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Using Minimum Wages to Fight Inequality and Poverty

David Neumark is a Distinguished Professor of Economics and Co-Director, Center for Population, Inequality, and Policy at the University of California at Irvine. He joins the Salem Center for a Policy@McCombs event to discuss his research on minimum wage laws and their relationship with inequality and poverty. To view more of his research, please view […]

The Economic Superorganism: Beyond the Competing Narratives on Energy, Growth, and Policy

Carey King joins the Salem Center to discuss his new book, “The Economic Superorganism: Beyond the Competing Narratives on Energy, Growth, and Policy”. Carey is  Research Scientist at The University of Texas at Austin and Assistant Director at the Energy Institute. He also has appointments within the Jackson School of Geosciences and the McCombs School of Business. Dr. Carey W King performs interdisciplinary […]

The Economics of Cybersecurity

Tyler Moore will join The Salem Center and The Strauss Center for a virtual talk as part of its “Cybersecurity Speaker Series.” Tyler is the Tandy Associate Professor of Cyber Security and Information Assurance in the Tandy School of Computer Science at the University of Tulsa. His research focuses on the economics of information security, the […]

Joel Slemrod and Michael Keen with Interim Dean Mills on “Rebellion, Rascals, and Revenue: Tax Follies and Wisdom through the Ages”

Authors, Joel Slemrod and Michael Keen, will join the Salem Center along with Interim Dean Lillian Mills to discuss their book “Rebellion, Rascals, and Revenue: Tax Follies and Wisdom through the Ages”. Michael Keen is Deputy Director of the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund, where he was previously head of the Tax Policy […]

Valentin Bolotnyy on “Why Do Women Earn Less Than Men? Evidence from Bus and Train Operators”

In this Policy @ McCombs event, Valentin Bolotnyy will join us to discuss his paper “Why Do Women Earn Less Than Men? Evidence from Bus and Train Operators” Valentin Bolotnyy is an economist at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He works on topics across public and labor economics, often partnering with government agencies to improve public […]

Does Texas Value Reliable Energy?

Alex Epstein (author of the Moral Case for Fossil Fuels) and an advocate of the importance of “cheap, plentiful, reliable energy” and Salem Center senior Scholar Gregory Salmieri discuss how Texas’s blackouts illustrate the importance of reliability in an energy source, and respects in which Texas’s energy policies may under-value reliability.

Forget About What Broke: Why Poor Policies Made Texas Blackouts Inevitable

Brent Bennett, Ph.D., is the policy director for Life:Powered, an initiative of the Texas Public Policy Foundation to raise America’s energy IQ. As part of the Life:Powered team, Dr. Bennett regularly speaks with policymakers, energy experts, and industry associations across the country. He is responsible for research, fact-checking, and spearheading many of the team’s policy and regulatory initiatives. He has written extensively on how America has improved its environment while growing its energy use and on future energy technologies.  Dr. Bennett has an M.S.E. and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering […]

Is Big Tech Too Big?

This panel will discuss antitrust implications for big US tech companies. As lawmakers increase scrutiny for these tech giants, panelists will discuss the variety of considerations for the future of technology. Panelists:  Herbert Hovenkamp: James G Dinan University Professor of Law at The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and DOJ Sherman Award Recipient Joshua […]

Exploring Tradeoffs in the Texas Energy System

This panel will discuss the current energy system in Texas, its history and how it contributed to the events during the third week of February 2021. Key topics will include the costs and benefits of ERCOT’s Energy Market, the Texas energy regulatory structure, and mechanisms to reduce the future occurrence of prolonged electricity shortages.  Panelists: […]

Jesus Fernandez-Villaverde on “Cryptocurrencies, Fintech, and All That: Monetary Economics in the 21st Century”

Policy@McCombs with Jesus Fernandez-Villaverde Jesus Fernandez-Villaverde is a Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. His primary research interests are in the formulation of dynamic equilibrium models, their efficient computation, and their estimation. He has also worked on issues related to monetary economics, economic history and political economy. View is personal page here. He […]