Archive for October, 2014

11/20 Lunch: SGE Luncheon with Adriana Kugler

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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”


10/16 Lunch: SGE Luncheon with Shushanik Hakobyan

Thursday, October 16th, 2014


Shushanik Hakobyan – Assistant Professor, Economics Department, Fordham University

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


9/18 Lunch: SGE Luncheon with Mark Calabria

Thursday, October 16th, 2014


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?


7/24 Lunch: SGE Luncheon with Kara Reynolds

Thursday, October 16th, 2014


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.


6/19 Lunch: SGE Luncheon with Thomas Hoenig

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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.