Events

Conferences

Friday, November 18, 2016

Organized in collaboration with Common Good and the Roosevelt Institute, the Center's 14th annual conference -- "Agency, Prospering, Progress, and the Working Class" -- was held in Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs Building (IAB). The first goal of the conference was to begin to understand the frustration and disaffection voiced more and more loudly by lower middle class workers  in recent decades. The second goal was to attempt to determine what policies would help to remedy the symptoms and what policies would not appear to be helpful. The conference consisted of three sessions, a roundtable, a luncheon speech by Matthew Winkler, and a dinner speech by Daniel Rose. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

On April 27th, the Oxford Martin School and the Center hosted a conference, The Future of Europe: Drivers of Change, at Oxford University. Convened by Oxford Martin School director Ian Goldin, Center director Edmund Phelps, and David Vines (Balliol College and acting director of the program on the Political Economy of Financial Markets), the conference explored the long-term economic and social challenges that Europe faces, such as the decline of both productivity growth and the rewards of working life. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

While the Center's last two conferences focused on the significant losses of indigenous innovation and thus human flourishing in much of the West, the 13th annual conference -- “Steps to Mass Flourishing: Social Values and Individual Experience” -- focused on what the United States and others can do to increase indigenous innovation. Two dozen scholars and experts participated in the daylong conference, which was held at Columbia University’s Casa Italiana and consisted of five sessions, a roundtable, a luncheon speech by Peter Thiel, and a dinner speech by Peter Jungen.

 

 

 

Seminars

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 4:10am to 6:00am
In this seminar, Professor Aghion discussed his paper "Missing Growth from Creative Destruction." Writes Professor Aghion, "Statistical agencies typically impute inflation for disappearing products from the inflation rate for surviving products. As some products disappear precisely because they are displaced by better products, inflation may be lower at these points than for surviving products. As a result, creative destruction may result in overstated inflation and understated growth. We use a simple model to relate this “missing growth” to the frequency and size of various kinds of innovations. Using U.S. Census data, we then apply two ways of assessing the magnitude of missing growth for all private nonfarm businesses for 1983–2013. The first approach exploits information on the market share of surviving plants. The second approach applies indirect inference to firm-level data. We find: (i) missing growth from imputation is substantial—0.5 percentage points per year when using the first approach, 1 percentage point per year using the second method; and (ii) almost all of the missing growth is due to creative destruction (as opposed to new varieties)."
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 4:10pm to 6:00pm
In this seminar, entitled "Frameworks to Empower Human Agency and Surmount Distrust," Philip K. Howard writes that "efforts to liberate human initiative usually get bogged down in 1) a belief that regulation should be 'clear,' and leave no room for human judgment, and 2) that any open framework will lead to abuse of discretion." Mr. Howard will discuss the flaws in this approach and possible ways to break free of the resulting suffocating bureaucratic structures.
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 4:10pm to 6:00pm
In a seminar titled "Practical Knowledge," Amar Bhide speaks on some hypotheses he has developed about the nature, development and use of practical knowledge and about the content and structure of a graduate seminar he has started teaching on the topic.
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 4:10pm
In a seminar titled How Can We do Better?: Lessons from HIV/AIDS, Amar Bhide discusses why medical innovation is being held back by being more closed and exclusive than non-medical innovation.
Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 2:10pm
In a seminar titled Financial Crises, Real and Imagined: US 2008 vs China 2016, David Goldman discusses the "so-called Chinese debt bubble" and its relationship to the 2008 subprime debt crisis in the United States.