18th Annual Strategy and Business Environment Conference
to Apr 21

18th Annual Strategy and Business Environment Conference

Program Committee

The Program Committee for the conference will collectively evaluate conference submissions and participate in the event as discussants and audience members.

Witold Henisz, The Wharton School (co-chair)

Mary-Hunter McDonnell, The Wharton School (co-chair)

David Baron, Stanford University

Magali Delmas, UCLA

Andrew Hoffman, University of Michigan

Brayden King, Northwestern University

Tom Lyon, University of Michigan

Dylan Minor, Northwestern University

Felix Oberholzer-Gee, Harvard University

Ken Shotts, Stanford University

Sarah Soule, Stanford University

Michael Toffel, Harvard University

Ed Walker, UCLA

Dennis Yao, Harvard University

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PWBM’s First Annual Economic Policy Forum
9:00 AM09:00

PWBM’s First Annual Economic Policy Forum

Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM) is hosting the first Annual Economic Policy Forum on Capitol Hill on June 22. The Forum will bring together policymakers, academics, business leaders, and media to discuss how public policy impacts business and the general economy. The morning session will include Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft and owner of the LA Clippers, and Kent Smetters, faculty director of the PWBM, who will discuss a new public policy database and modeling methods. The lunch will feature a keynote address by a leading industry speaker. The afternoon sessions will be convened by leading academics who will consider several key public policy areas, ranging from debt, entitlements, immigration and post-JCTA tax code cleanup. Please check back here in the future for more details.

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Normative Ethics and Welfare Economics
to Oct 27

Normative Ethics and Welfare Economics

  • Huntsman Hall, 8th Floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Normative issues are becoming increasingly central in economics, from optimal income taxation to market design to financial regulation to climate policy. The aim of this conference is to bring together economists and philosophers to discuss the ethical foundations of economic policy evaluations. The conference will focus on themes ranging from population ethics and the weight that should be given to the worst off in policy evaluation to forbidden transactions and the boundaries of markets to business ethics. There will also be talks on the role of reasons as opposed to preferences as a basis for normative evaluation, the justification of policy in terms of public reasons, and relevance of psychology and advances in behavioral economics to welfare assessments.

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110th Annual Conference on Taxation
to Nov 11

110th Annual Conference on Taxation

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia City Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The 110th Annual Conference on Taxation will cover a broad range of topics including, but not limited to, taxation and tax policies; expenditure policies; government budgeting; intergovernmental fiscal relations; and subnational, national, and international public finance. The conference will focus, as always, on policy-relevant research bearing on taxation and government spending.

We are pleased to announce our luncheon speakers for Philadelphia: Former Treasury Secretary and President Emeritus at Harvard, Lawrence H. Summers; and Amy Finkelstein, the John & Jennie S. MacDonald Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-Scientific Director, J-PAL North America.

Also on the agenda: a plenary session panel discussion on the state of tax reform with distinguished panelists including Alan Auerbach (Robert D. Burch Professor Economics and Law, University of California at Berkeley), Jason Furman (former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics, and Professor of Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School), Glenn Hubbard(Former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, Dean of the Columbia Business School, and Russell L. Carson Professor Finance and Economics at Columbia University), and Kent Smetters (Boettner Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, University of Pennsylvania). The conference ends with a continuing education session on Housing Markets and Local Public Finance with Fernando Ferreira, Associate Professor of Real Estate and Business Economics & Policy, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

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