Feb 9, 2015 · 4:30 p.m.– 6:00 p.m. · Bowl 001, Robertson Hall
Seth Stephens-Davidowitz , Google Data Scientist; NY Times Op-Ed Contributor; Harvard Economics PhD to give a public talk on Big Data and the Social Sciences. Seth received a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard in 2013. His work focuses on using big-data sources to uncover previously hidden behaviors and attitudes. He is at work on a book based on his research. He is a quantitative analyst at Google.
Feb 19, 2015 · 8:30 a.m.– 6:00 p.m. · Carl Fields Center
“Finance, Inequality and Long-run Growth” is the title of the fourth annual conference of the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance. Three facts stand out in recent economic history. First, there has been a secular rise in inequality in the U.S. over the last four decades. Second, finance has expanded significantly resulting in high level of leverage in various segments of the economy. Third, there has been a continual decline in long term real interest rate, combined with an apparent slowdown in long-run GDP growth more recently. Is there a common underlying economic force that is driving all these patterns? What are the implications for the U.S. and global economic outlook? How should policy respond in the face of these long-term challenges? The conference will bring together top academics and policy makers to address these questions
Mar 5, 2015 · 4:30 p.m.– 6:30 p.m. · Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall
Thomas Piketty, Associate Chair, Professor of Economics, Paris School of Economics; author, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” will speak about his best-selling book. Piketty's book was named the 2014 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year.
A book sale and signing will follow the discussion.