B School for Public Policy

Better-informed policymaking through a deeper understanding of economics.

Attend monthly, 90-minute classroom-style sessions on Capitol Hill. Perfect for policy professionals, each “master class” covers a different issue in business and economics. Learn in an intimate and interactive experience taught by faculty from Penn and Wharton — one of the world’s leading institutions for business education.

Featured Content:

Improving Future Policy Responses to Foreseeable Bank Risk-Taking

As economists debate the possibility of another recession, it is critical for policymakers to have a full understanding of the dynamics that were at play in the last one. In this brief, the authors offer a new perspective on the behavior of banks during the financial crisis of 2007-08 and the limited success of unconventional monetary policies in stimulating bank credit to the private sector during the subsequent economic recovery.

Inequality in the Gig Economy

Gig economy jobs have soared in recent years, but as the consumer receives a quick service or a same-day delivery product, what are the workers getting? When this type of work, including ride-hailing services and ice cream delivery came along, some thought women would benefit greatly. But data shows that this hasn’t occurred yet, as inequality is a growing component of the global workforce. There has been an “Uberization” of what the gig economy is today, and those jobs are mainly done by men which has left the discussion about women in this sector primarily on the side.

How Does Immigration Affect the Economy? An Evidence-Based Discussion

Immigration is one of the most relevant issues of our time. One of the most important questions is whether immigrants are helpful or hurtful to the economy. This session led by Professor Zeke Hernandez will provide an overview of the empirical evidence addressing that question. It will cover the perennial issue of whether immigrants affect the jobs and wages of native workers, but will also emphasize a lot of other economic effects seldom discussed in the public debate. In particular, we will discuss important research exploring how immigrants affect capital investment, innovation, and economic growth, and what the evidence implies for setting immigration policy.