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  • William Stewart Woodside Professor Professor of Marketing

    Improving Economic Prosperity through Nation Branding

    Professor David ReibsteinOctober 19
    It is well known that companies care deeply about their brands—and with good reason: a respected name attracts customers, solidifies their loyalty, and brings in higher returns. The idea of brand identity extends beyond the corporate world, though. Countries are also brands, and a country’s brand, like a corporate brand, is economically powerful. A positive country brand brings money and economic growth to it through tourism, foreign direct investment, and foreign trade; conversely, a negative country brand is economically costly. In this seminar, Professor David Reibstein from the Wharton School, who collaborates with U.S. News & World Report in developing the Best Countries Rankings, will examine nation branding as it applies to the U.S., and will discuss why a country should care about their brand globally and the role that public policy plays in shaping and communicating that brand to the world.behavioral economics|David Reibstein|right
  • Assistant Professor Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research

    Universal Basic Income

    Professor Ioana MarinescuSeptember 14
    The idea of a universal basic income (UBI) has generated a lot of conversation this year. The conversation in the U.S. often has focused on whether a UBI program here would be politically palatable and feasible. Its economic implications, however, are not always well understood. This seminar will draw on new research on UBI-style programs, such as the Alaska Permanent Fund, to discuss their effects, especially with regard to labor markets.Ioana Marinescu|labor|right
  • Assistant Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics

    Policy Disruption: Regulatory Responses to Business and Technological Innovation

    Professor Sarah LightJune 15
    New forms of business in the sharing economy, and new technologies like autonomous vehicles, have the potential to “disrupt” existing regulatory structures. This seminar examined the challenges facing regulators and legislators, who must respond so as to both (a) promote innovation and (b) protect the public interest.innovation|left|regulation|Sarah Light
  • Joao Gomes, Howard Butcher III Professor of Finance

    The Decline in U.S. Corporate Investment

    Professor Joao GomesJune 1
    10 years after the financial crisis US corporate investment remains anemic. Is this weak recovery a symptom of a larger trend towards a less capital intensive economy? The answer can shed light on the impact of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 as well as any future infrastructure spending.infrastructure|Joao F. Gomes|left|tax
    View summary » U.S. corporations over the past decade have shied away from making large-scale capital investments. Given their reticence, does it make economic sense for the government to pursue major investments in infrastructure at this time?
  • Professor Robert Inman

    The Financing and Management of Public Infrastructure

    Professor Robert InmanApril 20
    The Trump Administration’s $1.5 billion infrastructure plan raises important questions as to how future infrastructure projects should be funded and managed. This seminar considered the options for public vs. private financing, including a discussion of the strengths and limitations of public-private partnerships and infrastructure banks. It also will examine the roles that federal, state, and local governments should have with respect to efficient project management.infrastructure|right|Robert Inman
  • Professor Dennis Culhane

    Advancing Evidence-Based Social Policies through Intergovernmental Data Sharing Partnerships

    Professor Dennis CulhaneApril 6

    There is increasingly broad recognition that policymaking can be done more effectively when decisions regarding support for public programs are made strategically, based on the rigorous analysis of evidence. In several key areas of social policy, including housing and education, such evidence-based policymaking at the federal level needs to rely on data collected and evaluated at the state and local levels. This seminar provided staffers with a better understanding about how the state and local evidence base is gathered and how that base can inform their own work.

    Dennis Culhane|education|housing|podcast|right|social insurance