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  • Professor Laura Perna

    “Free College:” Understanding Potential Impact and Implications

    Professor Laura PernaNovember 22
    Drawing on available data and research, this presentation describes different approaches to free college and offers a framework for understanding how free college programs may influence student outcomes. Professor Laura Perna will discuss the potential impact and implications of programs with different designs for college affordability and other student-level outcomes (especially for students from low-income families) as well as different types of postsecondary institutions. We also suggest the questions that should be explored to understand the potential benefits and pitfalls of a free college proposal.education
  • Professor Joseph Turow

    Consumer Beliefs about Data Surveillance, and What They Mean for Privacy Policy

    Professor Joseph TurowOctober 25
    Industry actors often claim that Americans are quite willing to countenance robust amounts of tracking, storage, and profiling of their personal data, as a “tradeoff” for the benefits they enjoy in accessing certain websites and platforms. Research, however, tells a more complicated story, and indicates that most Americans still don’t understand how their data is being collected and used, or what online privacy policies actually promise. Professor Turow , a leading expert on online marketing and consumer privacy issues, will discuss this research in greater depth, and discuss its implications for what the government might do to better address the concerns consumers have about protecting their personal data.consumer protection|Joseph Turow|right
  • 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.