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  • Professor Zeke Hernandez

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

    Professor Zeke HernandezSeptember 27
    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.immigration|left|Zeke Hernandez
  • Professor Peter Conti-Brown

    The Future of Marijuana Banking

    Professor Peter Conti-BrownJuly 19
    A recent market intelligence report asserts that the U.S. cannabis market will approach $23 billion in sales by 2023. But the full economic benefits of that growth, particularly with respect to the raising of significant tax revenues, cannot be had unless the way is cleared for giving cannabis-related industries access to traditional banking services. Professor Peter Conti-Brown of the Wharton School, whose areas of expertise include financial regulation, administrative law, and central banking, will discuss possible pathways forward, focusing on what actions Congress and the various financial regulators, including the Federal Reserve, could take in navigating between state sovereignty vs. federal marijuana enforcement, as well as balancing the desire for reaping the rewards of a growing industry against the need to root out bad actors.left|Peter Conti-Brown|regulation
  • Professor Ticona

    Inequality in the Gig Economy - Who is left out of the “Future of Work”?

    Professor Julia Ticona, Ph.D.July 12

    Companies like Uber have garnered a lot of attention for their disruptive technology, but other gig economy companies, like those offering care and domestic cleaning services, have mostly stayed under the radar. This seminar will interrogate these gaps in attention, exploring historical changes in how different types of labor are valued, especially that of women and people of color, and the role of technology in shaping these changes. Professor Julia Ticona , Ph.D., will present new research that examines the similarities and differences in the ways technology is deployed to manage workers in different sectors of the gig economy, and the ways this shapes workers’ experiences.

    Julia Ticona|labor|right
  • Professor Arthur van Benthem teaching

    Designing Successful Carbon Markets

    Professor Arthur van BenthemMay 10
    There are several market-based approaches that might be employed to control pollution and promote energy and environmental policy goals. This session by Professor Arthur van Benthem  examined the economic challenges and merits of those approaches, with a particular emphasis on the design of cap-and-trade schemes.Arthur van Benthem|left
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    There are a lot of developments happening right now in carbon markets in different parts of the world—from New Zealand to Canada and many points in between. As policymakers continue to explore cap-and-trade in the United States, there is much to learn about what does and doesn’t work from these carbon markets already in place.

  • David Hsu, Professor of Management

    Financing Small, Innovative Firms

    Professor David HsuApril 5
    The overwhelming majority of U.S. enterprises are small businesses. Given their importance to the U.S. economy, ensuring that small businesses have access to capital is a central policy concern. This seminar by Wharton Professor David Hsu will explore the issue from the business person’s perspective, highlighting the management challenges that small business owners face in securing their capital needs.David Hsu|right
  • Professor Mark Pauly

    A Puzzle with a Missing Piece: Evaluating the Pricing of New Patented Drugs

    Professor Mark PaulyMarch 8
    Pharmaceutical companies started 2019 by raising the list prices on hundreds of drugs, sparking a new round of controversy around the high costs faced by consumers. The cost issue is particularly pronounced for drugs that are patented and for which there are no available generics or biosimilars. In this seminar, the renowned health care economist Mark Pauly will examine the different factors at play in determining the pricing of new, patented care|Mark Pauly|right