The Wharton School, founded in 1881 at the University of Pennsylvania by entrepreneur and industrialist Joseph Wharton, is the world’s first collegiate business school (“B-School”). The School maintains a long tradition of educating visionary leaders in the private and public sectors, and Wharton’s 235-plus professors constitute one of the largest, most published faculties at any business school. The Penn Wharton B-School for Public Policy makes their expertise accessible in DC, through a series of monthly, 90-minute, faculty-led seminars on Capitol Hill, aimed at giving Congressional staffers a deeper understanding of the economic underpinnings and implications of public policy.
Written summaries of past DC seminars and podcasts of interviews with participating faculty, developed in collaboration with Knowledge@Wharton, the Wharton School’s online business journal, are available online.
What Participants are Saying
“Professor Kevin Werbach was fantastic. Great balance between history, context, challenges from legal, social, and tech perspectives.”
With big data and automation becoming more common, so too has the “robo advisor”, any automated service that ranks or matches consumers to financial products on a personalized basis. Tom Baker, Professor of Law and Health Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, joins host Dan Loney of Knowledge@Wharton to discuss his recent B-School for Public Policy seminar about research he’s been doing on the regulation of robo-advisors, particularly within the financial services industry.
As Congress looks at restructuring the National Flood Insurance Program — legislators must address the issue of fairness. Howard Kunreuther, Professor of Decision Sciences and Business Economics and Public Policy at the Wharton School, joins host Dan Loney on Knowledge@Wharton to discuss this important and timely topic.
There has been much talk recently about a skills gap in the United States. Even though unemployment is in the low 4% territory, there are still many jobs that companies seemingly can’t fill because the people applying for them may not have the skills necessary. But it raises an interesting question: Who is actually responsible for taking care of that gap? Peter Cappelli, Director of the Center for Human Resources and Professor of Management at the Wharton School and Host of In the Workplace, joins host Dan Loney on Knowledge@Wharton.
Wharton legal studies and business ethics professor Kevin Werbach talks about the transformative potential of the blockchain, the underlying technology behind cryptocurrencies such as the bitcoin. While the adoption of cyber-currencies is running into headwinds, the blockchain is finding more practical use across industries. Its nature as a distributed ledger in which transactions are transparent among parties creates a “new architecture of trust,” Werbach adds. One doesn’t have to trust another party in a blockchain to do a transaction even if there is no centralized authority, such as a bank or government, in charge.
Does the U.S. system of taxation potentially give foreign buyers of U.S. multinational businesses an unfair advantage? Jennifer Blouin, Professor of Accounting at the Wharton School, joins host Dan Loney on Knowledge@Wharton to discuss this important and timely topic.