professor of Economics, Harvard University


Fainsod Room, 3rd Floor Littauer Building
12-1PM

Please RSVP to MRCBG@ksg.harvard.edu
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

March 28 |Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

"Truth-Telling by Third-Party Auditors: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment in India"

Michael Greenstone
MIT


Room L-382
4:10-5:30PM
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

April 2 | ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar Series

"China's Electricity System Reform"

Yaodong Shi
Fellow
Consortium for Energy Policy Research


Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
12-1:30PM
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

April 5 |Regulatory Policy Program Seminar

"On the Quality of Economic Analysis at Independent Financial Regulatory Agencies"

Randall Lutter
Visiting Scholar
Resources for the Future

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
11:45-1PM
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

April 9 | ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar Series

"TBA"

Meagan Mauter
Fellow
Energy Technology Innovation Policy and the Consortium for Energy Policy Research


Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
12-1:30PM
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

April 12 |Regulatory Policy Program Seminar

"Financial Regulatory Reform: Innovation in Regulatory Design and Implementation"

Diana Farrell
Director, McKinsey Center for Government

Following the financial crisis and the ensuing Great Recession, revamping the financial regulatory regime (within political realities) was an imperative. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (DFA), designed by the Administration and passed in July of 2010, was one of President Obama's signature legislative successes.  In this session, we will explore the context for framing financial regulation, approaches to and discussions of critical tradeoffs in modernizing oversight of the system, new regulatory tools and challenges facing regulators in implementation. 

Bell Hall, 5th Floor Belfer Building
11:45-1PM
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

April 18 |Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

"Impacts of Mexico's National Payments for Ecosystem Services Program"

Katharine Sims
Amherst College


Room L-382
4:10-5:30PM
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

April 25 |Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

"Distributional Consequences of Water Markets: Local Economic Spillovers from Agricultural Water Use"

Pinar Keskin
Wellesley College


Room L-382
4:10-5:30PM
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------