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  • DC Events

    Jesús Fernández-Villaverde Feb8  The Economics of Minimum Wage Regulations 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Location: TBD
    Rising concern over income inequality has yielded an upswing in support for modifying minimum wage laws. As of October 2018, ten large U.S. cities and seven states had passed laws to increase the minimum wage, typically to between $12-$15/hr, and ballot measures in the 2018 midterm elections added Missouri and Arkansas to that list. But the actual effects of minimum wages on employment, technological change, and inequality remain contested. This seminar by Professor Jesús Fernández-Villaverde will examine what the research suggests about the economic effects of minimum wage regulations, while also discussing other possible policy levers for achieving the economic goals that minimum wages are meant to target.
  • The Trump administration’s efforts to extradite the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies Co. ove... December 7 US-Chinese relations may experience further strain with criminal charges brought against major Chinese entrepreneur

    The Trump administration brings criminal suits against Huawei’s CFO, potentially further rocking US-Chinese relations; The Bureau of Land Management is expected to rollback on animal protections in order to boost oil and gas production; Despite an increase in oil and gas exports, the trade deficit increases; US job growth underperform compared to expert predictions; Consumer sentiment remains steady, thereby outperforming analyst estimates. 

  • The Trump administration is expected on Thursday to roll back an Obama-era rule requiring new coal plants to slash carbon ... December 6 EPA to announce a roll back on Obama-era coal emissions standards

    EPA to introduce a roll back on coal emissions standards; Lawmakers remain polarized as disputes over funding of Trump’s border wall ensue; Representatives introduce a bipartisan bill to help promote cybersecurity education; Private sector jobs remain strong in the month of November with more than 100,000 new jobs added; Jobless claims fall but remain near a five month high. 

  • A bill introduced by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) will seek to crack down... December 5 Senators Grassley and Wyden introduce bipartisan drug pricing bill

    Senators introduce a bipartisan drug pricing bill; In an effort to facilitate the construction of new coal plants, EPA plans to roll back environmental legislation; Postal service issues a statement saying that it is considering to raise prices to companies such as Amazon. 

  • Image: Judge, gavel, and courtroom. Source: Luke Air Force Base December 4 Sexual Assault and Its Aftermath: Evaluating State Victim Compensation Programs

    Over the past year, the #MeToo movement has sparked an international conversation about the prevalence of sexual assault. It has become clear that sexual violence is an epidemic that no woman is immune to - from Hollywood celebrities and domestic workers to Olympic gymnasts and farmworkers.[1] With the spotlight finally on this pervasive issue, it is important to examine the role of public policy in addressing sexual assault claims and providing reparations to victims.

  • Faculty Affiliate

    Cary Coglianese Cary Coglianese

    Cary Coglianese is the Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where he currently serves as the director of the Penn Program on Regulation and has served as the law school’s Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs. He specializes in the study of regulation and regulatory processes, with an emphasis on the empirical evaluation of alternative regulatory strategies and the role of public participation, negotiation, and business-government relations in policy making. 

    A co-chair of the American Bar Association’s administrative law section committee on e-government and past co-chair of its committee on rulemaking, he has led a National Science Foundation initiative on e-rulemaking, served on the ABA’s task force on improvingRegulations.Gov, and chaired a task force on transparency and public participation in the regulatory process that offered a blueprint to the Obama Administration on open government. He has served as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States, Environment Canada, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.