11/20 Lunch: SGE Luncheon with Adriana Kugler

Adriana Kugler – Vice-Provost for Faculty and Full Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

“Do Tax Progressivity and Transfers Encourage Risk Taking?  Impacts on Labor Mobility”

Adriana Kugler is Vice-Provost for Faculty and Full Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy. She was founder and Co-director of the International Summer Institute on Policy Evaluation between 2010-2013. She served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor in 2011 and 2012. Prior to coming to Georgetown, she was Full and Associate Professor at the economics departments at the University of Houston and at University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.   Professor Kugler earned her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997 and her Joint BA in Economics and Political Science with First Class Honors from McGill University in Canada in 1991.

Dr. Kugler will discuss her research looking at the insurance value of progressive taxation and transfer programs, as well as their impacts on risk taking and labor mobility. She and her co-author, Ammar Farooq of Georgetown University, exploit the variation in taxes and the Medicaid and Temporary Aid to Needy Families income thresholds across states and over time during the 1990s and 2000s. They find that progressive taxation and higher Medicaid thresholds increase occupational and geographical mobility. In addition, higher Medicaid thresholds increase mobility between self-employment and wage employment, thus encouraging entrepreneurship. On the other hand, higher Medicaid thresholds decrease mobility from self-employment into self-employment, allowing some who would not otherwise be able to afford it to hold on to their businesses. Women and minorities are most impacted in terms of geographical decisions and transitions into self-employment, while men are most affected in terms of occupational decisions.

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10/16 Lunch: SGE Luncheon with Shushanik Hakobyan

 

Shushanik Hakobyan – Assistant Professor, Economics Department, Fordham University

“The US GSP:  Background and the Implications of Recent Developments”

Shushanik Hakobyan is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Fordham University, NY. Her research focuses on US trade policy toward developing countries, as well as labor market effects of trade liberalization.  In particular, she studies the utilization and implementation of trade preference programs such as the GSP, and the effect of NAFTA on US wages. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Virginia.

Preferential market access is of critical importance to many exporters in developing countries. Further, a number of developed countries provide preferential (including duty-free) access to their markets to stimulate exports from developing countries. About one-third of dutiable exports from developing countries to the US are eligible for the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), the most comprehensive trade preference program offered by the US. Professor Hakobyan will discuss the issues surrounding the US GSP utilization and implementation, the current expired status of GSP, and the impact such expiration may have on exports from developing countries.

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9/18 Lunch: SGE Luncheon with Mark Calabria

 

Mark Calabria – Director of Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute

“Mortgage Reform Under Dodd-Frank: Cosmetic or Constructive?”

Mark A. Calabria, Ph.D. is Director of Financial Regulation Studies at the Cato Institute.  Before joining Cato in 2009, Dr. Calabria spent seven years as a member of the senior professional staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.  In that position, he handled issues related to monetary policy, housing, mortgage finance, economics, banking and insurance for Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL). During his service on Capitol Hill, Calabria drafted significant portions of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, which established a new regulatory regime for the government sponsored enterprises (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac).

Dr. Calabria will discuss residential finance, which is generally agreed to have played a prominent role in the recent financial crisis.  The Dodd-Frank Act contains a variety of provisions aimed at reforming the mortgage market.  Foremost among these are the Qualified Mortgage (QM) and Qualified Residential (QRM) standards.  How have these standards evolved in the regulatory process and what will be their likely impact on the residential mortgage market?

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7/24 Lunch: SGE Luncheon with Kara Reynolds

 

Kara Reynolds – Assistant Professor, Economics Department, American University

“Trade Flows and Trade Disputes”

Kara Reynolds is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department of American University.  Her research focuses on the intersection of politics and international trade policy, as well as the economic consequences of trade protection.  Dr. Reynolds has published her research in leading academic journals such as the Journal of International Economics and Contemporary Economic Policy.  Her current research agenda investigates to what degree trade policy can be used to encourage firms to invest in Research and Development, as well as the economic determinants of dispute settlement outcomes at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Dr. Reynolds will discuss her research examining the changes to the trade values, market shares, volumes, prices and scope of products that become subject to WTO litigation.  Her work reveals heterogeneity in the level of market access across disputes, as well as other surprising patterns in the trade data.

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6/19 Lunch: SGE Luncheon with Thomas Hoenig

Thomas Hoenig – Vice Chairman, FDIC

Thomas M. Hoenig was confirmed by the Senate as Vice Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on Nov. 15, 2012. He joined the FDIC on April 16, 2012, as a member of the FDIC Board of Directors for a six-year term.  He is a member of the executive board of the International Association of Deposit Insurers.

Prior to serving on the FDIC board, Mr. Hoenig was the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and a member of the Federal Reserve System’s Federal Open Market Committee from 1991 to 2011.

FDIC Vice Chairman Thomas Hoenig will speak about issues related to the resolution of systemic financial firms and discuss how much progress has been made in solving too-big-to-fail.

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5/15 Lunch: SGE Luncheon with Norton Francis

Governing Without Money: Long Term Trends in State Finances

Norton Francis is a Senior Research Associate with the Urban Institute State and Local Finance Initiative and is an expert in state and local tax policy. He was the Director of Revenue Estimation for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer in the District of Columbia from 2009 to 2012 and the Chief Economist for the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee from 2005 to 2009. He has written about and presented on revenue estimation and tax policy.

A disconnect exists between the long term trends of revenue and expenditures that is causing fiscal crises for states. Revenue growth for both sales and income taxes, the two major state sources of revenue, has been decelerating for over a decade. Expenditures, particularly for health care and pensions, have been accelerating. Mr. Francis will discuss how these trends, which existed before the recession, may be exacerbated by responses from state lawmakers to the recession’s devastating effect on state finances.

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2/20 Lunch: SGE Luncheon with Joseph Rosenberg

Joseph Rosenberg

“Distributional Analysis of Tax Policy:  Theory and Practice”

UPDATE: the presentation can be downloaded here.

Joseph Rosenberg is a Senior Research Associate at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. His research focuses primarily on issues of federal taxation, including business and corporate taxation, broad-based consumption taxes, tax expenditures, and tax incentives for charitable giving. He also develops and maintains the TPC’s microsimulation model of the federal tax system, which is regularly used to produce analyses of the revenue and distributional impacts of federal tax policy that are broadly cited by policymakers and the press. Prior to joining the Tax Policy Center, he was a Ph.D. candidate in economics at the University of California at Berkeley. He has also worked at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, DC.

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Call for Papers and Organized Sessions for the Annual Conference of the Southern Economic Association DEADLINE: APRIL 24, 2014 (updated)

In Atlanta, GA
November 22-24, 2014
At the Atlanta Marriott Marquis

The SGE is organizing eight sessions at this SEA conference. (The SGE will not have its own conference until May 2015.) Paper presenters may propose their individual papers and if they are accepted then the SGE will place them into one of its sessions. Session organizers may propose a complete session (with 3-5 papers). The SGE is also soliciting volunteers to chair SGE sessions and to discuss papers at the conference.

Please see details for how to apply in the attached call for papers

1/23 Lunch: Roger Betancourt of the University of Maryland

Unbundling Democracy: Tilly Trumps Schumpeter

Roger R. Betancourt is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland. He received a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University (Washington DC) and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin (Madison). He has broad interests within economics. While originally trained as an applied econometrician, his research interests currently lie in the area of applied microeconomics and economic development. His main consultancies include international organizations as well as business firms.

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SGE Evening Seminar: Tax Reform Proposals

Panel:

Dr. Thomas Hungerford, Senior Economist and Director, Tax and Budget Policy, Economic Policy Institute

Dr. Diane Lim, Chief Economist, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Thursday, January 16, 2014  5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
(light refreshments will be served)
Wellstone conference room, 3rd floor.
1333 H St, N.W. (between 13th and 14th Streets.)
Washington, DC20005

(Metro: McPherson Square Station)
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